Book Review: Code 13 (The NAVY JAG Series, Book 2), by Don Brown
Code 13 is the second book in Don Brown’s NAVY JAG series. The title of the book refers to the Administrative Law Division of the NAVY Judge Advocate General corps. The division advises Washington activities and field commands on law, policies, statutes and regulations pertaining to Department of Navy (DoN) administration.
In the novel, the NAVY is proposing awarding a billion-dollar contract for the sale of drones that will be jointly used by the NAVY and Homeland Security for domestic surveillance. When the officer assigned to write the legal opinion as to whether or not the contract is constitutional is gunned down and a second officer is killed, it becomes clear that someone wants to stop the NAVY from issuing the contract.
On the one hand, Code 13 is an entertaining book. On the other hand, it felt a bit too predictable and formulaic. The characters appear stereotypical—power-hungry politicians; greedy, amoral defense contractors; mafia families willing to do anything for money; and love-struck military officers. I don’t think the book was as good as some of the author’s earlier works. Personally, I preferred his NAVY Justice Series more than this one.
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