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Protect and Defend (Kerry Kilcannon Series #2)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Recommend this book.

Richard North Patterson still remains one of my favorite authors even though I feel this book was a little too predictable with all those 'greedy' Republicans being supported by the 'noncompassionate, narrow minded' pro-lifers. The book was a little too one-sided for m...
Richard North Patterson still remains one of my favorite authors even though I feel this book was a little too predictable with all those 'greedy' Republicans being supported by the 'noncompassionate, narrow minded' pro-lifers. The book was a little too one-sided for me. But even so, I still couldn't put the book down.

posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2001

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I guess we know where Mr. Patterson's stands on abortion rights.

While this book was very well written, it troubled me that the author portrayed ALL Democrats as pro-choice and ALL Republicans as pro-life. He made Republicans seem callous and rigid, while making Democrats seem caring and flexible. It was NOT a fair portrayal of eit...
While this book was very well written, it troubled me that the author portrayed ALL Democrats as pro-choice and ALL Republicans as pro-life. He made Republicans seem callous and rigid, while making Democrats seem caring and flexible. It was NOT a fair portrayal of either. I found it very disturbing....and I'M a Democrat. I'm also Pro-life.

posted by Anonymous on November 21, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Recommend this book.

    Richard North Patterson still remains one of my favorite authors even though I feel this book was a little too predictable with all those 'greedy' Republicans being supported by the 'noncompassionate, narrow minded' pro-lifers. The book was a little too one-sided for me. But even so, I still couldn't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    Breathes Life Into Complex Legal Hypotheticals

    A new president of the United States takes office after a close election victory. Early in his term, he faces the opportunity to make a key appointment. Circumstances arise in a perverse way to make what would normally be a routine decision into a very tricky and challenging one for all involved. Every law student is familiar with the Socratic technique of the professor starting with one set of facts, and then beginning to alter them to see how it affects the result. By testing a full range of situations, the true legal principles begin to emerge. Protect and Defend does the best job I have ever seen of taking this method and using it to develop complex questions in a novel. Anyone who likes reading about the law will enjoy this aspect of the book. Unlike most books about legal issues, this one also fully develops many characters. As I read the book, I was also reminded of the excitement I felt as I read Advise and Consent. The reason for this is that you (if you are like me) will probably identify with several of the characters and care about what happens to them and to the country, as you care about others and the country in real life. The primary focus of this book is on abortion as a legal and political issue. Most people do not like to read about this subject, but this book is vastly more interesting than most by shedding new light on the many complex perspectives that come into play. On the other hand, the most gross details of abortion are fully exposed here, and will upset many readers. Constructively, the book fairly and positively portrays many ranges of pro-choice opinion. Unfortunately, those who come to a pro-life point of view from religious or moral scruples make out very poorly here. Typically, they are portrayed in an unfavorable light. This is a serious weakness of the book. Had it been more balanced in its portrayal of the two viewpoints, Protect and Defend could have been a landmark novel about how America is dealing with abortion today. If you are pro-life, you may find this book offensive. For you, this could be a one-star book. Mr. Patterson points out that he sought help from pro-life advocates, and received very little. He notes that this probably affected the quality of his story. If he had not provided that explanation, I would have graded the book down at least one more star. The legal hypotheticals usually come up in the context of courtroom examinations, and are very interesting. They certainly added to my thinking and understanding. I suspect that they will to yours too. The book also presents a cautious case for a possible way out of the political cannibalism that affects both major parties, so that few candidates for important offices are 'pure' enough to hold them. I encourage you to be sure that you understand all of the perspectives involved in abortion. I suspect that most of us (and certainly me) have views that are uninformed in many ways. I hope that pro-life advocates will take the time to further inform Mr. Patterson and that he will write another fine book on this subject in the future. That would be a benefit to us all. Look at all dimensions of important issues before drawing your conclusions. Then check your thinking before acting. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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