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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    A very good read that touches on current issues.

    This is a fine legal thriller with many a plot twist. I would recommend it to anyone as a thumping good read. Mr. Patterson keeps the tension at a high level as he slowly takes us deeper and deeper into the events that surround the crime and the secrets of the people involved.

    The book is set within a military background and involves infantry officers who served in the Iraq conflict. Mr. Patterson comments strongly about the effect of that conflict and the problems of the troops who have returned.

    I served in the late 60's so I cannot comment on the details of his observations. However, the general feel of a military life and family he captures well. I grew up in a long term military family and his description of the pressures and rewards of that life ring soundly.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Trial of a military officer that was accused of killing his wife

    When I see a book written by Richard North Patterson, I feel it is a MUST read. I have never read one of his books I did not enjoy and "In the Name of Honor" is certainly no exception. This book will take you through a military trial involving mainly the McCarran and the Gallagher families that will also take you into the heart of the Iraqi war, then bring you back to present reality in a hard fought trial that will teach you much about law, both military and civilian.

    Captain Paul Terry was given the duty to defend the general's son, Lieutenant Brian McCarran, for shooting and killing his wife. Captain Terry, a JAG (Judge Advocate General) attorney, had only a month left before he was to start a very lucrative Wall Street job in civilian life and he was so looking forward to that job away from military life but he felt he could at least get the defense started for another attorney. The McCarran family had been military for generations and they didn't want a blot like this on their history. To top it all off, it was the general's son who had killed his goddaughter's husband. Sound confusing? It is but not the way the author wrote his story.

    The victim, Captain Joe D'Abruzzo, had been Brian McCarran's company commander in Iraq, a fact that made them work very closely together in times of stress. The disagreements between Brian and his commander in procedures while serving in Iraq became wider and caused a lot of dissension between the two but the commander was the law of the platoon. Joe D'Abruzzo would not even go to his commanding officer even though Brian had requested that many times. These splits in opinion between the two led to some of the problems in Iraq and upon their arrival back home. Then Joe's wife Kate was being threatened by Joe to the point of being frightened with him around, especially with the loaded gun he kept in the apartment. This trouble also caused Kate to turn to Brian to protect her when her husband had threatened her. Did this cause an affair?

    The trial produced many incidents in Iraq as well as at home where PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) could have been a factor in the murder. Many experts were used as witnesses, as well as fellow platoon members that were still alive and hard to find and were reluctant to testify and bring back too many horrific memories. Brian's sister, Meg, wanted to help defend her brother but that had to be with Terry's approval, which he did okay since she was an attorney though not experienced in military law. Meg and Paul Terry found a spark between them and it wouldn't go away. They sometimes had problems keeping their mind on the trial when they worked on the facts and strategies away from the courtroom.

    I think I have given you enough to make you want to dig into this very good story. If not, you must not like adventurous military trials with love mixed in. With so many possibilities of who actually did what in this murder, you will be kept guessing until the end. A great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    Loved the books and the author

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Fabulous Read

    If you're a Richard North Patterson fan, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    A Solid Read But Not a Page-Turner

    I have been a fan of Richard North Patterson all the way back to The Lasko Tangent. I have read just about everything he has written in between. While this book was better than Exile, or even his most recent, it still was not a page-turner. The main character, a lawyer named Paul Terry, is a military lawyer who tries to defend the son of a high ranking military officer after he is accused of murder. The twists and turns in this particular narrative just weren't satisfying. It was literally a chore to get to the end of this book. Then there's the characters. It was hard to like any of them. The main character, Paul Terry, was about as engaging as a dishrag. If you're looking for a book to escape, this one will only put you to sleep.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

    Least Favorite Richard N Patterson book

    This was a rough book to read due to the subject matter and I found it my least favorite Richard North Patterson book. Too much like all the other books out there today on the "endless" war in the middle east.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    A RIVETING COURTROOM DRAMA - AUDIO EDITION

    Little pulls in and holds a reader more effectively than a stunning opening, which is precisely what Richard North Patterson has done with IN THE NAME OF HONOR. Captain Paul Terry receives an early morning phone call, "There's been a shooting at Fort Bolton - one officer killed another."

    As if that weren't shocking enough the shooter was Brian McCarran. This was a killing that would "reverberate all the way to the Pentagon, where the family's most revered member, Anthony McCarran, served as chief of staff of the army." Terry, an attorney, is just shy of leaving the service for a plush job with a Wall Street firm, but he has been called to help Brian in what is sure to be not only a headline grabbing case but a heartbreaking one as well.

    The dead soldier is Joe D'Abruzzo, Brian's commanding officer in Iraq and married to Kate Gallagher who has been almost like a sister to Brian. Both of the men have changed since returning from duty. Brian has been traumatized by his experiences, and Joe has been withdrawn, guarded. It was as if at times he were a stranger.

    When Brian receives a phone call from Kate revealing that Joe has become violently abusive, he determines that he will protect her. But one night Joe comes to Brian's apartment and their confrontation ends in death. Brian claims that Joe attacked him, although he is unable to remember large parts of the evening. Paul will defend him using PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) as his defense.

    Meanwhile, Brian's sister, Meg, has arrived from San Francisco. She's a highly intelligent attorney who insists on serving as co-counsel in order to save her brother. Hidden secrets are revealed as the process continues.

    Readers of Patterson's work know that he's a pro at creating riveting courtroom drama - for this reader IN THE NAME OF HONOR is some of his best work. Obviously, Patterson has researched PTSD assiduously as we find when Paul makes his case. With that plus the war in Iraq readers will find much to ponder as the suspense builds to a highly surprising ending.

    A well experienced voice performer John Bedford Lloyd offers a clear, concise reading which is not only easy to hear and understand but adds tension to the courtroom scenes. The impact of those sections is so dramatic that the most powerful narration a voice performer can present is almost one of dispassion, allowing the listener to envision the scenes. Lloyd's reading is tense, never tentative, which is a perfect foil for this tale.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    A RIVETING COURTROOM DRAMA

    Little pulls in and holds a reader more effectively than a stunning opening, which is precisely what Richard North Patterson has done with IN THE NAME OF HONOR. Captain Paul Terry receives an early morning phone call, "There's been a shooting at Fort Bolton - one officer killed another."

    As if that weren't shocking enough the shooter was Brian McCarran. This was a killing that would "reverberate all the way to the Pentagon, where the family's most revered member, Anthony McCarran, served as chief of staff of the army." Terry, an attorney, is just shy of leaving the service for a plush job with a Wall Street firm, but he has been called to help Brian in what is sure to be not only a headline grabbing case but a heartbreaking one as well.

    The dead soldier is Joe D'Abruzzo, Brian's commanding officer in Iraq and married to Kate Gallagher who has been almost like a sister to Brian. Both of the men have changed since returning from duty. Brian has been traumatized by his experiences, and Joe has been withdrawn, guarded. It was as if at times he were a stranger.

    When Brian receives a phone call from Kate revealing that Joe has become violently abusive, he determines that he will protect her. But one night Joe comes to Brian's apartment and their confrontation ends in death. Brian claims that Joe attacked him, although he is unable to remember large parts of the evening. Paul will defend him using PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) as his defense.

    Meanwhile, Brian's sister, Meg, has arrived from San Francisco. She's a highly intelligent attorney who insists on serving as co-counsel in order to save her brother. Hidden secrets are revealed as the process continues.

    Readers of Patterson's work know that he's a pro at creating riveting courtroom drama - for this reader IN THE NAME OF HONOR is some of his best work. Obviously, Patterson has researched PTSD assiduously as we find when Paul makes his case. With that plus the war in Iraq readers will find much to ponder as the suspense builds to a highly surprising ending.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    Not Very Honorable Storytelling

    When an author sets out to write a trial novel, he knows that he has the advantage. He gets to decide what facts to present, and when to present them. He can mislead the reader, throw in last-minute surprises that resolve everything, use red herrings, or even decide that it was a dream and didn't really happen.
    Richard North Patterson is a good writer. So why, when he sets out to write a trial novel, does he create a situation where the sister of the defendant is his co-counsel? In a military court at that, even though she is a civil attorney who has never tried a murder case. She has an emotional relationship with the defendant that surely crowds her objectivity, and, to top it off, is a potential witness in the case. If that's not enough, you have no doubt which bed the two co-counsels will soon find themselves in. So, for a trial novel, it is hogwash to start with. Then we move on to the people involved- a convoluted family where who loves whom is up to debate, and suicide has caused the end of at least one marriage. The defendant is a basket case, just back form Iraq (a turn that could have been made interesting, except for too much psychobabble on someone the reader doesn't have a reason to care about.) He lies from the beginning to his lawyer and seems to have few redeeming qualities. The main military lawyer is assigned the case only a month before he is to leave the military, and insists that we will leave the case then despite getting completely caught up in it and getting into bed with the defendant's sister, the heretofore mentioned co-counsel. So of course the reader believes none of that either. Patterson has just disappointed me by taking the case of injustices done to returning Iraq war veterans and turning it into a joke of a novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2010

    BEST EVER!!!

    I loved this book. It is by far his best ever and he has written some goodies. You are kept in the dark until the very end. This one could have had a sequel. Can't wait until his next adventure.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    In the Name of Honor

    Richard North Patterson's In the Name of Honor is a military courtroom drama that deals with the death of Captain D'Abruzzo by Lt. Brian McCarran and whether it was murder or self-defense. With close families, PTSD, secrets and more, the story has more than enough to create a tension filled tale but unfortunately, I felt the slow build-up never took off and it dragged to a point that I didn't want to finish the book. Patterson is a superb author, but I think this one was average.

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