Misdemeanor Trials

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
330 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2020
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Author Biography

Milton Schacter was a prosecuting attorney for twenty years. He then switched to the dark side and became a criminal defense attorney. Most of his career has been spent writing briefs, memorandums, points and authorities, and a multitude of motions, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Although the stuff of lawyer writing is dry, the people who are defendants, or clients, are not. Some of those persons are very bad, some are normal, and some are very funny. Milton wanted you to hear about them, both in a courtroom setting, as well as venturing into international espionage where the characters faced real personal challenges. So, with a little imagination, and a glass of brandy, he began to write his first novel, Misdemeanor Trials. Milton lives in Arizona with his wife, his dog, and his computer keyboard. He spends his time, outside of court, reading, and writing, which is a very satisfying expenditure of time. His recreational reading interests are international espionage, time travel, and world war two non-fiction history.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Misdemeanor Trials by Milton Schacter is a terrorist thriller about an ex-Navy SEAL and a search for someone that takes him to the other side of the world. John Trader is a successful prosecutor and he is happy with the progress he has made. He used to be a Navy SEAL, but killing people took a toll on his mental health so he had enough of it. Everything was going great, until he is called by his superiors to uncover terrorist attacks waiting to happen. Religious extremists are gearing up to wreak havoc in the lives of Americans and if John isn’t quick enough, many innocent lives will be lost. He really doesn’t want to get back in his old life, but he has no choice. So John travels all the way to the Middle East to find a man who might be the key to solving this issue. Along with that, John will have to fight his demons. Does John have what it takes to do his duty while keeping his sanity intact?

Misdemeanor Trials by Milton Schacter is definitely a darker terrorist thriller, maybe because it touches on reality. The author sets the tone of the story with Mike’s little introduction and death. There is a multitude of characters in the story and each is instrumental in furthering the plot. The pace of the story is fast and the characters are given ample time to grow and develop. John’s journey is thrilling and humbling at the same time. He has his own nightmares to fight and he doesn’t really want to go on this mission, but when his hands were tied, he gave it his all. Each woman that came in his life left a huge mark, but it was Farah that had an impact on me. She is a fighter even though her circumstances are really not in her favor. The descriptions in the story are on-point and John’s development is steady. I hope the author makes it a series because this book was incredible.

Lesley Jones

In Misdemeanor Trials by Milton Schacter, ex-Navy SEAL John Trader has taken his fight against injustice from the battlefield to the courtroom as he joins the District Attorney's office. Trader is merciless in bringing drug dealers and murderers to justice even when his own safety is at risk. But a terrorism threat reemerges when a Shia Muslim suicide bomber refuses to become a martyr to the Islamic cause. Trader is called to Washington and his military status is reactivated to hunt down the mastermind behind the terror plot. The new female President will stop at nothing to protect the American people. Trader is the only person who can identify the central terrorist, so he is railroaded against his will and sent to Tehran to stop the attack. Trader discovers truths on the way, not only about the terrorist cell, but about himself too.

Misdemeanor Trials by Milton Schacter is not only an amazing novel full of suspense and action but an inspirational story of why it is important to face your fears and do what is right. The eclectic mix of characters does just that but in different ways, from the indomitable John Trader who never backs down to tyranny, to Sarah who puts her life on the line to defeat the virus of drug dealers. I also loved the character of Raintree; for me, he was an absolute hero and a friend you always want fighting in your corner. The plot is brilliantly researched with just enough conflict to keep the story compelling and realistic. Including the background to the Middle East conflict added even more realism and interest to the storyline. I thought Trader's personal journey to discover his truth was perfectly executed. He fought for justice and peace for others and I was glad to see him discover peace for himself too. The author is a master of engaging with his readers and knowing exactly how to spark each of their senses and emotions. Such an unforgettable read and a book that will leave a lasting impression.

Romuald Dzemo

Misdemeanor Trials by Milton Schacter is a legal thriller with strong hints of terrorism, a well-crafted story with sophisticated characters. John Trader is the protagonist, one of the best, a Navy SEAL turned prosecutor. Now he enjoys his job as a prosecutor, bringing criminals to justice. Just as he feels most comfortable and confident about his job, a terrorist threat looms over the country, and John Trader is the only one with the skills and what it takes to nip the danger in the bud. He is reluctant to take on this new mission, but as pressure mounts, he agrees to hunt for the brain behind the terrorist threat that puts the lives of American citizens in danger. Follow him on a journey in search of a mysterious character, traveling to the Middle East. Can he find Darby Rhodes and what is his connection to the terror about to be unleashed on the American people?

Fans of military thrillers will enjoy this novel. Milton Schacter has crafted a story with an international setting evocative of the political and ideological tensions characteristic of our era, with the fight against radicals in the Middle East. There are characters like Raintree, Mac, Eris Bahar, and many others who represent the soul of a fractured people. The conflict is well-developed and it enriches the plot. The prose is beautiful, filled with vivid descriptions. Misdemeanor Trials features subplots that are well-written and reinforce the suspense in the narrative. The protagonist is a likable, richly developed character that readers will like to follow. I particularly enjoyed how the author handles the inner conflict related to his choices. From the beautiful prose to the memorable characters and the strong plot, this novel makes for an enjoyable read.