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Friday, April 15, 2016

Don Brown: Code 13

By Kelly Bridgewater

A billion-dollar contract for the sale of drones to the Navy, the largest drone contract in history, puts two Navy JAG officers in the gun sights of a mysterious killer.
Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—old flame, PJ McDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the sale of drones for domestic surveillance. The contractor wants a legal opinion clearing the contract for congressional approval. But the Mob wants the proposal dead-on-arrival.
But when McDonald is gunned down in cold blood and a second JAG officer is killed, one thing becomes clear: Whoever is ordered to write the legal opinion on the drones has become a target. Which is exactly why Caroline goes to her commanding officer and volunteers to write the legal opinion herself. She is determined to avenge PJ’s death and trap the killer, even if that means making herself a target.
It is a deadly game of Russian roulette for the sake of justice. But Caroline is determined to see it through, even if it costs her life.
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My Review: 

I enjoy books that honor our heroes that serve our country. Besides Don Brown, Ronie Kendig is another top author that comes to my mind. When reading a story about our military, I really want to find an author that really knows there stuff. Their research has to be spot on, and the plot has to surround a certain area that is important to the United States. Brown did a good job with Code 13. He covers all these areas and more.

First, Brown really uses is skills from working at the Pentagon and the Navy to create a realistic story. I had no problem understanding and completely dwelling in the world of the Navy. Anytime Brown wrote something that happened or a certain way the government accomplishes things, I jumped right on board and followed the story right along.

This story features the idea of drones and the invasion of privacy. This is a hot topic in the news today because a lot of America citizens don't want some machine flying above, spying on everything we do. I completely agree, but Brown used the drone in a completely and different way in Code 13. It actually does some good, and I could totally jump on board with his idea, but it is still a tricky area.
As for the characters, they really fit in with the world of the Navy. Caroline, the female JAG member that we meet in the first couple of chapters, is a brave heroine who places her life on the line after watching the man she loves be shot in board daylight. There are a number of male characters who dominant the story, so it is hard to narrow down on one character. The villains were awful, and Brown showed the underside of blackmail industry.

The plot moves at a good pace and kept me intrigued. I never really felt overwhelmed by the Navy explanations. It was a complete unique and original story that could have been ripped from the headlines of the latest newspaper.

Heroic to the core, Don Brown's second installment Code 13 creates a realistic look into the world of the Navy without overwhelming the reader. Fans of Ronie Kendig and other Don Brown books will enjoy Code 13.


I received a complimentary copy of Code 13 from Thomas Nelson publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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