This story was well written and performed. However, there were some technical difficulties with my copy. Several times it fell back and repeated several hours of the book. This book is listed at over 30 hours but actually probably around 25 or so.
This story, was well written and narrated. The subject matter, parental rights over their minor child's right to abortion, being the back story to rampant and biased corruption in law and politics. The outcome becoming predictable only in the last chapter or two... Nicely done !!
This book is about abortion, in the main, and to a lesser extent about other politically-charged issues. Although conservative and Christian, I am not a pro-life advocate. I would have enjoyed a work of fiction that explored these issues in an even-handed way, even if from a liberal perspective. However, there was nothing even-handed in this book. It is self-indulgent propaganda.
The author lionizes every character who supports his pro-life or other liberal positions. They act only from the purist of motives and with the utmost integrity. By contrast, he demonizes every character who ultimately contends against his positions. They are corrupt tools of evil special interests. They are narrow, judgmental, morally-bankrupt, and without honor or integrity. In addition, he belittles religion and religious people in general.
As to the issues, the author carefully designs fact situations to give himself the best possible platform to advance his arguments. Moreover, each confrontation between his characters on the issues is a setup. He makes the best arguments he can on behalf of his position. The characters who support his arguments are prepared, eloquent, and nimble in facing questioning. Then, when the opposing characters speak, he avoids obvious counterarguments, truncates any good arguments they make, and then leads them off into silly arguments or extreme positions that leaves them wide open for the cross-examination for which they are inevitably, and inexplicably, unprepared.
Don't read this book if you consider yourself a conservative. You will only be irritated. Don't read this book if you are interested in honest and healthy debate on these issues. Only read this book if you believe, as the author apparently does, that every liberal is virtuous and everyone who voted for Bush (or who might have voted for a conservative democrat such as Lieberman) is not only stupid and misguided, they are evil.
Tried to give this book 0 stars, but the fields won't allow that. Boy, if it was the authors intention to strike the battle line and then attack pro-life, then job well done. My bias is obvious, but believe it or not I don't get active in these issues. But I had a responsibility here because I was blindsided by this book. Nowhere in the intros for it did it give any hint as to the degree of bias the author bears. So, if your idea of a great protagonist hero is a hauty minded lawyer racing the clock to get the abortion legalized before the unborn baby is too old to abort (yeh really)then you'll love this trash. Even if my views were different than they are, I can not imagine slamming those whos opinions vary from my own like this. She has portrayed the parents of a girl who is pregnant as the enemy, and completely justified the lawyer aiding the girl in the deception as though it has always been that way. If you are going to right a book with such strong biases, at least have the decency to warn the reader on the dust jacket or something.
I really didn't care for the author's politics. It seemed like this book was merely a vehicle to bash, misrepresnet and generally offend anyone that's center or slightly right of center politically. I just couldn't get past that and had to quit the book early on.
This book was advertised as a balanced view of the left and right political political issues surrounding abortions. It is not balanced, but a political rant in favor of unlimited abortion rights. We start with a frightened 15-year old wanting to have a late-term abortion, fearing that bringing her damaged fetus to life could possibly render her unable to bear children in the future. From there on, the story takes the good guys (the political left, the radical attorney, the Supreme Court lefties) and faces them off against the bad guys (Republicans, abortion foes, more conservative judges) in a politically-charged battle to save the 15-year old. The Right to Life people are all a little deranged, and the "Choice" people are all sane, reasonable and honorable.
If you agree with the "Choice" point of view, go for it. Your views will be confirmed as honorable and right. Otherwise, forget it.