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Wherever Sean Drummond goes, it seems that the JAG officer leaves a trail of political fallout in his wake. So when his superiors get an opportunity to loan him to a prestigious law firm, they jump on it, hoping he'll soak up the nuances of civilian lawyering. But almost immediately, dark clouds appear when Sean's predecessor in the loan-out program is murdered. Then Sean begins to sense something amiss with the firm's biggest client, a telecom behemoth with large defense contracts. Now, he must survive in D.C.'s buttoned-down lawyer culture long enough to stop the killer, and long enough to discover why his firm and its top client are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.

©2003 Brian Haig (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"In his previous Drummond novels, Haig proved he could compete on the espionage front with the likes of Ken Follett; with this outing, he matches David Baldacci for Beltway intrigue." ( Booklist)

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Great Listen

All of Brian Haig's novels are either great or excellent. They are sophisticated stories with complex plots and characters. I didn't see the wrap up coming - very well done. This is one of the top 2 or 3 in the series (hard to pick a favorite).

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First Class Entertainment

What did you love best about Private Sector?

Brian Haig's relentless wit forced me laugh out loud in the most embarrassing moments.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead character, Sean Drummond, though sharing some fairly predictable traits with central characters of my most favorite series, excels in humor. Of course, Joe Barrett's timing delivers masterfully.

Which scene was your favorite?

After about a half hour of thought, I can't single out one scene. It is all hugely entertaining.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That would be a delicious opportunity.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to listening to the complete series over and over.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-08-17

Superb legal thriller/serial murder mystery!

With the release of Private Sector in unabridged audio format today all 7 novels of Brian Haig's Sean Drummond series are now available at Audible in unabridged format. Private Sector is the 4th novel in this outstanding series. In this novel Drummond is forced from his JAG job to work for a private law firm for one year. This novel is mostly a murder mystery. Listening to Joe Barrett narrate is a pleasure.

I'm a huge fan of Brian Haig's novels and I love Private Sector. It has my highest possible recommendation.

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Impossibly good

What did you like best about this story?

A marvelously intricate, perfectly paced thriller.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

A classic example of why some books can only be fully appreciated when listened to, especially when read by the best in the business.

Any additional comments?

So glad that this series is being reissued with the incomparable Joe Barrett bringing Sean Drummond to life. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Lilly2734
  • Mentone, AL, United States
  • 07-09-17

My favorite so far

I'm finally hooked on Joe Barrett and I think there are two narrators on the only one I haven't listened to. Ain't that the luck!

This is my favorite so far and hope Haig will continue and return to Barrett. He ought to at least let Drummand get the girl.

But the story was good and the first of the series I carried with me all through the house and yard until I finished.

Still love the rude sarcasm which seemed a bit upgraded in this one.

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Sean discovers why he dislikes the "public sector"

Yes, you should buy it. If you are considering book 4, likely you are already a Sean Drummond fan. And this one is more of the same, and yet different. Sean is still the bright and witty skeptic, but he's working for a private firm on loan from the government. His sense of humor is still very much with him as he gets bounced around by the arrogant partners in the law firm. But as they say "what goes around can come around."

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Sean Drummond makes me laugh out loud!

I love this series so much. Sean Drummond is so tongue-in-cheek and self-effacing, that I can never get enough of his narration. Great storyline, great characters...I admit I got a little lost on some of the intricacies of the plot near the end, but I still greatly enjoyed the story. Can't wait for the next one.

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I have read 3 of his books

Where does Private Sector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have read 3 of his books. I have come to the this observation that Sean needs to get laid!

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What a Book !!

Great listen. Could not stop listening- from cover to cover. Good story, great narrator and overall a blast! I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Film noir - esque

Great story. Well read. Very entertaining. Enjoyed it from start to finish. Nice character development. Narrator did great job. Witty writing