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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 Gallag

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Kindle Edition, Reprint edition , 413 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co
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K.D. Absolutely
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...more
Amy
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

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
Colin
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
R Warren
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
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...more
Gail Cooke

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
William
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...more
Megan
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....more
Michael
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
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace

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
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Sheri
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Maureen
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
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Samantha
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
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...more
Beth
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...more
Alexander
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
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...more
Anne
My mom has been reading Patterson for years and I've always stayed away because I think of him as more of a writer of espionage thrillers, which I'm not that in to. But, for some reason this one was on my shelves and my mom thought I might like it since it involved issues of post-traumatic stress disorder in returning soldiers - which I am interested in as it pertains to some of the work that I do. In this one, a returning soldier shoots and kills another soldier - one who happens to be married...more
Jamie
The book deals with a lot of current issues...Iraq, the military, war in general, and one of the possible battle scars that can come from going to war...PTSD. The story revolves around a miltary officer, Lieutenant Brian McCarran, who is just home from Iraq and is being tried for the murder of his wife....But was it really murder or was it self defense? The book has a TON of twists, turns, secrets and tension. Throw in some close friends and family..."Some" military courtroom action....PTSD and...more
Julie L
Richard North Patterson is one of my favorite authors. His novels are usually centered around one or more controversial issues of the day; in this case, the impact and lack of support for PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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
Marvin
More of a traditional legal procedural murder mystery, with about half of the book taking place in the courtroom of a military court martial, than the Patterson books that I've most enjoyed & appreciated. This is still mostly a page turner, though with some repetition, and it does delve into some complex family dynamics in a military family especially constrained by a military sense of honor that keeps them from telling the truth to each other despite strong ties of affection & loyalty....more
mark
Patterson takes on the Iraq War, military and mental life and how they all intersect to create personalities and events. Typical Patterson - where he looks at a current issue, researches it, and then makes a crime drama out of it to inform the reader about the issue. This book does not paint a pretty picture, but it is realistic (I grew up in the military - son of an officer.) There is good court room drama that reminded me a lot of the 1990 movie "A FEW GOOD MEN." Complex cross-generational rel...more
Sherrie
Patterson's "In the Name of Honor" is a military-criminal/judicial novel, centering around the murder trial of Brian McCarron, scion of an acclaimed military family. Did McCarron kill a man in cold blood, or in self defense? Or--as is often the case in a Patterson novel--were there other factors involved?
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
Jane
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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
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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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