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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (954 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781427209481
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Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer-was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran-now one of the army's most distinguished generals-became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt. Brian McCarran, the general's son, has returned from a harrowing tour in Iraq. Traumatized by wartime experiences he will not reveal, Brian depends on his lifelong friendship with Kate Gallagher, Jack's daughter, who is married to Brian's commanding officer in Iraq, Capt. Joe D'Abruzzo. But since coming home, D'Abruzzo also seems changed by the experiences he and Brian shared-he's become secretive and remote. Tragedy strikes when Brian shoots and kills D'Abruzzo on their army post in Virginia. Brian pleads self-defense, claiming that D'Abruzzo, a black-belt martial artist, came to his quarters, accused him of interfering with his marriage, and attacked him. Kate supports Brian and says that her husband had become violent and abusive. But Brian and Kate have secrets of their own, and now Capt. Paul Terry, one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, will defend Brian in a high-profile court-martial. Terry's co-counsel is Meg McCarran, Brian's sister, a brilliant and beautiful attorney who insists on leaving her practice in San Francisco to help save her brother. Before the case is over, Terry will become deeply entwined with Meg and the McCarrans-and learn that families, like war, can break the sturdiest of souls. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francis | 2/12/2014

    " No opinion as yet - just started reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 2/6/2014

    " This was my first read of this author, who was brilliant in the court room drama and trial part of the story. Can't wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Icicle4 | 1/1/2014

    " Twists and turns right up to the end in this fictional military court room drama based on events that took place in Iraq and the US. RNP does his usual good job in this case involving a defense attorney trying to ride herd on events beyond his control. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mmtimes4 | 1/1/2014

    " A new author for me. Home from Iraq, a Lieutenant kills his commanding officer - was it self-defensive or premeditated murder? Although a fiction novel, it reminded me what it costs our soldiers to leave their families and lifes to serve our country to return home never the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen D. | 12/29/2013

    " I like Patterson's writing, and this gives an interesting view of the military justice system. However, I saw the "twist" coming so far before it came to fruition it was a little frustrating. Still a worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rina | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book. Sometimes too much repetition of material where different witnesses give their evidence. It's clear that Patterson has a very good knowledge and experiences of prosecution and defence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 12/10/2013

    " A masterful trial lawyer tackles the defense of a young lieutenant who is brought to trial in a military tribunal. Military families, fear of career ending events, and effects of PTSD all play a part in this puzzling case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 11/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed the first half o the story, but I have to say some plot points were pretty easy to figure out, and that was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/17/2013

    " Good book - BUT strange ending to the story. Loved the aspects of war and tribute to our vetrens, but not a believable end to the story. Would not recommend the book because of the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 10/15/2013

    " Although the subject matter is timely, I found it a bit unrealistic given the family relationships and rank of the patriarch of the family. It was tedious that the bulk of the book took place in the courtroom as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/3/2013

    " This book had a few twists and turns I did not expect. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 8/8/2013

    " The scion of a military dynasty is on trial for murdering the husband of an old family friend. Good plot twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannan | 5/21/2013

    " Hadn't read this author in a while. A nice change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Donhiser | 3/2/2013

    " Very well written book. My first Richard North Patterson and definitely not my last. Tight story, page turner, with great plot twist in the final chapters. A very highly recommended read. Looking forward to seeing if the rest of his work matches this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 2/10/2013

    " Execellent read! The author did his homewrok on PSTD and family dynamics "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 8/5/2012

    " A lieutenant kills his commanding officer. The question arises whether it was murder or self-defense as animosity between the men and thier families is long standing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 8/2/2012

    " A good read....once I got into it I had a hard time putting it down. Wish there were more hours in the day sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/7/2012

    " A very timely book. A Military trial with a lot of intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 3/13/2012

    " another great book by an always incredibly author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/8/2011

    " I'm not usually into legal thrillers, but this was pretty good. Yeah, some parts were a little predictable (i.e. the romantic subplot) but the rest of the book was suspenseful and detailed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lynn | 5/9/2011

    " Not as good as his one issue books but still liked it. Part of his series on a lawyer, Paul Terry, who is featured in a string of other books. This case deals with PTSD of an Iraq soldier, plus many twists and turns in his trial for murder after returning home. Not a lot of depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 4/20/2011

    " Good book - BUT strange ending to the story. Loved the aspects of war and tribute to our vetrens, but not a believable end to the story. Would not recommend the book because of the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 4/15/2011

    " good "legal" thriller, but kind of slow in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 3/16/2011

    " Haven't read much by this author but liked it. Got a little repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/5/2011

    " Time stopping, could ot put it down. One of my new favorite authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 2/18/2011

    " Well written, interesting story, although I could see where it was going well ahead of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 1/29/2011

    " Military court-marshal, heroic military family cum the McCains. PTS, adultery, intrigue and deception...went a little slow - but kept me turning the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/26/2011

    " I would have given this a higher rating but the secret ending (spoiler alert) is so blatantly obvious that I felt disappointed at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanci | 1/23/2011

    " Gripping exploration of the dysfunction in our military and in many of our families culminating in disaster for 2 young men and those that called them loved ones. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.