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  1. Briar& Briar& says:

    Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio is a uniue read that dives into the corruption of the opioid epidemicThrough the eyes of an attorney we see the world falling apart due to the extreme decisions about wildly corrosive medication The opioid epidemic is a truly interesting topic to talk about in a book Everyone knows about it yet it is somehow a very touchy topic Almost everyone I know is aware of someone who suffers from addictions normally due to opioids Having a book address these issues and dive into such a sensitive topic was truly intriguingAll Jake wants is for someone to pay for the loss of his brother and he goes to extreme lengths to reach this goal This book takes a uniue look at the problem through the legal side of things The book moves fast it has twists and turns to keep you hooked and it really makes you think When you sue big pharma companies life isn't going to be easy for you The dynamics that go on behind the scenes is wild and scary and thrilling I will admit that this is not my typical go to book I like reaching out and taking chances with books that don't fit into my normal romance YA and children's novel explorations This book was a real treat I didn't enjoy it as much as I would if I liked this genre I can only imagine a fan of crime thrillers getting their hands on this book because they will be totally enchanted by it Mike has a fulfilling writing style that really makes you think My biggest highlight of the book was the term Zombieland My city has an opioid problem and it does indeed feel like you are in Zombieland if you come across certain individuals It's scary and everyone has had the same idea as Jake If only someone would go after the big pharma companies that don't try to help the problem But that's ethics and greed for you Ethics doesn't always winOverall this book felt very real really intense and totally brutal It's thrilling and addicting and deals with real problems I truly respect Mike Papantonio for writing this book It's a real gemFour out of five starsI received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review


  2. Sherry Fundin Sherry Fundin says:

    Mike Papantonion has done an excellent job in showing how greed and corruption can be carried to such an extreme that bodies are falling by the thousands and towns are dying because of it Truly horrifyingLet;s look at it through an attorney’s eyethough it is fiction I feel Mike Papantonio shares a lot of himself in Law and AddictionI am not going to get on a pedestal and rant but I do not think the media has done a good enough job of covering this epidemic that the United States is facing today I had heard of it but kinda shrugged it off thinkingit would never affect me Thank goodness it hasn’t directly but as I read Law and Addiction so many things were brought to light that I couldn’t just shrug it off any longer I feel everyone would benefit from reading this and be awarecompanies and the government are not always there to help you It is up to YOU to stay educated and aware of the things going on around youNowto the fictionwe have to have a character a good guy that has no idea what he is getting into when he tries to make the culprits responsible for his brother’s overdose pay I love how Jake showed no fear no hesitation believing all things are possible He doesn’t know what he’s in for and that’s a good thing because he might have stopped before he ever started if he knew what was up aheadMike Papantonio does a good job of showing the processthe legalitiesthe paper mountainsthe brick wallsand the determination and patience necessary to take on Goliath the ‘American drug cartel’ and ride the Oxy Express I 75 There is a side story that comes about and criminals are waiting for their moment to rear their greedy ugly heads and take advantage of those less fortunateEverything really amped up from Chapter 33 on Blurry tear filled eyes were happening and I was surprised at thatya know this is a legal thriller not the romantic suspense that I devour But it is not dry and boring It is not all bad and sad even though Jake is put through hell and I didn’t know if he would make it or not The characters grow as individuals and as a group making a family of sorts It is not all gloom and doom we do have some smiles and laughs love and romance along the way All the things necessary for a well rounded life in the thriller world Law and Addiction read like a true storyeven the far fetched parts were plausibleI voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Law and Addiction by Mike PapantonioSee at fundinmental


  3. Viviane Crystal Viviane Crystal says:

    Opioid addiction has become a national crisis More cases of overdose fill the news on a weekly basis Police regularly carry and administer Narcan for overdosing addicts Meanwhile as Mike Papantonio has so carefully and deftly delineated in this fictional account of reality attempts to deal with the problem on a local and national basis continue attempts to stem a raging flood of addiction and deathJake Rutledge is a new lawyer who lost his twin brother to this horrifying disease Jake and Blake had a favorite term they used with each other about having each other’s back Now Jake is determined to carry out his promise because of his grievous loss Having no money and no connections isn’t exactly a wild card in legally pursuing the sources and markets that are part of the mass distribution system of selling opioids However Jake’s got guts and high caliber intelligence to get his search going So he begins by suing two companies that sell massive amounts of drugs to little known small towns in and around what is known as “Zombieland” He then connects to a highly successful lawyer with a dynamic record of experience in suing Fortune 500 companies They begin by suing companies who have made a killing literally and figuratively in West Virginia and Ohio Readers will be riveted to the course of each court phase and the wiliness of Jake and Deke his attorney second chair in challenging big shot attorneysReaders however won’t be ready for the methods used to suppress and then shut Jake up No spoilers here Suffice to say Jake meets Blake’s former girlfriend who is now addicted to Oxycontin and helps her through her gritty efforts to withdraw from her addiction He himself is about to undergo empathic thoughts and feelings after hoodlum attempts to bribe his efforts failThe reader also meets several characters who deal and distribute drugs individuals who are caught innocently in the dragon net of illegality and can’t get out to survive All in all the reader can anticipate the ending but that’s only after brutality and other machinations have all failed to stymie Jake’s efforts Mike Papantonio has penned a necessary legal thriller that everyone should read The uestion readers are left with is “Where do we go from here?” Highly recommended contemporary fiction


  4. Linda Zagon Linda Zagon says:

    Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Law and Addiction” by Mike Papantoino Waterside Productions April 2019WOW WOW Kudos to Mike Papantonio Author of “Law and Addiction” A Legal Thriller for writing such a captivating intriguing enthralling suspenseful page turning riveting unpredictable and thought provoking novel The Genres for this novel are Legal Thriller Suspense and Mystery and Fiction Mike Papantonio is a well known attorney that has helped fight major legal battles with high powered corporations His fictional characters and story are based on many of his court cases The author describes his dramatic cast of characters as complex complicated and motivated The time line of the story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the cast or eventsJake Rutlege come home from graduating law school to go to the cemetery to visit his twin brother who had died from an overdose of drugs the week before Jake notices how the town has deteriorated and is made aware of the Opioid crisis in the area Jake is determined as the “little guy” to go after the people responsible for this He partners with his former Law teacher and another attorney to fight thisLittle does Jake the dangers that await him There is corruption in law enforcement blackmail kidnapping and deaths from drug use There are twists and turns and ups and downs Many things in this story are unpredictable and frightening What is so thought provoking is that there really is a drug problem in America Major corporations make a tremendous amount of moneyI couldn’t put this book down Many things seem so shocking I would highly recommend this legal thriller for those readers who enjoy a high packed action packed thriller that leaves you thinking I received an ARC of this bookEdit


  5. Lel Budge Lel Budge says:

    I have to say the publishers blurb really says it all so that makes it a bit difficult to reviewHowever here goesJake is a lawyer who’s brother was addicted to opioid medication and dies as a result Jake decides to sue two pharma companies who market the drugs to highlight the extent of the problem ravaging the countryObviously they are not happy with this and do everything they can to ‘persuade’ him to drop the caseThis is a truly chilling legal thriller due to its subject matter the opioid crisis is not going awayso who should be brought to account? This is a tale of greed corruption and heartbreak Gripping and scary in its realityThank you to Michelle at FSB Associates for the opportunity to read this for free This is my honest and unbiased review


  6. Jessica Jessica says:

    Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest reviewThis was my introduction to Papantonio and I had heard nothing but great things before picking up LAW AND ADDICTION I’m going to start out by saying that the author’s knowledge and experience in this field is very evident I love picking up fiction that has topics that the author is well versed in or has worked in the field they’re writing about That gives the book a very authentic feelThe opioid problem in the US isn’t slowing down You see and cases of overdose in the news – or in some cases you know someone that has overdosed I know a couple people that struggled with opioid addiction I’m an avid watcher of Drugs Inc and Intervention and it’s something so prevalent in our society today When new up and coming lawyer Jake takes on the big pharmaceutical companies he crosses paths with Deke an incredibly successful lawyer known for suing huge Fortune 500 companies After seeing the devastation the opioid crisis has had in Oakley an area also known as ZombielandThe author takes us on a gritty and twisty ride with this legal thriller We get to see both sides of the opioid crisis in the country Jake will have to battle his way through blackmail threats corrupt law enforcement kidnapping and all while he is coming to terms with is twin brother’s death from an overdose I would highly recommend this to those that love a good legal thriller or to those interested in the drug crisis that is sweeping the nation I will definitely be going back to pick up Papantonio’s other books


  7. C. Gonzales C. Gonzales says:

    Sometimes I get to a point where I feel bogged down in a certain genre and need a change That is when a SuspenseMysteryThriller is always my go to I feel like they make me think and help get my mind off of things than any other genreWhat would you do if someone who was your other half dies and the circumstances surrounding their death just don't make sense? There is a great balance between the characters their life and the suspensethriller aspect I loved being about to understand Jake's connection to Blake and his unwavering focus on finding the truthThe plot was fast paced and flowed smoothly and the characters were those who I really liked reading about They were interesting and compelling


  8. Daniel Casey Daniel Casey says:

    Law and Addiction will not only satisfy readers who devour thrillers but also stand as a testament to how to challenge and rollback the opioid epidemic still facing the nation Read full review here


  9. Heather Heather says:

    I was interested in reading Law and Addiction because I work in a town that has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic  Every week I read the local paper purely for the police blotter  In between the entertaining tales of some really stupid criminals there is report after report of officers treating overdoses  I find it interesting to see how many dose of naloxone they need for each person  The record I've seen so far is 14 doses  That person then woke up and refused all other medical treatment  So when this book describes the cost to towns of treating all these addicts and overdoses I understand what it is talking aboutI've also had a few people bring their dogs in who they claim are on mega doses of tramadol for their arthritis  Usually an in depth conversation about alternatives to controlled medication and a discussion of the dispensing schedule we will have them on to make sure they aren't getting too many means we never see those people again  In the middle of reading this book I actually had to put it down to go pick up some opiates from a pharmacy  The husband had had surgery and was prescribed opiates even though it was fairly minor  He took some prescription NSAIDS and iced the area and did well  Opiates were a bit of overkill in this instance  He asked how we were going to get rid of them  I said I'd take them to work  He slowly uestioned again What are you going to do with them?  Yeah he knows the town I work in  Getting rid of them there can be interpreted a few ways  For the record I am going to put them in the Drug Destroyer solutionOn the other hand my doctor side comes out and I don't really want regulation on access to them by doctors for people and animals who really need them  They have a place in medical care  Proper dosing and monitoring are the key  Down the street from my house there is a place with a chalkboard in the front lawn with a running total of people who died from overdose in the city since they started keeping count  I think they are in the 600s  All of that means that I can relate to the setting for this story  Jake is a new lawyer who has lost his twin brother to an overdose  He decides to try to get local governments to let him sue pharmacy companies on their behalf for the cost of treating the addiction crisis  The book does a good job explaining the various causes and effects of the problem  Some of them I hadn't thought of before  I hadn't tied together economic collapse due to decreased business in affected communities with the ability for other people to buy up real estate cheaply potentially leading to gentrification and large profits  A lot of this book consists of lawyers sitting around and discussing how they are going to build their case  It is a lot of exposition  That is interesting if you want to see how people put these kinds of large cases together  It is also how you get the information about how opiates came into these towns and what it causes  I think this book works as an educational piece but it doesn't really work as a thriller for me  There is a bit of mystery but it never really gets intense and can't put it down  Use this as primer on opiate addiction and the economic effect on towns than a nail biting story This review was originally posted on Based On A True Story


  10. Carla Carla says:

    Law and Addiction was an incredibly powerful thought provoking novel I was pulled right in from Chapter One and could not put it down I felt a range of emotions throughout the novel anger compassion hurt – but definitely a lot of angerThe story begins with the death of Blake Jake’s fraternal twin from an overdose Jake who was just finishing law school is shattered as he never saw the signs of addiction in his brother He is left wondering how did this happen could he have done should he have seen the signs and so many emotions His hometown has been ravaged by opioids – people he has known his whole life are struggling with addiction The town has uickly become a ‘zombie land’ where there is no hope poverty and the citizens are feeling the physical and mental damage from opioids The book really brings home that addiction is not always what you believe it is – any one can suffer from addiction and we need to pull apart the stigma of addiction so that they can receive helpJake like so many of us feels anger – anger for his brother and the people of this town But when he starts to do some digging the facts that he finds is astonishing and he knows that he wants to make a difference to ensure that no one suffers the loss he felt He is prepared to go to war with the pharmaceutical companies to ensure that this is stoppedAs he begins his lawsuit with the help of two other lawyers against the pharmacy companies the story really speeds up We uncover bribes death threats illegal distribution and the list goes on The story has so many working parts but it never feels overwhelming Instead you realize how far people will go for financial gain and corporate greed It leaves you feeling disappointed with people but with some hope that there are still good people out there fighting for the rights and protection of all peopleThis is an amazing novel from start to finish – a definite must read novel The plot was fantastic – not what I was expecting but incredible all the same It was educational but entertaining but definitely leaves you with a lot of food for thought


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Law and Addiction One week before Jake Rutledge is scheduled to graduate from law school he receives the devastating news of the death of his fraternal twin Blake What makes this death even terrible for Jake is that his brother died of a drug overdose Until hearing of his death Jake had no idea his brother was even using drugsWhen Jake returns home to Oakley West Virginia he takes a hard look at the circumstances of his brother's death In the five years Jake has been away for his schooling his hometown has drastically changed Because of the opioid epidemic and the blight it has brought many now call Oakley Zombieland Jake can see how his town's demise parallels his brother'sUndeterred the newly minted lawyer takes on the entrenched powers by filing two lawsuits Jake uickly learns what happens when you upset a hornet's nest The young attorney might be wet behind the ears but is sure there is no lawyer that could help him than Nick Deke Deketomis and his law firm of BergmanDeketomis Deke is a legendary lawyer When he was Jake's age he was making his name fighting Big Tobacco Against all odds Jake gets Nick and his firm to sign on to his case before it's too late