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The First Rule Audiobook

The First Rule: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13

The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.
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The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

Frank Meyer had the American dream - a wife and family he adored, a successful business - until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The only thing out of the ordinary about Meyer was that - before the family and the business and the normal life - a younger Frank Meyer worked as a professional military contractor, a mercenary, with a man named Joe Pike. Frank was one of Pike's guys, and they faced death together in every rotten hellhole around the world.

The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, because previous home invasions by the crew had targeted only criminals with large stashes of cash or drugs. Pike cannot believe it, and with the help of Cole, he sets out on a hunt of his own: to clear his friend, to punish the people who murdered him.

A trail that at first seems relatively simple, however, very quickly becomes complicated, as the two of them find themselves entangled in a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, vengeance, double crosses, and cutthroat criminality, and at the heart of it all, an act so terrible even Pike and Cole have no way to measure it.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2010 Robert Crais; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    gchills 01-17-10
    gchills 01-17-10 Member Since 2012
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    "OK-But Not Elvis"

    I've read and loved all of the Elvis Cole books and both Pike books. I'm done with Crais until Elvis is brought back. This book is cumbersome, dull-everything the Cole books are not. I can see where some would like it but not me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Wakeley 01-20-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Writers make lousy narrators"

    I usually enjoy Robert Crais' books, but I just couldn't finish this one. Writers should leave the narration to professionals.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    T. R. Todd Post Falls, ID USA 01-18-10
    T. R. Todd Post Falls, ID USA 01-18-10 Member Since 2001

    Rock Hound

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    "Joe Pike Rocks"

    While Crais' latest may not have all the humor of his earlier Elvis Cole novels, it's nonetheless engaging. First Rule keeps you guessing and entertained from the first chapter to the last. Pike is as enigmatic and deadly as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 01-18-10
    Mary 01-18-10
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    "Dragging"

    It seemed rather lifeless. I think the book would be more interesting, but the low monotone of the read blends everyone and everything into a lull that loses people and details. I enjoyed Hostage, but this one will be hard to remember.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan South Windsor, CT, USA 02-21-10
    Susan South Windsor, CT, USA 02-21-10
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    "Uninspired"

    The series (Cole/Pike) has kinda gone downhill since The Forgotten Man. If you're a series fan, you'll enjoy the book well enough, but I think listening to this story was like watching a run-of-the-mill episode in a cop show. With Crais narrating, it felt kinda "low budget", too. There was no real tonal variation between characters, and for a story that called for linguistic variations, the lack was prominent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    john 04-08-16
    john 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrater puts me to sleep"

    Crais' narration puts me to sleep. He should stick to professional narrators. Not as bad Angel Flights reading by Burt Reynolds but its up there.

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    Steven 12-22-15
    Steven 12-22-15
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    "Crais did a great job writing and narrating."

    Crais did a great job writing and narrating this book. keep up the great work.

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    Peter Braeside, Australia 10-25-15
    Peter Braeside, Australia 10-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Action packed with a story"

    I love the Pike/Cole novels , they always have a story and this one is no exception . It was good to see the softer side of Joe pike- even if that softer side was like concrete !

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    jm VA 12-27-14
    jm VA 12-27-14

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    "Liike a good scotch, you can count on Crais"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have, because Lee Child is not prolific.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's all good. Characters, the story, the delivery, the development - just all-around good.


    What does Robert Crais bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Snarky voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Linda 11-09-13
    Linda 11-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    Would you listen to The First Rule again? Why?

    Yes and already have. Making my way thru Crais's books a second time. There are a few I can not handle the narrator but this is not one of them. I think Crais as the narrator gives the reader a better look into Elvis/Joe. Since he wrote the book he knows how to convey to the reader/listener what his intentions were.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maybe not on the edge but close.


    What about Robert Crais’s performance did you like?

    Elvis and Joe and him. He conveys a part of himself thru his reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Joe with the baby.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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