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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.
©2008 Christopher Reich (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Dan on 11-02-08

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Barnabas' Daughter on 12-17-09

A fine action yarn

A somewhat believable "action hero". With foibles and weaknesses that are merely not quite believable. (In other words, not completely ostentatious like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.)
I personally found the author's liberal bias a bit annoying, but perhaps others will find that refreshing.
The plot was fairly fresh for a genre that tends to be somewhat overworked.
Excellent good light entertainment. Nothing profound.
I've listen to it more than once, and will probably listen to it again in the future.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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