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JAG lawyer Sean Drummond has gotten himself in way over his head - with a case that challenges his deepest fears and a co-counselor who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for a gay officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law-school nemesis. Katherine Carson is a curvy, liberal, William Kunstler-like attorney with a reputation for manipulating the media on behalf of her mostly gay clients. Drummond is as distraught to be working with a woman who knows how to push all his buttons as he is to be defending this client. However, it's just this lack of political correctness that makes him the one man the CIA can trust with its disturbing secrets, and Drummond quickly learns that what appears to be an open-and-shut case is really just the top layer of a deep conspiracy.

©2002 Brian Haig (P)2016 Tantor

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"Korean culture and the country's North/South divide play an important role in the novel's denouement, as Haig successfully kindles his powder keg of a plot." (Publishers Weekly)

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One of my favorite series-More Please!

I just love the Sean Drummond series! I don't know how Brian Haig did it and I know this book is a few years old but he wrote such complex yet utterly realistic books that sound like the storyline came directly from the headlines. His sarcasm an humor actually make me laugh, which makes people look at me kind of funny when I'm alone out in public!! Hmmmm....
In this book an Officer is charged with killing his gay lover. The evidence is so clear it appears to be an open and shut case. The prosecutor is revved up and ready to go but the accused is so convincing of his innocence that Sean believes him. What begins as a murder investigation end in something totally different but the transition is so smooth.
There is also a message in this book dealing with gays in the military. In the beginning, Sean started out slightly homophobic, I don't want to spoil how but his attitude takes a turn towards the end.
Joe Barrett does an Excellent job narrating.
This book is MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-30-16

Great 2002 novel finally available in audio format

Mortal Allies is Book 2 in the 7 novel Sean Drummond series. It is a military legal thriller. Major Drummond is an experienced lawyer and JAG officer. Author Brian Haig's Sean Drummond has a wisecracking nature similar to Nelson DeMille's John Corey. It is not overdone and it keeps the listening interesting. This novel is set in South Korea in 2002 (read the publisher's summary for more details). Mortal Allies is a first rate action thriller by one of the best living authors of such novels. VERY, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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  • Howard
  • Avon, CT, United States
  • 03-23-17

One of Brian Haig's best!

I couldn't wait to finish it, but hated to see it go. Haig is a wonderful stiryteller

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Absolutely fantastic

Sean Drummond strikes again. Really love Brian Haigs style, wit and story construction. Joe Barrett is a Master narrator.

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Love Sean Drummond

Where does Mortal Allies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the top 5. I love this character. He cracks me up constantly.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

Sean Drummond

Any additional comments?

Great character, and challenging twists in the plot lines.

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My favorite author of all time!!

Smart, witty, and enjoyable read, highly recommended!! My only complaint is I need a new book!

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Gays in the military...provocative topic.

Sean Drummond is a likable lawyer in the US JAG corps. He's knowledgable, smart and often summoned when the issue at hand is weird and/or complicated. This time his client is a gay officer who graduated from West Point. The story causes Sean to get involved with the CIA, South Korea, North Korea and a female lawyer as his co-counsel. If you enjoy being twisted, baited and surprised, you will enjoy the journey. cheers, Ken

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  • Debbie
  • Tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 09-02-17

Great storyline!!

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me glued to the story and I loved all the twists and turns!!!

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Impossible to put down!

I really like d the narrator. He sounded so authentic. The humor interwoven through this book gave a fun relief.to a story that made me try to hold my breath while following the twists and turns . I highly recommend this novel. I'm off to find more books by Brian Haig

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  • Lilly2734
  • Mentone, AL, United States
  • 07-20-17

Decent listen but not my favorite

I don't really have a reason I can tap as to why I wasn't thrilled with this one. I have had a bit of trouble adjusting to Joe Barrett but the more I listen to him the more he grows on me. This seemed to drag a bit and I had to keep returning to get through it.

That said, I love the series and the attitude is one for me. Years ago I worked for a man with this kind of wit and sarcasm and I loved to be in the audience. Even when called front and center. Joe Barrett does a great job of pulling off the sarcasm and dry wit.

Makes me wonder what a conversation with Brian Haig would be like.