As he digs deeper into the investigation, Sloane confronts a law called the Feres Doctrine which prohibits a soldier's family from suing the government for his death. Contested nearly 3,000 times in the past 50 years, the Feres Doctrine has yet to be amended or overturned. Now Sloane is desperate to find a loophole. But as he examines the events that led to James Ford's death, he uncovers disturbing evidence of a powerful enemy playing a very deadly game - one that may put him and his family in dire jeopardy.
Compelling characters, jaw-dropping twists, and a dangerous hunger for justice make Wrongful Death an edge-of-your-seat audio full of hot-button issues and searing courtroom drama.
©2009 Robert Dugoni; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is the second book in the series featuring David Sloane, and as was the case in the prior novel, Dugoni delivers on super-fast spellbinding thrillers. This does not mean that the work is flawless, but it sure ranks high in entertainment value.
On the plus side, this novel has an engaging plot, with many twists and turns, characters that grab our interest and fast action. The main character, David Sloane, is an attorney in Seattle that specializes in representing Hispanic clients in lawsuits, mainly against big corporations. This "newfound profession", moving from defending these big corporations to going after them, came after in the last installment, Sloane found out some disturbing facts about his past that were long lost in his memory. Sloane has a military background, so is part lawyer, part jock that can mix it up with killers. He also has some interesting friends, especially in the middle-aged Jenkins, an ex-CIA agent that is a big asset when it's time for the showdown.
Even though many of the aspects mentioned above make for a great story, there are some obvious flaws with the novel, and I am pretty sure that some people may find them more annoying than I did. The first one is that from the marketing perspective (look at the front cover of the book for example) this is sold as a legal thriller, when in reality the "legal" portion is pretty slim. But besides that, those that read The Jury Master, will find a lot of repetition in "Wrongful Death". To start with, the author spends quite a bit of time rehashing the events that unraveled in the previous book. This is so blatant that even though I usually recommend to read series in order, I would have to say in this case that this is not necessary. This may be a benefit for new readers, but for those that read the first book is definitely a little over the top. But there is also repetition in how the story flows and the elements the author uses to create the thrills. I could tolerate it, but I would have preferred more creativity.
Overall, and given the aforementioned caveats, I would say that most people will have a good to very good time with this novel, so I think it is good enough to deserve a recommendation.
Dan John Miller was good with the delivery of the story
An interesting legal thriller this time dealing with the military, soldiers and their families.
As with the other books in the series, they are puzzles, all the pieces are there you just have to put them together correctly. Very engaging…
The first Robert Dugoni audio book I listened to was The Jury Master. While the narration was hard to take at times, the action was non-stop from beginning to end. The first three quarters of Wrongful Death could have used some of that action. Mediocre narration combined with an uncompelling storyline made it difficult at times to stick with the story.
That being said, it does pick up a bit toward the end. And while I probably won't listen to another Dugoni novel, I don't regret listening either. While Dan John Miller's narration seem mumbly at times, some of the character voices were very good. Much better than Robertson Dean managed with The Jury Master.
The audio quality itself was somewhat muffled and quiet. When combined with the mumbly narration, I found it necessary to crank up the treble in my car just to hear at times.
On the positive side, I thought that Dugoni did a nice job splicing in the Iraq "cut-scenes". Without them I don't think I would have been able to make it through the first part. They added an element of action and interest to a story that had its share of dull moments.
Listen on car speakers on long trip. The reader does multiple voices and whispers when doing the women. Found it very difficult to hear. Audio books need an actor to bring yo life not a person just "reading" the book. Intricate story but terrible audio. Need distinction between characters and genders with real different people.
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