The Spy Files: A Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series) (Volume 7)

Eade, Kenneth

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Freedom of Information comes at the price of freedom as the war on privacy hits home in Book 7 of the best selling Legal Thriller and Courtroom Drama Series from the author critics hail as: "One of the strongest thriller writers on the scene."

A lawyer up against the FBI in pursuit of justice:

Lawyer Brent Marks takes a Freedom of Information Act case for a journalist accused of espionage, and finds himself the target of an abusive federal investigation that strains his relationship with his fiance, who happens to also be an FBI Agent.

An innocent man, wrongfully accused

Now in the role of the client instead of the attorney, can Brent find justice and come out on the other side of the case with his own liberty intact? Where privacy and government collide, Brent must find a way to win the case, and, at the same time, prove his innocence and save himself.

What critics are saying about the hottest new courtroom thriller:

Eade is not only a brilliant writer; he also calls attention to the atrocities that surround us, hiding in our own closets. Said once and said again, Kenneth Eade is one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene and the fact that he draws his stories from the contemporary philosophical landscape is very much to his credit. Highly Recommended." Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame, Top 100 and Vine Voice

What readers are saying about Attorney Brent Marks in The Spy Files:

"Honestly, one of the most enjoyable "reads" I've had. This is a well-developed premise based on events which are (or should be) important to every American -- privacy and the "openness" (or lack of) in the workings of the Government. He (and Brent Marks) approached the issues in well thought-out manner, rather than as a zealot ready to put the torch to everything."L. Gates

"Read everything written by Kenneth Eade, have them in my library. What was written by Glen Greenwald and Edward Snowden at the beginning of this book is right. By just being a lawyer and doing his job got Brent Marks in trouble with FBI. He has a very supportive friends around him. Author always approaches every issue well thought out manner and makes me stop and think. Set aside a day that you won't be interrupted and enjoy this great story." T. Leonha

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The Spy Files ISBN: 978-1530533466 BISAC: FIC031030

From the Author: "The Spy Files" is about a lawyer who takes a Freedom of Information case for a journalist. After classified documents are accidentally released to him by the FBI, the journalist is prosecuted for not returning them, and the lawyer is prosecuting for aiding and abetting.  "'The Spy Files' is an alarming expose of the threat faced by privacy today from the ever-growing surveillance apparatus that has been justified in the name of national security or the war on terror.
     The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is frequently used by reporters in order to obtain information from the government.  In 2006, the FBI claimed that it had inadvertently sent classified and privileged documents to the Washington Post, and requested the Post to return them, claiming that any further review, disclosure, retention, and/or dissemination of the classified document may be a federal crime. The Post returned the document, because it did not directly relate to the story it was working on (Editor & Publisher, March 3, 2006, Post Did Not Feel it Had to Return Classified Document.)  An article in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 163, 1038, Abel, Do You Have to Keep the Government's Secrets? notes that: "while no journalists have ever been prosecuted for publishing classified information, now such a prosecution is cause for concern, even for those who think the First Amendment would ultimately prevail."
     The danger in the government using the 98 year old Espionage Act is that its misuse is stifling freedom of the press and freedom of expression, making government less transparent.  The federal government has so much power with regard to federal prosecutions that it is virtually impossible for an ordinary citizen to defend him or herself if they decide to charge or indict you.
     There are several alarming trends I have seen in the news that impact on our civil rights.  One of them is the trend toward sacrificing privacy for national security, which has reached the point where the government is demanding the ability to access information, whether or not it violates your civil right to privacy.  Another dangerous trend is that the government is becoming less and less transparent, which is the opposite of what was intended by the founders of our country.  They are going to greater lengths to protect their secrets, including re-classifying material and asking for it back.  Journalists who dare to publish information the government says is classified run the risk of prosecution.  
     Finally, in this novel, I wanted to show another trend, and that is the government going after lawyers in criminal prosecutions.  This is nothing new, and, if a lawyer commits a crime, it should be done.  However, a lawyer is often asked where the line can be drawn between legal and illegal, and that can often be a gray area.  Legal interpretations are essentially opinions, and they differ from one lawyer to another, as they do from one court to another.  If lawyers are exposed to the same risks as their clients when they give advice, you may see them offering less of it in the future, or vigorously advocating a particular position.

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