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There's an app for everything. Even evil.Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize after eight long years: she's months away from being made partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. Sasha gears up to prepareThere's an app for everything. Even evil.Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize after eight long years: she's months away from being made partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. Sasha gears up to prepare a defense to the inevitable civil lawsuits.She quickly realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane's onboard computer from a smartphone. Now it's for sale to the highest bidder.Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal who's investigating the crash. As they race to prevent another airline disaster, people close to the matter start turning up dead. Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.Sasha will need to rely on her legal training and her Krav Maga training in equal measure to find and stop a madman before he strikes again....

Title : irreparable harm
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ISBN : 11465226
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Number of Pages : 417 Pages
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irreparable harm Reviews

  • Frances
    2019-04-02 02:33

    3.5 * An entertaining book which captures the reader at the get go as a Boeing 737 goes off course and slams into a mountain. Sasha McCandless is a smart and savvy corporate lawyer assigned to defend civil law suits from this catastrophe. At five feet three inches tall she is well trained, with bone breaking moves from combat Krav Maga training, and does serious damage to thugs who get in her way as they try to stop her from discovering why the plane crashed. Irreparable Harm moves at a good pace, with brief court room scenes, and the best take downs I’ve ever read. I look forward to reading more of Miss McCandless adventures.

  • Richard Derus
    2019-04-12 03:32

    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: There's an app for everything. Even evil.Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize after eight long years: she's months away from being made partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. Sasha gears up to prepare a defense to the inevitable civil lawsuits.She quickly realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane's onboard computer from a smartphone. Now it's for sale to the highest bidder.Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal who's investigating the crash. As they race to prevent another airline disaster, people close to the matter start turning up dead. Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.Sasha will need to rely on her legal training and her Krav Maga training in equal measure to find and stop a madman before he strikes again.My Review: If you'd like to see how far Amazon has to go with its integration of Kindle highlighting into it title quotations, go look at this. Yikes.Anyway, lookee here at me writing a review! And of a book I read on the Kindle, where if I'm lucky I get around half of what's going on! And follow that link to see just one of my mechanical issues with the Kindle as a note-taking device...I left three notes myownself, all carefully done, and they're only visible to people who bother to read them. Mine make sense, I promise, and I didn't leave dangly bits of sentences or anything. Why aren't they in the quotes? I could not tell you.But back to why I'm reviewing a Kindle thriller: I think you should read it. I was engaged all the way through, even the parts where Author Miller walks me through the steps of a krav maga attack/defense, which she did several times when once would've been enough. Better yet, most of the time I was excited. Me! The cynical old "and how many times have I read *that* trope?" pursey-lipped nay-sayer! Excited! As in "can't you go up to the dining room for dinner, I'm reading" excited!Why, you ask...and I'm glad you did because I was fixin' to tell y'all anyway...because Author Miller is a lawyer, and it shows, who *gets* that a legal case is a story with multiple main characters, a built-in motive for a crime, a cast of necessary characters already in place, and a plethora of available outcomes from one established set of facts.Which is my attempt at tweaking her lawyerly nose with a dryly legalish presentation of the compliment that she followed the winding maze of legal hoo-hah without being predictable or, as I prefer to think of it, lazy. Writers who set the pattern for themselves and then just follow it write well-plotted but often...uninspiring...stories. It feels to me as though Melissa Miller tried to do that but was foiled in her attempt by the stroppiness of both Sasha and Naya, and the exasperated admiration of Judge Cook for Sasha was also (I suspect) a little bit of a surprise to Author Miller. I got the feeling Leo needed to catch up with Sasha a time or two when he was led by the outline to expect her *here* but she was *there*. These are good things. They show me the story was alive when it was published.The parts of the story that left me the most contented were the usual suspects in a series mystery: ma'at is served, the bad are punished in a manner both swift and condign, and the events of the story leave the landscape intact but altered. This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first book published by Author Miller. It is the first in her series of ten thrillers starring Sasha. It is free on Kindle, though I don't know about other e-reader platforms.And I suggest you think before you buy: The other titles are $4.99 each. You'll want them. I do, and am choosing which pennies to pinch so as to procure them next month.

  • Monnie
    2019-03-22 20:51

    Legal and medical thrillers always top my list of favorites, most often in that order. So when I got an email from eReader Cafe early this month informing me that this one - the first in a series featuring attorney Sasha McCandless - at no cost, I read the description and took the plunge. Worst case, I told myself, it will cost nothing to find out I don't like it; but on the other hand, it could open up the door to a solid series.Now that I've finished it, I'm happy to report the best-case scenario won out, and I've added the rest of the books in the series to my want-to-read list. I must admit, though, that part of the attraction is the Pittsburgh connection. While I'll never be a Steelers fan (go Browns!), we live about 15 minutes west of the Pennsylvania border and have more than a nodding acquaintance with the city and its attractions, many of which are mentioned here. My taste buds kicked into high gear just thinking about one of those all-inclusive Primanti Brothers sandwiches (meat topped with slaw and fries). Now that they're branching out, in fact, we'll be enjoying a new location closer to home in Boardman Township, Ohio, sometime this fall - although to my mind, at least, the satellite locations never will have the cachet of the original that's been going strong in Pittsburgh's Strip District since 1933.This story begins with the crash of an airplane into a mountain, killing everyone on board. Because the airline is a client of her successful ande hoity-toity law firm, Sasha, who is close to making partner, is tapped to be one of the lead attorneys who will defend the lawsuits that no doubt will follow. But early on, she begins to suspect the crash wasn't an accident; rather, some kind of device was installed on the plane that allows remote control from a smart phone.Enter a federal air marshal (a relatively attractive single guy, naturally), who's investigating the disaster from a different standpoint. When they learn that a second plane crash is about to happen, they must dive full-on into finding out who's responsible and prevent another disaster. Meantime, Sasha's supervisor at the law firm - the one who heads up the client's legal team - meets an untimely (and suspicious) end, thus putting Sasha in full charge of the investigation. Things turn ugly when the bad guys realize full-on that Sasha and her air marshal buddy are getting too close; all I'll say about that is that it's a good thing she's well trained in a particularly effective defensive form of martial arts.The book moves along quickly (I read it over the space of two days in spare time), but I'll point out that there's quite a bit of discussion of the ins and outs of legal procedure (which is of considerable interest to me but might be a bit of a drag for other readers) as well as detailed descriptions of Sasha's martial arts moves (interesting to me not so much). Also, it's important to keep in mind that this is a novel. Believing that some of the things described here could happen in the real world - among them installation of a device on an airliner that isn't detected at some point in the inspection process, that a barely 5-foot tall woman could overpower two gigantic thugs in seconds and end up with no serious injuries and that Sasha's air marshal seems to be the only one from the feds who is investigating the airplane crash - is a bit of a stretch. Overall, though, this is a solid debut novel in the series, and as I said before, I'm now up for finding out what happens in the next one (Inadvertent Disclosure). Stay tuned!

  • Brent
    2019-04-13 01:38

    I enjoyed that Miller chose a somewhat unusual setting (Pittsburgh) for her debut legal thriller, Irreparable Harm. She was obviously writing about an environment she knows well, as this former patron of Pamela's Diner can attest. :-) Her descriptions of life inside a Big Law defense firm also rang true, as did her insightful observations regarding the ways that the personal relationships between attorneys and judges can subtly but monumentally impact cases at crucial times.Lawyers can be a particularly cantankerous lot, particularly when it comes to dissecting the pros and cons of a legal thriller. Irreparable Harm may not be as "bulletproof" in that regard as some may like, but neither were any of the author's plot twists so preposterous as to render the rest of the book unreadable.Sasha is a likeable protagonist stuck in an unenviable position, and it is easy to root for her. Although I personally had to suspend disbelief a bit when she repeatedly used her martial arts skills to disarm and throttle much larger foes, I am sure other readers thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of her character.All-in-all, this book served as an enjoyable distraction for a few days while I was riding on the train to and from work.

  • Melodie
    2019-03-30 23:51

    An app that crashes planes does nothing to allay my flying jitters but makes for a great plot line. While this legal thriller was a little too formula driven, the story took off right away and kept me engaged throughout. I enjoyed the legal explanations given as the plot progressed along with the strong female lead. I will try out number two in the series.

  • Kim
    2019-04-07 02:31

    I really enjoyed this book, fast, pacy and very well written. The characters were well formed and believable. The plot engaging and concluded well. I think it really deserves a 4* rating but that is exactly where I struggled. It is undoubtedly a good book but perhaps this is also its greatest flaw. I just felt the author had been on a creative writing course and had stuck strictly to a predefined template. it was a little too formulaic for me. The author played it safe & I would have liked to have seen just a little more risk taking. Don't be put off though this is well worth reading and I will certainly look up the next book in the series and hopefully the author will have found the courage to experiment just a little bit more.

  • Noriko
    2019-03-21 00:39

    Although this legal thriller (suspense?) seems to have gotten pretty good reviews overall, I found this was not my cup of tea.The story opens up with a tragic plane crash killing everyone on board. Attorney Sasha McCandless is appointed to lead a defense team to protect the airline, Hemisphere Air's interest and then she discovers that the plane was rigged with an unauthorized remote system which enables anyone on board to remotely control the aircraft for a good cause and -needless to say - a bad cause.She is then joined by a Federal Air Martial Leo Connelly who has also been investigating the case and he tries to protect her from the culprits who try to kill her.Going into the book, I was expecting a more intense legal suspense that keeps you holding your breath, being anxious to turn pages.But alas, this book failed to live up to my (maybe high) expectation; it lacked the aspect of suspense by divulging who the bad guys were (partially as it was) way too early in the story. I would have liked to have been kept skeptic and would have liked to figure out who the culprits were by myself.Secondly, the characters were too weak; in particular, the villains seemed to be too dumb - far cry from formidable - and Connelly, who is described as a Federal officer, didn't seem to be dependable at all, which was quite a letdown to me, to be honest. Sasha seemed way smarter than any of the characters which may have been exactly how the author tried to portray her, but then again, it felt too generic and ordinary. She didn't leave much of an impact on me, either. Overall, my impression and gut instinct toward this book were, 'this could have been much better if only the author had made full use of all the resources in the plot.' It's got all the aspects - airplane crash, legal battles, conspiracy, and suspense - which would have made this book more engaging and gripping, but it kind of fell flat, at least to me.I'm not saying this book is a complete trash though. If so, I would not have finished this book. It was entertaining enough to keep me going until the end. That said though, there was nothing that stands out; everything felt underwhelming and anticlimactic. If you don't expect full-on suspense from this book, this might make a good read.I wouldn't say I loved this book, this is just an 'A-OK' read for me.

  • May
    2019-04-15 00:50

    I absolutely enjoyed this novel. The protagonist is a petite powerhouse and someone I would want to meet!! This was a quick read; perfect for vacation.Is this a series? I would definitely want to read the next one.

  • Coco.V
    2019-04-03 00:52

    FREE on Amazon today (10/25/2017)!

  • Michelline
    2019-03-23 22:32

    I have to agree with one review I read that this book is a decent legal thriller. As stated by the same reviewer you figure out the plot of the book well before half way in. That was a bummer, I would have liked to have been more surprised at who the culprits were. Sasha is a good character, she's strong witted in the courtroom and knows how to defend herself with Krav Maga. I really don't have much to say about her, because most female characters in books are the same in ways. Leo is still a mystery to me, I don't know if that was the purpose or not. His character was left in the dark for a lot of things. Parts of the book hinted he could be a fake, then he wasn't, and then there was absolutely no romance between Sasha and him, but by the last page he was in her bed for more than just sleeping? There was no elaboration on their romance. I'm not one for smut but I'll admit romance can sometimes play a huge role to a story. It seems the author was at a loss for words by the end of the book. When you look at the second title, it does give you the idea that maybe that's where the romance part starts for Leo and Sasha.Overall I'd say 3.5 stars, if it wasn't so predictable I'd give a 4 or 5.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-25 04:43

    3.5 stars. Very technical vocabulary, probably too technical for my French brain. I did enjoy the plot line however, and thought this book was well written. Not much in terms of chemistry between the main characters but then again this isn't a romance novel. The author seemed extremely knowledgeable although I know nothing about lawyers and legal proceedings and whatnot.

  • Kate's Reads
    2019-04-02 20:56

    The legal thriller "Irreparable Harm", by Melissa F. Miller begins with an airliner crashing into the side of a mountain for no apparent reason. All aboard are killed. Sasha McCandless is a lawyer on track to soon make partner in her large law firm. The airline company is a client of the firm and the team scrambles to prepare for the inevitable law suits resulting from the accident. Until she discovers it wasn't an accident. A company has developed an application that can take over control of a plane's on board computer remotely and cause it to crash. They are seeking to sell it to the highest bidder but need to demonstrate it's effectiveness first.As Sasha delves into the mystery surrounding the crash the bodies begin to start piling up around her. After the HR executive at the company inadvertently sends her top secret information the company sends some hired thugs after her to get the information back and do away with her.She is joined in her investigation by a TSA internal investigator who is also seeking answers regarding the crash. Together they try to stop the next plane from crashing and have justice served.I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. The core characters were well developed. I especially enjoyed Sasha because she was such a strong, physically capable and intelligent female lead. She was able to take care of herself. I also loved the two thugs because they were just plain funny.The novel did have quite a bit more action then courtroom scenes in it but it worked for me.

  • Paul
    2019-04-03 03:56

    I picked this up on a friend's recommendation because he knows how much I dislike John Grisham. He was right. Melissa Miller's narrative and the central character she creates in Sasha are interesting, and I found myself actually engaged in a story that could, in the hands of a lesser writer, have become tedious to the point of agony.In a few words, Sasha works for a mega-sized law firm, is working toward partnership, and lands a potential class-action case around a plane crash. Circumstances become strange quickly, her life is threatened over something about which she knows nothing at first, and she demonstrates via actions and words that her moral compass is truer than perhaps her professional one.Minor points:I felt the Krav Maga was overused, but I suppose for the non-legalistic action, it works.The best part for me was the sequence in the parking lot where the air marshal....lets say he pulls a con that made me laugh my butt off.The worst part was the final conversation with the judge...I really thought he was going to offer her a job in his office.If you want to read something that is engaging, has a strong female character, and where the author's expertise does not make the narrative being a heap of jargon, go ahead and get this. It is worth it.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-04 03:49

    Sasha McCandless is an overachieving associate at a major law firm in Pittsburgh. Despite her diminutive size, she kicks some serious ass both in the court room, and in Krav Magra practice. I didn't care for her at first. She was a bit too perfect. But as the story developed, I grew to like the way that Sasha handled the plot twists that were thrown her way.An airplane's coordinates are changed mid-flight, and it crashes into a mountain. The law firm that Sasha works for springs into action to defend its client from impending class action litigation. During a routine request for information, Sasha overhears her contact being assaulted, and when she goes to check on him in person, she runs into air marshal Leo Connelly, who is also investigating the crash. Leo and Sasha must unravel the truth before another plane is brought down, or before they are killed for the mysterious files that Sasha's contact was trying to send her.Ms. Miller's writing style is very detailed, and her legal knowledge is obviously quite deep. Some of the scenes skipped around a bit, so it was hard to tell how we got from point A to point B, but the story had me intrigued, and I think I will go back for more of the series.

  • Janet Mahlum
    2019-03-21 21:37

    The book was a fairly enjoyable read until the author suddenly decided she had written enough pages. She gathered up all the baddies and put them together in one place, let Sasha McCandless have one last chance to show off her self-defense skills, let the police come busting in and load all the baddies in the police car except the one that went in the body bag. Sasha runs into the judge who, she thinks, has such a bad impression of her and discovers he knows the truth after all. The last few sentences have Leo Connelly stocking her kitchen, but who is Leo Connelly? One baddie discovered Leo's badge is real enough, but he is not the guy in the picture. We get lots of tantalizing bits that maybe he really is the enemy, but nothing is ever made clear.It was an interesting read, some excitement, some romance, some suspense, some courtroom drama; but I felt that some things were never revealed, e.g., who is Leo Connelly, while other things were revealed too soon. The story line was okay, the writing was okay. Nothing great here and I may not ever read another Sasha McCandless book unless BookBub offers another kindle one for free or the local library has one on CD.

  • Jerry Grahs
    2019-04-01 22:50

    I don't want to sound overly critical. This book sounded mildly interesting and was a free Kindle offering so I downloaded and read. Characterizations are cardboard cutouts. We are offered plenty of cliches and stereotypes. Outside of physical and ethnic characteristics of the heroine and her male sidekick we don't learn much about either one. The heroine is a lawyer and Miller spends expends a great deal of effort describing the hierarchy a large law firm. This may be interesting to someone who has never watched Boston Legal or The Practice or read any type of legal thriller but for the rest of us the amount of time spent seemed quite redundant. of The plot is pedestrian with a surprise or two along the way to prevent an even lower rating. With a good editor this could have been much better. Cut 75-100 pages, spend more time developing an interesting character and maybe, just maybe you'd have a series worth investment. As it stands this in pure mass-market mindless tripe.

  • Lyle Nicholson
    2019-03-23 02:55

    I got this book off of BookBub for free and was intrigued by it being a best seller on USA Today. It does hit all the things that people are anxious about. Plane crash, possible terrorism, big business and greed.Where this book had me shaking my head, was there were too many instances where I'm wondering why on earth would the protagonist do some of the actions she does. I don't want to spoil that story, but a writer has to give the characters some kind of brains.I did like the pace of the story the characters and the overall premise, however, the ending left me somewhat baffled. This one seems to be where the author thought, "time to wrap it up," and did so.I'm not sure if I would read another book by this author as I'm bit overdone on legal thrillers at this time. I do give the author kudos for all those reviews and stars on USA Today. Obviously, she's on to something and she should keep at it.

  • Dave
    2019-03-30 01:28

    This was an entertaining legal thriller. The heroine is appealing and interesting and the plot was complex and just barely plausible. I liked the fast pacing and the background settings inside a large law firm and inside the courtroom. The ability of the diminutive female attorney to disarm and incapacitate multiple armed assailants seemed a little far-fetched, but I liked her, and wanted her to emerge unscathed, so I guess it turned out the way I hoped! This was a very quick read and kept my interest until near the end. I would have given it four stars, except that I thought the ending was rather weak. Instead of holding our interest through suspense until the end, the book seemed to coast downhill with a couple of chapters of explanation at the end. I liked it and will probably seek out more by this author.

  • Doug Hoffman
    2019-03-27 22:49

    I'm not a big fan of legal thriller but on occasion I feel the need to clear my palate from my normal science fiction fare. Having said that, I really liked Irreparable Harm. The plot was twisty enough to hold the reader's interest, the characters are likeable and well developed, and the action plentiful. Even the legal details are presented in an interesting and understandable way. The writing is good though there were a few editing errors. In all, a fast, entertaining read. I liked it so much I am now reading the second book in the series.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-01 04:53

    Another book I picked up free. Sasha McCandless is an attorney in a presigous firm on her way to being a partner. Then an airline ( a major client) has a plane crash and that's when all the excitement starts. Sasha can certainly take care of herself when confronting anyone who tries to intimidate her. While their certainly were some cliches and I did figure out some of the people involved, it was a good book that I didn't want to put down,

  • Regan Isaacs
    2019-04-04 04:48

    Not terrible but not great eitherThe story was entertaining but if you like a story to be somewhat believable then this isn't for you. Not incredibly difficult to figure out what was happening. The characters were not very developed or really likable. I also listened some to the audible version and the narrator wasn't great which is why I gave 2 stars rather than 3. With all that being said I still had to finish the story. Entertaining and light but a bit ridiculous too.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-07 02:51

    This is a perfectly acceptable legal thrilled. There's nothing revolutionary about it, and I had most of the plot figured out before I was 40 pages deep. That said, these books are perfect for quick reads after the holidays, so I'm not complaining.I purchased the second book in the series for my Nook, and I plan to read that before the New Year as well. The first book was a very quick read (finished it in just over 12 hours), and I suspect the second one will be as well.

  • Peg
    2019-04-01 23:47

    Enjoyable legal thrillerIrreparable Harm has lots going for it. I liked the spunky protagonist, who didn't need a man to rescue her. I liked the plot, which kept me reading on. I liked the characters, both good and bad, because they all had a reality to them. I even liked the legal detail, which was given in short bursts. It was a good read, not too intense, with heroes to cheer for. Just what I was looking for at the moment.

  • Jean Richardson
    2019-04-07 04:28

    I actually only read about three chapters. The plot was great and the suspense was good. then the author had to throw in some explicit language and sex scenes that I could not read. It's a shame some authors find it necessary to throw this stuff in when it would not make a difference in the plot or outcome.....

  • Rohit Enghakat
    2019-04-08 01:55

    The book was good. I expected a courtroom drama when I downloaded it on kindle ( it was free !!). But there were hardly a few instances where the drama was played out in court. The main character is a lawyer who is also capable of killing people. It was fast and plot was also woven beautifully. Would not hesitate to pick up a book or download another Melissa Miller book.

  • Krista D.
    2019-03-21 04:39

    I really enjoyed this! It was fast paced, heroine was uber likeable, and the storyline was fine.It's written not so much as a who-done-it, but rather as a how-they'll-get-caught. I liked that approach, since I'm not a big who-done-it reader.Looking forward to reading more in the series.

  • Lady Heather
    2019-04-11 00:55

    Free Kindle as of February 19, 2016

  • Gina Basham
    2019-04-08 21:36

    I enjoyed this as a legal thriller. Some of the action was a little predictable and far fetched but still a great read.

  • Amit Tiwary
    2019-04-07 20:31

    Good legal thriller. This is my first read from Melissa F Miller and I will certainly love to read more from her.

  • Gerald Kubicki
    2019-04-13 01:40

    Sasha is a almost super-hero who can fight and pratice law at the same time. It was a quick read.