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Rules of Deception: Dr. Jonathan Ransom, Book 1 | [Christopher Reich]

Rules of Deception: Dr. Jonathan Ransom, Book 1

Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse.
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Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse.

Twenty-four hours later, Jonathan receives an envelope addressed to his wife containing two baggage-claim tickets. Puzzled, he journeys to a remote railway station only to find himself in a life-and-death struggle for his wife's possessions. In the aftermath of the assault, he discovers that his attackers - one dead, the other mortally wounded - were, in fact, Swiss police officers. More frightening still is evidence of an extraordinary act of betrayal that leaves Jonathan stunned.

Suddenly the subject of an international manhunt and the target of a master assassin, Jonathan is forced on the run. His only chance at survival lies in uncovering the devastating truth behind the secret his wife kept from him and in stopping the terrifying conspiracy that threatens to bring the world to the brink of annihilation. Step by step, he is drawn deeper into a world of spies, high-tech weaponry, and global terrorism - a world where no one is whom they appear to be and where the end always justifies the means.

Rules of Deception is a brilliantly conceived, twisting tale of intrigue and deceit written by the master of the espionage thriller for the 21st century.

©2008 Christopher Reich; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Dan Bellevue, WA, United States 11-02-08
    Dan Bellevue, WA, United States 11-02-08 Member Since 2000
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    "Too fantastic"

    A fast paced spy novel set in the post 9/11 world of terrorists and fanatics. The story becomes more and more unbelievable as it unfolds while at the same time becoming more predictable near the end. No real suspense in the conclusion. The narrator did the Da Vinci Code but stumbles occassionally with regional American accents. Overall, OK if you can suspend your disbelief.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Barnabas' Daughter Atlanta, GA, USA 12-17-09
    Barnabas' Daughter Atlanta, GA, USA 12-17-09

    The name is for my wife, the photo is for the old man.

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    "A fine action yarn"

    A somewhat believable "action hero". With foibles and weaknesses that are merely not quite believable. (In other words, not completely ostentatious like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.)
    I personally found the author's liberal bias a bit annoying, but perhaps others will find that refreshing.
    The plot was fairly fresh for a genre that tends to be somewhat overworked.
    Excellent good light entertainment. Nothing profound.
    I've listen to it more than once, and will probably listen to it again in the future.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 04-17-11
    Sarah 04-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A great new thriller series"

    I purchased this book during the 1st in a Series Sale. Its so great to discover a new author and lead characters - Christopher Reich and his character, Dr. Johnathon Ransom are no exception. The narration is also great - to date I haven't experienced a narrator who could master so many different accents and dialects. This book is a good thriller that kept me guessing and wanting to download the next in the series immediately - spoler alert - don't read the reviews for Rules of Vengence if you don't want to have any of the plot twists exposed!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Macdougall 08-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting History"

    This book is much more than just the story of the trip. The background on the early life of Lewis established his background and capabilities of an explorer. The final chapter of his life illustrated how fragile his life was. I found the entire book most interesting.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 12-06-08
    itinerant here and there 12-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "write what you know . . ."

    This novel features a protagonist who's both a famous doctor and a famous mountaineer. Within the first ten minutes, however, the author proves he knows absolutely nothing about either medicine or mountaineering. He may be a real pro about international finance . . . but just as I wouldn't try to write a book about international finance (I can't balance my own checkbook, neither should Reich attempt to write about mountaineering or medicine, not without hiring an editor who does, anyway. These errors are so egregious they're embarrassing, truly breaking the contract of willing suspension of disbelief upon which the credible narrative relies.
    Nonetheless, as a potboiler, as background noise, the plot moves along . . . predictably and with the occasional howler of absurd ignorance. Better than listening to chain saws or other power tools, but more for comic relief than verisimilitude.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    E. E. Kully somewhere in the swamps of Jersey 04-13-12
    E. E. Kully somewhere in the swamps of Jersey 04-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Renaissance Man

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    "Captivating Book, Even Better Narration"
    Would you listen to Rules of Deception again? Why?

    I've already listened twice, and I'm sure I'll listen again. I found it to be an engaging "read" with a few real surprise twists that I certainly didn't see coming.

    Is it a little farfetched at times? Yes - but most good thrillers are to some degree. For the most I think Reich does a good job in making it believable (mountaineering and medicine aside, since I don't know enough about either one to judge the validity of one reviewers criticisms).

    Paul Michael? Absolutely terrific - perhaps the best narrated book I've ever listened too. His pacing and timing are dead on, and his ability to do so many characters so well really makes the book "come to life" as it were


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Naples, FL, United States 04-08-11
    Judith Naples, FL, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Thrilling and twisting plot"

    This was one of those "nothing is what it seems" plots where a seemingly normal existence is discovered to be anything but that, after a doctor's wife dies in a skiing accident. Although I felt he was unnaturally naive throughout it, it made for a really good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Brady, LCSW Palo Alto, CA United States 10-11-10
    Susan Brady, LCSW Palo Alto, CA United States 10-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "engrossing and exciting"

    This was a perfect escape book. It took a little while to get into, but it was worth it. Danger, confusion of who were the bad guys, evil insanity. Just what the doctor ordered.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. 07-16-10
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    "wonder book to listen to on the road"

    I was thoroughly entertained for hours listening to this narration of the book. The narrator did a good job of accents and characters and the plot was complex enough to keep you listening. I hated having to fill up with gas and pause the book at stops along the way.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 06-10-12
    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 06-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this story"
    Where does Rules of Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an Audio book that makes you sit in your car in the garage until who know when to see what happens. My family loves this book.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Great reader of this book, we enjoyed is voice and how it changed for different people.


    Any additional comments?

    Need to start the next book to see what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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