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The Outlaws (A Presidential Agent Novel) by [Griffin, W.E.B., Butterworth, William E.]
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The former Presidential Agent's Office of Organizational Analysis has been disbanded. Charley Castillo and his colleagues have retired, and there is an adversarial Commander-in-Chief in the Oval Office. But just because Castillo is out of the government doesn't mean he's out of business. And when a barrel of nightmarishly lethal material is shipped to an Army medical lab, Castillo knows that the people behind it are just getting started...

About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for a decade, and is the coauthor of several previous books with him, most recently Covert Warriors and The Spymasters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1407 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Dec 28 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040ZNZRG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I really like the Castillo series although, as stated previously, this series could, with minor adjustments be the natural continuation of the Colonel Frade saga in Argentina and am surprised that this has not been noted by others. I suspect that Colonel Frade and company have a date with destiny in the evntual Peron Era of Argentina and thus would complicate the Presidential series. Since the release of "Victory and Honor" however there is a sense that somehow The Frades of Argentina and the Castillos/von und zu Gossinger wil share some destiny/history in the forthcomming volumes.
The disappointment alluded to in the title is because the format. Committee writing processes have taken over some brilliant individual authors and reduced their output as pure drivel (Tom Clancy is a prime example) The Presidential Agent series is now a Committee project and it shows. Unfortunately.
A lot of useless and unnecessary repitition get in the way of an exciting story line which has millions of us hooked. What is not to like about someone who is filthy rich and able to do the comic book hero routine on a daily basis?
I will continue to subscribe and have the books delivered upon publication dates. Opening the box and settling in to a new griffin Novel is always an unplanned vacation of the mind. A great place to get lost and no one did it better than Mr. Butterworth III.
The arrival of Butterworth Junior on the writing team has not improved the writing however. The plot has less depth, conclusions easily anticipated and the characters have taken on a slimmer dimension. Gone is the heat. Replaced with a sense of daily routine/domestic bliss amongst the protagonists.
There is a perswonal sense of bewilderment as to the final result in this Chapter of the special Presidential team.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Again another solid read in a series that stays well connected and every character can be and translates to real .
Keep the great work coming thanks for the excellent stories. Thought the loss of Ludlum was the end of enjoyable and unpredictable srory lines and honest believeable adventures. Have enjoyed immensely every series and book written by this outstanding Author.
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Format: Hardcover
Well done again WEB G! Lt. Col Castillo and his band of 'Outlaws' have returned from 'falling off the face of the earth" as instructed by their commander in chief, the late POTUS. Back again to foil a plot that runs all over the globe. Great read for all you Castillo fans...not sure what WEB can do to continue the story line much further...but will be interesting to see.
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Great read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not W.E.B. Griffin quality Jan. 4 2011
By Lathrop Bob - Published on
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I just have to say wow! I wish who ever wrote this book had taken the time to read the other books in the series and not just cliff notes. I knew right away that I was in for a long read on this one. I bought the audio book. Other than a few minutes of stage setting at the start, it took over 2 hours to get past the initial "here is what happened in the other books of the series". I am used to Griffin books screwing up small details like names or titles. The first screw up was referring to what had been Madsen machineguns in the original books to a Kalashnikov in this one. Then the writer changes the past history of Billy Kochen and Castillo, and Gen. Naylor and Castillo's Mother. Come on, that is not good writing.

If this is the quality of Griffin's boy then the boy needs a real job. The quality of the Griffin line has been declining since Butterworth IV started writing. This book brings in a new low. Any more like it and that will be the end of me reading Griffin books. I have all of the Griffin books from all of his series in paper and audio form. I would rather see no more from him if the quality of the writing is going to be so poor.
90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time - Nothing new - Not worthy to be read Jan. 5 2011
By J-Man - Published on
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I enjoyed the first few books in The Presidential Agent series by W.E.B. Griffin, but The Outlaws was a true disappointment. The 432-page book should have been a 120-page short story. This is not worth your time. Wait another one or two years until the next installment. Hopefully Griffin will then produce a worthy follow-up story.

The good: The plot was enjoyable.

The bad: Too many pages for very little content. The backstory was repeated for way too many pages. The content from this book was repeated numerous times throughout the novel. Very little action. Very little politics.

Also, for $14.99, this is not worth the money. What happened to $9.99 Kindle editions? How can the Kindle, read electronic and therefore no production cost of printing & shipping, be more expensive than the hard cover? Shameful.
101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Continued Disappointment Dec 28 2010
By W. West - Published on
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The latest in the Presidential Agent series continues the downward spiral that has been the last several installments. The author has continued to "tweak" (read: outright change for no discernible reason) the once interesting and unique backstory that he had created for Charley. First it was Eric Kocian magically becoming much more involved with young Karl's life in the last several books. Now, the author has completely ret-conned Charley's transfer to working with McNabb originally, as well as making Naylor out to be first, an ass, and later (actually in flashback) an idiot.

Apparently in the two weeks that separate "Black Ops" and "the Outlaws," the President has died, and the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security have resigned ... Busy two weeks, en? That type of Cabinet level exodus should raise some big questions for the country, but that was not to be ... At least not yet. Needless twists and turns, friends becoming enemies, and enemies becoming friends.... In a more talented author's hands, perhaps, but I'm not sure who is actually writing this series anymore.

If you're a fan of 'ole Charley, then i recommend if for no other reason to see how much of his life has changed, both present and past.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess Butterworth is taking over Jan. 6 2011
By Brownshoe - Published on
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It appears that Mr, Butterw0rth is taking over from his father. As I have read the last two W.E.B. Griffin books, I see a substantial decline in both the story telling and the construction than I ever experienced in the many earlier series. "The Corps" will always be my favorite, and The Investigators my least favorite. But even comparing the early "Investigators" with "The Vigilantes" there is a marked negative difference in quality and content. There seems to be more of the emphasis on writing for the old "Saturday Evening Post" Serial. The author now has to relate back to prior events in other books at the drop of a hat. Perhaps the author could give a summary of the past in the first 5 or 6 pages and use a different font, or underline, so that the old and faithful fan an just skip the past. The characters have become wooden rather than likeable or even remotely human. The plot is "The Outlaws" has too many shifts and tides, and there is nothing to tie the whole story together. Even the title is mis-leading, they are not Outlaws, only a former team that has been disbanded. They can no longer be called the Presdiential Agents, their authority is gone. The author apparetnly feels The sex life of Charley is more important than the integrity of the plot. Mr. Butterworth may have been a fine agent, but he ruining the name of W.E.B. Griffin. I am not sure that I look forward to the next W>E.B. Griffin release.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outlaws - Boring and terribly written Jan. 2 2011
By Kaiser - Published on
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I have gotten 40% of the way thru this book and am bored by Griffin's walk thru memory lane on almost every page. This book and its writing style insults those fans of Griffin's books. I have had to push myself to read it up to this point and it has been a painful experience; especially when you look forward to one of his new books. There is nothing new here, nothing that wants you to keep turning the page....yawn...yawn....

I doubt it if I can or will finish this book. Don't know who is writing this, but I doubt if it is WEB Griffin. May be the last Griffin book I ever look at.