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Mortal Allies (Sean Drummond #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,326 ratings  ·  61 reviews
JAG lawyer Sean Drummond has gotten himself in way over his head -- with a case that challenges his deepest fears and a co-counselor who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for a gay officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law-school nemesis. Katherine Carson is a cu ...more
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Published May 2nd 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2002)
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Freda Malone
Don't Ask. Don't Tell. Especially When it Comes to Murder. But Major Sean Drummond never plays it safe. Even when the young son of a South Korean war hero is found dead under dark circumstances and the Army orders Drummond to defend the American officer accused. Even when Drummond must work with his ruthless-and beautiful-old law school rival. Even when what begins as a simple case explodes into a war of secret international agendas...with Drummond in the crosshairs.

I knew there was a reason I
This book grew on me, and I'm glad I stuck with it. At first, I wasn't sure how long I was going to be able to handle the main character pulling back in disgust every time he encounters a (gasp) gay character. But it is a credit to Haig's writing that I still ended up loving the wiseass protagonist. And the action picks up about halfway through and the book becomes a solid little thriller.

But I did have nits... am I really supposed to believe that a super educated and media savvy lawyer, no mat
Haig brings the highly controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” mantra of the Army to the forefront in this novel, examining both the secrecy surrounding homosexuals in the military and paralleling that with a case that takes place entirely in Korea, a country even more uptight about homosexuality than modern America. While forging deeply into the topic, Haig utilises his main character, known for his brashness, to exemplify some of the military preconceived notions, but also counters that with the ...more
Michael Johnston
Not exactly an intellectual challenge, but it was a fun easy read - something easy to get lost in once it gets rolling. I found the lead character a little grating at first, but when the action starts, it's easy to develop a fondness for his self-deprecating wit. Of course he is a bit of a neanderthal, but even those rough edges begin to fade by the end of the book. This wouldn't appear on my annual top 10 list, but there were some interesting twists and turns that I did not expect and there is ...more
Downgraded from a four star due to the main characters flaws. Mainly the fact that this guy is kind of a super lawyer with a special forces background yet cannot figure out half the plot he is involved in. Perhaps I am a bit harsh here and the author just made some of the plot more transparent to the reader than the lawyer. Don't get me wrong on the enjoyment factor of the book. The author is a very good writer and I really do enjoy some of his wry sense of humor. Just a bit of a see through plo ...more
Lots of great reviews for this book, however this one just didn't make it for me. While the story started out great, and at first I thought, Wow!, this is going to be a great read, it seemed to just disintegrate. I bought it thinking that it was going to be a courtroom drama, which I really enjoy. But soon it became more of just lawyer-to-lawyer bickering. There was almost no actual lawyering. I got to thinking: These have to be the world's WORST attorneys. The story then evolved into some fanci ...more
Robert Enzenauer
Brian Haig has brought back his irreverant and appealing hero - Sean Drummond. Haig is an excellent story-teller, and again brings his hero into an interesting entanglement with another equally clever and tough female co-counsel. Haig's narrative is quick, his characters' interesting, and he is very good at deftly combining humor and high suspense. In this new book, he combines the intricacies of international politics, sexual scandal, and military justice. Drummond is definitely as interesting ...more
Patrick Nichol
A customer of mine recommended this author to me, and I'm glad she did.

Brian Haig's tough U.S. Army lawyer Sean Drummond is tasked with defending an American officer accused of a hideous homosexual murder.

The victim is the son of South Korea's defence minister serving with the U.S. Army.

Drummond, a career soldier and former combat officer, is disgusted he has to defend a gay soldier while playing second chair to an old law school rival.

The case is politically charged; the U.S.-Korean alliance i
James Murphy
Well, now I've read the second Sean Drummond novel and all I say is... wow! There is plenty of intrigue and skullduggery to keep you turning the page. Start with a pending court-martial for a gay U. S. Army officer accused of murdering a gay South Korean soldier. Add to it an old nemesis of Sean's from Georgetown Law School whom he has no love for. Throw in an especially rough time for the American-South Korean alliance and you have one doozy of a story. This is one book that is well worth the t ...more
Christopher Hivner
Army lawyer Sean Drummond is taken from his vacation to South Korea where he has to team up with a civilian lawyer to defend an army captain accused of raping and murdering a Korean man. The case deals also with the differences in American culture compared to Korean culture, the army's policy of "don't ask, don't tell" when it comes to homosexuality and all of the political ramifications. Drummond knows his co-counsel having gone to law school with her and fought with her all four years.

There ar
Aug 11, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspence readers
Brian Haig is Alexander Haig's son - and as such, he has a lot of insider Washington DC knowledge that he uses liberally in his books. He has created an engaging serial character, Major Sean Drummond, of the JAG corps. Major Drummond is one of my favorite novel characters - he has a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. Mortal Allies deals with the US Military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule in dealing with homosexuality in the military. A promising Westpoint graduate is the main suspect in the h ...more
I have really begun to enjoy Brian Haig's books. Having shied away from him for several years, mostly because of the last name, his novels featuring JAG lawyer Sean Drummond are really lots of fun. Drummond is another one of those wise-cracking, self deprecating, protagonists that I enjoy.

In Mortal Allies, Drummond is ordered to Korea to defend a young captain charged with homosexual murder and necrophilia. He discovers his civilian co-counsel is an old adversary from law school. Drummond is soo
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
SECRET SANCTION's Major Sean Drummond is back, with a new case that challenges his deepest fears and a colleague who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for an officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law school nemesis. Katherine Carson is an attorney with a reputation for manipulating the media on behalf of her clients. Drummond is distraught to be working with a woman who knows how to pu ...more
I liked this one even more than the first. Haig has created a very likable character in Drummond. I'll admit to knowing next to nothing about Korea, but this was a compelling tale. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Sean Drummond is back, sent to Korea to defend an American Army officer accused of murdering the young son of a South Korean war hero. Drummond gets to work with his old law school rival. Imelda is back and Drummond is at his best. "Author Brain Haig is a West Point graduate and a career military strategist. Before retiring from the Army, he served as special assistant to the Chairman of the join Chiefs of Staff. The son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, he lives in New Jersey with hi ...more
Wilfred Goodwin
Really enjoying this series. Hard to stop once you get started.
Jesse Smith
This is the second book of the Sean Drummond series and, having enjoyed the first, thought I would enjoy this one as well. I was a bit skeptical at first because it seemed that the main story was going to revolve around homosexuals in the military and (for this book) I wasn't looking for something that challenged my stance.
However, the story was much deeper and the more I read, the longer and deeper the story and intrigue became - Brain Haig has a great mind for espionage writing. I would certai
Fredrick Danysh
Military lawyer Sean Drummond is called off vacation to Korea to serve as co-consul in a case where an American officer is accused of the rape and murder of a Korean offical's son. The civilian lawyer that is his co-counsel is a long time rival from law school, the prosection lawyer has beat him both times they have met in trail, a gay organganization is demonstrating in Korea, and along come a plane load of fundamentalist Southern ministers. And this is just the beginning of the trail. Well wor ...more
Military Law Korean investigation Spies. Rated 8 of 10
good read. Interesting characters
Richda Mcnutt
I felt that Brian Haig outdid himself with this one. He's always entertaining, but the twists and turns throughout the novel kept me tensed up until the very end - and what an end! I wondered if Haig was confronting his own discomfort and indecision concerning gays in the military; but, if so, he did it with honesty and a non-dogmatic approach. Sean Drummond is a winning character - a definite smart-aleck, competitive, honorable, and an attorney you would certainly want on your team. He is not t ...more
Meity K
I bought this one accidentally; just wanted to have something to read on the bus on my way home from the office. This was the first Sean Drummond I'd ever read (though it was the second in the series) ... and the next thing I knew, I was searching for more of these :D

I was captured by the main character - the story was told from his point of view... and he is so witty! I always amaze on how it could be so light and funny and yet so serious at the same time.

It's very entertaining!

Frederick Bingham
I listened to the sound recording on the way to Raleigh one day.This story is about a murder investigation which takes place in Seoul, South Korea. A Korean soldier serving with the US Army is killed at a party. The investigation determines he was gay and concludes that his lover killed him. The main character and narrator is an army attorney is called to represent him at court martial. He begins to investigate further and becomes convinced of his innocence. He uncovers a plot by a North Korean ...more
Susan Pavlak
I would love to give this book 4 stars....but... For me it takes so long to get into the guts of the story! About page 250 it happens! Sean Drummond love you but I have too many other books waiting for me! Maybe I'll be back in the summer!!!
Great read!!! So far the best read of the series!!!!! What a ending!!!!
B Wojcik
I got 3 books from the library and couldn't make it through the first chapter of two of them. The third one was Mortal Allies which I've read twice already. What a difference the style of writing makes. Although the other two had interesting plots and I didn't know what was going to happen, the style of writing was just not engaging me at all. (Maybe if I increased the dose of fukitol I could muddle through them.) In fact, I'm going to re-read his others again.
Steve Andreorio
Story, characters, flow. I will read all of his novels. No wonder Vince Flynn wanted to co-author with him.
This is the second in the series featuring Sean Drummond, a wisecracking, less than spit shined military lawyer. In this very compelling legal/political thriller, Sean is sent to Korea to defend a Major accused of killing and raping the son of the South Korean Defense Minister. Lots of surprising twists and turns, good dialogue and an interesting plot all contributed to a very good read.
This was my second book by this author and sadly will be my last. Both books could have been written at the same time with just a few characters changed.
With all the craziness going on in North Korea right now, read this book and prepare to be infotained. There is a broadcaster named Bryan Suits on KFI in Los Angeles ("Dark Secret Place") that reminds me of the character Sean Drummond when he speaks of his military experience and the North Korea situation. Slightly snarky but intelligent and tough...the best kind of alpha male!
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Brian Haig is the son of former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig and has been born and bred in the American military.Since retiring from duty and has been a special advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now runs a large Helicopter company.

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