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.
"Nonstop legal suspense at its best."(Publishers Weekly)
Engaging first few chapters but the story really got lost in a confusing path of angles and turns that never really came together.
The big build up to the ending fell flat when a new twist was added to close out the story.
As a DOD aircraft accident investigator I found this book so compelling that I finished it in one day. Great storyline,well read,factually accurate and easy to follow.
There was nothing that I didn't like about this book. I wish I could forget it all and have the experience of listening to it all over tomorrow.
I really haven't listened to many legal thrillers but I'm hooked now. It was just the right amount of suspense, action and intelligent intrigue.
My first by this narrator but not my last. He was perfect as the protagonist.
I was hooked from the first page and it never let up.
The only thing I wished for were about 3 more chapters to expound on the ending a little more. It was all great but it ended very abruptly for my taste.
I hate books where the author lets the reader know that the protagonist knows things of importance, but doesn't reveal those facts to the reader. Basically the worst kind of whodunit writing gimmick available. The "great reveals" of the book is full of those.
Also some things pressed my ability of suspension of belief beyond all limits. Mainly (important) item finding at the crash site and believable character behavior were off at times.
On the plus side the facts in the book rings true, both the technical helicopter stuff and the law/trial stuff. The author obviously knows his stuff.
I will probably not read any other books by Huston. His writing "tactics" put me off. It may have made the final hour of the book more fun, but all in all I felt insulted.
Narration was OK. Really only two characters aside from the protagonist had distinguishable voices. Opposing lead lawyer (sneering and dishonest) and the defense metallurgist (geriatric asthmatic). Still - narration was unobtrusive, which is all I ask.
While the story was somewhat predictable, it was nonetheless captivating as it unfolded. When I first started the book I was tempted to send it back. Just couldn't get past the narrator's high, whiny voice; most noticeable when he attempted to do a female character as they all sounded like old biddies. I did eventually get into the book enough that I could overlook the narrator and, to my surprise, he seemed to get better as the characters developed.
Very, very reluctantly.
Yes, definitely hear a preview before buying
e book lover
Excellent story, completely believable. Best narrator I have listened to in a while. Book would appeal to mystery/espionage lovers as well as legal thriller readers.
I found this to be an excellent story. The further into it the more riveting it became. It has moments where I actually felt myself tense up and moments where I laughed out loud.
I enjoy this narrator too. He did one other audio book that I have listened to.
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