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  • Nate Shepherd Legal Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Stagg
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (759 ratings)

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Lethal Defense

By: Michael Stagg
Narrated by: George Newbern
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Summary

A client savagely kills a man to protect a friend. A lawyer with secrets must prove it was justified.

Attorney Nate Shepherd left a big firm to go out on his own. He sees nothing but opportunity when an out-of-town lawyer wants to hire him as local counsel on a high-profile murder case. Though his family worries that the case hits too close to home, Nate joins the defense team.

When circumstances force him to take on a bigger role, Nate ignores his family’s fears and throws himself into his client’s defense. But as he digs deeper, every aspect of the case raises memories of a terrible event that Nate has tried his best to bury.

Battling an aggressive prosecutor in court and a dogged reporter outside it, Nate fights to prove that his client’s brutal, bloody slaying of an evil victim was right. But when Nate’s own story is exposed, it threatens his client’s freedom...and Nate’s carefully constructed life. Can he fend off his own demons long enough to save his client?

This is the first book in the gripping Nate Shepherd Legal Thriller series. If you like razor-sharp dialogue, iron-willed characters, and slippery moral quandaries, then you’ll love this fierce courtroom drama.

©2020 Michael Stagg (P)2020 Podium Audio

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A hidden gem

Decided to give this a go as it was in the included catalogue hence book 1 was free, if it didn't grip me early I'd stop listening. It turned out to be a revelation, a novel with heart, intelligence, brilliant characters and a very strong ending. Will absolutely be continuing with this series, also this would make an excellent film. Recommended

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Objection overruled...

i have had to stop listening to a lot of books on the basis that the narration either doesn't fit or is just down right irritating. Mr Newbern's performance is perfect in this instance and makes listening an absolute pleasure; i will make a point of looking out for his involvement with other works. Thoroughly enjoyed the story but i won't comment further as to do so might give the game away.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable Legal Novel

Great storyline, plot and characters.
I was captivated from the first chapter and the story unfolded without any dull moments.
Well narrated - good characterisation.
Will be listening to more by this author & narrator!

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Really well written & performed

I really enjoyed this and binge-listened over a couple of days while on holiday. Well written with excellent narration.

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Fast paced, well told (& narrated) courtroom drama…

This book grabbed me right from the start, and held me throughout! The narration was superb.
Recommended

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Great story

I enjoyed the characters and storyline, would recommend enough that I'll listen to the next book

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It was enjoyed, but a bit repetitive

I did enjoy it, I think the narrator was almost a bit too chirpy! The evidence presentation was too repetitive which slowed the momentum of the book too much for me.

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Lethal Defense

I loved the story and characters. The performance of George Newbern was great, I could picture the story, it was like watching a movie!

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Good book. Enjoyed it very much.

Good story. Good characters. Interesting legal bits and pieces. Narration interesting and entertaining. Bought the second straight away.

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enjoyed

I enjoyed both story, characters and narrator. I will download and listen to more by author and narrator.

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