Code 13 – Don Brown

Code 13Don Brown has brought about another intriguing story with Code 13.

Caroline McCormick has just been assigned to the prestigious Code 13, a special section of the Navy JAG division where many aspire to work. On top of the nerves of starting a new duty assignment, Caroline has to deal with being around her former flame, P.J. MacDonald.  They are still friends and she is hoping more can come of it as they get the chance to work together again.  He has been given a special assignment he tells her about, working on the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the sale of drones for domestic surveillance.  It is a fine line and he is tasked with determining if it violates the posse comitatus set forth to keep the military from intervening with civilian matters.  The contractor wants clearance but the mob wants the proposal stopped before it can make it past his desk.  Things quickly get out of hand as P.J. is gunned down and the next in line to review the proposal is also killed.  Caroline is bent on finding P.J.’s killer and goes to her commanding officer and volunteers to write the legal opinion herself, knowing full-well it puts her right in the crosshairs.  Caroline is determined to see things through no matter the price she has to pay.

Code 13 is the second book in the Navy JAG Series by Don Brown. I enjoyed the first and equally enjoyed this novel.  I am a big fan of military thrillers and both the Television shows, JAG and NCIS, and enjoyed the references to the shows.  There is a lot to follow throughout and at times can be a bit confusing trying to keep up with all the characters.  A few secondary characters could be left out and not hurt the story at all.  The main characters however were enticing and enjoyable to follow.  The romance scenes were not as well done as I would have liked, but the action scenes were very well done.  The dialogue flowed smoothly and the action scenes were the fastest in the whole book.  I don’t want to give anything away, but one of the last twist was a little hard to believe.  I didn’t feel there was enough build up to believe what was trying to be conveyed.  Having become a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and worked as a lawyer in the JAG division, Brown has the experience to write about this branch and its inner workings.  This wasn’t the best book I have ever read but it does rank high on my list as a very enjoyable read.  I will recommend this book to those that enjoy military thrillers.

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