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A publishing event: number-one New York Times best-selling author Terry Goodkind turns in a new direction and delivers a stunningly original thriller.

Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence.

In Alex, Terry Goodkind brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of high-octane thriller.

©2009 Terry Goodkind (P)2009 Penguin

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    2 out of 5 stars

Can't stand alone

If this book didn't have ties to the "Sword of Truth" series it would be a complete waste of time. Only "Sword of Truth" followers will pick up on the references in this book that make it somewhat interesting. If you haven't read,listened to, the "S.O.T" series, don't waste a credit.

30 of 36 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim
  • Aberdeen, WA, United States
  • 08-22-09

If you like the Sword of Truth series...

I am currently 6 hours into the book. It is keeping me on the edge of my seat so far. I am looking forward to listening more. I am a bit surprised that it is not advertised for what it is, but I don't want to give anything away. ;)

27 of 33 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nitin
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 05-11-10

Lives up to the standards of the other books

Overall a great listen. This book is a little different from Terry Goodkind's other books of this series. Whereas the other books take place in a fantasy world, this book returns back to the "real" world and links it to the previous books, which is very intriguing and something i never expected. Great job, looking forward to the next book in the series.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great job Terry

I glanced at a few reviews and had to give those of you who are fans of Terry, but not yet ready to get the Law of Nines, a review for the positive. Although most fans of Terry will probable get this one anyways...

The last series just built and built in intensity. Coming off that peak and to start over with this one probable makes this one appear more dull? I can't wait to see how it escalades. It still has the classic - "How the helk is he going to get out of this one" suspense. The last one I thought ended on a very powerful message. I can see this one taking that message and applying it to our current world.
Just remember this is fantasy and magic, so don't expect everything to seem "real." Like Richard, Alex has redeeming qualities in his character that can be admired.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lesley
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 08-28-09

Not a conventional thriller--but not bad

I read and liked the first few books of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. The series lost me around "Naked Empire" when it swerved into long political monologues--that's not what I read fantasy books for!--but the first books were fun.

The Law of Nines brought back the enjoyment of "Wizard's First Rule." There's a lot of action, and while the first third of the book is slower than the rest of the novel, it isn't boring. And some of the scenes there are pretty amusing: imagine explaining what Goth teenagers are to someone from another world!

Along with the nonstop action for the last two thirds of the book, there are some intriguing thoughts about magic and technology. There's one political monologue, but it isn't too long and Goodkind thankfully keeps it mostly within the bounds of the story.

If I have one complaint, it's that action scenes are sometimes too drawn-out. I knew what was going to happen, but the characters didn't, so I had to wait.

Overall, though, The Law of Nines was a fun listen. You'll like it if you liked the Sword of Truth series--if you're not already a fan, try this and you might become one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

First, you really should read the Sword of Truth series before reading this book (all of it), its almost a sequel (as much as Debt of Bones is a prequel).

Second, I was somewhat disappointed with this book, it just Isn't at the same level of quality as his other books (even Naked Empire had smoother writing at least). I think the problem here is that he's trying to write a much shorter book than what he's use to, and it shows. For those of you that didn't like all the philosophy in the SoT books, good news, its only alluded to and there are no speeches :) (Though, again, the bad guys are motivated by their hatred of all things good, etc... I'm an Objectivist and even I get tired of it...)

Not a bad book, but not up to par with other similar books - perhaps a bit better than Dean Koontz has been recently.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Joseph
  • Elsmere, KY, USA
  • 12-30-09

Terry Goodkind has lost his way

Potential Spoilers: I fell in love with the Sword of Truth series when I picked up Wizards First Rule on a whim. The book was so excellently written, the characters entrancing and engaging, and the storyline engrossing. The magic of the series was further established with Stone of Tears, and I was hooked. I even loved the ending Chainfire trilogy, and was happy with the way Goodkind left the world.

On that note, Goodkind should have left well enough alone. The only reason anyone should pick up The Law of Nines is if they were really big fans of the Sword of Truth series. The writing in Nines is poor, and far from the standard that Goodkind set forth in his earlier works. The plot is haphazard, with characters doing things for seemingly no reason, and the characters themselves are flat. And Goodkind is once again riding on his preachy high horse -; those who read Faith of the Fallen, Pillars of Creation, and Naked Empire know exactly what I'm talking about. This preachy nature was so bad early in the book that I almost deleted the book from my library with prejudice. It was only my sick curiosity to see the end that drew me forward.

All in all, The Law of Nines can best be described as Wizards First Rule, minus magic and compelling characters, but with a healthy dose of moral and ethical preaching which far exceeds Goodkind's previous rants.

The bottom line: don't get this book unless you are a HUGE Sword of Truth fan.

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Hopefully the start of another great series

After coming to truly love the characters in the the Sword of Truth Series, I was skeptical about the author creating new characters that I would care about also... I was wrong, what a pleasant surprise. I hope he's writing the next in the series, Now!!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • HULL, MA, United States
  • 09-03-09

Stream of consciousness

Boring, predictable, slow. Only one story line. Seems like he wrote the story stream of consciousness - like he didn't know where he was going with the story. He found his characters in a situation and then just decided what might happen next. Juvenile writing.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars


Typically Goodkind; the annoying lack of contractions makes the text sound unnatural when read aloud, even more so in the context of a modern thriller. The choice of narrator who reads monotonically would better be for non-fiction. I find falling to sleep during an exciting scene to be disconcerting.
That said; a must 'read' for Goodkind fans. Once past the right-wing rants we have come to expect we find an engaging and enjoyable tale. While not a tale of Richard and Kyla, their fans will not be disappointed.
In short, find a narrator more suitable to the tale, seek permission from the author to alter the text to include contractions in order to do justice to this epic, I hope, series beginning tale.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful