Chain of Command

by Colby Marshall

From the Introduction:

The road to the Oval Office is paved in blood… The simultaneous assassinations of the President and Vice President catapults the Speaker of the House into the White House as the first female President of the United States. Evidence points to a former Navy SEAL as one of the assassins.

Relegated to writing sidebar stories instead of headlines, journalist McKenzie McClendon composes a scathing story about the Navy training killers. Former Navy SEAL Noah Hutchins doesn’t believe his partner could have committed the heinous crime. They’d endured the horrors of Afghanistan together. His buddy was a hero, not a murderer.

No one who knows the truth is safe… Thrown together in a search for the truth—and a career-making story—McKenzie and Noah must unravel a dangerous web of lies that includes a radical foreign faction, a violent ultra-feminist group, and corrupt politicians willing to kill to keep their secrets.

And an assassin who is still on the loose.

His next targets are already in his crosshairs…


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What others are saying about Chain of Command

“The President and the Vice President are both killed catapulting the Speaker of the House into the White House as the first woman President of the United States. And that is just the opening of Mrs Marshall's first novel. Talk about a thrill a minute. The book is definitely that and then some. Journalist McKenzie McClendon who is relegated to second tier on the newspaper she works for takes a popular opinion of the murders that U.S. Navy SEALS committed the crimes and writes a scathing condemnation of these elite warriors. Former Navy SEAL Noah Hutchins has an entirely different opinion of the crimes. His former buddy is found dead and blamed for one of the murders. He does not believe this and decides to go after the real killers. He convinces McKenzie to work with him with the carrot of being able to write the story of the century about the truth.

The duo come into contact with several groups involved in the assassination plot; a violent feminist organization, foreign terrorists and crooked politicians.

When the reader thinks they have the plot all figured out, there is another twist added, and all in all there are more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Noah and McKenzie thrown together in a dangerous situation develop feelings for each other and this develops into an underlying normal theme. The ending is not telegraphed, although clues do appear in the scenario. Definitely a book that is impossible to put down, and needs to be finished in one sitting savoring the literature. Hutchins and McKenzie may appear in a future book written by Mrs Marshall but the most important thing is that there should be future books written by this talented author.”

    -Paul Lane


“Well written good versus evil book. A joy to read. What a surprise ending. Could this happen? You bet it could. Well done.”

    -Terri Hrynewich


“As I’ve said before, it’s difficult to fool me. I usually predict the ending of books. Chain of Command was a great page burner with a wonderful twist at the ending. I predicted part of it, but I suspect most people will be thoroughly shocked. As I said, I was only half right. I fell for part of the trap and it takes talent to get me to fall for a trap. Furthermore, I thought this book was written by a man because the military details were presented so perfectly. Who’s a female veteran? DOH! I realize that’s an old-fashioned, sexist attitude on my part. Ms. Marshall did her homework, as evidenced by the list of people who helped her keep the book believable in the acknowledgments at the end. Anyone who follows this blog knows how important believability is to this reviewer. Bravo Ms. Marshall. Or should I say “Hoo Yah!”? I definitely recommend Chain of Command.”

    -Rochelle Weber