Monday, March 23, 2020


Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio - Guest Blogger Book Review


One week before his law school graduation, Jake Rutledge is shattered when his twin brother, Blake, has died of a drug overdose. When Jake returns to his hometown of Oakley, West Virginia, he discovers that his brother was not the only person hooked on opioid painkillers—the entire region has been ravaged by an epidemic insidiously planned and carried out by one of America’s most powerful pharmaceutical companies.

Jake is determined to seek justice for all the victims of Big Pharma’s greed, and his only hope is to enlist the help of Nicholas “Deke” Deketomis, a partner at one of the country’s most powerful law firms and well-known for his winning tactics against corporate wrongdoers. And that’s when the real heat begins. Death threats, bribes, unlawful property seizure schemes – all are connected to the massive distribution of both legal and illegal drugs.

Working tirelessly, the lawyers begin to uncover the truth, until Jake suddenly disappears. As Deke desperately searches to find him, questions swirl. Can the case against the evildoers move forward without him? Will Oakley and its residents survive?
Law and Addiction pulls back the curtain on America’s deadly opioid epidemic in this spellbinding thriller about greed, corruption, and the power of personal conviction.

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Jennifer's Review
 It’s a very good book. 
It’s about a young man named Jake whose younger brother died from an overdose of opioids.
 Jake has decided to become a lawyer and fight the opioid crisis that has killed so many people. He teams up with two other lawyers who have more experience than him, and they start to gather up all the information they can get their hands on to fight the big pharma, the pill mills, and the dealers.  
Jake is soon found out and kidnapped, but by who and why? What do they do to him, and how does he escape? Do they win their case, or does the defendant win for the big pharmas? What happens to Jake and his girlfriend after she stops taking the opioid pills? 
This is a good book to read if you want to know about the opioid crisis or have an interest in learning about what it is and how it started. 
3 stars.

Author Bio
Mike Papantonio is a senior partner of Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiffs’ law firms in America, that has handled thousands of cases throughout the nation involving pharmaceutical drug litigation, Florida tobacco litigation, litigation for asbestos-related health damage, securities fraud actions, and other mass tort cases. “Pap” has received dozens of multimillion dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate corruption.

Papantonio is one of the youngest attorneys to have been inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. In 2012 Papantonio became President of the National Trial Lawyers Association, one of the largest trial lawyer organizations in America. For his trial work on behalf of consumers, Papantonio has received some of the most prestigious awards reserved by the Public Justice Foundation, The American Association for Justice, and the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Papantonio is an author of four motivational books for lawyers. He is also co-author of Air America: The Playbook, a New York Times Political Best Seller.

Papantonio is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Ring of Fire” along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sam Seder. Papantonio has conducted hundreds of recorded interviews with guests, including Dan Rather, Helen Thomas, Howard Zinn, Arianna Huffington, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bernie Sanders, David Crosby, Merle Haggard, Morgan Spurlock, John Edwards, Bill Moyers, Rickie Lee Jones, Alanis Morissette, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Chuck D from Public Enemy, Henry Rollins, Ted Sorensen, and Elizabeth Kucinich. His role on “Ring of Fire” is featured in the movie, “Jesus Camp,” which was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

Papantonio is also a political commentator who frequently appears on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, RT America Network, and Fox News.

Papantonio is married and has one daughter. He is an avid scuba diver and often dives on the Emerald Coast.

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