Title: Detained (The Navy JAG Series)
Author: Don Brown
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5
A couple of months back I began reading novels written by Don Brown with expectations of truly riveting and suspense-filled stories. The reason for the high expectations was that I knew Don Brown served in the military and as a JAG officer. While casually perusing an online bookstore, I saw that Detained was coming out in 2015.
Now that 2015 has arrived and having read the novel, I am utterly amazed at the contents and depth of the story. Two characters, Matt Davis and Amy Debenedetto are from the original JAG series though they are older and have new ranks in the Navy. Now the stakes are higher than ever before as the two JAG officers are assigned to the same case at GITMO, however as opposing players in a high stakes trial of supposed terrorists.
While the case at GITMO is being forced to fast track the trial of two assumed terrorists, a serious threat resides within the halls of Homeland Security. The director of Homeland Security is quietly attempting to shred or bypass the Constitution, which would place all the freedoms Americans enjoy into an abyss. Director Strayhorn is attempting a coup that would place many powers under his leadership, and he will use whatever means necessary to attain the powerful leadership of America.
There is romance budding between the Jag officers, choosing to exercise faith while facing death in the face while the fictional President puts measures in place to protect the future of America’s Constitution along with the Bill of Rights. Unlike fairy tales, not everything ends all nice and neat. There is a reality of lives that are innocently taken and evil being successful, even if temporary.
As I read the novel, I kept reading and turning the pages until the “wee” hours of the morning because I knew that until I saw how the author wrapped up the tale I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I came away with a great appreciation for those who are seeking to preserve the Constitution of the United States of America. I also felt the emotion of fear when reading about characters placing their lives on the line so others might not be able to commandeer our precious nation.
Grab a copy and be ready to read for hours as the suspense is so palpable that when turning the last page you find yourself releasing a big breath of air because you were holding it throughout the whole story! Like the various men and women in the fictional story we must never let down our guard to keep America standing on the constitutional foundation so many have given their lives and more to protect for ourselves and future generations!
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