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Rules of Betrayal (Jonathan Ransom Series #3)

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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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  • 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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