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Publisher's Summary

Chicago lawyer Ben Corbin has just launched his private practice when Dr. Mikhail Ivanovsky, a mysterious Russian scientist, hires him to sue for possession of a safe deposit box. But when the box's owner enlists the city's highest-powered lawyer - and then turns up dead - the Russian confesses: inside the box is an old Soviet biowarfare formula for the deadliest disease known to humankind.

To make matters worse, a technicality called the Dead Man's Rule now forbids the scientist from taking the stand. With no one to testify - and therefore no evidence - the odds against Ben seem insurmountable.

As the threat of a massive bioterrorist attack looms large, Ben and his team race to rebuild their case and rescue the box. To succeed, he'll need all his wits and resources and Dr. Ivanovsky's specialized knowledge - and both men will need to trust in a higher power.

©2016 Rick Acker (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-04-16

Book 2 in this legal thriller series is better

Dead Man's Rule has a Chicago lawyer dealing with biological weapons and terrorism in Russia; the effort is too ambitious. Audible rating 3.3 stars; Amazon rating 4.7 stars - I do not understand why. Christopher Lane's narration is superb. Some listeners will object to the strong religious content of this novel. Novel 2 has much less religious content.

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Christian Medical and Legal Thriller

I love Rick Acker’s writing. His courtroom cases always have you hanging on by the seat of your pants. The bad guys in this one were some of the worst. This would make a wonderful movie. I really liked the main character. I would like to see another book with him. And the mad scientist dr was good also. I loved the ending with him. I like how the author always weaves some Christian values into his books. It’s very uplifting to find that. The bioterrorism part interested me because of working as a microbiologist. This part of the book scared me more than the bad guys. Just the thought of a bad virus or bacterium let loose in the world makes me cringe. It’s hard to believe that something that can only be seen under a microscope could wipe out all the living.

If you like audiobooks, the narrator for this one is amazing. He can do accents so well. He really brings the story to life. It was like watching a movie.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 01-17-18

Okay story, a bit hard to follow.

Hmmm this was a bit hard to follow along and there were a lot of characters popping in. I thought some of the story was good but kind of got lost in "translation" as so many people had accents from either Germany, Russia, Czechoslovakian and English. A lot of terrorist action going on with a lot of God talk.

There was some interesting court room action and some torture action going on. I did finish the book but only because I had time invested in it and wanted to see how it ended. But it was confusing and hard to follow.

Doubt I will move on with this series.

As for the narration, it was good, especially since there were so many accents going on. Christopher Lane did a good job on the female voices too. He has a nice reading voice.

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Thrilling, the next mission impossible

Ever listened to a faith-based Thriller? You will enjoy every minute wondering what's going to happen next.

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  • Kaye
  • Canada
  • 08-06-16

Seems like a good idea for a story but

What would have made Dead Man's Rule better?

The story appears to go round and round going no where, I really object to the lawyer praying to God before trial, wife says over and over did you pray to the higher power. If you write Christian books, says so .

Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Acker again?

No

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Constant Christian reference.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Waste of good money

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  • I
  • 05-03-18

Evangelical at times.

Reminiscent of crusades and very much a mainstream media conformist type of story, one sided. Far fetched and perhaps even islamophobic occasionally contrary to the epilogue.