In The Name Of Honor
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
As always, Patterson has done his homework and paints a vivid picture of the war in Iraq and PSTD. I love his usual in-depth and psychological development of his characters. As an Army brat, I am well versed in growing up...more
The story was good, although it could have used much tighter editing; parts of it seemed repetitious and unnecessary. Bringing PTSD and the Iraqi War into the book were good hooks, and I'd like...more
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...more
It is the most anti-war, especially the Iraq war, story I have ever read. The depictions of that war are brutal, with many similarities to Viet Nam and more differences. The fact that the father and grandfather of the accused's father, who is also in t...more
In the Name of Honor tells an engrossing story of the trial of an Army officer charged with killing a fellow officer with whom he had served in Iraq. There are complications of family and romance, for both the accused and for his lawyer, who is the main character in the book. The book provides an enlightening look into the military justice system and into what has been endured by members of our military in Iraq. There were two things that I thought kept this from being a real...more
The VA system is not portrayed in a positive manner. Remember that the VA is funded by Congress and the President.
I have personally been associated with the VA as my employer and there are by far more dedicated professionals employed there than I have ever found in the private sector. It is not a pe...more
The story line plot here is mildly interesting, but the quality of the prose and the implausibility of events is just not sufficient to sustain interest through th...more
The author's attempt to involve PTSD is clumsy and ignorant. Maybe his comment comparing Vietnam to Iraq veterans that 'at least in Vietnam they could get away to Saigon' just turned me off too much. Or the fact I know a little about PTSD.
But the main problem is this book is full of boring, feely-touchy dialog, rather than clever, well th...more