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The Price of Power

By: James W. Huston
Narrated by: Adams Morgan
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In this rousing novel, the action sweeps from the Oval Office to a Navy SEAL assault on a remote Indonesian Island, from the court-martial of an admiral to the impeachment hearings of a peacenik President.

The President orders the arrest and trial of a battle group commander who, in defiance of a presidential order, led a Congress-authorized attack on terrorists. The angry Speaker of the House retaliates by initiating impeachment proceedings. Jim Dillon, the Speaker's top aide, finds himself defending the admiral in the court-martial and is named number-two prosecutor for the upcoming impeachment trial.

Meanwhile, a terrorist invades a U.S.-owned gold mine on an Indonesian island, murdering the American boss, and holding his wife hostage. The price for her life: the release of captured fellow terrorists. Dillon uncovers another forgotten power to the Constitution, the Rules of Capture, to authorize a SEAL-led attack.

With a feel for politics that rivals Bob Woodward's, a Scott Turow-like gift for legal drama, and a hard-charging rush of military action that surpasses Tom Clancy, James W. Huston delivers a heart-stopping novel that builds to a riveting final confrontation on Capital Hill. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, the SEALs head for shore in their new Mirage assault boats to finish the job.

©1999 James W. Huston (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Terrorism, pacifism, freedom of religion, and politics are the themes running through this action-packed novel, which also includes clever lawyers, a court-martial, and the impeachment of a president....[Adams Morgan] narrates in a lively tempo that keeps the story moving along nicely." (AudioFile)
"Huston continues to be a most welcome newcomer to the ranks of thriller-scribblers." (Booklist)

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had to listen to it non stop

usually I can press the stop button quite easily on a audio book.. but not this one...all the plots stitched together so well and it held my attention every step of the way..the characters were life like, and the story was powerfull. what a read..try it.

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Willing Suspense of Disbelief

This author expects too much acceptance of the completely illogical, e.g.,a protagonist who is supposed to be a bright congressional aide whose intelligence varies between brillient and dull normal; a president whose religous views were not viewed under a microscope when he was elected. It is the mark of a lazy writer when s/he uses plot/character development that simply do not make sense. It interferes with the enjoyment of a story when the listener is constantly thinking, "This is really unbelievable". The premise of this book is interesting so it is unfortunate that the author is inept.

The narrator has a staccato delivery that is very annoying.

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    3 out of 5 stars

You cant lose with this one.

Its not Tom clancy, but its still a good listen. The reader is very good, but not the best I ever heard. The main people lack depth, but your never lost in the story. This book is best if you dont expect more than it has. I wouldnt buy it but if you have a book balance its worth the 1 credit.

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Price of Power

This is a great book.

I started out with giving the book a 5 but it only rates a three.

The reason is not the reader, but the books dialog.

There are times in this book where the characters don't seem they are as smart as they could be in their rolls.

In addition parts of the book have just terrible choppy dialog. For example, early in the book you get the feeling that the characters just zone out at times...not something you expect from a Navy officer.

Other than that this book has it all. A military assault, Congress showing some backbone, and one of the most explosive closing scenes I've read in a long time.

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good story, bad diolog, terrible reader

Overall, I would say that it was a good story that drew me it. I agree with others that at times the diolog was lacking. The main characters often came off as 20 year old air-heads rather than powerful lawyers in Washington. This sense was made worse by the reader, especially how he read women's voices. Every woman came across as a total ditz, at times making almost painful to read. All said, the quality of the story overcame the other weaknesses.

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    2 out of 5 stars

I started with high hopes

This book has a great premise, one that's a bit different from most "thrillers". I might have enjoyed the book, I might have actually made it through the book, had the narrator not been so stiff, cold, and unbelieveable. He was even worse during the female dialog, making even young ladies sound like a cross between Aunt Bee of Mayberry and Dr. Mark Craig of St. Elsewhere. Somewhere in the middle of a woman's line I gave up and never finished the book. This one would be better read than heard I'm sure.

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Loved reading this especially right now

I liked this book. I’ve never read a story quite like this and the constitution references were so powerful especially right now in our world. I like that they tried to impeach a President and a lot of the trial things and that there was a love story intermixed too. I liked to see the structure of law and government laid out and ethical lawyers. I liked that the writer believes in God and thanked him at the end that actually fully completed my love for this novel,

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Good story and preference

Love the story and preference. Enjoyed the interactions of each of the characters. The background noise and talking was distracting.

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Hard to stay interested

The background noise was annoying and made it hard to stay concentrated on the story line.

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This was a good fighting-terrorists type book. I liked the first one better--sequels are rarely as good as others. This book is essentially filler between the first novel and others. Premise is over the top.

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