In this heart-pounding debut thriller, a young jag still in awe of the Marine Corps’ hallowed code of honor must confront an enemy within the ranks.
Dale Riley, fresh out of law school, joined the Marine Corps to be a hero. As a JAG attorney, he was out to save the world. But when he takes on the wrong clienta combat pilot accused of unlawfully bombing a village in northeastern Afghanistan, killing seventy-eight Afghan noncombatants and five United States Marineshis world quickly comes undone. It’s not enough for Dale to save his career. Now, he’s fighting to save his life, and the lives of his wife and son.
In the tradition of A Few Good Men, nothing in James M. DuPont’s taut debut novel is at it seems, and the line between guilt and innocence is as delicate and unpredictable as the line between life and death itself.
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About the Author
DuPont is a former Marine Corps aviator and legal officer with twelve years of active duty service, and over 100 combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently an airline pilot and a major in the Marine Corps reserves. He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
What People are Saying About This
If you loved Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, DeMille’s Word of Honor, or Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny, then you will grab DuPont’s novel and not let go until the very last sentence. Move over John Grisham, there’s another lawyer in the courtroom—and he’s packing heat. A terrific read.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excessive repetitive narrative
Shadow of the Corps: A Novel by James Dupont falls in the category of a thriller. It combines a background of a Marine Corps trial in the past and a serial killer in the present. DuPont is a Marine with twelve years of active duty as a pilot and legal adviser. He is currently a commercial pilot and holds the rank of major in the Marine Corps Reserve. This is his first novel. Dale Riley fresh out of law school joined the Marines to be a hero. One case will change his life and his career. A Marine is accused of bombing an Afghan village with out authorization, killing seventy eight civilians and five Marines, and Dale, against better advice, chooses to defend the pilot. The main story opens with Dale, his wife, and their son living with Dale's parents. Dale is unemployed, out of shape, and down on life. Almost by accident he sees an obituary for Marine lawyer, the name is familiar: the prosecuting attorney in the pilot bombing case. Here is where the story takes off. There are plenty of twists and surprises in the book and the pace is constant. As the novel develops, more of the trial and the past are brought to the present. Contemporary novels are not my usual reading, but occasionally I do take a break from non-fiction or the classics and read a modern novel. The Marine Corps imagery on the cover drew me in as well as the short description of the book.Shadow of the Corps supplies everything I needed. As a former Maine, I appreciated the back-story. The story telling is more than adequate and easily holds the readers interest. It is a good escapist novel, although nothing in it is far fetched even with the twists and turns. It is a good summer read or great read for those who enjoy crime thrillers. It was an enjoyable read.
Riveting, once you get your mental "footing" among the characters and time shifts. As a military daughter and wife, I hold high standards for military fiction, and I love a good legal thriller. The first section feels slightly labored, as if tacked on or rewritten after the fact, but it's WELL worth the effort....once you reach chapter 6 or so you'll be HOOKED. I raced though this story in its entirety (in one sitting) and loved the accuracy of the characters, places and action. James has a rare gift for writing action scenes--I could literally see them taking place in my head, like watching a movie. Very enjoyable debut, and I look forward to reading more from this promising author!
Overall, this book is really good. It took a few chapters to get into the story, but once you get there it's well worth it. There's a military tribunal and some interesting court scenes. There's a serial killer and hit man. There's a million different pieces that all come together in the end. Cool plot. And there's justice!