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)
I don't normally find legal thrillers entertaining, but this one really delivered for me. It had a nice, round assortment of red herrings, sleazy lawyers, secrets, blind alleys, and mystery to hold my attention throughout the book. Bravo!
I thought the ending was weak. The plot/story builds VERY nicely....but in the climax/reveal the 'bad guy' seems implausible. I love mystery thrillers that are reality based. Maybe another chapter to explain or expose the 'bad guys' and the reactions of the 'interested parties' would be more satisfying. This is from a guy who knows he can read/listen but not write.
The book has many great scenes.
When it came to Netflix. I haven't been to the movies in ten years.
Marine One is engaging, suspenseful, interesting AND, best of all, is without the bad language that has become so common place in books.
The story is about a helicopter crash in which the US President is killed and the subsequent trial against the manufactures of the helicopter.
I great listen which kept me glued to my earphones. I will be looking at more audiobooks from this author.
Expecting a book about flying adventure and helicopters, I got a legal drama. Despite the book's wrapping in the banality of the legal process, the theme and exciting plot continued until the very end. I thought that a couple of the lawyers ought to be taken out back and shot, but that is the talent of the author coming through. Teased with innuendo and crammed with facts, the book is a winner. Read more Huston!
Yes, I would recommend this book. It has a different plot from anything else I've read. It was well developed and had great details you might not consider in a presidential death not related to natural causes.
One of my favorite characters is the lawyer for the former First Lady. He was shady and intimidating. I also enjoyed the character portrayed by the private investigator for Mike Nolan.
I never particularly care for the accents people try to use in this case it was the french accent. It just sounded really fake. However, the tone for everyone else was perfect.
No, not because it wasn't good. I just didn't have time. It only took a day and a half.
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.
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