Richard North Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I was reminded again why when I read In the Name of Honor. Patterson shows why he is one of the best legal thriller writers with this tale of an Army officer who shoots his former commander after they return from Iraq. The protagonist is Captain Paul Terry, the JAG officer who is assigned to defend him shortly before he is supposed to leave the military for a plush job in New York City. Terry has to deal with his client's family and the extended family of the deceased while navigating a military court martial and probing his client's PTSD and memory loss surrounding the shooting. The plot was good and I did not see the twist of the climax coming. But as always, Patterson's strength is his finely-drawn characters and their relationships. I had a hard time putting this book down, and I anxiously await Patterson's next novel.
My only complaint is that he got some of the military details wrong, but I am also an Iraq veteran, so the average reader probably wouldn't notice the mistakes.
The debut novel by Richard North Patterson introduces us to Christopher Kenyon Paget, a young idealistic lawyer who wants the truth at all costs. The trouble is, when he tries to bring down a close ally of the President, the cost may be his own life.
Not quite as deep as his later novels and a quicker read, but still a page-turner.
This was an amazing, inspiring book. I was very tempted to keep it for myself, but I feel I need to pass Randy's message forward so others can also be inspired. But after the wish list here dies down, I may request it again as a keeper for my library.
An account of the Lighthouse Stevensons, a family responsible for building Scotland's most challenging lighthouses during the Victorian era. Illustrated with photos, diagrams, and portraits, you get a real sense of the challenges they faced, not only in building the lighthouses, but also a sense of the time period and the men themselves.
I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't as lighthearted or fun as her previous books, I thought. Although some of the characters seemed two-dimensional, the story and main character's dilemma were very realistic. And I loved the ending. I hope Emily Giffin's fifth book comes out soon.
Successful Hollywood women are dying in gruesome fashion. The murderer sends taunting emails after each murder, taunting the police to catch "her." Will Alex Cross find the murderer before "she" claims her next victim?
A supersonic airliner has an unfortunate meeting with a navy test missile at high altitude. The plane depressurizes, and only a few crew and passengers survive without suffering from lack of oxygen before the plane levels out at a lower altitude. Led by a weekend pilot, the few survivors bravely try to bring the plane home, but they have to battle not only the elements, a plane full of irrational brain-damaged passengers, and their own fears, but also those who would rather see the plane crash at sea.
Page-turner by the master of political/legal thrillers. This is one of the Kerry Kilcannon series, and as he nears election, decisions of his past come to haunt him and threaten everything he has, including his life.
I really enjoyed this thriller about a murder case in Toronto, which was an interesting twist on the usual legal thriller format in that it wasn't just from the point of view of the attorneys, but rather included the police and detectives as they pieced the case together. The many characters were interesting and varied, though not all as fully-developed as I would have liked (though not really possible due to the number). The plot was good and built to a suspenseful climax. The descriptions of Toronto really made me want to go back to visit soon.
There were a few loose ends laying the way for a sequel, perhaps. If so, I'll be sure to read it. I highly recommend this book for any fans of legal thrillers, especially those wanting something a little different.
As a veteran of Iraq, I think this is easily the best book to come out of the Global War on Terror so far. "Emotionally powerful" and "insightful" seem too trite to describe the vivid detail and brutal honesty that could only be captured by our U.S. troops on the group (and in the air and sea), as well as the often-forgotten group of their loved ones back home. If you say you support the troops, please read this book so when you say "Thank you" to them, you will have a greater appreciation of the sacrifices they make and the hardships they endure.
Scott Turow switches his usual story line in this book, but hasn't lost his master storyteller's touch. A son researches his late father's service in Europe during World War II, learning volumes about his parents, and ultimately himself.