Rule of Law, by Randy Singer

Nine stars

Randy Singer is back with another legal thriller that speaks to the heart of some matters currently taking place in America, though seeks to rise above the current political rhetoric. Paige Chambers is a young lawyer with her entire life ahead of her. After meeting Patrick Quillen, she is positive that she has met the man that she wants in her life for the long-term. Quillen is a SEAL and deploys on a mission, leaving her surrounded by other SEAL spouses. Paige waits patiently for Quillen’s return, but the raid to save two kidnap victims goes terribly wrong. Sitting in the Situation Room and watching this live, US President Amanda Hamilton takes decisive action not to have the bodies retrieved, but curses her reliance on the CIA Director’s intel, which fuelled the rescue operation. When news reaches Paige, she is devastated and cannot cope with the size of the loss. She receives cloak and dagger information that President Hamilton may have known the mission was set to fail but chose to send in the SEALs all the same. Reluctantly working with renegade lawyer, Wyatt Jackson, Paige begins to probe into these allegations, but must protect not only her source, but the information that she received. As soon as the legal action commences, high-ranking White House and Administration officials begin creating roadblocks and accusations of their own. In a case that makes its way to the hallowed halls of the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS), Paige and Wyatt will have to remain one step ahead of the legal behemoth that is the United States Government. Where has the truth been hiding and will it see the light of day? No one is quite sure, though all eyes are firmly focussed on what may be the most controversial SCOTUS of a generation. Singer pulls the reader into this story with such ease that there is no escaping this military/legal/political thriller. Fans of all three genres will enjoy this piece immensely.

I have long enjoyed Randy Singer and his writing style, which meshes a fairly significant legal matter with a high-octane storyline, teasing out the most notable and headline-worthy aspects of a piece of American law. His use of characters is always poignant and adds depth to the story without distracting from some of the strong legal points that may intrigue the reader. In this piece, Singer admits that his release of this book is quite timely, but has purposely created a dichotomous Administration from that which is sitting in the Cabinet Room with the current Tweeter of the Free World. The military issues are also quite current and well-presented, which shows that Singer has his finger on the pulse, both in what is going on with the drone program and how Americans (as well as the world) might feel about it. Layering the law with politics is tough, particularly when trying not to have them tightly bound, but Singer is effective in his presentation of both the legal aspects that come to the forefront and the political flavour that permeates the three branches of government. Any reader who enjoys seeing the executive and judicial branches juxtaposed will find much joy in this book, as nothing is guaranteed, event when facing the nine Justices of the SCOTUS. While Singer does not hide his ‘other hat’, that being a pastor, his novels are not filled with the need to inculcate the reader to ‘see the light’ or ‘find Christ and be saved’, though there is passing reference to Christian holidays, prayer, and a lack of ‘saucy’ language. This may appeal to a larger group of readers, particularly those who bemoan unnecessary cursing. Overall, a wonderfully written novel that builds on many legal and newsworthy matters that will surely stir up much debate.

Kudos, Mr. Singer for another wonderful piece of legal writing. As always, you hit the nail on the head and have left me wanting more. Alas, I will have to wait a time, though you can be sure I will queue up for whatever you publish next.

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