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Treason (The Navy Justice Series) [Kindle Edition]

Don Brown
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The stakes are high . . . and the entire world is waiting for the verdict. The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder. Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning the coveted Navy Commendation medal. Just coming off a high-profile win, this case will challenge the very core of Zack’s skills and his Christian beliefs—beliefs that could cost him the case and his career. With Diane Colcernian, his staunchest rival, as assistant prosecutor, Zack takes on internationally acclaimed criminal defense lawyer Wells Levinson. And when Zack and Diane finally agree to put aside their animosity, it causes more problems than they realize.



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The stakes are high . . . and the entire world is waiting for the verdict.

The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder.

Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning the coveted Navy Commendation medal. Just coming off a high-profile win, this case will challenge the very core of Zack’s skills and his Christian beliefs—beliefs that could cost him the case and his career.

With Diane Colcernian, his staunchest rival, as assistant prosecutor, Zack takes on internationally acclaimed criminal defense lawyer Wells Levinson. And when Zack and Diane finally agree to put aside their animosity, it causes more problems than they realize.

About the Author

Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning Calm, The Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series, and The Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy. www.donbrownbooks.com Facebook: Don-Brown

 


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  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310259339
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEVU8Y
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Don Brown's novel Treason is the opening installment in his Navy Justice series, which follows Lieutenant Zack Brewer, a young JAG (Judge Advocate General) officer in the United States Navy. Some may regard this as a literary rip-off of the television series JAG. But Brown himself is a former JAG officer, and his book reflects a great understanding of the United States Military Justice system.

Treason opens with a meeting in Zurich between two wealthy Muslim men who discuss the creation of a new terrorism cell called the Council of Ishmael, which will infiltrate the United States military, creating cells within. Fast-forward seven years: a lawsuit against the military results in the Navy being forced to admit Muslim cleric into the Navy Chaplain Corps.

A petty officer in San Diego releases grenades at a church Bible study, killing eight people and injuring several others. A marine staff sergeant assassinates the Israeli ambassador to the United States during his visit to a USMC base in California. And in North Carolina, a fighter plane explodes over a lake, and some of the residue found in the wreckage indicates the use of plastic explosives.

While investigating the explosion, NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) agent Harry Kilnap discovers that the three incidents are all connected, and Islamic chaplains within the Navy incited all three. Lieutenant Brewer, coming off a huge win in a high profile rape case, is assigned to prosecute the three chaplains and to seek the death penalty for all three. The media begins to bill this case as the "court martial of the century.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced Courtroom Drama March 2, 2007
Format:Paperback
Treason is an incredibly fast-moving story. The chapters are short and easy to digest. At times it was difficult to follow the story early in the novel because the author jumped from one plotline to another. But I was pleasantly surprised when everything tied together and I was almost to the end! I agree with several of the reviews that say Don Brown writes understandably and in detail without being too technical. He is a responsible storyteller who writes for both a male and female audience.

One thing that I think our less enthusiastic reviewers fail to see is that there is not open racial hostility expressed toward the Muslim characters in the book. These characters are not stared at in the church or on the military base or in any other setting in the story. In other words, they're just seen as people by the other characters until they behave like terrorists.
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56 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Minority Report November 6, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Obviously I am in the minority but here goes... I found this book to be overly simplistic and only finished reading it to see how I might have missed what all the other reviewers found so interesting about the book.

As other reviewers note and accurately detail, the book follows two very high profile trails prosecuted by an up-and-coming, Christian JAG officer. But the story line is obvious and linearly plotted. In fact these attributes were even strengths for one reviewer who wrote "What's amazing about Brown's writing is that it is in so much detail and is easy to understand. Even if you know nothing about the justice system in either the civilian or military courtrooms, he makes it easy to follow." So if you are looking for a book that will challenge you with twists and turns, then try another author.

This author apparently believes that an abundant use of product placement is a substitute for plot and character development. Virtually every mention of an automobile is preceded with an irrelevant reference to the brand - Mercedes and Toyota where his favorites. References to Wells Fargo, McDonald's, and Starbucks.were also frequent although irrelevant to the development of the plot or the characters.

Perhaps the most disturbing trait of the books was its stereotypic and simplistic presentation of the conflict between Western (Christian) values and Islamic Extremists. It was also troubling that the author could include a story element where the novel's main character is presented as a highly moral and devout Christian who aggressively prosecutes an almost certainly innocent defendant as a means to advance his career and impress his superiors. Sadly the author and the main character move on to a high profile terror trial with no regrets and no looking back.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Grisham, Better than Dan Brown! September 5, 2005
Format:Paperback
I got intereted in this book because I am a big JAG Fan. I also read lots of Grisham and have read all Dan Brown's works. All I can say is wow! Don Brown's book is an exciting cross between the JAG TV Show and the Movie A Few Good Men. Only it's much better than both.

This book is an irresistable page turner. The court martial scenes are gripping and are frankly, far better than anything Grisham has ever done. Plus all the vivid naval descriptions, the white uniforms and the romantic thread, set against the realistic thread of Muslim terrorist infiltrating the Navy, make this book simply spellbounding.

I hear that Mr. Brown is soon coming out with another JAG novel, Hostage. I simply can't wait. Bravo Mr. Brown. Keep them coming!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Religious pandering?
I have an unusual complaint about this book. I am not a religious person and as such I find it difficult to read books that obviously advocate for a specific religion. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Novalie
3.0 out of 5 stars OK opening to Navy Justice series
The book was ok. The storyline is relevant and compelling. I almost put it down several times since it felt slow early on. Read more
Published 6 days ago by David T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great author. Couldn't put it down
Great author. Couldn't put it down..
Published 10 days ago by Marie K/ LaPointe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very well written - keeps you glued to it.
Published 14 days ago by Jacqueline H.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great!
Published 1 month ago by Bernard E. Kaufman
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it highly
My first read of a Don Brown novel. I think it started a bit slow but it finished strong. I plan to read the other two books currently in this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ed Phipps
2.0 out of 5 stars All Arabs and Muslims are Bad Guys
A politician's daughter who is in the Navy accuses a SEAL of rape. Arabs and Muslims, whether they are in the United States military or civilians, are all out to kill the infidel... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. S. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Simplistic story. Very predictable. Recommend to people who go to B movies to spend time. Hope the rest of the series is more exciting.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth T Hults
5.0 out of 5 stars treason by Don Brown
What a great book, excellent writer. I would highly recommend this book. I am going to read the rest of the Navy justice series.
Published 2 months ago by Brad
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More About the Author

BESTSELLING AUTHOR DON BROWN,a former US Navy JAG Officer who served in the Pentagon, where he provided legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy and the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, now pens legal and military thrillers about the Navy. In so doing, he has developed an uncanny track record for prognosticating future events in his novels.

In 2003, Don began writing TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. TREASON explored the dangers of radical Islamic infiltration in the United States Military. Don wrote the novel, in part as a warning to the public about those dangers. TREASON was released in 2005.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day of 2009, TREASON rocketed to the number 1 bestselling novel for fiction on the prestigious Amazon.com bestselling list for fiction, where it remained for more than a week. Why? Because the novel included a scene depicting virtually the same scenario which later occurred at Fort Hood, where a radical Muslim member of the United States military opened fire indiscriminately at a US Military base, in furtherance of a radical political agenda. Some even said the novel had "predicted" the Fort Hood tragedy.

In June of 2008, Zondervan released Don's fourth novel, BLACK SEA AFFAIR, which featured a shooting war between Georgia and Russia. Two months later, in August of 2008, war broke out between Russia and Georgia, in what has become known as the 2008 South Ossetia War. This marked the second time that one of Don's novels in fact predicted a future event.

In August of 2009, Don Brown completed the manuscript for fifth novel, MALACCA CONSPIRACY, a novel which began with oil tankers being attacked by radical Islamic terrorists as those tankers transited the strategic Strait of Malacca. In the novel, terrorists use speedboats full of explosives to attack tankers. Ten months later, in May of 2010, the Singaporean Navy issued terror warnings about oil tankers being targeted for attacks by terrorists in the Strait of Malacca, with explosive-laden dinghies and speedboats, the exact scenario laid out in Brown's novel. Did Don Brown have access to classified information?

On May 26 of 2010, OnlineUniversities.com ranked Don's three novels of the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES -- TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE -- among its list of "50 Best Legal Novels for Both Lawyers and Laymen." TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE were rated 3,4 and 5 in the "Supsense" category among the list of 50.

In August of 2011, Zondervan released Don's sixth novel, THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM, an explosive thriller about North Korea. THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM examines the question -- "Did America leave men behind in North Korean Prison Camps some sixty years ago?" Will this, too, turn out to be prophetic?

In November of 2012, FIRE OF THE RAGING DRAGON, Don's seventh novel, examined a fictional war in the early 21st Century between China and Taiwan. The US President sends in the Seventh Fleet to try and break up the war between the two Chinas. But with America trillions of dollars in debt to the Commmunists, and with the President's daughter's life on the line, can America still stand for freedom?

DON BROWN served on active duty for five years in the Navy as a JAG officer, during which time he served as military prosecutor, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and also won the New York City Bar Association Trial Advocacy Award for winning the trial advocacy championship at the United States Naval Justice School. DON BROWN remained on inactive reserve status with the Navy through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently lives in his native North Carolina.

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