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Legal Thriller: The Defendants: A Courtroom Drama (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Fast-paced courtroom drama that is stunning in its depiction of the American Legal Justice System, Mob rule, and a failed government"-- American Institute of Justice
"At last -- an author who understands English and is able to write believable dialogue.--Amazon Reader Review
"Great book. Filled with twists and turns. I am delighted to discover a new author. I would highly recommend this book.--ARR
"I'm going to start reading his next book now....it's a fun read...enjoy!--ARR
"John Ellsworth really knows how to capture the rapt attention of the reader.--ARR
"Literally couldn't put it down until the story played out.--ARR
"I bought this book just to pass the time while I was traveling and found that I couldn't put it down.--ARR

From the Author

All my professional life as a lawyer I have wanted to write legal thrillers.  Thaddeus Murfee very much reflects the kinds of struggles I went through as a new, young lawyer in my twenties.  I could strongly relate to his experiences with trying to learn how to do the nuts and bolts of law practice--something they don't teach in law school.  Most legal thrillers have a strong beginning, a fast-paced middle, and a thrilling ending.  The Defendants is written in that style.  Other attorneys who write legal thrillers have definitely shown me the way here and I am greatly indebted to them for their willingness to step up to the plate and try new things.  Mysteries, suspense, and thrillers are a joy to write and I plan to keep at as long as I'm able. Thanks for reading The Defendants.  And please, be sure to look for my new lawyer thriller, Beyond a Reasonable Death.  It's a follow-up to the Thaddeus Murfee series and I know you will love it.

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  • File Size: 4636 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY2KLPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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BOOKS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION:
The Defendants
Beyond a Reasonable Death
Attorney at Large
Chase, the Bad Baby
Defending Turquoise
The Mental Case
Unspeakable Prayers
The NY Times Bestseller
Frat Party: Sisters in Law
Hellfire: Sisters in Law

John Ellsworth is from Arizona and practiced law nationwide. For thirty years he defended criminal clients across the United States. His first book, "The Defendants," was published on Amazon on January 20, 2014. John is self-published and enjoys the freedom of choosing his own release schedule, selecting covers, and marketing his own work. "It's a great thing Amazon has done, giving all writers access to a readership, and I, for one, am very grateful to them."

What's next? THE TRIAL LAWYER was published in September 2015 and features Thaddeus Murfee back in Orbit, Illinois, where it all began. This time, Thaddeus' best friend Killen Erwin is charged with a crime and Thaddeus is called in to defend. One thing leads to another and Thaddeus becomes engaged with two homicide cases, one of which takes up the better part of the novel in the courtroom. This book is sure to satisfy those readers who love seeing Thaddeus in court, both feet planted firmly on the ground, facing his latest legal roller coaster.

"I love writing these books.They are the kinds of books I love to read, full of information about a wide spectrum of characters, lots of dialogue, and, as always, plenty of action and traps for the young attorney. The books represent the kind of learning experience I went through when I was Thaddeus' age and learning how to patty-cake when it came to doing the right thing for clients."

Now...back to the work-in-progress: Where was Thaddeus again? Oh, yes, he was....

My website is http://johnellsworthbooks.com/
My email is johnellsworthbooks@gmail.com
my facebook is https://www.facebook.com/johnellsworthauthor

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At last -- an author who understands English and is able to write believable dialogue. Mr. Ellsworth has created a good, if not always credible plot and has developed his characters far enough to make you care a bit about what happens to them. To top it off Mr. Ellsworth has a sense of humor. The bad guys in this enjoyable potboiler are a hoot.

Near the end of the book Mr. Ellsworth induces the testimony of a malefactor with a device that, to say the least, strains one's credulity, but he had to do something to get this vital testimony out and I can't see that there were any workable alternatives beyond the one he took. It's a flaw, but not a fatal one.

Unfortunately, the book's editing leaves a lot to be desired; in fact, I doubt the book was edited at all. There are too many incomplete sentences that don't make sense, too many wrong or misspelled words, and too many places where the wrong name is used for a character. Time for the publisher to bring an editor on board.
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I was very torn between giving this book 4 stars or 3 stars. Since they don't allow the reviewer to give halves, the rating I actually give this 3.5 stars. The plot of the book is very interesting. I read a lot of legal thrillers, and can honestly say I have not come across a plot like this before. The problem I found is there are areas in the story that really held my attention and other areas that just seemed to drag. I found the characters entertaining, however some very unrealistic. I personal feel making the characters more realistic, grabs the reader as they are able to relate to the character to someone in real life. The authors knowledge of the law is very accurate. Being a legal fan, I would love to see more courtroom action.
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By Rebecca on February 5, 2014
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What do I like/love about this book? The characters, the setting, the plot and the voice. I enjoy reading books about crime/courtroom drama and this book did not disappoint. A great read!!
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This could have been a good book but every time a new character was introduced there was page after page not only about the characters life but all of their ancestors. Every time a new structure was entered the author would give a home and garden tour. This is the first and last book by this author I will be reading.
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The plot line was sexual and titillating. Unfortunately the use of exaggerated stereo typical racial, business and government characters was sloppy. Many of the normal phrases used by people were misused. It looked as though nobody or edited the work. Not a bad read, but awkward. Author owes his writing and readers more!!!
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Although kind of formulaic, I breezed through this book and will read the rest of the books in the series. I don't like to expose details and content because I feel it can spoil another reader's enjoyment of his or her individual experience. Very well written, although the writer's vocabulary is not expansive.
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Storyline was really pretty good. It was Ver difficult to read with all the grammar mistakes and even the characters were mixed up in some if the dialog.
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By Doug moore on December 18, 2014
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the plot was thin and way too much sex for my taste.
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