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Marine One

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  653 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
The president rushes across the South Lawn through a pounding thunderstorm to Marine One to fly to Camp David late at night. His advisers plead with him not to fly, but he insists. He has arranged a meeting that only three people in his administration know about. After fighting its way through the brutal thunderstorm on the way to Camp David, Marine One crashes into a ravi ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Jul 19, 2009 hllf rated it liked it
Driven heavily by plot, not by characters. An enjoyable read. Here is a breakdown of my rating:

Enjoyability: 4
Re-Readability: 4
Character Development: 2
Complexity: 2.5
Writing Style: 3
Believability: 3
Overall: 3.08

This was my first novel by James W. Huston, and while I am giving this book only 3 stars, I recommend it for anyone who enjoys legal suspense as well as books very much driven by plot.

The story is a step-by-step account of the main character's attempt to solve the case. There are no subpl
Nov 02, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Huston offers readers an explosive legal drama with strong political undertones that keeps its pace to the final sentence. When the President of the United States insists on heading to Camp David in the middle of a hail storm, his Secret Service detail have strong reservations. Once POTUS demands that it be done in Marine One, his private helicopter, levels of concern escalate. Who could be waiting at Camp David that is so important? While travelling to the Maryland countryside in the storm, Mar ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Jerome rated it did not like it
If ever there were an oxymoronic genre, it's the legal thriller. Courtrooms are, by definition, boring. Well-educated (and well-paid) people argue with one another in some kind of high-stakes parlour game while the poor defendant looks on, baffled. It's not always the stuff of high drama - even if television programmes such as Law and Order try to sprinkle the courtroom with an element of stardust. But enduring two-hour films teeming with legal argument is nobody's idea of fun. Remember Steven S ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it
I saw this book at a used bookstore for a quarter. What made me buy this one over many other choices was the genre combined two of my biggest interests: law and politics. And the plot summary was instantly gripping. The President is killed and Mike Nolan, a lawyer for the helicopter company accused of murdering the President, has to fight enemies both foreign and domestic to find the truth. So does the book live up to my initial expectations?

For the most part, it does. The book begins with the P
Paul Lunger
May 25, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
James W. Huston's "Marine One" opens with a bang as the Marine One helicopter carrying the president goes down killing him during a heavy storm. What ensues thereafter is an exciting thriller/mystery that not only explains what caused the crash, but that also delves into the politics that even sometimes we the people aren't supposed to know about. Huston's story somewhat splits itself from the actual investigation of the crash to the Congressional hearings to eventually the courtroom during a tr ...more
Susanne Leist
Apr 06, 2014 Susanne Leist rated it it was amazing
During a bad storm, the President's helicopter goes down, killing him and everyone on board. Mike Nolan is hired by the insurance company to defend the French manufacturer of the helicopter. Mike is one of two partners in a small law firm. He has to take on a big law firm and its pompous leader. Soon he discovers that he can't trust most people around him, even in his own law firm. With attempts on his life, he seeks to find the truth behind the crash. Was it the fault of the manufacturer, the p ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Lana rated it really liked it
Marine One is about the President's helicopter going down, and the lawsuit that follows.

There are parts in which the writer is a bit condescending toward his audience, unintentionally, I'm sure. I like for an author to assume that if I'm reading this book, I've read others or I find the subject matter interesting. I want to avoid excesses of exposition. The book is written in the first person, from the POV of the defendant's attorney, so it's possible that it's the character who's a little too t
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Marine One was an adrenaline filled read! It was very fast paced. This was the first book I have read from this author and it will not be my last for sure!! It was interesting to read that the author was in the Navy and actually served on the same ship (The Nimitz) which happens to be the one my husband is serving on too! (Sorry had to throw in that little side note.)

Many questions are left to be answered when the United States President Adams leaves on his Marine One helicopter on a stormy nigh
Apr 28, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It certainly makes me want to find more "legal thrillers"... One of the reasons I like television shows like 'The Good Wife' . It is interesting to see the way the law works and a case unfolds. The lawyer Hackett in this story however has to be one of the most unlikeable characters ever in a story... perhaps it was just the reader reading the story (listened as an audiobook on Overdrive) but I just despised him every time he spoke. He didn't have a single ...more
Sep 14, 2014 George rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Expecting a book about flying adventure and helicopters, I got a legal drama. Despite the book's wrapping in the banality of the legal process, the theme and exciting plot continued until the very end. I thought that a couple of the lawyers ought to be taken out back and shot, but that is the talent of the author coming through. Teased with innuendo and crammed with facts, the book is a winner. Read more Huston!
Mar 25, 2016 FD rated it really liked it
Marine One by James W. Huston
Action adventures get me, especially if the title and cover look appealing-which this does. Here’s the however -I was not prepared for the legal dealings with this novel (I try not to read the cover inserts, since I like surprises). If you like this aspect, you will enjoy the maneuverings that spider web throughout this book. Despite this I had “bonded” with the main character and was won over to read to the end. The last 15 pages are page turners and I had paid my d
Charles Mcdonald
Jan 19, 2016 Charles Mcdonald rated it liked it
This is one book that I began with some interest. About the middle of the book, my interest was very high. However, the last 1/4 of the story my interest fell. When the president is killed when his helicopter the story centers on the court battle that follows specific to the multi-billion dollar lawsuit that is filed. There are more than one possible answers to who could be criminally responsible.

There were sections of the book that seemed to slow the pace of the story and the further that I wen
Patrick Nichol
Jul 30, 2011 Patrick Nichol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James W. Huston really is Harmon Rabb.

A lawyer who also flew F-14 Tomcats from the USS Nimitz, Huston is a master of military suspense fiction.

And he deftly melds his military/legal experience into a suspenseful novel about the crash of Marine One, the president's official helicopter.

The president and everyone aboard dies when the chopper crashes en route to Camp David in a raging thunderstorm. It's up to trial lawyer Mike Nolan, a reserve Marine officer and helicopter pilot, to prove whether th
After the president is killed when his official helicopter crashes on its way to a mysterious meeting in Camp David, Marine Corps reserve pilot and trial attorney Mike Nolan begins an investigation to discover the cause of the crash. 10 sound discs (12 1/2 hr.) Read by Joe Barrett.
Mark Barrett
Apr 04, 2015 Mark Barrett rated it it was amazing
I have recently discovered the author and so far so good. The storyline of Marine One crashing and killing the President was interesting. I don't typically go for trial novels because I find them boring but not this one. I never saw what was coming until the end. I thought it was very well done and hard to put down.
Nov 14, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4-star rating because I couldn't put it down! It's not Pulitzer material, but it's well written, fast paced, and intelligent. The story is neither formulaic nor is the solution to the mystery predictable. I needed a break from the heavy WWII fiction I've been reading, and this was the perfect choice.
Ms. A.
Mar 16, 2012 Ms. A. rated it really liked it
A fun read! Very different from my normal fare. A bit of intrigue, a mystery, and politics all rolled into one. I had a portion of the story figured out early on, but there were still plenty of twists and turns and surprises. The book is written by a real life attorney, which lent itself to the authenticity of the book. And unlike so many other thrillers it wasn't overly predictable or ridiculously unrealistic. In fact it was just the opposite, making it refreshing.
My only complaint would be the
Jun 08, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
"Marine One" blends spy thriller and legal thriller. It's not great writing or profound social commentary but it works as entertainment and is better than the average thriller.
My first read/listen by this author which won't be my last. A well-paced thriller that was a bit light on character development.
Apr 01, 2010 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the book in my possession for two months, and delayed reading it, thinking it'd be "ok", but probably just another military action adventure like so many others. Now, I regret the delay. It ended up being a very good legal thriller, filled with courtroom drama, a likeable ex-marine lawyer defending a French helicopter company in a wrongful death / fraud lawsuit, an easy to dislike opponent who was an unethical class-action lawyer, no superhuman hero character, some suspense and intrigue, a ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery, thriller
I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I couldn't stop listening and so didn't get enough sleep last night.
May 11, 2015 Andee rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable book! I loved the fast moving plot, the way the tension was ratcheted up to keep me reading!
Apr 04, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
It was a dark and stormy night. Remember who started his stories like that? Well this one is sort of like that. The president decides to fly , aboard Marine One, to Camp David for a late night secret meeting. Why does he fly in the middle of a storm instead of driving? And what causes the helicopter to crash killing all aboard including the president? These are questions for Mike Nolan who will be representing the manufacturer of Marine One in a major civil suit. High tension and a whole lot of ...more
Jack Jacobson
Apr 13, 2016 Jack Jacobson rated it liked it
You'll learn more about helicopters than perhaps you ever wanted to know
Maria Elena
Mar 06, 2016 Maria Elena rated it liked it
A fun read, this was a legal mystery. I'm have not read many of these. I enjoyed this one. I gives the impression of being written to be turned into a movie m
Feb 18, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it
Excellent legal thriller. I'll read more James Huston books.
Sep 26, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
Solid mystery/court drama. The ending was a little odd, but I generally liked the book.
Apr 08, 2010 Angie rated it it was ok
I picked up this book to read while I was in Washington D.C. but instead read Sammy's House. Good choice as this book had very little to do with Washington DC, other than the fact that the President of the United States lives in the White House (which hopefully you already knew). When Marine One crashes and kills the president the helicoptor company that manufacture Marine One is sued. But who REALLy caused the crash. I probably would give it 2 1/2 stars, but went with 2 because I thought the he ...more
May 05, 2016 William rated it liked it
My rating: 3 out of 5
Dave Wooldridge
Jun 09, 2014 Dave Wooldridge rated it really liked it
This novel proves yet again why Huston is one of my favorite political legal thriller authors.
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In addition to being the author of Falcon Seven, Marine One, Secret Justice, Shadows of Power, Fallout, Flash Point, The Price of Power and Balance of Power, I am a partner in the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster, and head of the Trial Practice Group, and a former Navy Flight Officer in F-14s.

I grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana, and attended the University of South Carolina on a
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