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Rule of Capture

A Novel
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Series: Dystopian Lawyer, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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“This one is fresh, intelligent, and emotional with a plot that envisions an alternate reality hard to dismiss as unreal. It’s a legal thriller, with a big twist, stirring and imaginative, brimming with skullduggery, that will have you asking: is this possible?" (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author)

Better Call Saul meets 1984 in this first volume in an explosive legal thriller series set in the world of Tropic of Kansas - a finalist for the 2018 Campbell Award for best science-fiction novel of the year.

Defeated in a devastating war with China and ravaged by climate change, America is on the brink of a bloody civil war. Seizing power after a controversial election, the ruling regime has begun cracking down on dissidents fighting the nation’s slide toward dictatorship. 

For Donny Kimoe, chaos is good for business. He’s a lawyer who makes his living defending enemies of the state. His newest client, young filmmaker Xelina Rocafuerte, witnessed the murder of an opposition leader and is now accused of terrorism. To save her from the only sentence worse than death, Donny has to extract justice from a system that has abandoned the rule of law. That means breaking the rules - and risking the same fate as his clients. 

When Donny bungles Xelina’s initial hearing, he has only days to save the young woman from being transferred to a detention camp from which no one returns. His only chance of winning is to find the truth - a search that begins with the opposition leader’s death and leads to a dark conspiracy reaching the highest echelons of power. 

Now, Donny isn’t just fighting for his client’s life - he’s battling for his own. But as the trial in the top secret court begins, Xelina’s friends set into motion a revolutionary response that could destroy the case. And when another case unexpectedly collides with Xelina’s, Donny uncovers even more devastating secrets, knowledge that will force him to choose between saving one client...or the future of the entire country. 

©2019 Christopher Brown (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Wow!

An awesome novel that is part science fiction and part political thriller. I live in Texas where the story takes place and I shudder after listening to the audiobook. I keep wondering when the tanks will appear and our government will fall. Just kidding. This story gets your attention. I give it five stars overall especially the narration. MacLeod Andrews gives this story life.

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A marriage of fiction to nonfiction

Great premise that’s rooted in a completely plausible extrapolation of where our country may be headed. Great characterization: the many flaws of the protagonist contrast and enhance his essential strengths of legal imagination, courage and humor; conversely, a major antagonist is depicted as having an admirable vein of moral character.

Suspenseful. Marries dystopian fiction with nonfictional observations of the present in a way that is completely believable, and who knows, possibly eerily predictive. Thanks