The Rule of Nine (Paul Madriani Series #11)

The Rule of Nine (Paul Madriani Series #11)

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by Steve Martini, Dan Woren
     
 

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San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has

Overview

San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has to go public with what he knows if they have any hope of stopping a similar event in the future.

But Madriani has been linked to a murder of a Washington, D.C. political staffer, and authorities believe a shadowy figure called Liquida—a hired assassin known as 'the Mexicutioner'—may be responsible. And this man, as the last survivor of the attack in San Diego, might be driven by a bizarre and horrifying, star-crossed vendetta and might now be looking for Madriani himself. What Madriani and Cole begin to fear is that this madman has joined forces with a demented former radical known as the Old Weatherman, who intends to pull the city—and the country—into a vortex of terror before Madriani and Cole can find answers to the enigma that is 'the rule of nine.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062108944
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Paul Madriani Series, #11
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,218,025
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Martini is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Enemy Inside, Trader of Secrets, The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Shadow of Power, Double Tap, and others featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. Martini has practiced law in California in both state and federal courts and has served as an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
California
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1946
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, California
Education:
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1968; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1974

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Rule of Nine 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the timeliness of the issues. I definitely think he [Martini] has found the country's weakness at this time. I wish every elected official would read it and see how our inability to compromise could easily be the our nation's downfall.
alladon1 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding in all aspects of an off beat legal thriller, that is, no couttroom.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The events in nearby Coronado are nuked into every cell of his brain as San Diego based attorney Paul Madriani still reels from the near tragedy (see Guardian of Lies). The near nuclear disaster has him looking at the bigger picture of terrorism. The FBI warns Madriani to keep his mouth shut or face a lifetime locked away in a place he never heard of under the Patriot Act enforcement. On the other hand weapons expert Joselyn Cole demands he go public so a repeat can be averted. While Madriani struggles with coping and what to do, an aging 1960s radical believes the time has come to destroy the DC right wing government-industrial complex. This former member of the Students for a Democratic Society expects to die like a Middle Eastern suicide bomber and unlike the cowardly western right wing terrorists who kill people from a safe distance. The plan will make 9/11 look like a minor incident and the first deadly steps come from the American right wing form of terrorism. The Feds tie Madriani to a murder of a DC staffer as law enforcement believes "the Mexicutioner" Liquida assassin is the killer. Madriani rusticates with his family as he and Cole fear the Feds are missing the big picture again as they believe two insane murderers, the ancient Weatherman and the Mexicutioner have joined forces in what apparently involves the mysterious deadly "Rule of Nine" gamut. This is an exciting over the top of the Washington Monument thriller that grips the audience from the onset and never let's go until the final dramatic confrontation. The story line is action, action, and more action that will have Madriani fans salivating for another superheavyweight bout starring the Southern California lawyer and his sidekick Cole vs. archenemy Liquida; that is if everyone rides away from this round. Harriet Klausner
BigGuyKTL More than 1 year ago
Pretty fair read until being left to wonder @ end! Liked the character in the court room more than this chase all over the globe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disapppointment. I usef to love reading Madriai. Wow has he gone off rhe rails. Totally out of control and not at all believable. H e has us all over the place. Think i am now done. Sorry but good bye Martini
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini is the 11th book in the Paul Madriani series. It is the first book I've read by Mr. Martini. I felt it read well as a stand-alone. The author subtly includes information that gives you a good back story of the characters and situations as the book goes along, but the information doesn't intrude on the current story line. Defense attorney Paul Madriani is neck deep in trouble. He is shaken up from being near the scene of a crime where the terrorists had a nuclear device. He has just recently come out of 'hiding', since he was branded as a suspect in the case by the media because he was at the scene. He's been tied to a murder across the country in Washington, D.C. and he's worried that there are people after him because of all this. Paul is an easy character to like. He is smart and just seems like a regular guy who is trying to figure out why he's a target but still keep his family safe. I was immediately sucked into this story. I found myself turning page after page late into the night because the author did such a great job of writing a complex story that was full of twists and turns. You didn't know what was coming from one chapter to the next. The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini is a thrilling suspense read that I highly recommend. I can't wait to read more in the Paul Madriani series! I've seen other reviews of people who were disappointed in this book because it didn't live up to the earlier books in the series. Since I haven't read the others in the series yet, this one was definitely a 5 star read for me. It was suspenseful and exciting and I didn't want to put it down. I received a copy for review purposes, but this did not influence my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced action packed book' THE TWISts and tuns of the plot make this book a page turner-the charactos arde likeable-All in all, a great read
handymanHF More than 1 year ago
A great book. Lots of twist and turns.
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