I actually enjoyed the book quite a bit. The last hour was very fun to listen to but I thought it was unrealistic. At one point the witness on the stand pulls evidence out of his pocket.. and it's allowed? Also I found myself disliking the main character at the end of the book. I've read all of Vince Flynns books and I very much dislike people trying to disclose government secrets for personal gain which is what this main character did. So I liked the book and I'd recommend it but not if there's my Vince Flynn books you haven't read.
The story did hold my interest to the end, but I kept thinking the scenes and characters were "over-the-top." Instead of crafting a believable story, the author uses extremes to create tension and suspense. When I finally arrived at the denouement, I was left disappointed. As another reviewer (Liz) wrote, there were subplots tossed in that were never resolved . . . and in the end, never connected to the story.
3 stars because it held my interest, but I don't think I'll buy another of Mr. Houston's works.
Fascinating premise. Good look into the FAA crash investigation process. Also revealing look at civil suit process. What I liked least was several plot points and characters were not resolved well by book's end.
First Huston read. Will not be the last.
Adequate. Entertaining. Average.
I would recast it with Grisham's the Rainmaker. Matt Damon as the lead attorney and Jon Voight as the sleazy civil attorney.
My family listened to this book on a trip. Everyone enjoyed it.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
As I listened to this book I knew I was going to have to write a review to express how impressed I was by the wonderful creation Mr. James W. Huston created. Even though I had a hard time giving this style of a book 5 stars it earned all five of them in each area.
When reading the synopsis of this book I was quiet hesitant to make the leap of using a credit and committing to the 12+ plus hours of my time listening to a book of this type. The positive ratings and reviews convinced me to take the chance and boy was I glad that I did. The author does an amazing job of taking a court battle scenario and putting so much action, twists and intrigue that I found myself looking for ways to get more listening time into each day.
I also greatly enjoyed Mr. Joe Barrett's performance/narration of Marine One. He was able to make the individual characters have distinct voices, styles and speech patterns that enriched the listening experience. He allowed me to feel the different character's levels of intensity, desperation, pompousness, admiration, fear, frustration, joy, etc. with such success that the story came to life for me. If "legal suspense" is a type of book that you enjoy then this is a no brainier, but for all the others out there thinking like I had ("I don't know") I recommend you take the chance and then be ready to clear out your schedule because it is hard to stop listening once you get started.
Kind of like Clancy meets Grisham. Thriller that has elements of military and aviation combined with legal tussling, with a dash of politics thrown in to boot. Not quite as good as Clancy or Grisham, but good fun.
quite exiting trial story, though basically inevitable result.
Joe Barrett has a nice voice and his voice fit very well in different characters in the book.
This was easy to listen and I almost listened this in one go.
It isn't Mitch Rapp :-) !
When the plaintiffs attorney gets his head handed to him (figuratively of course).
The surprised and surprise witness
Who knew a story about the presidential chopper could be so ingrossing.
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
The story is very good. The technical aspects of the accident and investigation are interesting. The main character is very likable and you root for him throughout the book. Overall an interesting story and definitely worth a listen. If the book has any drawbacks, its the lack of exposition of the various characters, who appear and disappear so frequently that they are hard to keep straight sometimes. Also, although the ending is well done and edge of your seat stuff, it seems lacking somehow. It's as if the author had a deadline and had to end the story about a chapter or two early.
BTW, the narrator is top class.
Definitly. This book will remain in my library for a long time to enjoy again and again
This has to rate at the top of the books I've listened to.
The story builds and builds until the tension becomes so great you just can't stop listening.
The climax is so dramatic and so unexpected that it draws you right into the moment.
The climax, and the way the truth finally came out.
It grabbed me so I had to put off other things I needed to do, because just had to know how this was going to end.