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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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    Ron Sydney, Australia 08-05-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 08-05-09 Member Since 2008

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "Great courtroom thriller"

    I really enjoyed this one. This book suggests the sword of damocles theory how people in positions of power are always under constant threat. The President's chopper crashes and the expected media frenzy ensues, the manufacturer of the chopper is the obvious scape goat so a court battle follows while evidence is covered up and a the real story wreaks of conspiracy. The action starts right from the first page, and I was hard-pressed to find one dull moment. Always on the edge of my seat, the narrative is fast paced and free flowing. The only criticism I have is regarding some of the chapters in the first half. This book reads like an abridged version. sometimes, the chapters would just stop! The author tries to make it suspensefull by cutting the chapter off, mid-sentence, but it gives an unfinished impression. I was quite surprised at this. Having said that, the Narrator does a brilliant job with tones and accents, etc. It is very well read, and an exciting story to listen to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 01-21-14
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 01-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Starts with a bang...(actually, a crash)"

    STORY - (courtroom thriller) I really, really enjoyed this book. There is an intense investigation involving the crash of a French-made helicopter which kills the President of the U.S. There are all kinds of theories of whether it was due to faulty manufacturing, a storm-related accident or whether there were motives to sabotage the copter and murder the President. The investigation culminates in a federall trial where the First Lady and widows of the crew of Marine One are suing the French manufacturer for over a billion dollars. I thought the whole book was exciting and very, very interesting. I would have rated it a 5 except for the fact that I am in the legal profession and some of the courtroom procedures were a bit over the top. Despite the fact that I sometimes would roll my eyes, it was great listening.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator did a good job, but nothing exceptional. He didnt try very hard to distinguish between the different characters.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) Great courtroom thriller with elements of crash investigation and political conspiracy. No violence or foul language.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 07-15-09
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 07-15-09 Member Since 2002
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    "A great read/listen"

    This one is well worth a credit. Save it for a long trip because you can't stop once it gets started.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Morris San Diego, CA USA 06-09-09
    Steven Morris San Diego, CA USA 06-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic story, well told, action packed!"

    Huston does it again with this wonderful book. Full of suspense and unexpected turns that are both fantastic and plausible. This is a great book that's well read by the narrator.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-26-12
    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "somehow, I just didn't care about the characters"

    I went into listening to this book with high hopes. Adveture, mystery, the Marines...how could it go wrong? Well, I found out. The story is okay, but by the end of the book, I really didn't feel anything for any of the characters, except for the P.I. who was killed, and we only learn about that peripherally. Overall, I think that it had good bones, but the meat just wasn't there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 09-21-14
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 09-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Aircrash Investigation + Grisham courtroom drama"

    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.

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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-14-14
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Wow!!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Shreveport, LA, United States 04-10-13
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    "Kept Me Listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


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

    No, not because it wasn't good. I just didn't have time. It only took a day and a half.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
    Mary Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
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    "good thriller"

    This is a pretty good thriller. Not classic, but enjoyable to listen and not a waste of time.

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    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 11-17-12
    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 11-17-12
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    "Great listen. A little unbelievable."
    Any additional comments?

    *spoiler alert*
    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.

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