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Frontpage Magazine Review of FALCON SEVEN

Written by: James W. Huston Published: May 27, 2010

Frontpage magazine review, by David Forsmark:

In Falcon 7, a thriller about two Navy fliers hauled before the International Criminal Court for dropping a bomb on the wrong target in Pakistan, Huston doesn’t bother creating pseudonyms or crafting a fictional president likely to genuflect before international institutions. Instead, he tackles the question of what would happen if U.S. fliers were to face a radical anti-American ICC prosecutor while their commander-in-chief is none other than Barack Hussein Obama. . . .

Huston, a former F-14 RIO himself and now a big-time trial lawyer, certainly knows his stuff, and Falcon 7 rings true at every turn, whether it’s a courtroom twist, an ambush on a Pakistani mountain road or, even worse, a political ambush by political appointees who just want the case to get out of the headlines. More importantly, Huston is a superb storyteller, and Falcon 7 rockets along at the speed of the F-18 in the opening sequence and hits its target with just as much power. The result is a perfect summer read—a terrific, thought-provoking, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining and highly educational thriller.

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In the News

In the News

Times Square and the Taliban

Written by: James W. Huston Published: May 18, 2010

The events in the beginning of Falcon Seven take place in Waziristan—so distant and irrelevant to so many people, until last week.

It’s where Faisal Shahzad—the charged Times Square bomber—trained with the Pakistani Taliban, to learn how to make a bomb that would kill his fellow Americans. Of the seventeen citizen or resident men arrested in Islamic terrorist plots on American soil in the last year, many of them were trained in Waziristan.

Waziristan is the mountainous tribal region of northwestern Pakistan, right along the border with Afghanistan. It is where the Taliban and al Qaeda have been operating for some time with a great deal of freedom. It is where so many of the American drone strikes occur, trying to kill the leaders of both, including Baitullah Mehsud, whose death last year made headlines world-wide. It is probably where bin Laden is hiding.

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Bookreporter.com Review of FALCON SEVEN

Written by: James W. Huston Published: May 17, 2010

Bookreporter.com review, by Joe Hartlaub:

James W. Huston combines a “been there, done that” perspective with a bright-eyed and clearheaded vision of how the world works—and the place of the United States in that world—to create uncanny and seemingly prescient visions not of what might happen, but what almost certainly will happen, and all too soon. . . .

Following 2009’s brilliant MARINE ONE, Huston returns with FALCON SEVEN, which is even better than its predecessor. The inspiration and the basis for the book is one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress, yet has received little fanfare. That would be the American Service-Members’ Protection Act, which authorizes the President of the United States to use all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any United States or allied personnel imprisoned by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court. . . .

Huston’s books demand to be read in one sitting, and FALCON SEVEN is no exception. Not that you’ll notice. You’ll read the novel (especially the last 100 pages) so quickly that you’ll have scorch marks on your corneas. Huston doesn’t just straddle the territory where military, espionage, and legal thrillers meet: with FALCON SEVEN, he owns it.

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In the News

In the News

Navy SEALs Acquitted

Written by: James W. Huston Published: May 10, 2010

Ever since General George S. Patton got in trouble in 1944 for slapping a soldier who he didn’t believe was “shell shocked,” the United States has had trouble dealing with warriors on the front lines who don’t behave perfectly. And make no mistake, we require perfection.

However, imperfections arise, and we must decide how we are going to deal with them. In the middle of a conflict, how do we avoid being tied down with law after law, after law, after allegation and argument? This limits our ability, and willingness, to act. This is now recognized as Lawfare, the use of actual, perceived, alleged, or trumped-up violations of the laws of war.

The most recent example of Lawfare is the recent prosecution of three Navy SEALs for alleged prisoner abuse. Two went on trial last month in Iraq and were acquitted, and this week Petty Officer Second Class Matthew McCabe was put on trial at the Norfolk Naval Base, and like the other two, was acquitted of all charges—which boiled down to an alleged punch in the mouth to a captured terrorist (or detainee). The only witness who said it happened was the detainee himself, Amed Hashim Abed, the mastermind, allegedly, of the killing of the American contractors in Fallujah, after which their bodies were burned and hung from a bridge. The Navy petty officer who was to “corroborate” the story, Petty Officer Demartino, said the punch was to the gut. The two witnesses who “saw” the incident contradicted each other, which made for a weak case against Demartino.

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First Day

Written by: James W. Huston Published: May 10, 2010

Welcome to the site. I became acutely aware that the old site was static, and didn’t allow me to interact with readers as I’d like to. When answering the letters and e-mails sent by readers in the past, I’ve run across some of the same questions, and started thinking that a blog, with its open interaction, might be a better way to connect with readers, and share questions and answers. Sometimes I do get a little behind in my replies—work, family writing, you know the story—but I promise I’ll do my best to stay on top of your questions and comments.

I’d also like to use the blog to take you behind the scenes. I’m often asked, as one example, how I came up with certain ideas—and if certain plots could exist in the real world. Everywhere I look, there are ideas being presented, often inspired by real-time events. This blog will discuss some of those events, how they’ve inspired or related to my books, and help put the events into context, exploring the key points I hope everyone will consider.

So come back and let me know what you think. Most importantly for today though, my new novel, Falcon Seven will be released in bookstores on Tuesday, May 11th. I hope you’ll check it out—and let me know what you think.

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