House Divided: Book summary and reviews of House Divided by Mike Lawson

House Divided

A Joe DeMarco Thriller

By Mike Lawson

House Divided
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2011,
    384 pages.

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When the NSA was caught wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants, a scandal erupted and the program came to a screeching halt. But the man who spearheaded the most sophisticated eavesdropping operation in history wasn't about to sit by while his country sleepwalked into another 9/11. Instead, he moved the program into the shadows. So when the NSA records a rogue military group murdering two American civilians, they can't exactly walk over to the Pentagon and demand to know what's going on. That doesn't mean their hands are tied, however. As the largest intelligence service in the country, both in money and manpower, they have plenty of options - mostly illegitimate.

DeMarco learns all too well just what the NSA is capable of, but he doesn't like being used, so he fights back. House Divided is inspired and compelling, a strong addition to this celebrated series.

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"This is a serviceable entry (after the excellent House Justice) in an overall superior series, but some of the edge and humor are missing this time around." - Library Journal

"Some stodgy exposition aside, the case moves at a nice clip and the manner and methods of the war within the war on terror are fascinating." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Lawson creates multifaceted characters... The pacing is relentless, and Lawson's speculations about NSA's electronic spying capabilities are fascinating." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Readers will enjoy watching the smart, funny DeMarco, who's wise to the ways of Washington, as he extricates himself from one deadly threat after another." - Publishers Weekly

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Mike Lawson Author Biography

Michael Lawson was raised in Pueblo, Colorado and attended college at Seattle University, receiving a degree in engineering. On leaving college he went to work for the US Navy as a nuclear engineer, spending approximately thirty years working for the Navy's nuclear power program. Some of this time was spent in Washington D.C. but most was spent at a large naval shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.

At the shipyard he managed a number of different organizations related to overhauling nuclear powered submarines, cruisers, and aircraft carriers, ending up as a member of the government’s Senior Executive Service and as the top civilian at the shipyard responsible for navy reactor plant work on the West Coast.

His books include The Inside Ring (2005) and The Second Perimeter (2006)....

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