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Marine One (2009)

by James W. Huston

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Expecting a book about flying adventure and helicopters, I got a legal drama. Despite the book's wrapping in the banality of the legal process, the theme and exciting plot continued until the very end. I thought that a couple of the lawyers ought to be taken out back and shot, but that is the talent of the author coming through. Teased with innuendo and crammed with facts, the book is a winner. Read more Huston! ( )
  buffalogr | Sep 14, 2014 |
Another great book from James Huston. Marine One is another story that could conceivably be yesterday's news item. Although it is a great book, this one is just not quite as intriguing as Mr. Huston's other stories. It seems to lack that "something" that gives a story that sparkle from start to finish. That said, you cannot go wrong with a James Huston book. ( )
1 vote gwnsad | Apr 13, 2011 |
Really great thriller about a Presidential helicopter that crashes and the US President and secret service agents and the pilot die. The book is about the trial. Don't miss reading this one! ( )
  barb302 | Jan 19, 2011 |
President Adams' helicopter, Marine One, goes down during a horrific thunderstorm on the way to Camp David, and everyone on board is killed. A trial ensues and Mike Nolan, former Marine helicopter pilot and lawyer, is hired by Worldcopter, the French company that makes the President of the United States' helicopters. There's a lot of intrigue and a great surprise ending, but the rest of Huston's book is pretty slow. Not a title that I would recommend. ( )
1 vote Suzieqkc | Sep 16, 2010 |
This well-documented legal thriller gives a good insight in American civil proceedings and is based on a solidly researched plot. It is clear that the author, James Huston, who is quite an accomplished person, having been an F-14 pilot and now a lawyer, is "in the know" about aviation and offers fiction that could be true.
Some references are made to real-life situations, e.g. the fact that a European company - no not Eurocopter but AgustaWestland - effectively won a bid for the Marine One helicopter through an American company (the Lockheed Martin VH-71 based on the AgustaWestland AW-101). The bid was controversial from the start and the program ran into trouble, now effectively halted.
Huston digs deep into the sensitivities that emerged in this case and uses it as a red wire in this novel.
The story itself is a page-turner, fast-paced even in the "courtroom action". From a literary point of view, I found it had some deficiencies. Although the novel is written in first-person and the reader actually lives the story through the thoughts of main character Mike Nolan, there are things that Mike Nolan knows in the end that are unknown to the reader. And that just isn't right. It will also leave the "detectives" amongst us somewhat wanting, since it is not possible to decipher the plot before the actual disclosure in the end.
As an aviation enthousiast myself, I would have liked even more details about NTSB procedures and some more helo technicalities.
But then again it is a courtroom story, and a very appealing one.
A good read, that I would strongly recommend. ( )
  FredTruyen | Jul 21, 2010 |
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The President rushes across the South Lawn of the White House to Marine One to fly to Camp David late at night. His advisers plead with him not to fly during the pounding thunderstorm, but he insists. The helicopter crashes into a ravine in Maryland, killing all aboard. The government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter and accuses them of killing the president. Senate Investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations, then from a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America on behalf of the First Lady.… (more)

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