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Mortal Allies (Sean Drummond #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,835 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
JAG lawyer Sean Drummond has gotten himself in way over his head-with a case that challenges his deepest fears and a co-counselor who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for a gay officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law-school nemesis. Katherine Carson is a curvy ...more
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Published May 2nd 2002 by Grand Central Publishing
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Freda Malone
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Don't Ask. Don't Tell. Especially When it Comes to Murder. But Major Sean Drummond never plays it safe. Even when the young son of a South Korean war hero is found dead under dark circumstances and the Army orders Drummond to defend the American officer accused. Even when Drummond must work with his ruthless-and beautiful-old law school rival. Even when what begins as a simple case explodes into a war of secret international agendas...with Drummond in the crosshairs.

I knew there was a reason I
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Haig brings the highly controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” mantra of the Army to the forefront in this novel, examining both the secrecy surrounding homosexuals in the military and paralleling that with a case that takes place entirely in Korea, a country even more uptight about homosexuality than modern America. While forging deeply into the topic, Haig utilises his main character, known for his brashness, to exemplify some of the military preconceived notions, but also counters that with the ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book grew on me, and I'm glad I stuck with it. At first, I wasn't sure how long I was going to be able to handle the main character pulling back in disgust every time he encounters a (gasp) gay character. But it is a credit to Haig's writing that I still ended up loving the wiseass protagonist. And the action picks up about halfway through and the book becomes a solid little thriller.

But I did have nits... am I really supposed to believe that a super educated and media savvy lawyer, no mat
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-n-order
Downgraded from a four star due to the main characters flaws. Mainly the fact that this guy is kind of a super lawyer with a special forces background yet cannot figure out half the plot he is involved in. Perhaps I am a bit harsh here and the author just made some of the plot more transparent to the reader than the lawyer. Don't get me wrong on the enjoyment factor of the book. The author is a very good writer and I really do enjoy some of his wry sense of humor. Just a bit of a see through plo ...more
Michael Johnston
Not exactly an intellectual challenge, but it was a fun easy read - something easy to get lost in once it gets rolling. I found the lead character a little grating at first, but when the action starts, it's easy to develop a fondness for his self-deprecating wit. Of course he is a bit of a neanderthal, but even those rough edges begin to fade by the end of the book. This wouldn't appear on my annual top 10 list, but there were some interesting twists and turns that I did not expect and there is ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This is my first Brian Haig book and it was ok. The mystery is very military - you need to know about rank and rules, etc. The action took place in Korea and that is why I chose it. Koreans ae obsessed with North Korean spies and have been since the Korean War (50 years ago) and this book plays on that obsession. A young Korean officer is murdered in the apartment of an American officer. Others were present. It seems that only those present can give information about the event. The US officer is ...more
Dan Smith
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read by this author and have got to say, It was tremendous.

Army Lawyer is called off of his vacation to Seoul, South Korea to meet a civilian atty to defend an army officer accused of rape and murder of a male South Korean soldier. When he arrives, he finds that the civilian atty is his old nemesis from law school.

Great writing and great storyline. This is the second book of the author.. Waiting on #1 to return.
A good follow up effort from Haig in the second Sean Drummond book where he is brought in to second chair a high profile case in Korea after a soldier is charged with killing the son of the Defense Minister. Amidst protests and mounting political pressure he must attempt to establish whether his client is innocent or not and deal with a difficult co-counsel from his past.
Alain Bouchard
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Well written.
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable.... a little less enjoyable than the first book. I will continue reading this series, but hopefully the plot has more of twist or goes into a different direction.
Yahaya Aluke
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Drummond's guffs are totally relatable.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Drummond gets played!!!

In the first book of the Sean Drummond series Sean was this big shot, yuppie wiseass. Well he still is a wise ass in this book, but he gets played by almost all sides. The only reason he does not end up as a patsy is coz he ends up bursting the whole case open.

Fun aside, the book deals with the taboo subject of the heterosexual world - Gays in Army. Don't Ask Don't Tell refers to the army's view on Gays in its ranks. But this comes under immense scrutiny when a Army C
Narrator: Scott Brick

This wasn't fun to read/follow but it will go down as one of the most memorable. As a legal thriller it was suspenseful, as a murder investigation, it kept me riveted right to the end. That Whitehall was framed was obvious. But by whom, why and how? The 'how' stumped me as it did Drummond.

Drummond also gets bashed to within an inch of his life in this installment. He's really taken through the ringer and by the time he solves the case, I was
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really sure what to make of this book.
Haig has chosen to take on what was then an especially prickly topic, Gays in the Military, and unfortunately it comes to dominate the book.
Moreover his treatment is weird to say the least. On the one hand he appears to be drumming up sympathy for their cause at every chapter, but on the other all the gay (or sympathetic) characters are portrayed as lying, untrustworthy, scheming, and duplicitous. Not sure what to make of that?
Is he trying to appear bala
Lots of great reviews for this book, however this one just didn't make it for me. While the story started out great, and at first I thought, Wow!, this is going to be a great read, it seemed to just disintegrate. I bought it thinking that it was going to be a courtroom drama, which I really enjoy. But soon it became more of just lawyer-to-lawyer bickering. There was almost no actual lawyering. I got to thinking: These have to be the world's WORST attorneys. The story then evolved into some fanci ...more
Nicholas Jasper
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If a book doesn't capture my attention in about one page it goes to the "Maria Box". Maria and Scotty own Escape Fiction in Salem, Oregon. Escape Fiction is far and away the best bookstore that I have ever been in! This by way of explaining why ALL of my reviews are five star. I simply don't have the attention span to read a 4.999 star book. Mortal Allies is the second in the Sean Drummond series. I had no idea that he had written a series! Set in Korea About five years ago, Drummond again gets ...more
Patrick Nichol
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A customer of mine recommended this author to me, and I'm glad she did.

Brian Haig's tough U.S. Army lawyer Sean Drummond is tasked with defending an American officer accused of a hideous homosexual murder.

The victim is the son of South Korea's defence minister serving with the U.S. Army.

Drummond, a career soldier and former combat officer, is disgusted he has to defend a gay soldier while playing second chair to an old law school rival.

The case is politically charged; the U.S.-Korean alliance i
Christopher Hivner
Army lawyer Sean Drummond is taken from his vacation to South Korea where he has to team up with a civilian lawyer to defend an army captain accused of raping and murdering a Korean man. The case deals also with the differences in American culture compared to Korean culture, the army's policy of "don't ask, don't tell" when it comes to homosexuality and all of the political ramifications. Drummond knows his co-counsel having gone to law school with her and fought with her all four years.

There ar
Jacob Peled
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Legal thriller. Spy, CIA lovers
When you get to read a REALY good book, you would say “I couldn’t put it down” Well in my case it’s the 1st time that my Kindle run out of is Battery in the middle of my reading.. I was so concentrated, in the story that I never thought to check the battery level it’s an excellent, entertaining book.
For me it was definitely a six star kind of book. It’s my 2nd Brian Haig book, with the same rating, glad to see that there are about 7 more waiting for me. I loved the main character Sean Drummond.
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really begun to enjoy Brian Haig's books. Having shied away from him for several years, mostly because of the last name, his novels featuring JAG lawyer Sean Drummond are really lots of fun. Drummond is another one of those wise-cracking, self deprecating, protagonists that I enjoy.

In Mortal Allies, Drummond is ordered to Korea to defend a young captain charged with homosexual murder and necrophilia. He discovers his civilian co-counsel is an old adversary from law school. Drummond is soo
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspence readers
Brian Haig is Alexander Haig's son - and as such, he has a lot of insider Washington DC knowledge that he uses liberally in his books. He has created an engaging serial character, Major Sean Drummond, of the JAG corps. Major Drummond is one of my favorite novel characters - he has a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. Mortal Allies deals with the US Military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule in dealing with homosexuality in the military. A promising Westpoint graduate is the main suspect in the h ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SECRET SANCTION's Major Sean Drummond is back, with a new case that challenges his deepest fears and a colleague who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for an officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law school nemesis. Katherine Carson is an attorney with a reputation for manipulating the media on behalf of her clients. Drummond is distraught to be working with a woman who knows how to pu ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Sean Drummond is back, sent to Korea to defend an American Army officer accused of murdering the young son of a South Korean war hero. Drummond gets to work with his old law school rival. Imelda is back and Drummond is at his best. "Author Brain Haig is a West Point graduate and a career military strategist. Before retiring from the Army, he served as special assistant to the Chairman of the join Chiefs of Staff. The son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, he lives in New Jersey with hi ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. A lot of book have too much "fluff" and padding -- unnecessary back story or description or characters sitting around mulling things over. As I read, I find myself skimming to get back to the meat of the story. This book is 580 pages, and I think I skipped maybe 3 paragraphs. Good, taut writing, believable dialogue, and great editing. The only thing I would change is some the descriptors. They stop being mildly amusing and quickly become a distraction. ("snapped off a salute so crisp ...more
Jesse Smith
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of the Sean Drummond series and, having enjoyed the first, thought I would enjoy this one as well. I was a bit skeptical at first because it seemed that the main story was going to revolve around homosexuals in the military and (for this book) I wasn't looking for something that challenged my stance.
However, the story was much deeper and the more I read, the longer and deeper the story and intrigue became - Brain Haig has a great mind for espionage writing. I would certai
Frederick Bingham
I listened to the sound recording on the way to Raleigh one day.This story is about a murder investigation which takes place in Seoul, South Korea. A Korean soldier serving with the US Army is killed at a party. The investigation determines he was gay and concludes that his lover killed him. The main character and narrator is an army attorney is called to represent him at court martial. He begins to investigate further and becomes convinced of his innocence. He uncovers a plot by a North Korean ...more
James Murphy
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, now I've read the second Sean Drummond novel and all I say is... wow! There is plenty of intrigue and skullduggery to keep you turning the page. Start with a pending court-martial for a gay U. S. Army officer accused of murdering a gay South Korean soldier. Add to it an old nemesis of Sean's from Georgetown Law School whom he has no love for. Throw in an especially rough time for the American-South Korean alliance and you have one doozy of a story. This is one book that is well worth the t ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Military lawyer Sean Drummond is called off vacation to Korea to serve as co-consul in a case where an American officer is accused of the rape and murder of a Korean offical's son. The civilian lawyer that is his co-counsel is a long time rival from law school, the prosection lawyer has beat him both times they have met in trail, a gay organganization is demonstrating in Korea, and along come a plane load of fundamentalist Southern ministers. And this is just the beginning of the trail. Well wor ...more
Richda Mcnutt
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that Brian Haig outdid himself with this one. He's always entertaining, but the twists and turns throughout the novel kept me tensed up until the very end - and what an end! I wondered if Haig was confronting his own discomfort and indecision concerning gays in the military; but, if so, he did it with honesty and a non-dogmatic approach. Sean Drummond is a winning character - a definite smart-aleck, competitive, honorable, and an attorney you would certainly want on your team. He is not t ...more
Meity K
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this one accidentally; just wanted to have something to read on the bus on my way home from the office. This was the first Sean Drummond I'd ever read (though it was the second in the series) ... and the next thing I knew, I was searching for more of these :D

I was captured by the main character - the story was told from his point of view... and he is so witty! I always amaze on how it could be so light and funny and yet so serious at the same time.

It's very entertaining!

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