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What if your boss wanted you to spy...on the U.S. government? There is no job description and the job isn't advertised anywhere, not even on the Job Board at Georgetown Law. But Thaddeus Murfee just graduated from law school and has $200 left from his student loan. He is so broke he has to borrow his roommate's suit for his first job interview. While he is so desperate to What if your boss wanted you to spy...on the U.S. government? There is no job description and the job isn't advertised anywhere, not even on the Job Board at Georgetown Law. But Thaddeus Murfee just graduated from law school and has $200 left from his student loan. He is so broke he has to borrow his roommate's suit for his first job interview. While he is so desperate to earn rent and food money, he fails to nail down exactly what it is he'll be doing. They tell him a U.S. Attorney is selling government secrets...But is he, really? Thaddeus Murfee likes his new boss, the U.S. Attorney. Good things happen and gifts flow his way. What's not to like? The government lawyer even has a daughter he wants Thaddeus to meet. Were the people who hired him just totally wrong about the guy selling government secrets? What proof do they actually have of this serious accusation? Meet the foreign agents who will pay top dollar for U.S. war plans... This thrilling collection of good-lawyers/bad-lawyers will keep you up late at night. Beware: you might show up late for work. But when you get to work you just might find everyone talking about this new, exciting romp through the backstreets of Washington, D.C. On one side, a new, innocent lawyer just out of school. On the other side, the full force and might of the U.S. government. Watch from your front-row seat as it plays out and careers are built and ruined while lives are won and lost. Buy Thaddeus Murfee today before it becomes a movie in 2017! Nonstop legal fireworks in the first degree!-- American Institute of Justice


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What if your boss wanted you to spy...on the U.S. government? There is no job description and the job isn't advertised anywhere, not even on the Job Board at Georgetown Law. But Thaddeus Murfee just graduated from law school and has $200 left from his student loan. He is so broke he has to borrow his roommate's suit for his first job interview. While he is so desperate to What if your boss wanted you to spy...on the U.S. government? There is no job description and the job isn't advertised anywhere, not even on the Job Board at Georgetown Law. But Thaddeus Murfee just graduated from law school and has $200 left from his student loan. He is so broke he has to borrow his roommate's suit for his first job interview. While he is so desperate to earn rent and food money, he fails to nail down exactly what it is he'll be doing. They tell him a U.S. Attorney is selling government secrets...But is he, really? Thaddeus Murfee likes his new boss, the U.S. Attorney. Good things happen and gifts flow his way. What's not to like? The government lawyer even has a daughter he wants Thaddeus to meet. Were the people who hired him just totally wrong about the guy selling government secrets? What proof do they actually have of this serious accusation? Meet the foreign agents who will pay top dollar for U.S. war plans... This thrilling collection of good-lawyers/bad-lawyers will keep you up late at night. Beware: you might show up late for work. But when you get to work you just might find everyone talking about this new, exciting romp through the backstreets of Washington, D.C. On one side, a new, innocent lawyer just out of school. On the other side, the full force and might of the U.S. government. Watch from your front-row seat as it plays out and careers are built and ruined while lives are won and lost. Buy Thaddeus Murfee today before it becomes a movie in 2017! Nonstop legal fireworks in the first degree!-- American Institute of Justice

30 review for Thaddeus Murfee

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    "The resume was the $39.99 version without goals and hobbies. "He has no goals," said the Assistant U.S. Attorney. 'he has no hobbies, either" said the Chief of Staff". A Young Lawyer's Story (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers #1) by John Ellsworth Thaddeus is a young lawyer. He is broke and looking for a job. When he gets one, working for the United States Government he is thrilled..until he finds out what the job entails. Turns out , his new boss wants him to spy for the Government. Poor Thaddeus. Al "The resume was the $39.99 version without goals and hobbies. "He has no goals," said the Assistant U.S. Attorney. 'he has no hobbies, either" said the Chief of Staff". A Young Lawyer's Story (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers #1) by John Ellsworth Thaddeus is a young lawyer. He is broke and looking for a job. When he gets one, working for the United States Government he is thrilled..until he finds out what the job entails. Turns out , his new boss wants him to spy for the Government. Poor Thaddeus. All he wants to do is practice law but due to circumstances beyond his control, he is swept up into a world of Spies, espionage and Government secrets. I enjoyed this book. Thaddeus is young but he's sassy and mouths off alot (in a good way). I liked how fast paced the book was and it was easy to follow. It sort of reminded me of john Grisham meets Joe Finder. I think this book is the perfect escapist book. There are many aspects of it that I am not sure were realistic but then again, in the times w e live in, I could see something like this happening. 3.5 stars. Recommended to fans of Legal thrillers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    S.P. Aruna

    I've come up with the idea of reviewing all the "hot" kindle legal thrillers, mainly taken from Amazon's top 100 list, otherwise basically a random sample. I may write a blog piece summarizing my thoughts after I've gone through a sufficient number of these.I've started with this one, which I believe is self-published yet appears to have been quite commercially successful. It has 753 ratings, 4.3 average. In the Amazon book description OVER 1,500,000 COPIES SOLD, AMAZON HAS SAID, "WE ARE INSPIRED I've come up with the idea of reviewing all the "hot" kindle legal thrillers, mainly taken from Amazon's top 100 list, otherwise basically a random sample. I may write a blog piece summarizing my thoughts after I've gone through a sufficient number of these.I've started with this one, which I believe is self-published yet appears to have been quite commercially successful. It has 753 ratings, 4.3 average. In the Amazon book description OVER 1,500,000 COPIES SOLD, AMAZON HAS SAID, "WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE SUCCESS OF THIS WRITER AND HOW HE IS DELIGHTING READERS"--AMAZON PRESS RELEASE 10/15/18 Despite all this, the book is typical of so many self-published books (unfortunately) - sophomoric writing, characters that are flat and two dimensional, and situations that go beyond suspension of disbelief. What I am mainly interested in is how the authors of legal thrillers handle the courtroom scenes and other legal stuff - if done well I could forgive all else. but alas, in this book, those scenes are not much better than the rest of the writing. Now on to William Bernhardt's Death Row

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    GA I received a free electronic copy of this novel from author John Ellsworth in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, sir, for sharing your hard work with me. I thoroughly enjoyed Thaddeus Murfee. His lack of experience in the courtrooms of the world get him a few passes, but it is his wide-eyed awe for justice brings home the bacon. This was a fast read, an 'up' tale that may help you believe again in that blind lady of the law. GA I received a free electronic copy of this novel from author John Ellsworth in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, sir, for sharing your hard work with me. I thoroughly enjoyed Thaddeus Murfee. His lack of experience in the courtrooms of the world get him a few passes, but it is his wide-eyed awe for justice brings home the bacon. This was a fast read, an 'up' tale that may help you believe again in that blind lady of the law.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Highton

    Having read all of the other books in the Murfee series, I thought I would read the prequel, which turned out to be a rather preposterous spy story. Murfee, fresh out of law school and just passed the bar exam is variously a US attorney's office secretary, leading a team of cybercrime attorneys, a fledgling spy and a trial defence attorney. Ellsworth well known issues with timing occur - the epilogue has a seven month period as a witness which then disappears two paragraphs later. This book is s Having read all of the other books in the Murfee series, I thought I would read the prequel, which turned out to be a rather preposterous spy story. Murfee, fresh out of law school and just passed the bar exam is variously a US attorney's office secretary, leading a team of cybercrime attorneys, a fledgling spy and a trial defence attorney. Ellsworth well known issues with timing occur - the epilogue has a seven month period as a witness which then disappears two paragraphs later. This book is set 10 years before the final book, yet has a reference to Game of Thrones on TV. Despite this lack of attention of detail, I have generally enjoyed the books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    Making the acquaintance of Thaddeus Murfee, just out of law school and hired by the office of the US Attorney, in DC, was very exciting at times, and then boring at other times. Indeed, the web of political games Thaddeus Murfee finds himself in from the first day is not something he enjoyed – and neither did I, as a reader, as a matter of fact. There's no doubt, I found myself rooting for Thaddeus, who is a wonderful, clever young man, graduated 3rd of his class in Georgetown; although the young Making the acquaintance of Thaddeus Murfee, just out of law school and hired by the office of the US Attorney, in DC, was very exciting at times, and then boring at other times. Indeed, the web of political games Thaddeus Murfee finds himself in from the first day is not something he enjoyed – and neither did I, as a reader, as a matter of fact. There's no doubt, I found myself rooting for Thaddeus, who is a wonderful, clever young man, graduated 3rd of his class in Georgetown; although the young man lacks experience in the professional legal world and he knows he’s bound to make mistakes. What he didn't expected is that he would be asked to spy on his boss. Thaddeus definitely needed a crash course in counterintelligence, which his devious handlers didn't provide. I’ve never been fond of D.C. politics and this confirms it (One exception: I am a fan and will always, always love the West Wing series by Aaron Sorkin). To conclude, I hope that Thaddeus next adventure will be more compelling, now that he moved to the small town of Orbit, just outside Chicago. I am indeed super curious.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Wise

    Good quick read. Engaging This was a fun book. Quick and kept me glued to the pages. Will be more books written by John Ellsworth.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    could be a good series

  8. 5 out of 5

    Page Turner

    Fast paced thriller with twists and turns throughout. Well written and kept my interest until the last page! A very good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Must read. If you're Thaddeus Murfee and John Ellsworth fan, this book will help you understand how Thaddeus started his career. Fall in love with this character with the Chase, The Bad Baby and I have been reading all the books this author wrote. This story starts with him just graduated and starting his first job. FBI and CIA recruiting and making of double agents, and throwing them under the bus when they are caught. Must read. If you're Thaddeus Murfee and John Ellsworth fan, this book will help you understand how Thaddeus started his career. Fall in love with this character with the Chase, The Bad Baby and I have been reading all the books this author wrote. This story starts with him just graduated and starting his first job. FBI and CIA recruiting and making of double agents, and throwing them under the bus when they are caught.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindamac

    I liked the plot of this book and the characters. The writing seemed basic and easy to read but not as much in depth as I usually find in novels of the genre.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Very Interesting I started by reading Flagstaff Station. Actually, I pre-ordered the book and read it as soon as it dropped in my Kindle library. I read the book straight through. I really enjoyed the turn Flagstaff Station took right of the bat. The book was better than I expected. At the end of the book I saw a listing of other books by John Ellsworth. A while series of Thaddeus Murder legal thrillers! A Young Lawyer's Story was intriguing, entertaining and definitely a thriller. It was great s Very Interesting I started by reading Flagstaff Station. Actually, I pre-ordered the book and read it as soon as it dropped in my Kindle library. I read the book straight through. I really enjoyed the turn Flagstaff Station took right of the bat. The book was better than I expected. At the end of the book I saw a listing of other books by John Ellsworth. A while series of Thaddeus Murder legal thrillers! A Young Lawyer's Story was intriguing, entertaining and definitely a thriller. It was great seeing where Thaddeus started. I really like the Matheson and Ollie characters. I don't know where the series is going or who returning characters might be. But I really look forward to a new series. It doesn't ruin the outcome by knowing where Flagstaff Station begins. There is a long road in between to travel for Murfee and I am sure it will be exciting, if I go by the two books I have already read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Spencer

    I rarely write reviews, but after finishing the first book, I felt compelled. It's horrible. The plot is fine, but it really breaks down in the actual telling of the story. The prosecution's entire case took less than 2 paragraphs. The defense's case took a page and a half - roughly 5 paragraphs. Basically, it was all buildup for an extremely short climax. Probably the shortest climax I've ever read in the legal thriller category. There were several sentences that literally made no sense - the w I rarely write reviews, but after finishing the first book, I felt compelled. It's horrible. The plot is fine, but it really breaks down in the actual telling of the story. The prosecution's entire case took less than 2 paragraphs. The defense's case took a page and a half - roughly 5 paragraphs. Basically, it was all buildup for an extremely short climax. Probably the shortest climax I've ever read in the legal thriller category. There were several sentences that literally made no sense - the wrong words were used, making the reader puzzle out what word the author meant. I had hoped for a new series to begin enjoying, but instead I'm left disappointed after reading this dud. Stay away.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kary Elliott

    Decent plot, poorly developed It started out okay but took too many abrupt, vague turns. A lot of grammar errors could have easily been remedied with much needed editing. That would also have helped, perhaps, with better story development. I wanted to like this book but it was kind of a mess, like a draft rushed to publication. I would like to read the follow-up books but am afraid they will be no better contextually and the grammar errors make reading a chore at times. Glad this was free....

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Great to Watch a Baby Lawyer Find His Niche I read this completely through, not even stopping to eat dinner. It is mesmerizing. There are oh no parts, there are chuckle a bit parts, and there are even some laugh out loud parts. Mr. Ellsworth's writing is fast, furious with no uh? breaks in the action. Watching Mr. Murfee go from third in his class to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney to whatever awaits him in the following books in the series is extremely good reading. Bravo, Mr. Ellswor Great to Watch a Baby Lawyer Find His Niche I read this completely through, not even stopping to eat dinner. It is mesmerizing. There are oh no parts, there are chuckle a bit parts, and there are even some laugh out loud parts. Mr. Ellsworth's writing is fast, furious with no uh? breaks in the action. Watching Mr. Murfee go from third in his class to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney to whatever awaits him in the following books in the series is extremely good reading. Bravo, Mr. Ellsworth!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I love legal thrillers so I was excited to listen to a new series’s. That being said, there is something odd about this book. It’s like the characters and their thoughts and dialogue isn’t intelligent enough to be doing what they’re doing in the positions they’re in. Also the story and characters aren’t very fleshed out so it’s hard to get emotionally attached to anything. I’m almost half way though and I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish. If this wasn’t the start to a series, I’d definitely I love legal thrillers so I was excited to listen to a new series’s. That being said, there is something odd about this book. It’s like the characters and their thoughts and dialogue isn’t intelligent enough to be doing what they’re doing in the positions they’re in. Also the story and characters aren’t very fleshed out so it’s hard to get emotionally attached to anything. I’m almost half way though and I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish. If this wasn’t the start to a series, I’d definitely throw in the towel at this point. If things change, I’ll update this review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MARLENE PIESKAS

    Thaddeus Murfee Loved this book. It kept me reading when I should have been doing other things. It was great to see the good guys win. I spent many years in the prosecutor's office. I've seen a few rulings that this book reminded me of. I've even seen a few defense attorney's sent to jail for contempt. This was an entertaining read for me. I will be looking for more of this author's books. If you enjoy legal stories, I recommend this book. Thaddeus Murfee Loved this book. It kept me reading when I should have been doing other things. It was great to see the good guys win. I spent many years in the prosecutor's office. I've seen a few rulings that this book reminded me of. I've even seen a few defense attorney's sent to jail for contempt. This was an entertaining read for me. I will be looking for more of this author's books. If you enjoy legal stories, I recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy E. Schadt

    I did not realize this novel was a prequel, so it is the first Thaddeus Murfee thriller I've read. I'm glad for the background before going on to others in the series. I liked Murfee's character development, enjoyed watching him struggle against the situation in which he found himself and finally win back his "freedom". Unfortunately, as with other Ellsworth novels, errors in grammar and sentence structure detract from his work. I wish he would get himself a good editor. I did not realize this novel was a prequel, so it is the first Thaddeus Murfee thriller I've read. I'm glad for the background before going on to others in the series. I liked Murfee's character development, enjoyed watching him struggle against the situation in which he found himself and finally win back his "freedom". Unfortunately, as with other Ellsworth novels, errors in grammar and sentence structure detract from his work. I wish he would get himself a good editor.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Holder

    Murfee, awkward newby Murfee is hired for a government legal position after graduating 3rd in his class at Georgetown. A lot seems to fall into place for him. Even his salary gets raised a couple of times in his first 3 weeks on the job. He was definitely a likeable courtroom rookie when he had to defend his high stakes case in front of a grumpy judge. Ellsworth's novel is a fun, quick read. Murfee, awkward newby Murfee is hired for a government legal position after graduating 3rd in his class at Georgetown. A lot seems to fall into place for him. Even his salary gets raised a couple of times in his first 3 weeks on the job. He was definitely a likeable courtroom rookie when he had to defend his high stakes case in front of a grumpy judge. Ellsworth's novel is a fun, quick read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Gevedon

    Loved this read,right up there with another author whose name I will not mention. This book has kept me up later than usual because I didn't want to lay it down. Thank you for sharing your talent with me. Now on to the next, Sisters In Law. Loved this book, right up there with another author whose name I will not mention. This book has kept me up later than usual because I didn't want to lay it down. Thank you for sharing your talent with me. Now on to the next !!! Loved this read,right up there with another author whose name I will not mention. This book has kept me up later than usual because I didn't want to lay it down. Thank you for sharing your talent with me. Now on to the next, Sisters In Law. Loved this book, right up there with another author whose name I will not mention. This book has kept me up later than usual because I didn't want to lay it down. Thank you for sharing your talent with me. Now on to the next !!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Intriguing This was my first John Ellsworth book. This legal thriller is about a young lawyer fresh out of law school. He is offered a job with the U.S.Attorney's office in Washington D.C. He is excited to start this new journey, though he soon finds out things are not what they seem. He soon finds himself caught up in a world espionage. The book is real page turner. Can't wait to read another book by this author. Recommended reading. Intriguing This was my first John Ellsworth book. This legal thriller is about a young lawyer fresh out of law school. He is offered a job with the U.S.Attorney's office in Washington D.C. He is excited to start this new journey, though he soon finds out things are not what they seem. He soon finds himself caught up in a world espionage. The book is real page turner. Can't wait to read another book by this author. Recommended reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gary Webster

    This Is A Good One I read one of John Ellsworths later books on this character, Thaddeus Murfee. I did give him some grief in the review about some of the editing of the book. I found the plot to be somewhat confusing. So I thought I would give him one more try. This is a great first book for an author. I really like the plot. I like the character development. And I found myself reading the book through in one setting. I highly recommend the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    Second star to the right, and straight in til morning! I really enjoyed this book. The plot was totally unexpected, attention getting, and educational. It also made me worry, angry, laugh, and write this review. A young “cheeky” lawyer woh only wanted to practice law, but was tricked, threatened, lied to, and mistreated by representatives of the U.S. Government. I can’t wait to get started on the next book in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Vonhof

    I just finished reading my first book, The Young Lawyer, by John Ellsworth. I enjoyed the start of the series and will read more. Young Thaddeus was third in his class in law school but is inexperienced in the ways and nuances of trying high profile cases. While parts of the story may be a stretch, I like the storyline and it held my interest. Espionage, spying, corrupt government people in high positions, traitors, courtroom drama, a powerful judge, all come together to make for a good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Overly simplistic characters without credibility ! A new law school graduate, supposedly of high scholastic standing, is recruited to spy on a U.S. ATTORNEY in D.C. Murfee proves to be brash, egocentric, injudicious, and naive beyond belief. Thaddeus Murfee' s character behaves more like a 17-year-old teenager than a potential "legal eagle." The plot is developed only as a short story vehicle and frequently is punctuated with absurd events. Overly simplistic characters without credibility ! A new law school graduate, supposedly of high scholastic standing, is recruited to spy on a U.S. ATTORNEY in D.C. Murfee proves to be brash, egocentric, injudicious, and naive beyond belief. Thaddeus Murfee' s character behaves more like a 17-year-old teenager than a potential "legal eagle." The plot is developed only as a short story vehicle and frequently is punctuated with absurd events.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Middleton

    Best book of legal action I've read. I was sad when I finished reading the Michael Gresham series. This is the start of my love affair with Thaddeus Murfee. From the rollicking start to the surprising conclusion I was up all night reading. Thank You Mr Ellsworth. I'm going to start the next book after my nap. Best book of legal action I've read. I was sad when I finished reading the Michael Gresham series. This is the start of my love affair with Thaddeus Murfee. From the rollicking start to the surprising conclusion I was up all night reading. Thank You Mr Ellsworth. I'm going to start the next book after my nap.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Silly and trite The book seemed at first to have good potential. However, it rapidly fell into the realm of far fetched and ridiculous. The writing seemed a bit disjointed. Some of the time sequences made no sense. The ending just solidified my opinion of ridiculousness. It felt as though the author was a 16 year old struggling through his first novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane Fadgen

    Outstanding Legal Mystery From the very beginning I couldn’t put it down. All the characters are richly developed. The plot is intriguing with many unexpected twists and turns. The ending is unexpected, and left me hungry for more. If you love a great legal thriller, you won’t be disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terry Callow

    Wonderful! Well written and so believable. The characters were nicely portrayed and well developed. The political atmosphere felt real and placed the reader in the midst of DC. It could have been longer in my estimation, but then I always hate to see a good read come to an end. Thank you Mr. Ellsworth.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann S. Lokey

    How to Start Your Legal Career Unfortunately, I read the first three books in this series out of order - this book is actually the first. The protagonist takes on the U.S. Government in his very first trial after law school. The results totally set him up for his career path and further books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    This is a story of a very bright law student who graduated 3rd in his class who wanted to become a lawyer and wound up working for the DOJ as a spy. He finally has his day in court as an attorney and he messes that up. He has a lot to learn. Good story and I believe I will read the next book just to see how he does in the future.

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