Marine One

  • by James W. Huston
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president.Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America on behalf of the First Lady.Nolan knows that to win his case, he has to find out what really caused Marine One to crash and why the president threw caution aside to go to a meeting no one seems to know about.

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What the Critics Say

"Nonstop legal suspense at its best."(Publishers Weekly)

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Starts with a bang...(actually, a crash)

STORY - (courtroom thriller) I really, really enjoyed this book. There is an intense investigation involving the crash of a French-made helicopter which kills the President of the U.S. There are all kinds of theories of whether it was due to faulty manufacturing, a storm-related accident or whether there were motives to sabotage the copter and murder the President. The investigation culminates in a federall trial where the First Lady and widows of the crew of Marine One are suing the French manufacturer for over a billion dollars. I thought the whole book was exciting and very, very interesting. I would have rated it a 5 except for the fact that I am in the legal profession and some of the courtroom procedures were a bit over the top. Despite the fact that I sometimes would roll my eyes, it was great listening.

PERFORMANCE - The narrator did a good job, but nothing exceptional. He didnt try very hard to distinguish between the different characters.

OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) Great courtroom thriller with elements of crash investigation and political conspiracy. No violence or foul language.

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- AudioAddict

Political Conspiracy or Accident? Courtroom Drama!

This story was an entertaining listen, but the ending was a "stretch".... The court room drama was very satisfying but the ending while viable, it left me disappointed. Even though the ending was potentially possible, I guess I wanted something more. I wanted an ending that would have taken down the bad guys who were involved in the courtroom drama.

The court room tactics were the best part of the story. Which side, the defense or the prosecution, would come up with the best "gotcha" moments. There were lots of legal wrangling going on while each side were investigating who manufactured key parts of the helicopter that crashed killing the President of the United States. Determining why the helicopter crashed would determine who was responsible.

The narrator was on point, no complaints there...
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- R. Pontiflet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.