A battalion of Serbs has been senselessly murdered in Kosovo, and the Green Berets stand accused. Now, Major Sean Drummond, a top Army lawyer, is assigned to investigate this unspeakable atrocity. But of course, no one saw anything. Drummond gets consistently suspicious depositions from all of the Green Berets: Supposedly pursued by Serb soldiers, they left the engagement with wounded Serbs firing at them, and no one can explain the number of deaths. Teamed with a straight-laced prosecutor and a sexy defense attorney, Drummond probes further, but forces continue to hide the truth. Soon a reporter is found dead, Drummond suspects there's a traitor on his team, and everyone from the CIA to the president may be involved in a cover-up that could threaten the stability of the most powerful nation in the world.
©2001 Brian Haig (P)2016 Tantor
"Well written and briskly paced, while in addition raising, evocatively, the ever-interesting question about whether loyalty is allowed to be blind." (Kirkus)
This is the first in the Sean Drummond series, written in 2001. If I didn't know better I would think it was written yesterday. It doesn't feel like a dated book, unless you look at what was happening then and now.
Brian Haig writes some of the BEST military legal thrillers. His books are always controversial and suspenseful. You never know who done it until he is ready for you to know. In this book, the story of a group of Serbs being slaughtered unfolds through out the book and so as each piece is revealed it points to a different suspect and more then one is claiming guilt or being blamed.
Joe Barrett narrated this FANTASTICALLY!!!! He is such a great narrator, Brian Haig uses LOTS of sarcasm, double entendres and humor and this narrator knows exactly where to put the emphasis.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...unabridged audiobook. It has been available in an abridged audiobook for years. This is Book 1 in the seven novel Sean Drummond military legal series. Drummond is a US Army JAG officer. With today's release today of Book 2 audiobook, Mortal Allies, only Books 3 and 4, The Kingmaker and Private Sector, are unavailable in audio format. Audible, please address this!! Brian Haig is easily one of the best mystery/thriller writers alive today. With the 2015 release of Night Crew, Book 7 in the Sean Drummond series, I hoped that author Brian Haig would again start releasing a new novel annually like he did 10 years ago. Secret Sanction is a solid 5 star novel. Joe Barrett's narration is excellent, but a suspense thriller as great as this novel would be best narrated by Scott Brick, Dick Hill, George Guidall or R,C, Bray.
Love the twists and turns that being a lawyer in the military with his combat background can weave.
Learning about the main character as the story evolved!
He did an excellent job of going from a crusty soldier to a female.
I'm looking forward to reading more about this smart ass Sean Drummond!
Complex plot and interesting main characters. The book is set on 1999 during NATO / UN and US presence in Kosova to help prevent ethnic cleaning. plot is largely around whether US military reacted legally to a significant event.
I look forward to listening to Secret Sanction again. I often go back and listen to a complete series, but only by the best; the best authors and the best performances. I rank Secret Sanction among those and plan to enjoy this series for many years to come.
The plot was thoughtfully crafted, with unexpected but believable twists - almost as if one were following a story in the news, as it might have been.
I really like Joe Barrett's performance. His delivery anticipates the nuances of Haig's characters, freely eliciting the listener's emotions.
An intellectual thriller
Looking forward to many more adventures in this series.
Good story that was not predictable.
The interviews with the prisoners.
Probably the interview with the team member that called for the ambush.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Just finished my first book by Brian Haig, and I'm already downloading the next one. The characters in this book were excellent. The legal drama in this book were excellent.
After some of the audiobooks I've listened to lately, I really needed this one. I didn't think Joe Barrett was going to do a great job, but he actually did.
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