In his black and white world, Sam Bradford--former Marine turned government assassin--finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either sever or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity. Explore the dark side of a man living outside of society who has sacrificed all for the greater good of God and Country only to find out he isn't working for who he thought he was.
Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone. Imagine being able to extract people's deepest most protected secrets by following a strict set of rules perfected by the most brilliant minds in the nation. Imagine having access to unlimited resources, information, money, and technology. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you look for? Do you use your power for peace and prosperity, to further the advancement of your fellow man? Or do you use it to increase your own wealth and power by controlling and manipulating everyone around you? Imagine, spending a decade being sent the world over to find people and exploit them for the safety and advancement of your fellow countryman. You are following a path of idealism that is larger than you, larger than anyone. You are doing it for the greater good of God and Country.
The Agency sends him to find enemies of the state and eliminate them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, an innocent girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance...one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam's soul. He's killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.
Now imagine that you're wrong. What you have been told is a lie.
When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he's not the only one after her. Ruthless assassins, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica's heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.
The people who are in control are not what you thought. They are the faceless. The corrupt. They have been using you to find and manipulate others, not for one nation under God, but to increase their wealth and power.
What do you do? You are a lone soldier, trained to follow orders. Separate from everyone, living outside of society.
Can you quit? Just give up a life of stoicism and start over? Is that even possible? What of the pain you've left in your wake? Can you make amends for the atrocities you've committed?
Sam Bradford is a man who has just come to realize his life is not what he thought it was. He has been outside and is ready to step back in. But can he escape the past, or will his demons destroy his new life and everyone in it that matters?
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About the Author
Deek did not set out to be a writer. Originally, he wanted to follow father's path as a career military man and fly for the Air Force. So, Deek spent two years in high school preparing for the ROTC. During a routine check-in, his recruiter asked about any handicaps, to which Deek jokingly replied he was colorblind. The recruiter got a funny look on his face and informed Deek that the closest he'd ever get to the pilot's seat was from the scheduling office. Um no.
After that, Deek focused on his love for music--touring with a local rock band and majoring in the art in college. Unfortunately he didn't enjoy the life of a pauper, so he started secondary school over. Ten years later, he walked across the stage with a computer science degree. He now slings web code for a major electronics company in his hometown.
Though he loves his job and the people he works with, Deek has been enthralled by the written word and storytelling since he picked up his first Stephen King novel, It. On his way to work one day, a scene so vivid flashed through his mind that he felt compelled to pull over and put it to paper. Having neither quill nor parchment in which to document the image, he laboriously pecked out the first chapter of 122 Rules on his phone.
Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin's fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek's dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.
He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town--with antique shops and bakeries--they call home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After overhearing a conversation between a mob boss and his hired hitman, Monica Sable is forced into witness protection. She is sent to a nowhere town, lying low until the trial. Ex-marine Sam Bradford was taken in by the Agency and turned into a weapon; able to track, manipulate and kill. And the Agency has just sent him to kill Monica Sable. 122 Rules begins with Monica, as she is pressed into leaving her life behind, despite her arguments and several attempts to escape. It’s never completely explained why she’s so resistant, although to be fair the agents are pretty aggravating. Her frustrations with her new life and the almost grudging acceptance of the people around her are believably written. So is her reaction when someone tries to kill her. The story then doubles back, taking up Sam’s story. Medically discharged from the army he joined to bring a sense of order to his life, and divorced, Sam’s depression and sense of rootless are easy to understand. It’s also easy to understand why he jumps at the offer to be part of something again when approached by a nameless man representing the Agency. He ends up doing some pretty despicable things in their employ, seemingly without qualms. But when assigned to kill Monica he begins, through an internal dialogue, to have doubts about what he’s doing, enough that he hesitates before taking a kill-shot. The third act kicks up the action with Monica trying to stay one step ahead of the people trying to kill her and Sam tries to get to the bottom of his misgivings about the job. It’s quite easy to imagine this as a film. The writing is very visual, keeping the story (and the reader) moving forward. I enjoyed it immensely. If there are any drawbacks, I would have liked to know more about the titular rules and the Agency but there’s a chance I’ll get that in the sequel. For anyone in the mood for a fast paced action thriller, this will be a great book to pick up.
Wow, there is no messing about here! This book starts off with a bang when on page one a young lady is bundled into a car by four people. Are they police or criminals? Is she innocent or guilty and if so, of what? And if they really are who they claim to be then why do they act in such an aggressive manner? The book was very hard to put down as it continues at the same cracking pace with action and intrigue throughout. The only slightly slow point came when the main character was introduced and two days of action were repeated but told from his perspective. However, the different views were necessary to the plot and as soon as we caught up the action was again moving at a rapid pace. Deek Rhew incorporates the familiar themes of sex, violent fights, explosions and car chases; all described well. There was one short sequence which I felt stretched the borders of good taste although it was essential for us to know how terrifying the perpetrator could be. The book was so easy to read and the writing was of a high quality with excellent spelling and grammar throughout. It appears to be the start of a series and whilst the story is neatly wrapped up at the end there are sufficient hanging threads to lead to a sequel. As you have probably realised I loved this book and I have no hesitation in awarding the five stars that it deserves.