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In The Name of Honor

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Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets

The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagh

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Hardcover, 401 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 10, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Shelves: guy-lit, war, crime, courtroom
Interesting and engaging. This is my second time to read Richard North Patterson (first was The Spire (2 stars)) and this is definitely better.

The multilayer plot runs through a gamut of issues. It goes head-on with the bureaucracy in and dysfunctions of, military justice. It is a love story and what can a lover sacrifice for the sake of truth. It is about the love of a daughter to her father and his legacies. It is a courtroom drama. It is about standing up for what is right. It is about stakin
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Amy
Jul 13, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
Patterson usually writes books about particularly relevant socio-political issues, and presents an insane amount of factually accurate information in a compelling and gripping story, thereby tricking the audience into learning a great deal while simply reading an equally superb story. One thing I've always admired about him is that he doesn't do a half-assed job at presenting good information in a compelling manner, or in simply telling a good story, with a satisfying ending (whether all is well ...more
Gail Cooke
Aug 15, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it

Little pulls in and holds a reader more effectively than a stunning opening, which is precisely what Richard North Patterson has done with IN THE NAME OF HONOR. Captain Paul Terry receives an early morning phone call, "There's been a shooting at Fort Bolton - one officer killed another."

As if that weren't shocking enough the shooter was Brian McCarran. This was a killing that would "reverberate all the way to the Pentagon, where the family's most revered member, Anthony McCarran, served as chief
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Labijose
Sep 24, 2015 Labijose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Honour is the moral glue that binds us to each other”

I found it excellent! A courtroom drama plus a psychological thriller in a very interesting book. The twist at the end was not such a big surprise, though, you can see it coming. Anyway, Patterson describes PTSD (which is affecting so many soldiers returning from War) in a compelling way. The court martial chapters are very well depicted. It also helped me understand the Army Judicial System.
Kept me turning the pages well into the night. Thi
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Jim Steele
Mar 14, 2016 Jim Steele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Who let this man publish the first half of this book? My goodness! It reads like a very poor romance novel. The second half is a decent courtroom piece about PTSD in Iraq, though it preaches so loudly about PTSD and the horrors of Iraq that the case is often overcome by sermons.

An officer has been killed by a junior officer. These men are friends through the wife of the deceased who has known the killer since both were children. There is also the problem of adultery between these former friends.
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Colin
Jul 07, 2014 Colin rated it liked it
A shooting happens after the husband of a woman discovers she has a paramour - the victim is her husband and the suspect the apparent lover. In fact he has admitted to it, claiming self defence. This defence is not, at first glance, going to fly as the husband was unarmed and was shot with his own gun , removed from the marital home by the lover shortly beforehand. The defending counsel, Captain Paul Terry, picks up the case as both the suspect and victim are in the US Army. He is helped by the ...more
Robert Dunlap
Nov 10, 2014 Robert Dunlap rated it it was ok
Though it was enjoyable, I rated it hard for two reasons: 1) too many themes are straight from A Few Good Men and 2) the twists and turns were a little too good to be true and the last one came a little too late after much courtroom discussion and testimony.

And of course there are the usual: impossibly easy sexual relations with impossibly beautiful and skilled women, impossibly well-qualified people getting into tangles with one another, forces beyond what's immediately evident.

When you are t
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Stella
Sep 15, 2014 Stella rated it liked it
This author was recommended by Nancy McCormick. It was actually a different book she talked about but this is the one I found.

I quite enjoyed this. I learned a lot about the military trial system. Well, a lot of surface facts. He did a great job of explaining why the number of people on the jury definitely favors either the prosecution or the defense depending n the #. It took me awhile, but I figured out the twist before it was revealed. And although shocking, it wasn't as incredible as it cou
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Jak60
Nov 07, 2015 Jak60 rated it liked it
This an okay book, and I say this conscious of the fact that the judgement is somewhat unfair in so far that it is expressed against the standard offered by other books of the same author, of which I am a very fond reader. In fact, if benchmarked to an average legal thriller, I would rate this as very good: the plot is pretty strong and well engineered, the twists and turns make it a page-turner, the court drama is extremely well constructed.
However, compared to some other novels by RNP, this la
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R Warren
Jun 22, 2014 R Warren rated it really liked it
Patterson educates me in each book about some place, culture or current issue all the while entertaining me with a good story. In this book I learn a lot about the military court marshal process and am reminded of the military culture I left behind several years ago(USAF Academy 1965, active duty 1965-1980, ret Lt Col USAF Reserves). Because it included issues concern Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, I also was faced with the fact that the US is singularly unsuccessful in dealing with tribal cult ...more
Adam
Aug 12, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“In the name of Honor”- if there is one book by Patterson you want to read go with this one. Fantastic book that I cannot describe better than this:

“A compelling and gripping read. Patterson explores the very real pressures of the loyalty, honor, and duty that accompany military service. It’s a thriller that strikes at the heart of every soldier.”

—Senator John McCain

This book is a twisted tale of two military families whose close friendship is getting tested by the death of one of its members. T
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Mark Soone
This was just an ok read for me. The cover had me excited (The write up, not the picture), and I had visions on the scale of A Few Good Men or Hart's War as I don't have a vast reservoir of military legal thrillers to draw upon, and they seem to present a unique dynamic to include in the legal thriller genre...so my curiosity was naturally peeked.

But, I kept given this more and more time to develop....but it never seemed to progress from the legal drama into a thriller that I was expecting. Howe
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Gerald
U.S. Army Lieutenant Brian McCarron has recently returned from a horrific tour of duty in Iraq, during which a large percentage of his platoon was killed. Brian's immediate superior was Captain Joe D'Abruzzo, the husband of Brian's foster sister Kate, whom he has known all his life.
During the Iraq tour of duty, Brian's platoon was sent out on what seemed to be all the most dangerous missions. He came to believe that Joe was doing that intentionally with the aim of getting Brian killed.
Brain c
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Gail Cooke
Aug 15, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Little pulls in and holds a reader more effectively than a stunning opening, which is precisely what Richard North Patterson has done with IN THE NAME OF HONOR. Captain Paul Terry receives an early morning phone call, “There's been a shooting at Fort Bolton - one officer killed another.”

As if that weren't shocking enough the shooter was Brian McCarran. This was a killing that would “reverberate all the way to the Pentagon, where the family's most revered member, Anthony McCarran, served as chi
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William
Jun 19, 2012 William rated it liked it
Fairly good read. I believe this is the first of RNP's books I have read. I would have rated it a much higher, but I came across a rather blatant (to me) error in the description of the Luger pistol used in the crime. Note: The Luger has an 8-round magazine, not a 15-round one. A 32 round drum was available, but THAT is not conducive to hiding under a pillow.
It is NOT an issue in the crime, but pistol was described so by the ballistics tech in the courtroom scenes.
I was also put off a bit by t
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Megan
Apr 16, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
good read...

Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets

The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt.
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Michael
Aug 04, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
Richard Patterson returns to form after two disapointing books which got away from his strength in presenting legal issues framed within a well plotted mystery. The only quibble I had with this one is that it became obvious to me where this legal process would become undone because of lies and cover ups that are apparent right at the beginning. The only challenge was to see if Patterson could disguise the clues well enough to prevent the reader from figuring it out too early. He didn't. Also, th ...more
Vannessa Anderson

In The Name of Honor is one of the better legal thrillers I’ve read this year. The story centers around soldiers and PTSD, something that’s real and something the military is refusing to fully acknowledge still in 2010.

Lt. Brian McCarran is on trial for murdering Capt. Joe D’Abruzzo, a black belt in Karate, and his lover, Kate Gallagher D’Abruzzo’s husband. Brian and his sister Kate lived with the Gallagher’s, long time family friends after their mother’s suicide while their dad, GEN Anthony McC

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David
Nov 21, 2011 David rated it did not like it
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Sheri
Jun 12, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it
My grade: B+. A number of things I really liked about this book. It was about a military court case. It was about a soldier with PTSD who fought in Iraq. In fact, we were granted a harrowing look at what serving in Iraq was like. The detailed testimony. My brain was thoroughly engaged. Last but not least, Paul Terry, JAG officer.

There were also things I didn't like. Although written from Paul Terry's POV, throughout the book he was called Terry. I've never read a book where the character consist
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Sandie
Two military families, the McCarrans and the Gallaghers have a long and complicated history spanning a couple of decades. Home from Iraq, Lieutenant McCarran kills his commanding officer who happens to be married to the Gallagher daughter. Was it self-defense or premeditated murder? Was the Lieutenant having an affair with his CO’s wife? Were the two officers suffering from PTSD? A court martial ensues to determine an answer to these and other questions, but to tell the truth, by the time I got ...more
Sue Smith
Jul 18, 2013 Sue Smith rated it it was amazing
Geez I enjoyed this book. Maybe it was just timing - coming after the heels of a dog (that's being unfair to the previous book, but it was just a dragger for me). This book was quick tempo-ed and methodical but had a mystery behind the that really keeps you guessing right to the end. And thankfully, the ending was nothing I expected either. I do love a book that gives me a wee surprise!

A murder of an officer on an army post in Virginia by one of their own, brutal in it's intensity and with a haz
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Kathleen Hagen
In the Name of Honor, by Richard North Patterson, A. Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Capt. Paul Terry, a defense lawyer in the JAG Corps, is about to finish his tour of duty. He has had a very good record as a lawyer and was able to write his ticket for a job with a Wall Street law firm. But he has one month left, and his commanding officer assigns him to the case of Lt. Brian McCarran who, on his Virginia post, killed his commanding offic
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Maureen
Jul 24, 2010 Maureen rated it really liked it
Of all the crime/thriller writers working today, Richard North Patterson is one of the best. He becomes interested in a subject - whether it be U.S. national politics, Palestinian/Israeli relations, or in this case, the war in Afghanistan and the physical and psychological devastation being inflicted on U.S. troops - and winds a mystery around the topic. By the end of the book, not only has the reader experienced a really good story, usually with a strong plot twist,but also learned something su ...more
Amy
Jul 10, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
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Samantha
Apr 10, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to hear that Richard North Patterson was going back to some of his courtroom dramas. I loved some of his earlier books but haven't really enjoyed his latest ones like Exile. While this was Mr. Patterson going back to his roots, this book isn't as good as some of his earlier books but it is close. I was interested in two out of three of his main characters. Paul Terry, the lead military lawyer and his client Brian are fascinating with how they interact and find out what has happened ...more
Joy
Apr 01, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets

The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt. Brian McCar
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B.
Jun 17, 2010 B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher, Henry Holt and Company.

Having read several of Richard North Patterson’s previous books, I was eagerly anticipating this one. I am happy to report that I was thoroughly caught up with In the Name of Honor from the moment I picked it up.

Patterson’s latest recounts the story of a young lieutenant, Brian McGarran, who is charged with murdering his commanding officer shortly after the two men return home from Iraq. McGarran, the son of an Army Gener
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Alexander
Jul 09, 2013 Alexander rated it liked it
This is a well written book, As usual Patterson has done a lot of homework to educate the reader about PTSD, the stresses of military service in Iraq, and primarily, the procedures of military justice. The book is interesting and the story is satisfyingly complex. The story is slightly predictable, and of course, it has a big "twist" towards the end that is meant to leave the reader gasping, but in reality was quite easy to see coming, especially as you are surely looking for the twist....there ...more
Jaime
May 06, 2011 Jaime rated it liked it
Richard North Patterson likes to center his stories around an issue, and the one he tackles here is PTSD, and the lack of support for Iraq War veterans once they return state-side. We spend more time in the courtroom here than in his past few books, and that’s both a plus and a minus.

On the plus-side, RNP is at home writing about the courtroom. He can create suspense and drama where there is little action. But the fact that the primary action has already happened when the story begins is a minus
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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