Code 13 by Don Brown

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

Code 13Code 13 by Don Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

A billion-dollar drone-sharing contract with crucial, constitutional implications is at the center of a deadly plot against Navy JAG officers in Code 13 by author Don Brown.

After I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in The Navy JAG Series, Detained, there was no question in my mind about going on to read the second. I was keenly aware of particular points of tension in this novel: officers dealing with the hard, personal costs of the service they love and are dedicated to, and corruption within a political system juxtaposed with the honor of a nation and Constitution that system should protect.

There seemed to be a lot of repetition in places, with the same descriptions popping up and the same information being repeated in characters’ thoughts and conversations a number of times. Some of the drama felt clichéd or overdone, and the scenes and such involving illicit encounters and relationships grew tiresome for me, personally.

Still, this is a good read for anyone else who likes military and political thrillers that raise real questions and mix in faith. If this series continues, I plan to continue on with it.

Note for my blog readers: not out of keeping with this novel’s themes, it does include some scenes of violence on the gritty side.


Here’s my review of the first book in The Navy JAG Series, Detained.



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