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Rules of Betrayal (Jonathan Ransom Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

superb espionage thriller

In Zabul Province, Afghanistan Dr. Jonathan Ransom of Doctors Without Borders is providing medical care to the locals when a Taliban assault occurs. He is air lifted out of the deadly firefight.

However, Jonathan learns from his assistant Hamid who secretly works f...
In Zabul Province, Afghanistan Dr. Jonathan Ransom of Doctors Without Borders is providing medical care to the locals when a Taliban assault occurs. He is air lifted out of the deadly firefight.

However, Jonathan learns from his assistant Hamid who secretly works for the American top secret agency Division that his wife Emma also known in some circles as Lara Antonova, who may be one of their operatives, is in trouble. He knows how capable a killer his Emma is so Jonathan has problems accepting the assertion, but refuses to ignore the possibility. Apparently Emma has done something to anger a Taliban brutal operative The "Hawk" and thwart fuming arms dealer Lord Balfour. The Division fears Emma has gone rogue somewhere in the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. In fact she has found a B-52 that crashed in 1980 carrying a nuclear bomb that she has taken with her. Everyone from the infamous Indian war dealer to the deadly Taliban terrorist to the Division and even the Russians' FSB head to Lashkar Province seek to take the bomb from Emma-Lara; except Jonathan who seeks to extract his wife from being in the eye of the storm.

The third Ransom Rules (see Rules of Vengeance and Rules of Deception) is a superb espionage thriller as Jonathan who wants nothing to do with Division or spying is back in the field worried about his mysterious spouse. Readers learn much more about enigmatic Emma's background as she operates with rules in which trust and rely on no one as they will betray you. Jonathan is pulled between saving his wife and securing the bomb, which leaves readers anxiously awaiting the fate of the nuke in his next thriller.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 2, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Pay The Ransom- Free Reich!

Christopher Reich used to write great novels about corporate crime-books like the Devil's Banker. There were five of them, and I remember how I looked forward to the next one immediately after I finished the last. That Christopher Reich has disappeared, no doubt being ...
Christopher Reich used to write great novels about corporate crime-books like the Devil's Banker. There were five of them, and I remember how I looked forward to the next one immediately after I finished the last. That Christopher Reich has disappeared, no doubt being held hostage by some Wall Street types who don't want him writing those kinds of novels anymore. The fake Reich has started terrorist novels involving Jonathan Ransom and his wife, Emma. These novels are nowhere near as good as his earlier novels. The latest, Rules of Betrayal, has many of the same ingredients that you see in other novels of the genre- bad guys being pursued by a civilian who can accomplish so much more that any crack government team can. There is usually a bomb, nuclear, of course, that's headed to a major city and gosh, just this one guy can stop it. Will he? In the nick of time? Well, of course I can't spoil any endings, but when the book becomes a series it's not too hard to guess who survives. In Betrayal, Reich, or his impostor, reaches levels of absurdity that only a crazed mind can write. (Thus providing further proof that the real Christopher Reich did not write this novel.) So, I'd like to see some other fiction writer find him, and fast! Wall Street is rife for exploitation!

posted by KenCady on August 5, 2010

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    superb espionage thriller

    In Zabul Province, Afghanistan Dr. Jonathan Ransom of Doctors Without Borders is providing medical care to the locals when a Taliban assault occurs. He is air lifted out of the deadly firefight.

    However, Jonathan learns from his assistant Hamid who secretly works for the American top secret agency Division that his wife Emma also known in some circles as Lara Antonova, who may be one of their operatives, is in trouble. He knows how capable a killer his Emma is so Jonathan has problems accepting the assertion, but refuses to ignore the possibility. Apparently Emma has done something to anger a Taliban brutal operative The "Hawk" and thwart fuming arms dealer Lord Balfour. The Division fears Emma has gone rogue somewhere in the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. In fact she has found a B-52 that crashed in 1980 carrying a nuclear bomb that she has taken with her. Everyone from the infamous Indian war dealer to the deadly Taliban terrorist to the Division and even the Russians' FSB head to Lashkar Province seek to take the bomb from Emma-Lara; except Jonathan who seeks to extract his wife from being in the eye of the storm.

    The third Ransom Rules (see Rules of Vengeance and Rules of Deception) is a superb espionage thriller as Jonathan who wants nothing to do with Division or spying is back in the field worried about his mysterious spouse. Readers learn much more about enigmatic Emma's background as she operates with rules in which trust and rely on no one as they will betray you. Jonathan is pulled between saving his wife and securing the bomb, which leaves readers anxiously awaiting the fate of the nuke in his next thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    Pay The Ransom- Free Reich!

    Christopher Reich used to write great novels about corporate crime-books like the Devil's Banker. There were five of them, and I remember how I looked forward to the next one immediately after I finished the last. That Christopher Reich has disappeared, no doubt being held hostage by some Wall Street types who don't want him writing those kinds of novels anymore. The fake Reich has started terrorist novels involving Jonathan Ransom and his wife, Emma. These novels are nowhere near as good as his earlier novels. The latest, Rules of Betrayal, has many of the same ingredients that you see in other novels of the genre- bad guys being pursued by a civilian who can accomplish so much more that any crack government team can. There is usually a bomb, nuclear, of course, that's headed to a major city and gosh, just this one guy can stop it. Will he? In the nick of time? Well, of course I can't spoil any endings, but when the book becomes a series it's not too hard to guess who survives. In Betrayal, Reich, or his impostor, reaches levels of absurdity that only a crazed mind can write. (Thus providing further proof that the real Christopher Reich did not write this novel.) So, I'd like to see some other fiction writer find him, and fast! Wall Street is rife for exploitation!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Pick Something Else

    This book seems cobbled together from other movies and similar books. Critical events develop just too conveniently to be plausable. Main characters display authority that you just know that mid level players would not have. This is not one of his better books.

    Mark Auman

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    NO.3

    Nice easy read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    PREPOSTEROUS

    As I read other reviews of this book here, I am convinced that they are written by the author himself. This is a work that reads like a notebook of ideas, all disconnected and hurriedly noted. The characters are as solid as Ritz crackers. The plot is believable, kimd of, sort of... maybe.

    Save your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Enjoyable story

    This is not a "true" tale, so just enjoy it for the advrnture it is.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Suspenseful

    Book 3, in the Jonathan Ransom series

    In 'Rules of Betrayal', Jonathan is called to action by the same U.S. military team that trained his wife Emma to be a deadly operative in the espionage game. This time, however, Jonathan has a very short time to learn the ropes and rules of survival before he is placed in a precarious, life-threatening situation.

    The story opens with Jonathan in Afghanistan continuing his work on his own without the assistance of Doctors without borders. When his assistant betrays him and all hell breaks loose Jonathan finally gets the occasion to meet Connor, Emma's former boss, who plays an important part in the eventual rescue by an American covert team.

    We also learn Emma was recently unmasked as a double agent during an arms negotiation that went terribly wrong. Jonathan has problems accepting this theory but the mounting facts haunt him. The Division fears Emma has gone rogue somewhere in the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is helping a wealthy arms dealer locate and retrieve a long-lost U.S nuclear warhead missing in remote snow covered mountains. With this revelation, Connor has no trouble enticing Jonathan to work with them on their next operation...

    A Mossad agent named Danni will be his primary trainer and show him the latest techniques in the art of foreign espionage. The idea is to have Jonathan replace a Swiss plastic surgeon who is known in the underworld to alter the appearance of terrorists. The word on the street is a rich terrorist operative connected to the warhead wants to alter his appearance and it is felt Jonathan can gain valuable intelligence from him.

    This novel of international espionage is suspenseful from start to finish, a thriller that kept me on the edge and rapidly turning pages. The story has the necessary elements to make it interesting: plenty of action, wonderful players, an exotic local and an exciting storyline made to measure for our hero, Jonathan. The author has created Jonathan as a unique character always willing and able but somewhat manipulated by both his wife and government officials. On the other hand, Emma is portrayed as a fearless super woman...

    Mr. Reichs crisp dialogue, simple prose and short chapters make reading his books a pleasure.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    INTERESTING SUSPENSE/THRILLER AND ESPIONAGE!

    RULES OF BETRAYAL by Christopher Reich is a suspense/thriller set in modern day Afghanistan and USA. It is the third in the Jonathan Ransom series but can easily be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth, details, twists and turns. It has suspense, international espionage, adventure, betrayal, complex, high tech terrorist plot and suprising climax. The characters are complex, intelligent, strong, devoted, one is an assasin, the other a Doctor. The secondary characters are just as complex and interesting.The hero, Jonathan, is a Doctor for Doctors Without Borders, he is trying to make amends for things he had done in his past. Emma, is Jonathan's wife, a spy, an assasin who used her husband's job to help accomplish her goals. Jonathan is thrusted into trying to locate a weapon of mass destruction,after Emma is kidnapped and betrayed. If you enjoy espionage, suspense, thrillers, edge of your seat reading this is a book for you. This book was received for review and details can be found at Doubleday and My Book Addiction and More.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2010

    Good Read...

    Christopher Reich is a very good mystery, suspense writer. This is an excellent series of books. They are very well written and keep you guessing. You should probably read all three books in the series for the full effect. All of his others are good as well.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2010

    Too Far Fetched

    This was a disappointment compared to the first book. Suddenly the "innocent" doctor is behaving like a seasoned assassin and covert agent? I don't think so. I could not find a single insight into the inner life of the lead characters that made me care about any of them. All the characters are superficially sketched as one dimensional stereotypes that simply don't ring true. I read the whole book trying to get a clue about what makes any of them tick and still came up wanting. Still, the storyline does move right along and takes us to a variety of European locales so not a total loss. Not holding my breath for the next one though and will wait for it to hit the bargain shelf.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

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    An outstanding espionage thriller!

    Rules of Betrayal had me wondering how much of this was based on what really went on. There were plenty of elaborate and seemingly crazy spy moments, but somehow the amount of detail and the strange twists seemed like they must have been based on careful research.

    The book reads as though it could easily be transformed into a high octane movie -- the sort that I'd try to catch on opening weekend. As the skilled surgeon Jonathan Ransom is trying to atone for the violence during his marriage to secret agent Emma Ransom, he finds that much of his old life has followed him into his new one. And a well crafted plea for help leads Ransom to attempt what would have been nearly impossible for a professional.

    Ransom turns out to be a natural -- the skills and training that made him a world class surgeon carry over to his undercover work. Ransom must penetrate the defenses of an international arms dealer and a powerful terrorist with very limitless resources. Training, luck and some unexpected allies turn Ransom into a formidable opponent - and make Rules of Betrayal a fast-paced and memorable thriller!

    ISBN-10: 0385531540 - Hardcover
    Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (July 13, 2010), 384 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

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    STUNNING READING OF A SPELLBINDING THRILLER

    As has been said some guys have all the luck - it was just a few years ago that stage, screen, and television actor Paul Michael was asked to narrate a book - the title? The Da Vinci Code. No one could have guessed that that title would remain on the bestseller list for over two years and Michael's narrative would be heard by countless numbers throughout the world Needless to say this actor has had very little free time since then.

    While Michael has been seen in a number of British sitcoms, his deep voice and clear, concise diction are appreciated by multitudes of audiobooks fans who have heard his narrations of such titles as Digital Fortress, The Tristan Betrayal, Rules Of Vengeance, Alibi, Icebound, and numerous others. He brings not only skill and perception but also added excitement to his presentation of RULES OF BETRAYAL.

    The third in Reich's thriller series bringing us Dr. Jonathan Ransom finds the good surgeon in a Taliban controlled section of Afghanistan where he narrowly escapes death. That might have been preferable to what he now faces. Emma Ransom (obviously, the woman he married) is in reality Lara Antonova, an assassin and a spy. She is now missing, probably captured by Lord Balfour, an arms dealer. Ransom is charged by Frank Connor, who runs Division, a secret U.S. Government agency, to bring Emma out. Of course, Division isn't the only entity that has an interest in Emma - the FSB in Russia also wants her. More than adding to the threats surrounding Ransom is The Hawk, an evil terrorist in Afghanistan who is close to being in control of a weapon of mass destruction.

    RULES OF BETRAYAL is not only a spellbinding stand alone thriller but the ending leaves just enough hanging in the balance for us to eagerly await the next installment from Christopher Reich.

    - Gail Cooke

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