Rules of Deception : Dr. Jonathan Ransom

  • by Christopher Reich
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • Series: Dr. Jonathan Ransom
  • 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse.Twenty-four hours later, Jonathan receives an envelope addressed to his wife containing two baggage-claim tickets. Puzzled, he journeys to a remote railway station only to find himself in a life-and-death struggle for his wife's possessions. In the aftermath of the assault, he discovers that his attackers - one dead, the other mortally wounded - were, in fact, Swiss police officers. More frightening still is evidence of an extraordinary act of betrayal that leaves Jonathan stunned.Suddenly the subject of an international manhunt and the target of a master assassin, Jonathan is forced on the run. His only chance at survival lies in uncovering the devastating truth behind the secret his wife kept from him and in stopping the terrifying conspiracy that threatens to bring the world to the brink of annihilation. Step by step, he is drawn deeper into a world of spies, high-tech weaponry, and global terrorism - a world where no one is whom they appear to be and where the end always justifies the means.Rules of Deception is a brilliantly conceived, twisting tale of intrigue and deceit written by the master of the espionage thriller for the 21st century.

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write what you know . . .

This novel features a protagonist who's both a famous doctor and a famous mountaineer. Within the first ten minutes, however, the author proves he knows absolutely nothing about either medicine or mountaineering. He may be a real pro about international finance . . . but just as I wouldn't try to write a book about international finance (I can't balance my own checkbook, neither should Reich attempt to write about mountaineering or medicine, not without hiring an editor who does, anyway. These errors are so egregious they're embarrassing, truly breaking the contract of willing suspension of disbelief upon which the credible narrative relies.
Nonetheless, as a potboiler, as background noise, the plot moves along . . . predictably and with the occasional howler of absurd ignorance. Better than listening to chain saws or other power tools, but more for comic relief than verisimilitude.
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- itinerant

Too fantastic

A fast paced spy novel set in the post 9/11 world of terrorists and fanatics. The story becomes more and more unbelievable as it unfolds while at the same time becoming more predictable near the end. No real suspense in the conclusion. The narrator did the Da Vinci Code but stumbles occassionally with regional American accents. Overall, OK if you can suspend your disbelief.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio