By James Huston
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312544133, 560pp.)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
A MOVING TARGET
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying its target, the fighter is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.
a secret mission
The pilots are quickly forced onto a private Falcon jet headed for the Netherlands, where they’ll stand trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. The building they hit was actually a medical post constructed by Europeans for Afghan refugees—and sixty-five innocent people were killed.
a trial by fire
It’s up to Washington criminal defense lawyer and former Navy SEAL Jack Caskey to defend the two naval officers. Caskey implores President Obama to intervene, but he is wary of a direct conflict with the ICC. Already fighting a losing battle, an outraged Caskey works with his contacts in the shadowy world of special operations and CIA operatives to free the pilots…or help them battle through an international show trial and face imprisonment—for life.
James W. Huston is the New York Times bestselling author of several thrillers, including Marine One and Balance of Power. A graduate of TOPGUN, he served as a Naval Flight Officer in F-14s on the USS Nimitz with the Jolly Rogers. He is currently a trial lawyer for the international law firm of Morrison Foerster and has been involved in numerous high-profile cases. He lives in San Diego, California.
High praise for MARINE ONE
“Riveting.”—Dallas Morning News
“An outstanding thriller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[An] intelligent political thriller that’s full of surprises and insider knowledge.” —National Review
“Marine One has good lawyers, evil lawyers, a fascinating premise and an inside look at the down and dirty world of litigation where billions are at stake. Add in a dead president and shadowy assassins and you have a very good read.”—Phillip Margolin, author of Fugitive
“A mystery with political intrigue, courtroom drama, and international controversy. Huston is a solid storyteller and brings it all to bear.” —School Library Journal
“This novel will have you reading on the edge of your chair, and maybe beyond. [It’s] almost impossible to read it fast enough.” —Bookreporter.com