The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder.
Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning the coveted Navy Commendation medal. Just coming off a high-profile win, this case will challenge the very core of Zack's skills and his Christian beliefs - beliefs that could cost him the case and his career.
With Diane Colcernian, his staunchest rival, as assistant prosecutor, Zack takes on internationally acclaimed criminal defense lawyer Wells Levinson. And when Zack and Diane finally agree to put aside their animosity, it causes more problems than they realize.
©2005 Don Brown; (P)2008 Zondervan
This first in series of Navy Justice novels is a great read. It is not to bogged down in details, moves along well, and maintains a tension that the reader will enjoy. Zack Brewer is captivating as a litigator who struggles with his faith as a Christian and his responsibilities as a Naval JAG Officer. The premise of the book is believable, and it is well written. However, the choice to use a British narrator is distracting. His British mispronounciations of U.S. terms and words in normal conversation and in the legal setting is distracting, almost laughable. The performance of foreign accents is excellent. One would wish that he would be able to mimic American English as well. When the narrator uses British pronounciations when portraying any Naval Officer, even the President of the U.S., it is awful. A Britisher trying to sound Southern is unbelievable! Change the narrator for future volumes and this could be one of the best!
Keep of the good work, Don Brown!
Among the best
Yes. Made me want to keep listening
Yes. Just as excellent
Navy justice is courageous and righteous justice
Such a delight to have an outstanding thriller whille being free of profanity and immorality
I would recommend this book. Once you get past the very British accent for a very American book with very American characters, it is good.
Yes. I felt like I knew ths people after listening for a while. I had to know what happened to them!
Should have used an American accent!
I recommend all three in this series. By the end of this one, the British accent is tolerable. Still a bad choice for a narrator, in my opinion!
I bought this book because the reviews were so positive and I kept reading it for the same reason. The plot is predictable, the religious views are simplistic and mean spirited (even compared to AM radio), the hero is self righteous, the author's treatment of the woman characters is belittling, and I suspect the biggest problem with this book is that it is boring.
The book itself is layered in racial undertones and a very consistent preaching. All other religious views are treated as cults or the wrong answer, there is a very clear perception by the author that Christianity is the right answer.
The narrator is also among the worst that i have ever tolerated. Law is somehow consistently pronounced lore, his volume ranges from shouting to barely audible in the same sentence frequently.
Avoid at all costs unless you are trying to punish someone by giving this to them!
Also, to the reader James Adams I ask this - why would a man who grew up in brooklyn and converted to Islam two short months before the events in the book have a sharp middle eastern accent complete with rolling hard r's more so than the Russian language. ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! Who let this man take a bad book and make it one of the worst things to grace my ears I do not know but I will NEVER read anything narrated by James Adams again.
This is a Bible in mystery-thriller clothing. It is appallingly uninformed, racist and xenophobic. All Christians are good, loving, hard working, American. This book tries to convince us that while they may talk like good people, all Muslims are evil terrorists, and Jews aren't much better either -- just money grubbing, arrogant lawyers. What garbage! Do not be fooled by the title.
I found it a real struggle to listen all the way through. The Narrator only has three voices; normal used for telling the story and used for younger males, Gruff for any mature male or person in autority, and a lighter tone for all females. American accents were not regional. Bring on Kerry Shale! I will not be following this series.
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