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  • Posted August 29, 2013

    This was a VERY compelling story. Although it was written in 200

    This was a VERY compelling story. Although it was written in 2005, unfortunately it is still applicable today. Women in our military dont get the respect they have earned. Too many are assaulted/molested and the good old boys club just circles the wagons to make it out to be the VICTIM'S fault. Going thru military channels for justice and punishment is like having the fox watching over the hen house. This runs parallel to the horrifice abuse inflicted by the priests and how this continues to be covered up.

    Within this story it was gut wrenching to see that Susan came from a military family and tried so hard for so long to earn her father's approval, but never quite suceeded. The son's were accepted but the daughter was held to a higher standard. In the end when she needed her family's support and belief in her the most, they let her down. It all became too much for her to handle -alone-.

    This is written realistically, thruthfully and cant help but resonate with you. You cry often as you feel Susan's pain, suffering and betrayal by those who should have stood by her --- read it with Kleenex at hand. Kudos for revealing such an important topic even though it may not be popular to discuss or --PC--.
    Thanks for YOUR courage, Ms McKenna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

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    This book was so lame. These were suppose to be two professional people. They acted like they were working on a high school.project. Cochrane was already devloping a crush on the new girl. This book lacked a smooth style of writing and a better choice of language. I had high hopes for.this story and I am disappointed. The author began with the chemistry thing between the two main characters and I immediately thought, too soon, not a good sign. This book did not hold my interest and did not finish reading it.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Lindsay McKenna is a master of military romantic suspense, and each subsequent story she writes proves why. SILENT WITNESS is no different, with its mix of intriguing characters, a thrilling story line, and ever-growing passion. <BR/><BR/>Agent Ellen Tanner is a redhead who likes long denim skirts, loose blouses, Birkenstock sandals, and dangly earrings. She's also a licensed psychotherapist, not to mention employed by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Defense. Until recently, she's resided in Washington, D.C., but now she's in California-and assigned to work with JAG Lieutenant Jim Cochrane. The Pentagon came up with the idea of using OIG agents to help out snowed-under JAG agents who are short-staffed and buried under work. With her new one-year assignment in California, Ellen is now the partner of Lt. Cochrane-a man who clearly sees her as nothing but the newest pain in his rear end. <BR/><BR/>Jim Cochrane doesn't want help. He doesn't need it. Well, he might need it a little, because he is buried under piles of work. But now that he's saddled with a new partner-who just happens to be a woman, not to mention a civilian-he's less than pleased. As his drawl gets thicker and his height seems to increase, he's determined to do everything within his power to get this over with as quickly as possible. It might have worked, too, if it wasn't for the death of Top Gun instructor Susan Kane. <BR/><BR/>Now Ellen and Jim are working in really close proximity, trying to find a killer. As if Jim's good ole boy demeanor and his obvious disdain of her weren't bad enough, the passion that keeps sparking up between them is driving Ellen mad. Sure, the guy's handsome, but they've got a killer to track, and she has no time-nor desire-to pursue personal relationships. Or so she thought. <BR/><BR/>As these two hard-headed people-one military, one civilian-work together to catch a murderer, the danger becomes more and more real, as does their desire. Will Ellen and Jim find out who killed Susan Kane before the danger gets too close? <BR/><BR/>Ms. McKenna has done an excellent job once again of combining military suspense with romance, and the result is a winner in SILENT WITNESS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Originally Posted on Romance Junkies

    Lindsay McKenna is a master of military romantic suspense, and each subsequent story she writes proves why. SILENT WITNESS is no different, with its mix of intriguing characters, a thrilling story line, and ever-growing passion. Agent Ellen Tanner is a redhead who likes long denim skirts, loose blouses, Birkenstock sandals, and dangly earrings. She's also a licensed psychotherapist, not to mention employed by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Defense. Until recently, she's resided in Washington, D.C., but now she's in California-and assigned to work with JAG Lieutenant Jim Cochrane. The Pentagon came up with the idea of using OIG agents to help out snowed-under JAG agents who are short-staffed and buried under work. With her new one-year assignment in California, Ellen is now the partner of Lt. Cochrane-a man who clearly sees her as nothing but the newest pain in his rear end. Jim Cochrane doesn't want help. He doesn't need it. Well, he might need it a little, because he is buried under piles of work. But now that he's saddled with a new partner-who just happens to be a woman, not to mention a civilian-he's less than pleased. As his drawl gets thicker and his height seems to increase, he's determined to do everything within his power to get this over with as quickly as possible. It might have worked, too, if it wasn't for the death of Top Gun instructor Susan Kane. Now Ellen and Jim are working in really close proximity, trying to find a killer. As if Jim's good ole boy demeanor and his obvious disdain of her weren't bad enough, the passion that keeps sparking up between them is driving Ellen mad. Sure, the guy's handsome, but they've got a killer to track, and she has no time-nor desire-to pursue personal relationships. Or so she thought. As these two hard-headed people-one military, one civilian-work together to catch a murderer, the danger becomes more and more real, as does their desire. Will Ellen and Jim find out who killed Susan Kane before the danger gets too close? Ms. McKenna has done an excellent job once again of combining military suspense with romance, and the result is a winner in SILENT WITNESS.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific military (enhanced by the local cops) police procedural

    Because the Navy JAG is overwhelmed with an enormous caseload and support in the war zone, the DOD Office of the Inspector General sends agents to assist on legal matters. Thus Jungian psychiatrist Agent Ellen Tanner, whose spouse died just over a year ago, leaves DC to work for one year at the San Diego naval Station. Her senior partner, divorced Lieutenant Jim Cochrane fails to hide his scorn that he does not want to mentor Ellen. --- They are assigned to assist the SDPD on an investigation into the homicide of Top Gun flight instructor Susan Kane the brass worries about a media nightmare having their top female pilot murdered. As they enter the crime scene Jim remains hostile to his student until she becomes nauseous upon seeing the corpse he becomes caring and nurturing. As they work the case together and he teaches her the tools to a successful investigation, they fall in love. However, he still burns from his ex-wife leaving him and taking their daughter with her while Ellen still grieves her loss. This is one romance that looks like it will never leave the tarmac. --- The romance takes a back seat to the prime pilot, the terrific military (enhanced by the local cops) police procedural. Jim may pretend to be a Missouri hillbilly, but he is obviously sharp and his educating Ellen, provides the audience with a fantastic insight to the case. Ellen augments his findings with her Jungian psychological skill at classifying people. SILENT WITNESS is an engaging thriller. - Harriet Klausner

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