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Publisher's Summary

In House Rules, two foiled terrorist attacks and a law targeting Muslim Americans send Joe DeMarco on a dangerous mission among mobsters, meth dealers, and the Washington political elite.
First there was the bomb meant for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel; then a private plane headed straight for the White House is shot down. An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when a senator proposes to run extensive background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction.
,p>John Mahoney, the larger-than-life Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret. So he calls DeMarco, who attempts to get to the bottom of the attacks and to pacify his difficult yet charismatic boss in this riveting installment in the series.
Take another thrill ride with Joe DeMarco.
©2008 Mike Lawson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Full of insider information, this novel reinforces Lawson's place in the upper rank of Washington thriller specialists.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Lawson fleshes out his characters while developing a plausible and increasingly tense plot. Just enough uncertainty in the satisfying conclusion hints that another series entry is likely. Highly recommended.” ( Library Journal)
“A pleasantly relaxed thriller well suited to leftish political junkies.” ( Kirkus Reviews)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Pamela Dale Foster on 07-26-13

Terrorist's from US and non-US

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The time spent listening to this book was an okay listen. The narrator did not do a very good job as far as my evaluation. The narration seemed to slow down the book. I had a difficult time listening to the book but I did finish. It's the third book in the Joe DeMarco Thriller series and I had listened to the first two. Therefore, I wanted to continue listening to the series in the order established.

If you’ve listened to books by Mike Lawson before, how does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to books by Mike Lawson before. I read the previous two books in the series. Scott Brick was the narrator for those books and Joe Barrett narrated the third book. I would have enjoyed the book more if the narrator had stayed the same. However, the fast pace, action and excitement in House Rules was not evident as it was in the previous two books. The story didn't contain enough suspense for me.

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

Joe Barrett's performance was not good. His interpretation of the character's did not provide a voice that was character appropriate. He attempted to provide different accents for the character's. However, these accents were not consistent. Joe Barrett did not make his narration exciting. Thus, the story as narrated by Joe Barrett was dull. His interpretation of a female voice was lacking. Overall, my theory is that if Scott Brick had narrated this book, I would have given the book a better rating.

Could you see House Rules being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, I don't think House Rules should be made into a movie or a TV series.

Any additional comments?

The remainder of the books in the series are narrated by Joe Barrett. I will try the fourth book but I'm not going to put it as the next book I purchase. Maybe the narrator will improve with the next book, I surely hope so. I do agree with the author that terrorism is a fact in the world of today. I have read various books concerning terrorism and maybe that has slanted my view on the quality of this book. There was no text in the book that emulated any necessary research. Terrorism is as terrorism is, was what I took away from reading this book. I am not being fair and I don't judge the author. His story was a comparison and contrast of two forms of terrorism. With this in mind, read the story and enjoy it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tamarala on 07-16-13

Consistently great storytelling

What made the experience of listening to House Rules the most enjoyable?

Mike Lawson consistently tells a compelling story that doesn't require ridiculous leaps of faith on the part of the reader and believable, likable characters.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator is dry and monotone for my tastes.

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