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Publisher's Summary

In this rousing novel, the action sweeps from the Oval Office to a Navy SEAL assault on a remote Indonesian Island, from the court-martial of an admiral to the impeachment hearings of a peacenik President. The President orders the arrest and trial of a battle group commander who, in defiance of a presidential order, led a Congress-authorized attack on terrorists. The angry Speaker of the House retaliates by initiating impeachment proceedings. Jim Dillon, the Speaker's top aide, finds himself defending the admiral in the court-martial and is named number-two prosecutor for the upcoming impeachment trial.
Meanwhile, a terrorist invades a U.S.-owned gold mine on an Indonesian island, murdering the American boss, and holding his wife hostage. The price for her life: the release of captured fellow terrorists. Dillon uncovers another forgotten power to the Constitution, the Rules of Capture, to authorize a SEAL-led attack.
With a feel for politics that rivals Bob Woodward's, a Scott Turow-like gift for legal drama, and a hard-charging rush of military action that surpasses Tom Clancy, James W. Huston delivers a heart-stopping novel that builds to a riveting final confrontation on Capital Hill. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, the SEALs head for shore in their new Mirage assault boats to finish the job.
©1999 James W. Huston; (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Terrorism, pacifism, freedom of religion, and politics are the themes running through this action-packed novel, which also includes clever lawyers, a court-martial, and the impeachment of a president....[Adams Morgan] narrates in a lively tempo that keeps the story moving along nicely." (AudioFile)
"Huston continues to be a most welcome newcomer to the ranks of thriller-scribblers." (Booklist)
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By Anne on 09-22-04

had to listen to it non stop

usually I can press the stop button quite easily on a audio book.. but not this one...all the plots stitched together so well and it held my attention every step of the way..the characters were life like, and the story was powerfull. what a read..try it.

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By Linda on 08-20-05

Willing Suspense of Disbelief

This author expects too much acceptance of the completely illogical, e.g.,a protagonist who is supposed to be a bright congressional aide whose intelligence varies between brillient and dull normal; a president whose religous views were not viewed under a microscope when he was elected. It is the mark of a lazy writer when s/he uses plot/character development that simply do not make sense. It interferes with the enjoyment of a story when the listener is constantly thinking, "This is really unbelievable". The premise of this book is interesting so it is unfortunate that the author is inept.

The narrator has a staccato delivery that is very annoying.

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By David on 03-15-07

Gripping, - I couldn't turn it off!!!!

Don't buy this audiobook unless you have the 15 or so hours to spare in a short space of time - I listened to this in two days, I just couldn't bear to turn it off!! I had never heard of the author before and only downloaded the book on a whim. I am however a fan of Clancy, Stephen Coonts etc. This book is of the same ilk. The story is well written and grabs your attention from the start. The comparisons in the main synopsis to Clancy and Trurrow are correct. The only shame is that the first part of this story (told in a previous book 'Balance of Power) isn't available on Audible. Now that I have listened to this I can safely say that I have found a new author that I really like. I shall be buying his other audio books and reading what is not available.

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By Martin on 11-09-07

Excellent if you keep listening

At the start of this book I was disappointed and thought it lacked pace and structure. However, before long it became gripping and I just had to keep it playing. The narrator does a good job by including the right amount of expression in the characters without being intrusive.

I would recommend this book.

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