Rule of Law

Rule of Law

by Randy Singer

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ISBN-13: 9781496418166
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 293,680
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school’s Board of Visitors.

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CHAPTER 1

SANA'A, YEMEN

They descended like vultures from the C-17 transport plane, silhouettes against a quarter moon in a tar-black sky. Invisible, silent predators. Arms and legs spread wide, free-falling for the first few seconds, the wind rushing past their arched bodies at 120 miles per hour. Adrenaline surging with every heartbeat.

Twenty men had stepped out of the cargo hold at 31,000 feet, into the frigid air above the sovereign territory of Yemen. Twenty-two seconds later, at 27,000 feet, they snapped their chutes open, checked their NavBoards, and adjusted their flights. They would float through the thin and biting air for nearly twenty minutes, landing within a few hundred yards of the first rally point on a desolate mountain plateau nearly five kilometers outside the city of Sana'a.

The men were part of a Tier 1 Special Forces "asset," the best America had to offer. Among them were a farmer from New York, a swimmer from California, a hunter from Texas, a lacrosse player from Connecticut. They had trained their entire adult lives for a moment like this, a presidential mission, one the suits in D.C. were following in real time. The president herself would monitor progress from the mahogany-lined Situation Room, watching video from the team leader's camera, listening to every spoken word on the command net, the radio frequency used by the team leader and headquarters staff.

These men were part of the famed SEAL Team Six, officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group or DEVGRU, and this team, from the secretive Black Squadron, would be notching their own place in the history books tonight. It wasn't quite bin Laden, but unlike other covert operations, this one would not go unnoticed. In fact, if all went according to plan, the world would later watch select portions of the video. They would see the lethal efficiency of this team. Freedom for condemned prisoners. A statement that America was entitled to respect.

The mission was code-named Operation Exodus, a name Patrick Quillen and his men secretly disliked. They wanted to call it Alcatraz because it would be a spectacular jailbreak, but then the president weighed in, followed by the PR geeks, and a name of requisite nobility was chosen. The Houthi rebels running Yemen had provided no trials or due process for the two noncombatants the SEAL team had been sent to extract. The Houthis had threatened to execute the prisoners by hanging them on Easter Sunday, thumbing their noses at the United States and Saudi Arabia. The president had dispatched this team to put things right, to set the captives free. Operation Exodus was born.

The first prisoner was an American journalist named Cameron Holloman, a flamboyant reporter for the Washington Post, one of those pretty boys who inserted themselves into war-torn countries and dreamed of Pulitzers. He had flown into Saudi Arabia and snuck across the border with Yemen so he could report on the plight of the people caught in the cross fire between the Saudi air raids and the Houthis' counterattacks. But after two weeks in Yemen, he had been arrested, accused of being an American spy, and scheduled for execution.

Diplomacy with the Iranian-backed Houthis had long since failed.

In the same prison as Holloman, two cells down, sat Abdullah Fahd bin Abdulaziz, a member of the Saudi royal family, a rebellious nephew who had entered Yemen on his own unauthorized diplomatic mission. Like Holloman, he had been arrested and accused of espionage. And like Holloman, he was scheduled to be hanged on Easter Sunday. The Saudis were desperate to free him, and the mission would be a failure if he died or was left behind.

The intel for the mission came from a Yemeni asset whom the CIA had dubbed "Pinocchio," a twist on the fact that the man had proven himself with his handlers, his information always solid. He had provided the precise layout of the prison down to the cell numbers for the targets. The external layout and the daily patterns of the prison guards had been tracked through drone and satellite imagery.

Floating through the air and inhaling through an oxygen mask while making his flight adjustments, Patrick Quillen thought about the next few hours of his life. Tonight he was leading a platoon of sixteen SEALs, along with two Combat Control Team members from the Air Force and a couple of Air Force PJs, the military's best medics. If all went according to plan, it would be sufficient firepower to overwhelm the unsuspecting Houthi guards and break the targets out of Sana'a Central Prison.

Just a few years earlier, when the U.N.-sanctioned coalition government controlled Yemen, al Qaeda attackers had burst through these same prison walls with a car bomb and freed nineteen of their own prisoners. If al Qaeda could do it, certainly American Special Forces should have no problem. A surprise nighttime raid on a fortified prison in hostile territory. Piece of cake.

A few hundred meters before he hit the ground, Patrick loosened the rucksack strapped between his legs and let it hang below him, attached by a rope, out of the way of his landing. Seconds later he flared his parachute and hit the ground running. He quickly gathered his gear, stripped off his thermal outerwear and mask, and unhooked his chute. Like the other SEALs, he went about his work silently, burying the gear he would not be taking with him.

When the men had all gathered, Patrick spoke into his command net mic and let his CO know that they had hit their first checkpoint. "Roger that," his boss said, and the men were on their way. They were ready. Patrick could see it in their eyes. They were his men, every one of them, and they would have his back.

Operation Exodus was off to a good start. But the fun, Patrick knew, was just beginning.

(Continues…)



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Rule of Law 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Randy Singer always delivers. This book was flat out incredible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and the authenticity of the author. I will be reading more of his work .
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Rule of Law by Randy Singer is an excellent read. A story that will grab hold of you at the very beginning and not let go until the end. This was such a powerful read that I was kept on an emotion roller coaster ride all the way through the book. This book would make a great gift. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Riveting and relevant, Rule of Law asks questions we need the answers to today in an engaging, fictional way. This book was good, but it was also hard to read at times. I have long enjoyed fiction that incorporates a military thread or characters and this did just that in such a poignant way (see slight spoiler at bottom of post if you are sensitive to this). I'll admit to having shed many tears as I read this. Despite the ensuing tears, I really enjoyed Randy's plot, his characters, and his no-nonsense writing voice. It's written in a straightforward way that invites you into the action without too much of the characters emotions clouding the issues. The style is very clean-cut but yet it still digs deep and pulls out reader feelings and creates sympathies for the characters. I really liked Paige Chambers as a character. She is good at what she does but not an expert. She was vulnerable but not predictable. She was real without being overly emotional. Are you seeing a theme here? More than liking Paige though, I liked how she grew as a character. I won't say much here for fear of saying too much, but I can almost guarantee that you'll be rooting for her as you read through this. As for the plot, it is a little complicated. There are a lot of moving pieces and it's written in a way that doesn't give you all of the answers until the end - something I enjoy. I also feel like it is very relevant. We may not be going through this with our government today, but it feels very feasible for the future. What would happen if...? How will the courts react when...? It's questions like that that made me enjoy this even more because you get to see one persons perspective of what could happen. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy legal thrillers! Randy is an engaging storyteller and will definitely pull at your emotions while keeping you entertained. *Light Spoiler* For those who are sensitive to reading about loss of life, especially military service members, parts of this may be difficult to read. _______________ I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible story and compelling to read with the most of story are inspired by real life and also from the historical references political, military, and legal are based on actual event and some part of the story that it’s premise would soon unfold in real life. In January 2017, a seal team raid in Yemen resulted in a tragic loss of life. But it still fiction into a tale that entertains, surprises, and challenges to readers to rethink justice and mercy after all. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this boom from Litfuse Publicity for this review”.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
This is a new author to me. But I was drawn to the summary and the subject of the book. My husband and I love watching SIX on history channel, and have watched a lot of Seal Team documentaries. I was very excited to read a book focusing on this. This legal suspense book had a lot of twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not read each page quick enough. His characters are well written and I could picture what was going on in my mind. I received a copy of this book through the Litfuse Blogging program, all opinions are my own.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
A Fast-Paced Thriller Filled with Intrigue – Be Forewarned This Book Make Keep You Up at Night Reading the description of the storyline is what drew me in and want to read Rule of Law by Randy Singer. Intrigue, suspense, politics and the news media sounds like a story ripped from today’s headlines. The story opens with Navy SEAL Team Six ready to deploy on a mission in Yemen, led by Patrick Quillen. Before the reader finds out if the mission will succeed, we are taken back two months earlier and meet Paige Chambers, a young attorney, who is about to come up against famed and unconventional attorney Wyatt Jackson. Little does she know how their futures will converge. As the story continues the President, Vice President and their staff, military personnel and families, Supreme Court Justices, the news media and Islamic clerics all come into play to make this story, which is full of twists and turns, come alive. Randy Singer is a writer whose work is new to me. I love it when I find a good author. Not only do I get to enjoy their current work, but now I can go back and read their earlier novels. What makes an author a great writer verses one that’s so, so? I’m not sure I know the answer to that. But I can tell you from the opening pages of this book, I was hooked. I was interested in the story, I cared about the people, even the bad guys. I wanted to know what would happen next and I wanted to understand what made these people tick and why they did what they did. The pace didn’t let up and it kept me guessing until the end. Be forewarned, Rule of Law may keep you up late at night to find out what happens next. As I read Rule of Law, I was forced to examine my thoughts on what rights the President of the United States should have to executive privilege and what lengths they can go to, to protect our nation. Should they be allowed the bend or even break the law? It’s one thing when it’s an administration that I trust and respect, but another when it’s one I don’t support. Rule of Law by Randy Singer is a fast-paced novel filled with intrigue and surprises. It’s thought provoking and a great read. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Randy Singer’s other novels. I would like to thank Litfuse Group and Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to read Rule of Law by Randy Singer. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
In America we are a country of laws and the "rule of law" is paramount to keeping our governing persons operating within the parameters established for their positions. Their decisions must be within the scope of the law in which they are to operate. Anticipating a book written by an attorney entitled Rule of Law will definitely whet one's appetite for a legal procedural. Randy Singer's books have always been top-notch reads and he ranks amongst the best legal suspense writers of today. As anticipated, Rule of Law is loaded with development of court cases, deposition of witnesses, various courts scenes (including the US Supreme Court), and how attorneys reason through their statements for court. But Rule of Law is not just about the court room and the attorney's work, it begins with the powerful scenario of a Seal Team mission and it's outcome. The story has a powerful backplot where the extent of the most powerful individual in the World, the U.S. President, and her chief of staff and the head of the CIA to wage war unsanctioned by Congress is exposed. How much freedom to work in the shadows does the CIA have? How far can the U.S. President go in ordering missions that are acts of war without the sanction of the Congress? This book is long. This book is fascinating. This book is a terrific read. I recommend you find the time to settle in and read this story. It could happen. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review of my own, original, opinions which are freely given.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Rule of Law is a compelling tale! The characters and plot grabbed my attention on page one, and I remained engrossed until the very end. I loved the legal intrigue and was fascinated by the political and military drama that unfolded. Expertly told, this legal thriller made me an instant Singer fan, and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Incredible! Author Randy Singer nails it with his newest legal military thriller, Rule of Law. At first I was intimidated by the sheer size of this story but I deferred to my last experience with Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales and believed this was going to be worth 456 pages of my time. It. Is. Totally. Worth. It. In fact, this might be one of those books I read again because it's just that good and I don't say that lightly because who has time to read a book twice when there are other great ones waiting? But that's just it. This story is so good, so thrilling, so engaging, that I eagerly whipped through all 94 chapters in record time (like less than 24 hours if you count them consecutively). This book opens up with a dedication to five men and their families who courageously sacrificed their lives for our freedom and an author's note that while the story and the characters are fictitious-the issues are real. Seal Team Six is sent on a mission inside the border of Yemen and it doesn't go as planned. It is an epic failure and a team of lawyers and their client are willing to go down in the fight to get to the truth of who is responsible. I was gripped immediately by the story. I was also emotionally sunk by chapter 24. Tears dripping, throat swollen with sorrow, there was no way I was going to be able to put this book down. And so it continued, Mr. Singer expertly choreographs his legal knowledge into a story that caused me as a reader to pause and really digest what the story is about. There hasn't been a story in a long time where I've reflected on the stakes of the characters beyond the last page but Rule of Law is a story that I'm not likely ever to forget. For all fans of legal, military, political thrillers this novel is right up there with one of my favorite authors, Joel C. Rosenberg! ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Steve_Doc_Hilton More than 1 year ago
Show-time under the big top. SEAL Team Six has just taken center stage. For good or for ill, the lives of an American Journalist and the son of the Saudi royal family rested in the hands of one of the most capable Special Forces Units currently under arms. Expertly trained, incredibly equipped, this should have been a walk in the park. Of course, one can never forget the most-oft quoted proverb of the SEAL Team community: “The only good day was yesterday.” And with bad – bogus? – intel, the “walk in the park” becomes a bloody fight for survival. In the aftermath, hard questions are being asked, and no one seems to be able to provide the answers. Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members? Who was ultimately responsible for the spectacular failure of SEAL Team Six? Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true. Equal justice under law. It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant? Randy Singer has written what can only be called an epic tour de force of legal and military suspense. His writing is tight, his plot lines are engaging, and the action rarely allows for the reader to take a ragged breath. My only criticism is simply this; the book is just too long! At 473 pages, and with a cast of 40 characters to keep track of (there is a CAST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the book), one is reminded of Abbot and Costello’s infamous radio program, WHO’S ON FIRST? Perhaps the CAST OF CHARACTERS at the front of the book should be detachable? If you have the necessary patience and stamina, as well as the time and inclination, Randy Singer produces a fictional story that reads like yesterday’s headlines in terms of authenticity. Along the way, the author forces the reader to really think through what we have always naively accepted as THE RULE OF LAW. 4 stars for an excellent book that requires a lot from the reader
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book met all of my expectations, and then proceeded to exceed them. This is a blend of romance, military thriller, political thriller, legal intrigue, all masterfully woven together. The characters are rich, and the action is incredible. And in classic Singer fashion there was a twist at the end that I should have foreseen but didn't. It was the perfect touch! This book is ideal for those who love a thinker's suspense with political overtones. This novel was well worth the wait. Singer is a master at the legal thriller.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
A Legal, Political, and Military Thriller – A Behind the Headlines Look at International Events By the end of page one, critically acclaimed author Randy Singer had my attention. I was hooked. I knew I was in for a good read, a real page turner. By the end of chapter two Randy had my adrenaline flowing. Randy Singer’s new book “Rule of Law” takes a look behind the International headlines to ask some very pertinent thought provoking questions: • Are our country’s leaders acting outside the Rule of Law? • What is going on behind the scenes that are creating International headlines? • Who is to blame for the spectacular failures when secret missions fail? • Is the saying on the Supreme Court Building Still True? Is there justice under law? Singer, a master story teller, has developed an exciting multifaceted plot, with twists and turns that adds suspense and keeps readers guessing. His characters are strong and believable, is made up of an amazing roster, which include: Amanda Hamilton, president of the United States, key White House staff members, attorneys and judges, military personnel, members of the Supreme Court, important foreign leaders, and members of the media. Readers in the genre of intrigue, suspense and adventure thrillers with courtroom scenes will resonate with “Rule of the Law.” Enthusiastic fans of John Grissom and Joel Rosenberg are destined to add Randy Singer to their favorite author list. A gripping novel relevant in the midst of today’s partisan political scene, Singer has created a riveting, page turner, a filled with timely insights. A complimentary copy of his book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
After reading -- and really enjoying -- a few of Randy Singer's legal suspense/thrillers, I was excited to see that he had a new book out. I have to admit that a couple of things made me think a little while before deciding to go ahead with this one: (1) it appeared to be (and in fact, is) pretty political and (2) it is longer than most books I read (456 pages). I am definitely glad that I went ahead and gave it a try -- it was a really good read. This story is indeed heavy in the legal and political aspects. It's almost scary how close it could come to being something from today's headlines. There were a few times that I did get a little bogged down and had to fight to keep going through the details. But what really kept me going in those tougher-to-read times was what I would call gentle threads of relationship and of faith. Those especially showed up in the life of Paige, one of the main characters of the story. Her continuing love for Patrick, her finding her unexpected place in the SEAL family, and her steadily growing faith ran through the story even as she was involved in fighting the biggest legal and political battle of her career. Randy Singer showed his great skill as an author by putting all those pieces together into a well-crafted story that should fit the tastes of a wide range of readers. If you are looking for a light read, this may not be for you. But for just about anyone else, I would highly recommend Rule of Law. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book. I was happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Did the President knowingly send Navy SEALS to their death? That is the very answer people want to know, especially the twenty families of the Navy SEALS that died when a rescue mission went horribly wrong. Did our own government know facts ahead of time that would have spared lives or were they simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Veteran trial attorney and critically acclaimed, award-winning author Randy Singer takes us into the heart of political corrupt, legal battles and underhanded deals in his latest political thriller Rule of Law. Using his expert knowledge of law he spins a novel based on critical issues lurking on the horizon in 2016. Is the president above the law in matters of foreign policy? Should the CIA be fighting shadow wars with drones and Special Forces in countries where we have not declared war? And what happens when the lives of service members are sacrificed for political gain? While the characters in the novel are complete fiction it is hard to match the entertainment value of the real world. All historical references, political, military and legal, are based on actual events. Most of his stories are inspired by real life and because he has filed counterterrorism lawsuits on behalf of clients who were kidnapped and tortured by the Houthis. This is what makes this novel believable to the point you find yourself questioning if this didn't happen already? Perhaps during Benghazi? In this novel a team of twenty Navy SEALS is sent on a covert mission monitored real time in the situation room in Washington, and suddenly it goes horribly wrong. The team find themselves clearly outnumbered and their intel is flawed. All twenty members lose their lives but before they can send in an extraction team to claim the bodies, the president pulls rank and abandons them. Washington is more than shocked when the bodies of those men are suddenly broadcast on TV in the most horrible way. Suddenly information winds up coming to a team of attorneys that the president may have had for knowledge that this was a suicide mission and she chose to proceed anyway. The novel is the based on that courtcase that plays out in front of everyone in the nation. Will they be able to take the president to court over her mistake at putting men's lives at risk acting as if she is above the law? Find out! I received Rule of Law by Randy Singer compliments of Tyndale House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. This is a lengthy book so be prepared to spend some time getting familiarized with all kinds of law terms and court protocols pertaining the the government and military campaigns. There is simply so much the American public doesn't know about the branches of government and where those executive powers begin and end. I thoroughly enjoyed it although I believe it could have been a bit shorter. Some processes just kept repeating themselves and found myself wishing it would just get on with it already. For that reason I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my own opinion. Fans of anything legal and military based will love this one!
Debragg More than 1 year ago
Rule of Law" by author Randy Singer is the kind of book that you cannot put down, once you have started reading it until you have finished it. It is full of suspense and danger. The president has sent navy seals on a secret job. They had to go and save some people before they were killed. When it doesn't turn out the way it should have who is really at fault? A lawyer named Paige Chambers has decided to find out the real answer. Will she be able to get to the bottom of this, or will something happen to stop her? Is everyone treated the same no matter who they are when they have done something that might be wrong? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Litfuse Publicity Company and these are my opinions.