Protect and Defend : Kerry Kilcannon

  • by Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by Patricia Kalember
  • Series: Kerry Kilcannon
  • 21 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Washington, the newly elected young president, Kerry Kilcannon, faces his first test: the sudden death of the chief justice of the United States has created a vacancy at the heart of a sharply divided Supreme Court. In San Francisco, an unknown 15-year-old girl, Mary Ann Tierney, wants to sue for permission to have a late-term abortion over the opposition of her pro-life parents.President Kilcannon resolves to nominate Caroline Masters - a brilliant jurist shadowed by a personal secret - as the next chief justice. In the Senate, two men who hope to succeed Kilcannon hold the key to her nomination: Majority Leader Macdonald Gage, and his bitter rival, Chad Palmer, a former military hero noted for his political independence. A hidden alliance between Kilcannon and Palmer is threatened when Mary Ann Tierney's inflammatory, nationally televised lawsuit thrusts the issue of abortion to the forefront of the Senate battle over the Masters nomination.As the Tierney case moves to its dramatic climax, it poses a stark choice - between preserving the life of a potentially doomed fetus and putting Mary Ann's fertility at risk. The trial's legal and political dangers are equally clear: to the future of the pro-choice and pro-life movements; to the gifted but inexperienced woman lawyer who represents Mary Ann Tierney; to the bitterly divided and politicized appellate court that must review the trial, and on which Caroline Masters serves; to the president who has chosen her; to the powerful forces who wish to defeat her by any means at hand.

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Gave up early on

I really didn't care for the author's politics. It seemed like this book was merely a vehicle to bash, misrepresnet and generally offend anyone that's center or slightly right of center politically. I just couldn't get past that and had to quit the book early on.
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- Todd Wynia

Tops My List

Out of the more than 1,000 books which I have read over the past 20 - 30 years, I would rate this book as number one.

Those reviews which state that they stopped reading this book because they disagreed with Patterson's politics remind me of the Catholic Church's response to Galileo and Copernicus. This book is inappropriate for closed minded people unwilling to consider the validity of other points of view which differ from their pre-conceived positions. Whether or not you find Patterson's positions persuasive, the presentation is spellbinding.
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- Cal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2001
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks