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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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    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 08-16-13
    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 08-16-13

    Listening while I run.

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    "Fell flat"

    I know many enjoyed this book - but didn't work for me. The story (mystery) was not compelling and characters were dull. Try 'Term Limits' or other Vince Flynn is you like assassinations and helicopters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 03-25-14
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    "Un-put-downable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What a terrific Audible book! The narration was fantastic and the story, compelling. I couldn't stop listening - even while I was brushing my teeth! Highly recommended!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Likable hero, believable story, thrilling action, and superb voice.


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

    Mike Nolan!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have to look up other books narrated by Joe Barrett. Great reader!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlie 02-05-14
    Carlie 02-05-14
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    "Best book I've listened to in awhile"
    If you could sum up Marine One in three words, what would they be?

    Better than Grisham


    What other book might you compare Marine One to and why?

    Reminds me of Presumed Innocent


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    He really captured the essence of the character


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

    It made me listed to it all hours of day and night and then I was sad when I finished it


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to listen to in car with family of boys!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hall Central Texas 02-04-14
    K. Hall Central Texas 02-04-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Interesting Entry in Crowded Field"
    Would you recommend Marine One to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to readers (listeners) who enjoy the legal procedural in the Grisham style. Hotshot young (or early middle-age) lawyer type in a small but skilled firm is faced with a huge case that all the legal beagles think they can't handle, and who happens to fly the same helicopter type as the President. And who is a former Marine. There are twists and turns all the way through, but they feel like we've been here before. The most interesting aspect was the discussion of helicopters, how they work, their manufacture, and the deconstruction of a crash.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Joe's performance was able and did not get in the way of the material. The pomposity of the antagonist lawyer was great, bringing to mind some of the biggest stuffed shirts of all time.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this is a very good, but not great, story. It felt like it was trying for the tension of a Clancy or Flynn, but sort of missed the mark. The resolution felt too Hollywood, and the repercussions not fully followed through. Often times the epilogue is the most interesting and impactful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-19-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Questionable, but Good Courtroom Thriller"

    Four stars across the board, even though the story is a little bit of a stretch. Isn't that the case with most courtroom fiction? What I liked about the book was the courtroom drama and the legal wrangling between the major players. The back and forth tactical approach was a great listen.

    What I didn't like so much was the rather one-dimensional characters. . . they just weren't that compelling. I didn't find myself rooting for the good guys, nor really disliking the bad guys and it didn't even bother me that a key character was killed. Had all the characters been a bit more developed, I might have cared more and it would have been the perfect court room drama.

    As it was, this book is good but not great.

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    Katherine 10-20-13
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    "Gripping story with unexpected twists"

    The "Hero" keeps his cards very close to his chest, which can be a bit annoying, as it certainly drags the story on, but overall, this is a well-narrated story with interesting twists. Helps if you are interested in helicopters!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard W Critz Jr Hollis, NH USA 07-10-13
    Richard W Critz Jr Hollis, NH USA 07-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An excellent listen!"
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    What a wonderful story. Joe Barrett performed it beautifully, with clear voices from each of the characters. I think I drove a few extra miles just because I couldn't bear to stop listening at times. As a professional aviator and helicopter pilot myself, it was also quite nice to finally encounter a book where the aviation pieces are generally accurate.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 07-03-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 07-03-13
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    "Espionage, danger, threats - Great"

    Never read or listened to Huston before but it was suggested and I'm glad I tried him on for evaluation. I'll definitely check him out again. The story seemed to go left, then it went right, up then down. The ending was perfect and the story was good. I give this one a thumbs up.

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    Cathy Carlin, NV, United States 05-18-13
    Cathy Carlin, NV, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good one."

    I enjoyed this book. Not too drawn out...kept my interest all the way through. Narrator was excellent as well.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 04-26-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 04-26-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Enjoyed very much & did not want to put down"
    Has Marine One turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, I have read many and I have found them to be informative. Reading how a man or woman becomes who they are and how much they strived to be their best in their service to America helps me to better understand books written by such authors as Brett Battles and Simon Vance. I do enjoy series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    Absolutely. His narration was so good that he made the book even more enjoyable to listen to.


    What character would you cut from Marine One?

    While writing this review, I cannot think of any character that does not make the book enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book, sit back and be ready for a great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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