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An American lawyer in Paris jail...

A bright young Texas lawyer determined to make it on his own leaves the DA's office to pursue a career as a criminal defense attorney. Just months later, he finds himself at the center of an international ecstasy drug trafficking ring. As a charismatic negotiator, Lawyer X ignores danger and resurrects a deal gone bad. Caught red-handed in Paris, France, he lands in prison indefinitely.

Isolated from his culture and marked as l'Americain, he is focused on staying alive at a time when Anglo-Franco relations are at an all-time low. Facing years in French prison and multiple life terms in the United States, Lawyer X must protect his best friend's innocence and salvage his own dignity. His mentor, a legendary Dallas attorney, fights to keep him from becoming a casualty in the war on drugs.

©2015 Jake Banks (P)2018 Tantor

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Suspenseful, energetic, driving

Jake Banks begins life after law school with a unique and interesting opportunity, especially in terms of the professional respect and potential income he can soon expect to enjoy. He's doing it his own way, and people like him for it. Then also he has an opportunity in the ecstasy pills market. He's very comfortable taking new risks as an ecstasy entrepreneur, expecting big payoffs that arrive quickly. And who are we to argue with a legal expert?

Then after a period of drama related to his risky behavior, he negotiates a prison world different than our own and many life problems ensue. He's always pushing the drama forward; there's never respite from the tension and action. From the beginning, he knows there's no world of absolute certainties, and his experience supports this postulate. He's honest to a fault with the reader, apparently understanding what's demanded of himself in this nobody-gets-hurt exchange with the anonymous reader.

He leaves us in a state of anticipation over what will happen next. We've come this far; why can't we continue? Readers have rights and that's why authors can't sleep until they begin writing their next book. We already know Banks' weaknesses, soft spots and when he feels such that he can't walk away. We need to know what he does subsequent to the action in his first book, waiting on that.

The narration was superb. S.P. Hopkins proficiently deploys many types of accents and voices, and he does this to make the meaning clearer and more precise. The story was in large part S.P. Hopkins, a great narrator.

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Waste of time

I don’t understand the reviewers who said they enjoyed this book. The first couple chapters were enjoyable and then it’s just a drag for the remaining 3/4s. This was very boring. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. Save yourself the time on this one.

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Kept me interested to the end!

Very thrilling as well as informative. Learned a free things asking the way, and was especially satisfying since I reside in the Dallas area. Definitely earns a thumbs up!

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On pins and needles!

I haven’t read a book this good in ages! So suspenseful and well written, I loved every minute! The narrator also was excellent . Restored my faith in audio books as I’ve had a few duds of late.

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Drug Dealing Lawyer's Pity Party

Narration: Well done. Clear and accents are credible.

Content: Disturbing how cavalierly author describes his incarceration for drug dealing, then being rescued via his well connected family attorneys and money. Why disturbing? Because although much is described about the author's discomfort and coping strategies, absolutely nothing is referenced about the harm caused by abuse of the drugs he smuggled. One can easily get the impression that Ecstasy is completely safe and it is an imposition to be busted for smuggling it. Really?

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The story is mediocore

There really is no reason this should be a book. The book only depicts a single deal, and author was involved in only a handful more. Nothing happens; it feels like an attempt to spin a book out of trivial events.

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Not at all what I was expecting.

when I started this book it was not at all what I imagined. it took a huge left turn and I loved it! feel bad in a way.

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AMAZING!

Just goes to show that anyone can be a complete idiot, with proper motivation. Greed.

I enjoyed the book, even though the outcome was predictable. I felt much sympathy for the guy and can relate to what happened to him. The thing I still can't wrap my head around though is WHY? Why would someone who went to law school. passed the bar, and had a successful career in his chosen profession gamble all of that to smuggle drugs into the country, ON HIS PERSON and not even be making that much money??? It just doesn't make any kind of sense. But it's a good story. a cautionary tale of what can happen when you are focused on the dollar above all else.

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Awesome listen!

Thanks for sharing your story. I was a young, successful businessman who became addicted to pain pills after two back surgeries. Never experimented with drugs at all but dr’s Prescribed me pills and before I knew it I was a junkie. From there I made very bad decisions that cost me my marriage and life at home with my children. I’m 6 1/2 years clean but it’s something you never get over. I don’t agree with our judicial system bc it’s big business. Again, thank for the great book!!

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Fantastic book, great story

Highly recommended, great detailed story. Very sad take of greed ....Enjoy great book,
Drugs can ruin life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-20

Awesome!

Loved it!! amazing story! I highly recommend listening to this audio book. really really good