• Lethal Defense

  • Nate Shepherd Legal Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Stagg
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,712 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A client savagely kills a man to protect a friend. A lawyer with secrets must prove it was justified.

Attorney Nate Shepherd left a big firm to go out on his own. He sees nothing but opportunity when an out-of-town lawyer wants to hire him as local counsel on a high-profile murder case. Though his family worries that the case hits too close to home, Nate joins the defense team.

When circumstances force him to take on a bigger role, Nate ignores his family’s fears and throws himself into his client’s defense. But as he digs deeper, every aspect of the case raises memories of a terrible event that Nate has tried his best to bury.

Battling an aggressive prosecutor in court and a dogged reporter outside it, Nate fights to prove that his client’s brutal, bloody slaying of an evil victim was right. But when Nate’s own story is exposed, it threatens his client’s freedom...and Nate’s carefully constructed life. Can he fend off his own demons long enough to save his client?

This is the first book in the gripping Nate Shepherd Legal Thriller series. If you like razor-sharp dialogue, iron-willed characters, and slippery moral quandaries, then you’ll love this fierce courtroom drama.

©2020 Michael Stagg (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Outstanding legal thriller

An unwinnable first degree murder case falls into the lap of a civil law attorney. He is forced to defend a man who readily admits he killed someone who he believed was going to hurt his friend. Author Michael Stagg writes a great legal story that is realistic and credible. Protagonist Nate Shepherd is likeable without being overly heroic. George Newbern does a fine job of narrating. I just purchased the next two audio books in the Nate Shepherd series.

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Fantastic

I don't leave reviews very often, mainly because I'm right on to my next book. I'm leaving a review for Lethal Defense, because it was riveting. I was hooked from chapter one and it never slowed down. The narration was epic, the characters superb and the story was enthralling. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series!

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Spectacular

This new series was a fantastic find! Just found this author while looking for books narrated by George Newbern. I liked it very much and listened to the whole book in only a few nights. The writing flowed well, and the characters were excellent. The author makes the book interesting while throwing in just the right amount of humor. Michael Stagg's new series is binge-worthy material. I will begin listening to "True Intent," the second in the series tonight. George Newbern's narration was exceptional for this book.

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Lethal Defense

I did not care for this book. Do not enjoy books filled with cursing. Plot was poorly developed. Character development as almost nonexistent. I will be returning this book. Not worth the credit

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Just Blah

NO SPOILERS!! I was hoping for something more riveting but it was very hum drum. The only thing spectacular was the narrator and if it wasn’t for him I would have quit.

You will like this book if you like legal dramas... I would not consider this a legal thriller.

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Michael Stagg — a real find

Hat a please surprise! Outstanding in all phases. My new favorite author. If you like a good court room drama it is a must read.

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Good courtroom drama

A good first experience with this author and reader.
A few criticisms:
The writer's stylistic choice of almost always using "I did" or "he didn't " as responses instead the more commonly used "yes" or "no" would have sounded more natural.
Some elements of the plot beggared belief, but OK.
RE the narrator: he was easy to listen to but could have done better on women's voices. He did on a couple, so why not on the others?

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Story was enjoyable but unrealistic. The reader was absolutely detrimental to the story. His flippant tone throughout was distracting and annoying. Not sure if I’d be willing to invest any more time in subsequent books.

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Debra, FL

This was actually a pretty good listen. It took me awhile to get into it and sort out the characters but glad I finished it. Narrator was good.

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Downhill at Trial, Anaphora Overkill

The lead up chapters were more interesting than the trial ones...kind of a let down

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  • cliffaw
  • 05-18-22

Objection overruled...

i have had to stop listening to a lot of books on the basis that the narration either doesn't fit or is just down right irritating. Mr Newbern's performance is perfect in this instance and makes listening an absolute pleasure; i will make a point of looking out for his involvement with other works. Thoroughly enjoyed the story but i won't comment further as to do so might give the game away.

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  • VJ
  • 03-01-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable Legal Novel

Great storyline, plot and characters.
I was captivated from the first chapter and the story unfolded without any dull moments.
Well narrated - good characterisation.
Will be listening to more by this author & narrator!

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  • Philip C
  • 09-20-22

Gripped me from start to finish

If an audiobook can be described as unputdownable then this one certainly fits the bill.
A small town lawyer gets a seemingly unwinnable case dropped in his lap and we ride along with him.
Excellent narration and I'm glad to see this is book one of a series.

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  • Hdeeerp
  • 09-19-22

Lack of plot development

Great listen for the first 4 hours, but then the the plot development stopped. Good ending but super long winded.

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  • Darren
  • 09-12-22

Excellent

A really good courtroom drama with characters you get right into. Try this you won’t be disappointed

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  • Nicki
  • 09-04-22

Excellent thriller. Couldn't stop listening.

Loved it. Read excellently. Well worth the 5 stars. Now looking for next in series.

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  • MR S F CHARLES
  • 09-03-22

Excellent!

Loved this book! I listen to audio books on a seemingly continuous loop, and something about this book felt different. Hank’s military past could have been included, with a bit more detail, but I’m not being negative, just a thought. Thoroughly enjoyed. 😊

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-21-22

I really enjoyed this one.

this is my first court room book and I loved every moment of it. Something about Nathan really drew me in even parts where he was describing his breakfast which I would normally find boring I found I didn't lose interest.

have to say I really like how George Newbern narrated the book. and will 100% look for more books narrated by him

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  • Glynipuss
  • 08-18-22

This was a excellent book!

This book was recomended by a reader and i cannot fault him it was narrated very well and was funny in parts I would recom.ed this book to everyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-22

This story made me so angry at the end!

This story made me so angry at the end for many reasons! Firstly, there were lots of red herrings that added up to zero, then I thought there was going to be a twist, but there wasn’t and lastly (slight spoiler alert!), I really didn’t agree with the verdict!! It seemed quite immoral and justice was not served, in my opinion! I didn’t like that it all ended up happy and fluffy in a way that just glossed over everything. On the plus side, the dialogue was well written and narrator was amazing! I’m still annoyed about how this story ended now lol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-22

First read for this author

I just loved this book, the story line, but most of all the narrator, fabulous
Ready to read book 2

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  • Sue
  • 08-16-22

justified Murder?

loved the storyline. court proceedings were a little long-winded, but realistic. lawyers like the sound of their own voices.
enjoyed the book.

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  • John
  • 06-26-22

Was waiting for the accelerator…

A little too brutal to be believable…the story never really took off any any great way. Characters were shallow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-22

I enjoyed it

The story held my attention and the narrator was good. I will likely listen to the next story in the series.

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  • 05-25-22

Sydney

Lethal Defense started a little slow but it soon grabbed my attention. Absolutely loved it more than I thought I would.

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  • Lorraine angeli
  • 05-11-22

Great story. Great listen.

I really enjoyed this story. It kept me interested and was very well read.
Thank you Michael and George.
Lorraine

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-22

Great story.

First time I have listened to this author found it enjoyable.. Had good storyline and plot with very good narration. Overall a good ,well listen worth a listen .

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  • Yvette Olsen
  • 04-25-22

Unusually good....

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this story or not but it was unusually good.
The crime is gruesome and the guy was snagged, but the local lawyer they hired, shepherd I think, displayed an incredible hidden talent that had me almost crying for the crook.
Amazingly brilliantly written book sir. I shall have to listen to more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-22

Can’t handle the narrator

The narrator is just too chipper. Not sure how the story goes because I can’t take the bright happy voice of the narrator especially when describing a brutal murder. A big no unfortunately.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-22

A great read

A great audio book from start to finish I will be looking out for more from this author in future