Book Tour: Review ~ Extraordinary Rendition by Paul Batista

Friday, October 26, 2012


Expected Publication: May 1, 2013
Format: eBook (ARC)
**provided by publisher on author's behalf for a honest review
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon


Thriller Examines Extraordinary Rendition
Action Pinpoints Issues in Constitutional Controversy

“Batista does it again when international intrigue collides with murder in Extraordinary Rendition! A high -priced Wall Street lawyer gets the shock of a lifetime...  law school never prepared him for this!  It's a fast ride--buckle up!"

--Nancy Grace, Attorney, TV Personality and NY Times Bestselling Author of Death on the D-List


When Ali Hussein, suspected terrorist and alleged banker for Al Qaeda, is finally transported from Guantanamo Bay to the US mainland to stand trial, many are stunned when Byron Carlos Johnson, a pre-eminent lawyer and son of a high-profile diplomat, volunteers to represent him. On principle, Johnson thought he was merely defending a man unjustly captured through rendition and water-boarded illegally. But Johnson soon learns that there is much more at stake than one man’s civil rights. Hussein’s intimate knowledge of key financial transactions could lead to the capture of—or the unabated funding of—the world’s most dangerous terror cells. This makes Hussein the target of corrupt US intelligence forces on one side, and ruthless international terrorists on the other, and puts Byron Carlos Johnson squarely in the crosshairs of both. Written by no-holds-barred attorney Paul Batista, Extraordinary Rendition excels not only as an action thriller, but as a sophisticated legal procedural as well. Smart. Fast. Heart-pounding. A legal thriller of the highest order.

My Thoughts

Extraordinary Rendition is a mystery thriller about a corporate lawyer suddenly caught up in the world of assumed terrorism and government conspiracy’s.

Bryon Carlos Johnson who is a savvy $950/an hour senior attorney at a top prestigious law firm in the US has taken on a pro-bono case by one of his firms former clients. This case involves one Ali Hussein, an American born Muslim who is “suspected” of terrorist activities against the US. As Bryon tries to find out what is going on with his client, things start to snowballs into government cover-up and stonewalling. And Bryon is suddenly being betrayed by those he thought he could trust.

First off, I like the idea of this story. I’m a huge fan of mystery thrillers and I thought the base of this story is very good. You have a lawyer who is suddenly thrown into unknown terroritory. Bryon taking on the government and his “so-called” friends in a attempt to get justice for Ali was a refreshing read and in a post 911 world, this story give you a definitive look into how paranoid we as Americans have become. How our justice system is very flawed when dealing with “so-called” terrorists. It also gives you a good perspective about our legal system...that maybe isn't always fair as it is suppose to be.

I do however, have some minor issues with this book and the main one was the slowness throughout the story. There really wasn't a so called kick start into any action and this severely took some of my interest away. I also felt there was little development to the characters and on some level I was unable to connect to any of them. This for me took away from the story as well.

I also felt that more time could have been devoted to given us more background on Bryon’s client Ali, I felt like he was there, but not really...

I liked Bryon as a character, he just had a real naivete to him. As a seasoned lawyer with a top law firm, he was very gullible. I almost kind of wished there was more ruthlessness to him. I think you need that when you’re dealing with sneaky government operatives.

This is a interesting read...very informative in a lot of areas. And although I loved the story, my rating is 3 kisses because of the slowness and also the development of its characters.

**There are sexual situations in this story

About Your Author

Paul Batista, novelist and television personality, is one of the most widely known trial lawyers in the country. As a trial attorney, he specializes in federal criminal litigation. As a media figure, he is known for his regular appearances as guest legal commentator on a variety of television shows including, Court TV, CNN, HLN and WNBC. He’s also appeared in the HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino.

A prolific writer, Batista authored the leading treatise on the primary federal anti-racketeering statute, Civil RICO Practice Manual, which is now in its third edition (Wiley & Sons, 1987; Wolters Kluwer, 2008). He has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal.

Batista's debut novel, Death's Witness, was awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). And his new novel, Extraordinary Rendition, is now being published—along with a special reissue of Death’s Witness—by Astor + Blue Editions.

Batista is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School. He’s proud to have served in the United States Army. Paul Batista lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

Lauren Marceau


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