Lieutenant Colonel Sean Drummond, a cocky US Army lawyer who's not afraid to be blunt, finds himself up to his neck in a case he didn't ask to take.
Five US soldiers, tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners, stand accused of committing depraved atrocities against their charges. Drummond is assigned to defend one of them: a hardscrabble young woman who is either incredibly naive or deceptively evil...and whose incriminating photos made the case an international scandal.
Drummond and his cocounsel, the fiercely antiwar Katherine Carlson, have a complicated and combative history, but they can't afford to get distracted now. They must determine what drove five young patriots to fall so far to the dark side of human nature. As Drummond uncovers evidence that his client has been used as a pawn in a secret strategy involving torture, he realizes he's caught up in a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of government. Breaking down the US military's formidable stonewalling could destabilize the government and put his life at risk - but Drummond's not the type to back away from a good fight.
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I have missed Brian Haig! Glad to have him back...
Brian Haig is such a talented author. His books are so indepth, multifaceted and detail oriented. His books may not always adhere to the comfort level of the masses but his subject plots are realistic and very believable.
I thought Christopher Lane did a fine job. I prefer Scott Brick for Mr. Haig's books but I thought this narrator did a good job.
I have missed this author so much and periodically check his name to see if he has written anything new, always disappointed when there is nothing. This was such a total surprise and I am so glad I found it. I hope that he will be writing again with more frequency. This book touches on some very taboo subjects including incest, torture of prisoners (like what happened at Guantanamo) with some variations. There is also some unrequited love, deviant behavior and murder (and boy does the ending knock your socks off!!). This is one ending I did not see coming. If you have read/listened to any of the Drummond books in the past this one will certainly be a surprise. If you haven't listened to this series before this still makes a fantastic stand alone. Bravo Brian Haig! Can you PLEASE write another one soon?
Just a note: If you haven't read The Hunted you are really missing a well written extraordinary story that is based on a true story that is so bizarre it read like fiction. One of the best books I have ever read.
Solid but Graphic at times
- Chris Mills