A Patriot's Act: A Lawyer Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 11 in Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series (11 Book Series)
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- "Eade, a lawyer by profession, weaves legal dialogue, corruption and international action to create a pacey read with echoes of Grisham, Baldacci and Clancy nipping at his writing heels. Law issues as well as forensics and police procedures are clearly explained with such authority as to add gritty realism in and out of the courthouse, but it's within the court drama that Eade really packs some punch. With some success with the first book of the series, Predatory Kill, this second saga looks sure to satisfy his growing base of readers." SPR Review
- "It's all about delicate balance of power and experience - something gone awry in A Patriot's Act, and something explored through intimate descriptions. As Eade deftly juxtaposes the lives of two very different Americans experiencing two very different circumstances, he delves into the politics and processes of prisoners and military men alike, exposing the wounds of their experience and psyches and the points at which man's inhumanity stems from a worldview that dehumanizes and rips apart systems and people. D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review.
- "Kenneth Eade is amaster of suspense and unexpected twists, which makes "A Patriot's Act" anexciting, unpredictable page-turner, and a must-read for anyone who loves legalthrillers." I Publisher News
- An edge-of-your-seat thriller that could easily be transformed into a dramatic film. Simply riveting, start to finish! InD' Tale Magazine
- The brilliant set up creates this sense of urgency that just leaves you rooting for Brent while questioning some policies that affect civil liberties in ways that blur the lines that separate patriotism and blind nationalism. Markus Reviews
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The story is fictional but based on true life events. In 2004, Brandon Mayfield, an American lawyer was arrested on the basis of evidence concocted by the FBI and CIA, based on his fingerprints, which showed a possible match to the Madrid train bombings. He was arrested at his home in Oregon, held, without charge, for two weeks, and his home was searched without a warrant, under authority of the Patriot Act, which has virtually thrown the Fourth Amendment out the window. In 2006, two private American citizens working for private security contractors in Iraq, were arrested, tortured and held indefinitely in a U.S. military prison in Iraq; one for six weeks and one for three months.
Since the U.S. government takes the position that anyone who is arrested on suspicion of terrorism outside the United States, and particularly in an area of conflict, is not entitled to any due process, I thought it would be interesting to follow the case of a naturalized American citizen who is arrested while visiting his brother in Iraq, thrown into Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp and subjected to torture.
Amnesty International has called the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp the "gulag of our time." Since President Obama's order toclose the camp within one year on January 23, 2009, it has remained open because the president decided to amass political capital to use for his domestic agenda. On January 7, 2011, Obama signed the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, which placed restrictions on transferring prisoners to the United States. As of May 2014, there were 149 detainees being held, at a cost to the government of roughly $1 million per detainee. 46 of them have been declared by the government to be too dangerous to release, but they cannot be tried for any crime because there is insufficient evidence to try them. Approximately half of the detainees held today have been cleared for release, but may never regain their freedom. Many of their native countries have refused to repatriate them, and, because of the new legislation, they cannot be transferred to prisons in the United States.
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- Publication date : October 7, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Publisher : Times Square Publishing; 8th edition (October 7, 2014)
- ASIN : B00MQ9TK0O
- File size : 1934 KB
- Language: : English
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At the time of my Retirement I was earning six figures in salary but I knew, deep in my heart, money was meaningless to me. I could not continue to support policies that were wrong.
Kenneth takes on the hard issues and does a suberb job. If there is anyone out there that thinks this is a work of fiction, think again. Our government let us down and Kenneth brings it to the forefront. If you doubt my patriotism look at the medals on my chest.
Mr. Eade, keep writing, keep fighting, keep teaching. America is so much more than what President Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld would have us believe.
This book has a big set of cojones!!!
"A Patriot's Act" is about Ahmed Khury, a naturalized American citizen who travels to Iraq to assist his brother who is in the grocery business. All Ahmed knows before the trip is that his brother called and sounded desperately in need of help. Shortly after his arrival in Iraq, the grocery store is raided, Ahmed is arrested and he is taken to Guantanamo Bay, being held as a suspected terrorist. He given none of the rights that one would expect in an American prison. The treatment Ahmed suffers at the hands of American soldiers is horrific, brutal and often repulsive. At times, I found it difficult to read. But to be very honest, during the news reports of prisoner mistreatment and torture at Abu Ghraib, I shoved my head under a pillow and tried very hard not to hear the details. This book pulled me out from under the pillow and slapped me up-side-the-head. While the story is difficult to read at times, I could not put the book down. It is a heart-breaking but important story that Eade does an excellent job of telling.
This is a book about the abrogation of the constitutional rights of a naturalized American citizen who is rolled-up in terror-sweep while visiting his brother -- a suspected terrorist collaborator -- in a foreign country. A fictitious tale about government misdeeds, including enhanced interrogation, under the Patriot Act that are allegedly and believably true -- and as seen through the eyes of a lawyer. Mixed with the hoary observations about George Bush and his Administration.
The tone for this book as written by the author can be set in three quotes ...
"George W. Bush is wiping his ass with the Constitution."
"... it was foreseeable that the 'military conflict' there could go on for decades, to the delight of military contractors like Halliburton, Lockheed and General Dynamics. War is good for business."
“What we see in this case is an abuse of power by an over-zealous president, and that abuse of power must be stopped."
While it has nothing to do with the book, it should be noted that the current President, Barrack Hussein Obama, has not only kept to the Bush path, but expanded it to suit his own needs. And this very scenario can be played out -- and might be playing out -- to this very day.
In my opinion, there are four shortcomings in this book -- none of which diminish my enthusiastic recommendation of this good read. .
1. M.P.s (Military Police) are not tasked with chasing down or rolling-up terror suspect.
2. The willingness of an FBI agent to convey classified information to a civilian, even if he is a former FBI agent.
3. The casual way that the principal character allows his secretary to be spoken of in a disrespectful manner.
4. The principal character's lost opportunity to argue that it is next to impossible to try any terror suspect in either a military tribunal or a federal court due to the lack of actual witnesses and evidence. And, by classifying almost everything connected with the suspect, it is next to impossible to determine the truth or falsity of that individual's actions.
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I've also not bought into any of the characters. Catherine for some strange reason talks as if English is not her first language and Rick just drips with misogyny. Brent isn't grabbing me - especially not with his comment, about his girlfriend, that she "rang at night with nothing to say". That (and one or two other lines) gave me the impression that Brent / Rick's attitudes to women are perhaps a reflection of the subconscious attitude of the author. It's the only book of Mr Eade's that I've read, so I may be wrong. I just didn't like the overall tone, with the references to DDs and Debbie Does Dallas.
But most of what's made me give up is the description of torture. There's no way for the book to have a happy ending so why would I make myself miserable by reading more about water boarding / dry boarding / force feeding and wanting to shout at the Pavlovian responses of the US military. And worrying about where we go now the US Constitution has been virtually torn up.
I find it hard to think of a book as a "thriller" when it's based on such recent and terrible events. Especially when people are still in GITMO.
There's everything here: love; hate; duty; devotion; fear; deceit; betrayal; sorrow; truth and justice. Saying more would simply spoil prospective readers' enjoyment. Highly recommended.
The scary thing about this novel is that it is based on facts.
Strong emotions will be evoked when reading this, a great read none the less.