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Black Horizon

(Jack Swyteck #11)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,484 ratings  ·  137 reviews
In Black Horizon, a riveting and timely thriller drawn from tomorrow's headlines, New York Times bestselling author James Grippando brings back popular Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck in an international case involving a devastating oil spill that pits him against his most villainous adversaries yet.

Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, oil is
ebook, 480 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Harper
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Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
The theme could have been developed into a story of interest. Unfortunately Grippando let bland dialogue and poor character development sidetrack him from accomplishing his goal.
Nan Williams
Typical Jack Swyteck.

I really like Jack and mostly like his sidekick, Theo, although Theo is a bit hard to swallow sometimes. I do NOT like Andie Henning. This novel begins with Jack and Andie getting married and then she's whisked off by the FBI before their honeymoon can start. And, she's pregnant. Even though she's all excited about furnishing a nursery, she's not about to allow this precious new life to derail her career.

The story involves an oil spill in Cuban waters which threatens the US.
Brigitta Moon
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly love the Jack Swyteck series. I think it's the settings and action that keeps me coming back. My favorite character is Jack and then Theo. These novels are page turners.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Easily the most discouraging Swyteck thus far. In fact, I may be done with this limp character as I prefer more "good guy" machismo, fewer murders and less courtroom hijinks. 1 of 10 stars
Kevin Kazokas
Maybe James Grippando did not intend on writing a love story when he set out to author "Black Horizon." But that's what resulted.

Consider that revelation not a spoiler but a service to those who think they're embarking on a legal thriller when picking up this low-energy read.

Yes, there are some minor, almost procedural, courtroom scenes as the book's protagonist, Attorney Jack Swytec, prepares to take on Big Oil in a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Bianca, a tragically young, widowed Cuban A
John Marsh
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Walt Jacob
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The best I can say is the story held my attention throughout. All things considered, for me, it was just Okay. But according to the Goodreads rating system, OK is just 2 stars. And for a writer as talented as James Grippando, anything less than 3 stars just does not seem right. Beyond 3, would mean I "really liked it", and that would be a lie. Apart from Theo and Jack (how could anyone not like Jack?), I could not seem to develop anything more than some remotely positive feelings, certainly not ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
after the previous 2 books, this wasn't as violent or dark. whew!
I like Theo & he provided the humor in the story.
And this is the 1st one of his where i figured out some of it. Yeah me!
as usual, lots of twists.

This focuses on a lot of the legal aspects of the case. Even though I'm not a lawyer, I was able to follow along with the narrative. I was still interested.

This was also a story that was relative to today's news & was believable b/c of it. It deals w/an oil spill (ie. Exxon Valdez
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
The 11th Swyteck book from Gripando was okay but to me was a little lacking in plot. Had the start of a great courtroom thriller with him representing a widow of a worker killed in an oil rig explosion but then got bogged down in national security issues with little courtroom action. Once again his case has to coincide with his now wife’s undercover role, something that was explained very poorly. This has happened in multiple books, I would much prefer he write an Andie undercover novel where ma ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-books-read
This is the eleventh book in the Jack Swyteck series and I am still hoping for a story as good as book one.
The opening was terrific: a major oil spill off the coast of Florida,(in Cuban Waters) just where Jack and Andie are vacationing on their Honeymoon (finally!) but after that...nada.
Yes, Jack gets a client and goes to court against Big Oil as well as the US government, but the plot was very far fetched and the big reveal at the end was rushed and somewhat disappointing.
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
The problem I find with long running series is that they eventually reach a point where it's all regurgitated information. There was nothing exciting about this story whatsoever and a lot of it was too repetitive. And there was almost no development to the characters save for Andie's pregnancy.
Janet O
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
audio book. Jack Swyteck is an attorney from Miami. This book takes place in Miami and Cuba. Interesting, fast moving story about an oil spill, a lawsuit, an abduction, and a few shady characters. Enjoyed trying to figure out who was the bad person before the author told me.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Action packed adventure with solid characters. It just needs a good editor.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have read several in this series and enjoyed them. But this one is full of homophobia seemingly to be cute or funny. It isn't, I didn't finish. Disappointing
Victoria Mcvicker
Kept my interest, but the conclusion was anticlimactic and not what I would have expected or hoped for.
Michael Coartney
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Nick Stika
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With every Swyteck book, the relationship between Jack and Theo gets a little better and Theo's personality blossoms. This was always a good series but it gets more enjoyable with every new book.
Susan O'Bernier
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was entertaining as well as enlightening into the works of Oil Industry & the courts.
David Weinfeld
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good adventure story.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
OK book, how the story was woven together at the end I found poor otherwise 4 star. Some witty and amusing moments with Theo made me laugh!
Mary Rowe
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller. Tragic, but excellent.
Steven Bartley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack Swyteck is on his honeymoon when a Cuban oil well explodes, threatening the Keys and the coast of Florida. Jack becomes involved in a lawsuit by a Cuban refugee against the oil companies involved. This case takes Jack and Theo over to Cuba. I enjoy reading the Swyteck series, I like the characters and the action.
Scott Carmichael
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This was not a very engaging read. Story was a bit weak and I never bought into the characters. I guess I like my stories with me substance.
Liz Alexander
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the first of Grippando's 21 books I've read, so I'm new to both the author and the character of Jack Swyteck.

I found this an easy, enjoyable read. One of the reasons why I love books written by lawyers (Grisham; Allison Leotta; now Grippando) is to learn more about the legal process. Certainly, if all the information shared in Black Horizon about the Cuban embargo (a topical subject if ever there was one!), Foreign Bank Account Reports, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act etc. is accurate, the
Lloyd Russell
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
James Grippando is one of my solid authors. I always look forward to reading his books, and I'm never disappointed. He's written 21, and I've read them all. Black Horizon, which comes out March 4, is the 11th in the Jack Swytek series. These are my favorite. Jack is a Miami attorney with an Hispanic grandmother, an ex-governor of Florida father, and a trusted sidekick (okay, I added the trusted part). His escapades always include murders, intrigue, legal action, and humor. Here's what Goodreads ...more
Suspense Magazine
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Jack Swyteck returns in “Black Horizon,” the eleventh novel featuring the Miami-based criminal defense lawyer. After marrying FBI agent Andie Henning, the newlyweds dash off to the Florida Keys, but their honeymoon is interrupted. First, a deep-water oil rig explodes near Cuba in a storm that’s quickly pushing the gushing oil toward the Keys, and then Andie gets called away on an assignment. Through a business connection of his best man and best friend, Theo, Jack takes on a wrongful death suit ...more
Scott Parsons
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, thriller
This is the 11th in Grippando's Jack Swytek series. Jack is a lawyer but there are few legal scenes in this novel. Jack and FBI Agent Andie Henning get married in the Florida Keys at the onset of the novel. Their honeymoon is disrupted when a major tropical storm wreaks destruction in the Keys. This is compounded when the storm is accompanied by an explosion on an an offshore rig drilling in very deep water under Cuban jurisdiction but the oil comes ashore in the Keys. Andie is called back to du ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-complete
Back in October 2011, I received an ARC from Harper Collins by an author named James Grippando called Need You Now. The book was very much a ripped from the headlines book and I enjoyed the plot twists and the characters very much. I had just read Too Big To Fail so this book paired well as a fictional counterpart. I was excited too see on the March list of ARCs from Harper Collins another ripped from the headlines style book by James Grippando.

Working for a news organization, I learned a lot a
Gloria Feit
Jack Swyteck, the book’s protagonist, is an accomplished defense lawyer, demonstrated in numerous previous novels in the series. However, in this entry his role as an attorney, bringing suit for wrongful death for the young widow of a man apparently killed when an offshore rig exploded, is merely peripheral to a wide-ranging thriller and sort of a love story on two levels. One aspect is at the beginning of the story, with Jack and Andie Henning getting married and beginning their honeymoon in th ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack & Theo in Key West during a catastrophic oil spill from a platform in Cuban waters...terrorism, immigration, national security, Cuban policy, mass class action law suits & the military-industrial complex all convene in Jack's representation of a young wife in her wrongful death as always!
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