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“We have your granddaughter. Here’s what you need to do.”

That’s the text message Supreme Court Justice Arnold Hirschfeld receives as hearings commence in the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the fate of the 28th Amendment – enacted to criminalize abuse of power on the part of our political representatives.

In court to defend the amendment, retired U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks observes his old friend and law school classmate Hirschfeld acting strangely and dispatches veteran D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello to find out why.

In the meantime, Hirschfeld’s precocious and feisty 11-year-old diabetic granddaughter Cassie, brutally abducted to control her grandfather’s swing vote upholding or invalidating the amendment, watches her insulin pump running dry and wonders what poses her greatest threat, the kidnappers or the clock.

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Reviews By Readers

In 28: The Missing Amendment, an engaging and entertaining suspense thriller about an enchanting 11 year old type 1 diabetic youngster kidnapped by those who would control the swing vote of her Supreme Court justice grandfather in a pending case of immense Constitutional importance to the future of our country, Ron Barak has merged the worlds of political and legal intrigue and diabetes reality with the same precision skill, sensitivity, and enthusiasm he demonstrates every day in managing his own real world diabetes, and his efforts to support diabetes research. His knowledge of diabetes is fantastic!" Anne L. Peters M.D., internationally recognized diabetologist and author of Conquering Diabetes, whose privileged and underprivileged patients alike fill her Beverly Hills and East Los Angeles offices.
28: The Missing Amendment is a brilliant and timely novel about a Supreme Court challenge to a constitutional amendment enacted by ‘we the people’ to end corruption on the part of their political representatives, and demonstrate that their government is meant to serve rather than be served. More than just a page turning political and legal thriller, Barak demonstrates an impressive and thought provoking command of real world politics, constitutional law reduced to its basics, and the ins and outs of lawyering at its best." Donald Earl Childress III, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law.
In 28: The Missing Amendment, Ron Barak has crafted an entertaining and engaging novel that captures and reflects the current American political landscape.” Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Controller
28:The Missing Amendment is a high concept, hybrid blend of a political, legal, psychological and action thriller all rolled into a smooth, savory, and suspenseful mix. Ron Barak manages to channel the best of John Grisham, David Baldacci and even Steve Berry in this amazingly timely tale cast with a Supreme Court backdrop. As prescient as it is factual, this is reading entertainment of the highest order. I'd be shocked if this book doesn't become a bestseller." Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of Strong Light of Day

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Welcome to the not-so-fictional world of Ron Barak! Here the lines between right and wrong are not so much blurred, as smeared. Click here to delve deeper into the twisted politics and pursuit of justice.

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