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Private Sector

Sean Drummond Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Series: Sean Drummond, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (361 ratings)

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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.

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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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  • RDR
  • CA
  • 08-25-19

Another Great Sean Drummond book.

I have always love the irreverent and humorous character of Sean Drummond.
This is another great book. Someone is killing young attractive women in Washington DC. They are connected; Sean figures this out and solves the case. And gets the girl at the end too.
National Security concerns (CIA) demand that Sean let the perpetrators and planners alone - however, he figures out a way to avenge these murders. There are few areas where the story drags a bit; but overall the audio performance is stellar.
Loved this book.

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Best so far

I have to admit that I didn’t like the narrator at the start of this series but he became the voice of the character.

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  • BK
  • 04-02-19

Excellent storyline!!

Just when you think you have it figured out the story takes a turn in a different direction.

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  • anthony
  • santa rosa, CA, United States
  • 04-02-19

fantastic book fantastic narrator

I've listened to all four Sean Drummond novels and every one of them was wonderful. Joe Barrett does a fantastic job and I can't picture any other narrator voicing Sean Drummond. But unfortunately the next three books are narrated by different narrators and I just can't listen to them. The characters are just not the same.

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I have over 1000 Audible booked Childs, Baldacci, Grisham, Lee Burke, etc . No one touches Haik

Give him today’s events and timeframe rather than 9/11 plus 2 years. There making a movie about everything he would write. What a great humorous character Drummond would be at the movies. A Bad Ass with a sense of Humor!