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The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling series returns with a story as up-to-date as the headlines. The novels of W. E. B. Griffin featuring Delta Force officer Charley Castillo and his band of troubleshooters have won wide praise for their realism, action, and "punchy prose that connects like a right hook" (Chicago Tribune). Now, still in Argentina tying up loose ends from hThe #1 "New York Times"-bestselling series returns with a story as up-to-date as the headlines. The novels of W. E. B. Griffin featuring Delta Force officer Charley Castillo and his band of troubleshooters have won wide praise for their realism, action, and "punchy prose that connects like a right hook" (Chicago Tribune).Now, still in Argentina tying up loose ends from his investigation into the UN oil-for-food scandal, Castillo is startled when a young man is marched into his office at gunpoint, caught trying to sneak through the fence. It turns out he's an American officer, a lieutenant assigned to the embassy in Paraguay.A key agent for the DEA has disappeared while trying to interdict drugs and very little is being done about it, for phony diplomatic reasons. The lieutenant's heard of Castillo, knows what he's done, and wants his help in getting the agent back. More than that, he's got an innovative plan for dealing with the drug lords themselves. Intrigued, Castillo gets permission to try it, but the President has just one warning for him: Don't get caught. Charley couldn't agree more-but it might turn out to be something easier said than done. . . . Filled with Griffin's trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is an exceptional novel by "a writer of true virtuosity and talent" ("Fort Worth Star-Telegram")....

Title : The Shooters
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ISBN : 9780399154409
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 422 Pages
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The Shooters Reviews

  • Karol
    2019-02-24 13:14

    I started reading the Presidential Agent Series by W.E.B. Griffin when an online friend enthused over the 5th book in the series, "Black Ops". He said, however, that to really enjoy that one to the fullest, I'd want to read the first 4. I've done that, and have enjoyed them all.This story built on the relationships that seem to grow more intriguing with each book. Castillo is an entertaining character, with his dog Max, his wise-guy comments, and his sly ways of cutting through the inevitable government red tape.There wasn't a whole lot of plot to this book: the presidential order is to find and rescue someone. Most of the 400+ page book is about what the team goes through to plan the mission. The "action" all takes place in about the last 20 - 30 pages. The agents for whom the book is titled take up probably 5 - 10 pages of the story. Maybe less.The author may have used this novel as a build-up for the next one. Although the plot was not nearly as interesting to me as earlier books in the series, it was still fun to read as the author painted a more detailed picture of Castillo, Pevsner, and other characters. I look forward to finally reading the book - Black Ops - that was originally recommended to me next!

  • Kevin Goodrich
    2019-03-11 18:13

    Starting to hint at the nose dive that ends up in the final volume of the series. I'm a huge fan of Griffin but the final volume taste so bad that as I get closer to it I start to get tempted to quit reading the series. But I like the series so much happen till then that I keep rereading.

  • Jim
    2019-03-04 14:56

    It was so long and drawn out that I couldn't finish the book!

  • Don
    2019-03-13 19:18

    Another of the "war/spy" books my neighbor left me a couple years back. I'd never heard of WEB Griffin before and I'm excited to have "met" him. At first it was hard because the writing style was so dry, almost like a military report. But once I got into it the humor was just as dry, but hilarious. Very entertaining read. I loved the military jargon and learning about tactics and equipment. Funny that all the prep and political and military bureaucracy took up 14 and a half CDs of the story and the actual operation took half a CD. Probably that is very realistic. Click on his name above in Goodreads to learn more about the author, he has a very detailed and interesting profile, which includes actual military service. I've added all the books in the series to my queue. It was hard starting in on book 4 without having read the others.

  • Mama Llama
    2019-03-19 16:08

    Not my usual genre' but I enjoyed it - mostly for the fun military banter.

  • Will
    2019-03-15 21:02

    Castillo Four: Rescues DEA agent Timmons in Paraguay. Recoiling from his latest escapade involving apparent narco mobsters at Tacuarembo, Castillo is surprised at his BA safe house by Lt Lorimer, who is desperately seeking Charley to help rescue his buddy DEA agent Timmons, who was snatched on the way to the airport in Ascuncion, Paraguay. Recalled to the States, Charley is given the OOA assignment of finding and rescuing Timmons, who is the grandson of a Chicago political crony of the President's. As Charley peels the onion to find the culprits, he is washed with disinformation by a on the take CIA operative who is involved with the narco thugs. Upon his return to BA, Charley and his team are confronted by Police Inspector Liam Duffy who attempts to bluff his way into the OOA operation to assist in the revenge on same narco terrorists who have killed and snatched his men. Old ally Alek Pevsner provides wise counsel and shelter for Charley as he admits that a long ago tryst with GEN Wilson's daughter has resulted in his having a 12 year old son Randy. Once the thug camp is found, Charley leads the black op raid and is wounded but retrieves his man Timmons. The CIA takes care of cleaning up their mess by eliminating their bad apples.

  • David
    2019-02-28 18:24

    Castillo lies to everyone. Then he confesses to everyone that he is a special agent for the president. While I enjoy the setup phase of a well-planned black op, thats pretty much all there is in this novel, leaving the reader sorely disappointed. Once again, we find Castillo flying here there and everywhere, barking orders, attempting to either distract or amuse those around him, playing with a silly dog that everyone is amazed by. Very little action takes place and the whole novel is hardly more than a series of dialogues about how to conduct this operation. The real action takes place is five or six pages and that leaves a lot to be desired.I'm hoping this series improves in the next installment or I may just throw all of my Griffin books into he Pacific Ocean and watch them sink faster than this lead balloon of a novel did.

  • Ian
    2019-03-16 17:07

    At least it's half as long as the previous book.So, one third of this book is repeating previous plot points, often multiple times a book. Another third is describing basic logistics, who's flying/driving what and where so they can repeat plot points to the rest of the cast. This also applies to who's using what secure telephone, where the phone is, how it got installed, who installed it, the color the caller's underwear, etc. The final third is a plot that should have been in the last book.At this point, I'm reading these because they do provide some hilarious, if unintended, entertainment and generally require little effort. Well, it does take effort not to chuck the book out a window when someone explains Castillo's backstory again. However, I hear the final book gets truly hilariously bad, a sight I hope I can hold out to see.

  • Andy
    2019-03-18 17:02

    And so it begins… After a strong start, granted one that didn't grab me as his others did - the series is in decline. Maybe Griffin grows tired of the characters and setting and just plays out the characters while cashing in on the series. Charley and company are tasked with rescuing a CIA agent kidnapped by drug dealers - a problem we learned about in the previous book in the series but are (somewhat) led to believe that he is smart enough to take on. But then the president intervenes and so it's back off to South America to hunt the drug lords... Who may be Cuban or Russian making some money for the bad team. Along the way we learn of a possible illegitimate son for Charley and find some crooked CIA agents. A lot going on but, as with many Griffin novels, the end comes too quick after an elaborate build up.

  • Rosemary
    2019-03-15 16:07

    I enjoy The Presidential Agent series by Griffin, for all its flaws. It has many of the same characteristics I don't like in Tom Clancy novels (too much throwing away of names and specifications of various hardware), and the agency infighting can get a bit tedious in both. However, I enjoy them both for some of the same reasons--active story lines and interesting characters.I could have done without the soap opera sub-text in this one, and all of the city hopping struck me as...not helpful in achieving the goal (i.e. it took way too much time to mount a rescue). But, even with its flaws, I'll pick up the next one and see what kind of fallout there is from this that Lt. Col. C. G. Castillo will have to make right now.

  • Alec Sutherland
    2019-02-18 16:56

    WEB Griffin's "The Shooters" is book four in his Presidential Agent series. There are several reasons why I really enjoyed this book. Firstly, the story line is believable and short, meaning that it is wrapped up in just one book. Secondly, There was not as much extra detail in this story as there was in the other stories in this series. However, there are still several things that I did not like about this story. Firstly, Mr Griffin's tendency to tell the stories of the preceding novels in the series in too much detail. Secondly, there is still too much random detail that is not really needed in the story. All in all, "The Shooters" is a really well written addition to the Presidential Agent series.

  • Dick
    2019-03-19 12:55

    I have read the other 3 in this "Presidential Agent" series by W.E.B. Griffin. A USA DEA agent is kidnapped by a drug cartel. Although this has happened before and they have survived, they have been addicted to drugs during their capture. This time there are people who care, including the President. This one follows with many of the same characters, adds a few more, and adds more to some of the characters. The main character, Charley Castillo, gets more personal info added which would seem to point to at least another book after this. These books, although probably in the action genre, are mostly character development and less on the action. The "action" in this one is at the very end. Most of the book leads up to developing that little bit. I liked it.

  • Lizabeth Tucker
    2019-03-09 15:12

    Charley Castillo is back, this time he's charged with the rescue of a kidnapped DEA agent as well as trying to keep the lid on the situation in South America. Old friends are back and we make a few new ones. And Charley gets a shock when he meets with an old flame.I simply love the Presidential Agent series, although I don't know how much longer Charley and his pals can avoid ticking off Ambassador Montvale one too many times. This series is filled with humor and action and ripped from the headlines stories. If you've been reading my book reviews regularly, you already know how much I admire and love this author. This book hasn't changed my mind. I'm definitely eager for the next in the series, a few more books down the line.

  • KarenC
    2019-03-03 16:03

    This series is becoming tiresome. Too many pages spent on planning, logistics & flying people around. When we finally get to the rescue it is done in a few paragraphs and feels incomplete and a let down after the elaborate build up. The original mission seems to be overshadowed by this new problem and doesn't move ahead very much. Language and sexist allusions are just too boring & can be skipped, but only one more book to go to the end of what I have in this series. If there is an equivalent to "chiklit" for guys this series is it. With a recommendation from Tom Clancy I thought there might be something of substance, similar to Clancy's old series, but I've been disappointed.

  • Matt
    2019-02-20 14:56

    My least favorite of the series. They spend half the book or more figuring out how to get equipment into the country but it takes little effort or time to find a hostage hidden in a completely unknownlocation. I few paragraphs is all that is that it takes to describe the efforts to locate a person hidden by "professionals" but years are put in to finding Sadam and Bin Laden. The whole book then builds to less than a chapter to describe recovering the hostage. Also the actions of our president in the book seem far fetched and reckless. I hope Mr. Griffin is not running out of ideas/steam forthis series. I will read the next one but may be done with the series if it doesn't improve.

  • Jeanne
    2019-03-10 18:56

    Presidential Agent #2 - 15 disks; Presidential Agent #3 - 18 disks; The Shooters, Presidential Agent #4 - 15 disks. It's hard to believe it takes an author this much writing to bring a single story line to closure. And quite honestly, it was disk 14 and 15 of The Shooters where it finally closed. Quite honestly this audio CD could have easily been abridged and just as meaningful in 9 or 10 disks as 15. Hopefully Charlie Castillo's next adventure will not last over three books and nearly 50 disks. Just an OK listen for me, but wanting to read all the books in the series. 4 out of 10 for me.

  • Thom
    2019-03-21 15:55

    In the Charlie Castille series, I enjoyed this one more than average, because of the personalities involved and the sub-plot with his old West Point nemesis and his fiance. What wasn't clear at the beginning, but is now that I've read a lot of W.E.B. Griffin, is that these books are very "gabby", and very light on action. Even though they are full of military manly men, they are really very chatty books.Also, I like books, like these which have the parenthesized thoughts of the characters in addition to the spoken dialogue, creating a nice counterpoint.

  • Mike Tueros
    2019-03-02 18:14

    The 4th installment of the Presidential Agent series - and much the same. Griffin spends a lot of time setting up the the point of: "Just get to it already!" The series is good - however not enough action for me - and The Shooters had the least amount of excitement as any of the previous 3. I'm reading this series now because I've started out - but would strongly recommend other authors for the same genre: Vince Flynn and Brad Thor deliver with much more excitement and equally compelling characters.

  • Joe
    2019-03-04 14:02

    This book is just as entertaining as his others, although his endings are continuing to get weaker. In the case of this book, it is very interesting and enjoyable and easy to read for about 500 pages, and then he ends it in about 5 pages. A lot of what he has built up for multiple chapters is finished with one sentence. Regardless of the ending, the book was well written and similar to most of his other novels. Although, I am increasingly annoyed by a lot of his cliches that were good when used sparingly in his first sets of novels, but now are overused and relatively stale.

  • Salvatore Palmisano
    2019-02-26 20:18

    This is a good, fun, fast read. There's not too much backstory, not too many plot twists, and a good core base of characters.What this book does NOT have, is shooters. Notice the title? "The Shooters"? Of the ~750 pages, two are dedicated to gunfire, and those come from rotary wing gunships. If you're in search of a military thriller with plenty of macho quips and technically correct terminology, put this on your to-read list. If you're looking for a BOOK ABOUT SHOOTERS, steer clear.

  • George
    2019-03-06 20:23

    Next in the series, found myself enjoying the character development. The book also seemed to do a good job at Washington politics enmeshed in the times. There is engagement with "the president" always an unnamed character. That's good, I think, because it doesn't engage the political persuasions of the reader: "he would never do that!" And keeps the reader in the adventure. I'll take a break, if I can, before going on to book number four.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-06 17:08

    This series is a bit addictive even though I feel pretty ambivalent about the hero, Charlie Castillo. His most redeeming quality is that he doesn't take himself too seriously and often wonders if he's in over his head. I'd have liked this book better had it not been for a flashback that prefigures his discovery that he has a son. Ditto the frequent bad language.

  • Dan
    2019-02-21 16:14

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would consider reading more from W.E.B Griffin since I've always loved a special ops thriller. I do hold reservation to the very frequent use of (what I consider) excessive profanity. Examples: J__ C___, d___, f___, g__ d___, etc.

  • Andy
    2019-03-04 16:13 I know what someone means by "punchy prose". This book just basically says "Hey! Read me! Here's the beginning, here's the detail in the middle, and here's the end! Have a nice day." Not as good as the previous in this series, but Castillo is an interesting enough character to keep me reading the Presidential Agent novels.

  • Kat
    2019-03-16 15:22

    I am addicted to this series and I liked this one just as much. There is so much build up for book five that The Shooters was no where near as action packed but the character developments was huge. I am very interested in where WEB Griffin is going to take this series and I hope that the butt-whoopings will continue in the next installment.

  • Brian
    2019-02-21 16:12

    Book 4 in the The Presidential Agent Series. It's hard for me to write individual reviews for Griffin as each book plays out more like chapters in on-going saga than stand-alone novels, which is great if you enjoy immersing yourself in the characters and the events, which I do. Bottom line is that if you enjoy Griffin's work, you will enjoy this read.

  • Katy
    2019-03-19 18:22

    This is generally not my kind of book. Probably better for people that enjoy military/spy books, and for people who know the characters well from his other books. However, I listened to the whole thing (books on CD) and did enjoy many parts of it and found the characters entertaining. I couldn't follow a long with some of the military talk and it was somewhat long, but I still liked it.

  • Jake
    2019-03-21 20:10

    Audio Book. Charlie Castillo does it again. This was a good book. There was an action scene with Delta force making an assault which was cool and I kind of felt it was missing in the last two books. They save the DEA guy and stay out of trouble with a

  • Sherry Wilson
    2019-03-21 15:12

    Another fast paced exciting story in the Presidential Agent series. In the 4th book in the series, things are becoming more complicated for Charlie and his team. But he is still the expert at thinking outside the box to complete his missions. Exciting and suspenseful adventure.

  • Colin Kemmis
    2019-03-03 20:13

    I've read most of w.e.b.'s books, and this was the worst. How can you have a book called the shooters and have 1 page of shooting? The book was all about politics in the army = boring. Also very repetitive.