The President orders the arrest and trial of a battle group commander who, in defiance of a presidential order, led a Congress-authorized attack on terrorists. The angry Speaker of the House retaliates by initiating impeachment proceedings. Jim Dillon, the Speaker's top aide, finds himself defending the admiral in the court-martial and is named number-two prosecutor for the upcoming impeachment trial.
Meanwhile, a terrorist invades a U.S.-owned gold mine on an Indonesian island, murdering the American boss, and holding his wife hostage. The price for her life: the release of captured fellow terrorists. Dillon uncovers another forgotten power to the Constitution, the Rules of Capture, to authorize a SEAL-led attack.
With a feel for politics that rivals Bob Woodward's, a Scott Turow-like gift for legal drama, and a hard-charging rush of military action that surpasses Tom Clancy, James W. Huston delivers a heart-stopping novel that builds to a riveting final confrontation on Capital Hill. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, the SEALs head for shore in their new Mirage assault boats to finish the job.
©1999 James W. Huston; (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Terrorism, pacifism, freedom of religion, and politics are the themes running through this action-packed novel, which also includes clever lawyers, a court-martial, and the impeachment of a president....[Adams Morgan] narrates in a lively tempo that keeps the story moving along nicely." (AudioFile)
"Huston continues to be a most welcome newcomer to the ranks of thriller-scribblers." (Booklist)
perth to broome ..long distance roadtrain driver
usually I can press the stop button quite easily on a audio book.. but not this one...all the plots stitched together so well and it held my attention every step of the way..the characters were life like, and the story was powerfull. what a read..try it.
This author expects too much acceptance of the completely illogical, e.g.,a protagonist who is supposed to be a bright congressional aide whose intelligence varies between brillient and dull normal; a president whose religous views were not viewed under a microscope when he was elected. It is the mark of a lazy writer when s/he uses plot/character development that simply do not make sense. It interferes with the enjoyment of a story when the listener is constantly thinking, "This is really unbelievable". The premise of this book is interesting so it is unfortunate that the author is inept.
The narrator has a staccato delivery that is very annoying.
Its not Tom clancy, but its still a good listen. The reader is very good, but not the best I ever heard. The main people lack depth, but your never lost in the story. This book is best if you dont expect more than it has. I wouldnt buy it but if you have a book balance its worth the 1 credit.
Overall, I would say that it was a good story that drew me it. I agree with others that at times the diolog was lacking. The main characters often came off as 20 year old air-heads rather than powerful lawyers in Washington. This sense was made worse by the reader, especially how he read women's voices. Every woman came across as a total ditz, at times making almost painful to read. All said, the quality of the story overcame the other weaknesses.
This book has a great premise, one that's a bit different from most "thrillers". I might have enjoyed the book, I might have actually made it through the book, had the narrator not been so stiff, cold, and unbelieveable. He was even worse during the female dialog, making even young ladies sound like a cross between Aunt Bee of Mayberry and Dr. Mark Craig of St. Elsewhere. Somewhere in the middle of a woman's line I gave up and never finished the book. This one would be better read than heard I'm sure.
This is a great book.
I started out with giving the book a 5 but it only rates a three.
The reason is not the reader, but the books dialog.
There are times in this book where the characters don't seem they are as smart as they could be in their rolls.
In addition parts of the book have just terrible choppy dialog. For example, early in the book you get the feeling that the characters just zone out at times...not something you expect from a Navy officer.
Other than that this book has it all. A military assault, Congress showing some backbone, and one of the most explosive closing scenes I've read in a long time.
As mentioned in some of the other reviews, this is the most poorly produced audiobook I have ever heard. Sounds levels are uneven. Voice quality is uneven. Frequently there are background sounds and a metallic feedback quality to the audio. And to make matters worse, the single most important part of the story is missing from this recording (pages 401-409 of the hardcover edition). You can infer what happened in those pages but they are absolutely the most important part of both this book and its predecessor, Balance of Power.
I was anious to read this book after The Balance of Power. It started off with a hard to believe scenario that the suppossed terriorist who was slain in Balance of Power was back and doing the same things again. The hero Jim Dillon is not very entertaining and his side kick / girl friend Molly brings nothing to the story. This book to me was like a "make busy" book. The Author was due with a book out and he just repeated the original story. As usual this reader is the absolute worst of any I have listened to. His reading of Molly sounds like an excited 16 year old being told she can have a new cell phone. I like Huston and will continue to listen to his books. Hopefully I won't encounter another that is this bad.
I enjoyed the story but the audio was bad. I would randomly hear muffled voices. I'm guessing other audiobooks being recorded? I have bose noise-cancelling headphones which made these voices/noises even clearer. Very annoying!
"Gripping, - I couldn't turn it off!!!!"
Don't buy this audiobook unless you have the 15 or so hours to spare in a short space of time - I listened to this in two days, I just couldn't bear to turn it off!! I had never heard of the author before and only downloaded the book on a whim. I am however a fan of Clancy, Stephen Coonts etc. This book is of the same ilk. The story is well written and grabs your attention from the start. The comparisons in the main synopsis to Clancy and Trurrow are correct. The only shame is that the first part of this story (told in a previous book 'Balance of Power) isn't available on Audible. Now that I have listened to this I can safely say that I have found a new author that I really like. I shall be buying his other audio books and reading what is not available.
"Excellent if you keep listening"
At the start of this book I was disappointed and thought it lacked pace and structure. However, before long it became gripping and I just had to keep it playing. The narrator does a good job by including the right amount of expression in the characters without being intrusive.
I would recommend this book.
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