Duty to Investigate

( 4 )

Overview

As a successful trial lawyer, Mike Beck uses his personality and his skill with the letter of the law to win in a courtroom. As a Marine Reservist ordered to Iraq on an unexpected deployment, he finds himself in a different world where the law of war often conflicts with common sense and his own feel for what's right and what's wrong.

When an embedded female correspondent reveals what appears to be an illegal killing of Iraqi civilians by a U.S. Marine during the battle for ...

See more details below
Paperback
$13.63
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$14.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (4) from $11.48   
  • New (3) from $11.48   
  • Used (1) from $13.62   
Duty to Investigate: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.99
BN.com price
(Save 26%)$14.99 List Price

Overview

As a successful trial lawyer, Mike Beck uses his personality and his skill with the letter of the law to win in a courtroom. As a Marine Reservist ordered to Iraq on an unexpected deployment, he finds himself in a different world where the law of war often conflicts with common sense and his own feel for what's right and what's wrong.

When an embedded female correspondent reveals what appears to be an illegal killing of Iraqi civilians by a U.S. Marine during the battle for Fallujah, Beck finds himself faced with a case that challenges both his legal skills and his conviction that something is very wrong with what seems to be a clear violation of the law of land warfare. Devoted to finding the truth about an ugly incident and keeping an innocent Marine from being convicted in a court-martial, Mike Beck defies orders, purloins evidence, and leads a combat team that must fight their way through a fanatical enemy force to investigate the scene of the alleged crime.

Along the way as he battles his conscience, command influence, and a media giant clamoring for his head, Mike Beck finds a lot of truth about the case, about the brutal enemy in Iraq, about the nature of a very nasty war, about the Marines risking their lives in a confusing combat situation-and about himself as a Marine, a lawyer, and a man.

"A timely page-turner about war, honor, love, and Iraq justice told by a true Marine-Hooah!"
Eugene Sullivan, Chief Judge (ret), U.S. Court of Appeals (Armed Forces)
Author of The Majority Rules and The Report to the Judiciary

... fast paced, extremely interesting, and hard to put down. It is a military thriller of epic proportions, involving current trends of terrorism, personal stories, and the typical strictness of a military environment.

Stone, a former Marine himself, blurs the lines between the good guys and the bad guys and shows us that in war, not everything and everyone is as they seem at first glance. His battle scenes are written from the perspective of a true soldier and are gripping and at times heart-breaking. Stone's story is intriguing, action-packed-and hints at more to come.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985338879
  • Publisher: Warriors Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/20/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

J. W. Stone is an exceptional author with 30 years of military service. He was with the Marines in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah and developed a unique perspective on modern warfare. His writing brims with action, real characters, and a deep understanding of courage and commitment, both from the perspective of the grunts on the ground and the highest ranking officers.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. The story sucked me in and I could

    I really enjoyed this book. The story sucked me in and I could not put it down once I started reading it. The characters are very real: flawed and compelling...and the action is intense. I'm looking forward to Mr. Stone's next novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 5, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    War isn┬┐t pretty and this novel is the epitome of its brutality

    War isn’t pretty and this novel is the epitome of its brutality and misunderstandings that just escalate into more violence and disputes.  It’s also about survivors, those who survive battle, those who survive the hate of the Iraqi people, those who survive by turning into thieves and murderers, and those who are so sick that they actually enjoy the battles and torture.  And then there are those who are revered because they face formidable obstacles and manage to maintain honor, integrity, and compassion – but who said it’s easy to maintain that stance?
    J. W. Stone has written a very fine, realistic novel about the Battle of Fallujah.  Captain Michael Beck is a former civilian lawyer now serving in a legal capacity in Iraq.  Before the attack a female photographer, Anne Merrill, is determined to capture the entire battle which gets a lot of officers angry because she seem to ignore the very real risks of an actual attack.  Things get worse between Beck and Merrill after she walks into a room and starts snapping pictures of dead Iraqi bodies and a soldier standing with his gun aimed toward them.  They don’t realize one of the bodies isn’t dead and he will much later be the key witness who makes all the difference in the world.  It’s obvious that the ramifications of a soldier gone berserk with killing would have on the Iraqi people and then on the American military.  The rules are super strict for a reason, to prevent this disaster in the making. Now Beck and others will be challenged to stretch the rules to cover up this living nightmare!
    To tell more would be to spoil a fascinating (hate to use the word in this context but it is) examination of the Iraqi thug who forces other Iraqi citizens to carry out his torture and death squad activities.  Here he hopes to set up a scene that will force the Americans to leave for good. It’s not that he hates Americans for their help; he just wants total control of the devastating conditions for his own self-interest and material gain.  Religious motivation is just a cover here!
    As time passes, we are beginning to see more novels about the Iraq war coming to publication and this is an excellent presentation of the horrors and surprises of war that make our service men and women honor what they do and why they do it.  Innocence and guilt must have very clear definitions in these scenes; the alternative is too horrific to even think about.
    Great writing and very real depiction of what many wish would not be so – but it is and therefore is more poignant and devastating and heart-warming because of your telling of the truth of all sides!  Great read! Thanks for sharing, J. W. Stone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    I received this book as a gift and really enjoyed it. It was fas

    I received this book as a gift and really enjoyed it. It was fast paced, easy to read and beautifully written.
    I was completely locked into the battle scenes at the end. I honestly believe if made into movie, it would be
    #1 at the Box Office!!   

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 27, 2013

    I have to say, I have no real military experience and know only

    I have to say, I have no real military experience and know only what I see on TV or in the movies.  This book was an eye opener to military jargon, chain of command, and how civilians fare in a country raged with war.  You have to read the prologue to really get a feel for the story, which opens in Fallujah, Iraq, with a squadron of Marines, and where the captain is “babysitting” a reporter, Anne Merrill.  Here the squadron runs into a school and a battle ensues leaving several civilians dead. Or were they dead before the battle?  That’s basically what the running question is throughout the story.  Here enters Mike Beck, a prosperous attorney in Chicago and also a reservist in the military.  He goes on active duty and defemds the squadron.  This is where the story really picks up speed.  Not going to tell the ending here.  The author does a good job describing the events, Iraq, and the characters.  A very good read.  

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)