I recently picked up Detained by Don Brown to read. It's slightly out of my normal genre - I don't usually read military type thrillers. However, I do love regular thriller/suspense novels, so I figured I'd give this one a try. It's the first book of his new Navy Jag series, and I figured I might find a new series to enjoy. The story sounded intriguing:

"A man and his son dreamed of America’s freedom, but the dream became a nightmare when they ended up at Guantánamo Bay.

Hasan Makari and his son, Najib, both Lebanese nationals, have dreamed of the day they would experience the shining freedom of America. But when they arrive in the US, they are arrested, accused of terrorism, and incarcerated at the Guantánamo Bay Prison Camp in Cuba, all on false charges. Suddenly, they face the nightmare of death by execution.

Their only hope is Navy JAG Officer Matt Davis, who has been assigned to the case of his life—to defend the Makaris in court at Guantánamo Bay. Matt believes his clients are innocent, but he faces monumental opposition—not only from powerful federal prosecutors with a huge agenda and an unlimited budget, but also from the woman he loves who, as a fellow JAG officer, has been ordered onto the prosecution team to convict the Makaris.

As the drama unfolds in Cuba, Emily Gardner, a top-ranking TSA lawyer, has just received a larger-than-life nomination as General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security. While preparing for confirmation by the US Senate, she discovers a shocking scheme that will turn her life upside down. Can Emily expose the truth in time to save the lives of those being accused—and escape with her own life? Somewhere between the war-torn plains of Northern Lebanon and the secret torture chamber of Guantánamo Bay lie the keys to justice."

This was a solid book. The writing wasn't the best writing I've ever read in my life, but I was willing to overlook that a bit because the plot was solid. There are a lot of characters to remember and wade through, which was confusing at first (especially with the prologue and then fastforwarding in time quite a bit), but once you figure out who is who and how they fit into the story, it becomes a much easier read. The storyline was exciting, if at times a bit unbelievable, but it definitely kept me turning the pages! I am excited to read the next book in the Navy Jag series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military suspense/thrillers.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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