Book Review: Detained: The Navy JAG Series, Book 1, by Don Brown
Suspected terrorists. GITMO. Overreaching bureaucrats. JAG lawyers. A Washington, D.C. whistleblower on the run from people in her own agency who want to kill her. The war on terror.
Don Brown weaves all of these elements together in his latest offering, Detained. It is Book 1 in a new series, The Navy JAG series. The two main characters are Navy JAG officers. Lieutenant Matt Davis is assigned to defend two suspected terrorists, Hasan Makari, a Lebanese national, and his son, Najib, an enlisted man in the US Navy. The trial takes place at the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp in Cuba. Prosecuting the men is Commander Amy Debenedetto, who also happens to be Matt Davis’ love interest.
As the drama unfolds in Cuba, Emily Gardner, a fast rising TSA lawyer, uncovers evidence of a government conspiracy within the Department of Homeland Security. Can she expose the truth in time to save the lives of others, and escape with her own life in the process?
In addition to these characters, the author reintroduces Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian, the stars from his previous Navy Justice series of books. Several of the characters in the book are Christians. Their dialogue includes numerous references to prayer in the midst of crises.
While I enjoyed the book, I don’t think it was as good as some of the author’s previous books. The Homeland Security Secretary came across as a caricature of a stereotyped, corrupt Washington politician. Some of the Christian dialogue felt forced rather than genuine. That being said, it was an entertaining read. The author includes several discussion questions that could be used to delve deeper into the meaning of the story.
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