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The Word (Jace Forman #2)

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Lovers of legal thrillers will rejoice in this gripping, timely page-turner about religious fanaticism, freedom of speech, courtroom intrigue, and high-stakes mystery. Ezekiel Shaw and his fanatical followers preach a gospel of hate, picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers, and praising God for sending America’s soldiers back in body bags. But when they disrupt the ...more
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Published April 28th 2015 by Serpentine Books (first published April 12th 2015)
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Kristine Hall
Be ready for a wild ride! Crouch provides masterfully intertwined, multiple storylines that could have been ripped straight from the headlines. Review to come on Hall Ways for Readers' Favorite
Julie Failla Earhart
Jul 30, 2015 Julie Failla Earhart rated it really liked it
The Word is a second novel in the Jace Forman series. I haven’t read the first one; I didn’t find it necessary to have read it to enjoy this book.
The story opens with Ezekiel Shaw and his band of followers from the Brimstone Bible Church (BBC) are picketing the funeral of Second Lieutenant Lauren Hanson, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The BBC believes in literal interpretation of God’s word. They can be compared to the Westboro Baptist Church. Other than the need to tighten th
Hubert Crouch
May 30, 2016 Hubert Crouch rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The release date for The Word is April 28, 2015. Pre-release reviews are coming in. Here are a few:

“Crouch is a fine practitioner of the courtroom drama. He knows just how to bring a legal case to life without having to dress it up or dumb it down. His prose is precise and clear, pushing readers forward with an understated elegance. Characters—heroes, villains and those in between—are fully formed creatures with personal hungers, demons and large helpings of Texas personality… the pages all but
Ken Cook
Jun 13, 2015 Ken Cook rated it liked it
Recommended to Ken by: Shelf Aqware
Shelves: shelf-aware-win
This was a "win" from a Shelf Aware contest.

Good read - went through it leisurely in 2 days - good legal procedural with interweaving plot lines which are barely tied together with one or two characters - enough to keep the story interesting. Would recommend as a beach or traveling read as it didn't require much concentration to follow the development. Ended too abruptly for me.
Brooke May floyd
Apr 27, 2015 Brooke May floyd rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to get to read an early copy of this book. Hubert Crouch has outdone himself with this second book. From the very beginning it has you hooked, and with the plot twists and amazing characters, you won't want to put it down.
John Manhold
Oct 10, 2016 John Manhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Word ISBN: 9780692369005, Serpentine Books, an e-book by Hubert Crouch is a multi-plotted legal thriller on subjects most pertinent in today’s headlines.

Plot/Characters: Two prominently integrally woven main plots – 1) legal action against a fringe religious group led by Ezekiel Shaw, a self-centered, marginally psychopathic leader that pickets in a viciously demeaning manner, but deemed acceptable as free speech by supreme court decree, the funeral of a woman soldier killed in action fighti
Boundless Book Reviews
A fast paced Thriller you will not want to put down! I tried to read this as my nightly bedtime read but had to pick it up every chance I had! I was intrigued from the start and the surprises kept coming! Impeccable writing!

I realized this was a second book when I started writing this review; I like to copy/paste the title and author because I have a tendency to misspell names, but I would have never known otherwise. Now I must go back to the first. I love this author’s writing style, and talent
Oct 09, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads this is a must read
Sep 11, 2016 Pegboard rated it it was amazing
Envision… what it would be little to bury your only child just days after her death in Afghanistan, only to have her funeral picketed by insulting zealots. To be denied the right to say your final good-byes in peace. Janice Hanson was so distraught she overdosed on sleeping pills. Eugene felt the only relief from the pain of losing both his daughter and wife was to take the life of the man involve. All this was contributed to Savior Shaw’s right to the First Amendment.
The First Amendment is then
Aug 14, 2016 WonderWife rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

I didn't realize this was the 2nd book in a series until I read other reviews. That's great! I really enjoyed this book. The courtroom drama was great.

I wouldn't rate this 5 stars, and this is why...

In the first part of the book, a lot of the conversations felt stilted.

There were a lot of conversations that had nothing to do with the story. They were often very forced conversations and, instead of adding to the story or depth of characters, they actually detracted from the entire stor
Babus Ahmed
Oct 03, 2015 Babus Ahmed rated it really liked it
The Word is a fast-paced, well-packed legal thriller and, although this is the second book in the Jace Forman series, I felt at no disadvantage of not having read the first. Jace Forman is a successful lawyer with his own firm and a complicated private life, he is retained by a couple who lost their Second Lieutenant daughter in Afghanistan after they are cruelly taunted by a group of protesters belonging to a religious sect known as the Brimstone Bible Church on the way to their daughter's ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Sdan12 rated it it was amazing
Authentic legal thriller
In this story, the second in the series featuring lawyer, Jace Forman, we are embroiled in some every ugly scenes. A fanatical Christian sect whose adherents believe in the absolute verity of every word of the bible picket the funeral of a young West Point graduate who has been killed whilst serving her country in Afghanistan. They believe that the bible tells them that women belong at home, subservient to men and not fighting for their country. Jace helps the grieving pa
Sep 05, 2016 Valery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the first page of the novel, The Word, Hubert Crouch has written an enticing legal thriller. The prologue itself sets the tone for the book, with an extremist religious group meeting in a seedy hotel room. Their mere presence is eerie and creepy. The first chapter starts with an emotional funeral for a female veteran and the same religious group screaming horrible things toward her grieving parents. The Word is a currently relevant novel, taking its cues from news of the day. This makes it ...more
Sep 05, 2016 LyndaVee rated it it was amazing
I love a good legal thriller, whether in book or film form. I enjoy the elements of ritual that accompany the practice of the law and the theatrical aspect of the whole thing. The best lawyers are actors, presenting their clients to the best of their ability. Our adversarial system means that both innocent and guilty alike are entitled to be represented in the court room. Being innocent until proven guilty ensures some epic court battles and barristers are our modern day gladiators.

The hero of
Reg Shell
May 09, 2015 Reg Shell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Legal Thriller.

This is a great legal thriller. The author, Hubert Crouch, is a practising lawyer in Dallas Texas. This experience shows in the skill in which he has written this page-turning and intriguing courtroom story, The Word (Jace Forman Book 2 ). You will be amazed at the depth that Crouch goes to in his narration of the courtroom scenes. To me, they are brilliant. There are several side stories as well which will keep the reader enthralled.

The story delves into areas such as fre
Mar 24, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through Goodread's Giveaways.

This book was fantastic. I finished it in 1 day, I just couldn't put it down. From almost the first page I was hooked.

The book started with the funeral of a female solder killed in action and didn't stop.

I felt the secondary story with Leah and Cal Conners wasn't necessary but did make for a nice diversion from the intensity of the main story on occasions. Although the secondary plot does set up for a sequel nicely, without taking
Nov 05, 2015 Marci rated it it was amazing
First, I would like to say that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways...and I am so happy I did! Amazing book taking place in and out of the courtroom. If you love courtroom dramas this book is for you. I did see that this author has another book "Cried for No One" I will be buying this book. There were so many different side stories going on in this book...I would love to read more about those stories and characters. Just felt like I need to know more about characters like ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Ahouse4biswas rated it really liked it
I won a copy of 'The Word' in a goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review.

If you are into legal thrillers and court room drama then give this book a read. I did and I was not disappointed in this intriguing thrill ride. Even though it was the second in the series, I didn't feel like I missed anything by starting with book number 2. Definitely want to read the first one though. This book resonated so well with me because of its timeliness to what's going on in the world today. A real p
Jun 09, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing
​The Word is an interesting legal thriller by Hubert Crouch. It took me a few chapters in the beginning to be able to keep all the players straight. As the story unfolds the pace picks up and heads to a satisfying ending. The story was really two stories that basically almost forged together at the ending. Assuming Mr Crouch's next book will begin where The Word ended. I am looking forward to reading this next story.
Linda Marie Marsh
Jun 18, 2015 Linda Marie Marsh rated it really liked it
No need to go over the storyline, i see several other reviewers have done that.
I will say that right from the start Hubert Crouch reaches in and grabs hold of your heart your guts and your mind, and does not let go! My brain was jumping while i turned those pages...wait, no, while i was whipping thru those pages. Tomy Clancy mixed with John Grisham kinda thing - i've found myself a new author to follow!
Jul 22, 2015 Alan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoy a good legal thriller and this was certainly one of those! It's the first time that I have read a book by Hubert Crouch and it will not be the last. So pleased to have won this excellent book on the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Recommended.
Apr 07, 2015 Joel rated it really liked it
I'm one of the early readers of The Word and am happy to report that it is a thrilling page-turner. Well-crafted with enough good subplots to maintain the fast paced action, The Word does not disappoint. If you like a legal thriller with a very satisfying courtroom ending, this is a must read.
Jun 14, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Really liked this book the characters and story line. I see mr crouch as a Texas based style John Grisham. He lets his characters have depth and emotion and the story line is straight out of the news.
Barry Payne
Aug 20, 2016 Barry Payne rated it it was amazing
very good book from page one until the end I am gladthey got shaw very good ending thank you for the book I would love to read more from Hubert crouch good author
Celeste Holt
May 03, 2015 Celeste Holt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down!

5 stars, I loved the legal aspects of the novel as well as the religious and free speech balance described.
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Hubert Crouch, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and SMU Law School, is a veteran trial lawyer with years of hands-on experience in the courtroom. His best-selling debut novel, Cried For No One, introduced readers to Jace Foreman who returns in The Word. He and his wife split their time between their home in Nashville and their mountain retreat in Monteagle, Tennessee.

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