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Marine One | [James W. Huston]

Marine One

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.
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Publisher's Summary

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president.

Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America on behalf of the First Lady.

Nolan knows that to win his case, he has to find out what really caused Marine One to crash and why the president threw caution aside to go to a meeting no one seems to know about.

©2009 James W. Huston; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Nonstop legal suspense at its best."(Publishers Weekly)

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    David Snellville, GA, United States 09-10-12
    David Snellville, GA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable listen."
    What did you like best about Marine One? What did you like least?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by James W. Huston before, how does this one compare?

    First Huston read. Will not be the last.


    What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s voice?

    Adequate. Entertaining. Average.


    Could you see Marine One being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would recast it with Grisham's the Rainmaker. Matt Damon as the lead attorney and Jon Voight as the sleazy civil attorney.


    Any additional comments?

    My family listened to this book on a trip. Everyone enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony WA 09-10-12
    Anthony WA 09-10-12 Member Since 2007

    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!

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    "More than you think!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andee Smithfield, UT, United States 09-07-12
    Andee Smithfield, UT, United States 09-07-12

    Bookworm who frequently drives distances or has long travel times. Lover of furry pets.

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    "Kept me awake & tense during trans-Pacific flight!"
    Would you listen to Marine One again? Why?

    Yes! The book was riveting enough to keep me grabbing the arms of the chair during the flight. That flight was the first time I wished an trans-Pacific flight was longer and shorter all in the same instant!


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe made me feel like I was listening to an attorney actually tell his story and his slight voice changes sounded just like my dad when he told me stories about co-workers. It seemed that Joe didn't try to force his voice. I liked that because it made the story easier to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Often Disgruntled Consumer Evansville, IN United States 09-04-12
    Often Disgruntled Consumer Evansville, IN United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun legal/techno thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Tuula India 09-03-12
    Tuula India 09-03-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Marine One - nice listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    quite exiting trial story, though basically inevitable result.


    Which character ??? as performed by Joe Barrett ??? was your favorite?

    Joe Barrett has a nice voice and his voice fit very well in different characters in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was easy to listen and I almost listened this in one go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Fife Washington state 08-29-12
    Milton Fife Washington state 08-29-12 Listener Since 2005

    Babu

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    "Interesting premise in these current times"
    If you could sum up Marine One in three words, what would they be?

    It isn't Mitch Rapp :-) !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marine One?

    When the plaintiffs attorney gets his head handed to him (figuratively of course).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The surprised and surprise witness


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much.


    Any additional comments?

    Who knew a story about the presidential chopper could be so ingrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-28-12
    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2004

    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

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    "Good listen......to a point."

    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.

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    Debbie Lake Havasu, AZ, United States 08-27-12
    Debbie Lake Havasu, AZ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Listen"
    Would you listen to Marine One again? Why?

    Definitly. This book will remain in my library for a long time to enjoy again and again


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Magee Boulder Co 04-04-12
    L. Magee Boulder Co 04-04-12 Member Since 2001
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    "A riveting listen"
    Where does Marine One rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This has to rate at the top of the books I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marine One?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax, and the way the truth finally came out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Erik PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-13-12
    Erik PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent book and good narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending did not really fall in-line with the rest of the book. Maybe intended to be a surpirse, but really just left me wondering why bother.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was the only saving grace on this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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