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The First Rule Audiobook

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

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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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    Francine Broomfield, COLORADO, United States 05-24-15
    Francine Broomfield, COLORADO, United States 05-24-15
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    "Best Joe Pike yet"

    The author reading the story is the best way to hear it. The fact that it an amazing story is just a bonus. Thank you Mr Crais.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 12-30-13
    6catz 12-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Huge Joe Pike Fan!"
    Any additional comments?

    After a break it was a breath of fresh air to get back to Joe Pike and Elvis Cole. I have no problem with the series entries that focus on Pike. Yes, the wonderful wiseass humor of Cole is missing, but in a lot of ways I find Joe Pike the more compelling of the two and love that he's full of complexity and contradictions that you don't usually find an a nearly superhuman action hero. Crais does a surprisingly good job as reader. When I'm able to forget the reader and simply visualize the characters that's always a good sign, although it would have been a plus if he had mastered the incidental Eastern European accents - not really a deal-breaker though. All in all a really satisfying read that made want to go straight to the next in the series.

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    Daryl 05-07-17
    Daryl 05-07-17
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    "Crais best novel yet!"

    Great story and drama. Well read by Robert Crais. I have listened to or read almost all of his novels.

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    Susan L. Thinnes Wisconsin United States 03-25-17
    Susan L. Thinnes Wisconsin United States 03-25-17 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm hooked on Elvis and Joe!"

    I am new to this series and not experiencing the books in order, you really don't need to. Elvis and his silent ( VERY silent ) partner Joe Pike are so different, but are just perfect together. Subject includes gruesome crime, but the author helps me get through it with his almost clinical descriptions - and then we get on with the solving/serving justice. I also really enjoy the switching back and forth with narrative perspective, Craig is masterful with this.
    I thought "the Watchman" would be my favorite , but this one is every bit as good.
    If you like this series I highly recommend the new ones with Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie. Thank you Mr Crais for writing such an engaging set of stories.

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    Great Pike and Cole audio book!! I have listened to it many times. Fun to hear author's voice but he does need to work on his accents (smile).

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    Debbie Tehachapi, CA, United States 06-10-16
    Debbie Tehachapi, CA, United States 06-10-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good book"

    I enjoyed the book and felt it had some good twists in the storyline. Like the original narrator better but was really good. Would recommend to my friends.

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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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    Jim VA 12-27-14
    Jim VA 12-27-14 Member Since 2017
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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.


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