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Rules of Vengeance

Rules of Vengeance [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Reich
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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"Fans of spy thrillers should definitely hunt this book down" (Royalwings)

"Christopher Reich is a superstar writer." (Lee Child)

"The master of the espionage thriller for the 21st century." (Clive Cussler)

"He's the equal of such masters of suspense as Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth." (Publisher's Weekly)

"Like Robert Ludlum at his very best." (Vince Flynn)

Book Description

An international thriller in the bestselling tradition of the Bourne series.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099519631
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BON6VU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and a Little Over the Top 11 Dec. 2009
As a sequel this book is a total success. In some spots it's better than the first entry in the series. The action never really falters at anytime during the novel and builds to an exciting climax while leaving an opening for the next entry.

What is over the top is, a trained surgeon who works with "Doctors Without Borders" being able to run around Europe with everyone from Interpol to "News of the World" looking out for him, escaping by hiding in trucks crossing borders, hijacking boats, stealing motorcycles, evading trained professionals, subduing trained agents, ferreting out 'black ops' before national security agencies, etc. This guy makes James Bond and Jason Bourne look like amateurs. I expecting that in one of the latter sequels we find out that he is a trained agent.

Though the relationship between Ransom and his wife Emma is presented as a love story, it's hard to believe that at some point they don't kill each other or run off together. The idea that "Emma" wants to protect Ransom by getting out of his life is in itself hard to fathom considering how she uses him.

The one part of the story that is very well done and should be continued in it's own series is the relationship between Colonel Graves (of MI5) and DCI Ford (of the Metropolitan Police Force). Reich seems to favor them in many ways during the story and they remind me of the two cops in Deborah Crombie's books. Take away all the espionage and daring-do and they seem the most real.

Nice addition to his growing portfolio.

Zeev BM Halevi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is There Anything Sweeter Than Vengeance? 28 Sept. 2009
At the beginning of every Christopher Reich story, I usually find myself wondering why I read this author's books because the first fifty pages make me so darn nervous. I guess the answer would be found in a similar question..."Why does someone ride a roller coaster?" They do so because it gives them the chills, a thrill and that sudden quiver of excitement. Well, I read Reich's books for the same reason and he is one author who has yet to disappoint me.

But my real question is Reich not on the tip of everyone's tongue when they talk about the best mystery/thriller authors out there? When this category comes up, readers always think of Connelly and Lehane and Finder. But guess should be Connelly, Lehane, Finder AND Reich. In any other Reich review I've ever written, I usually talk about how I discovered him all on my own some years ago when he penned Numbered Account (a favorite). I've read everything since so I now consider myself not only a fan but an expert on this author.

Last year, he delighted his fans by starting a series with Dr. Jonathan Ransom as the main character. Working for Doctors Without Borders, he was the perfect protagonist as his job takes him around the world. But it wasn't just Jonathan we were following. It was also his wife Emma who, we found out in Rules of Deception, works for a secret US agency referred to as "Division". This agency does things even the CIA and FBI can't touch. "Deception" ended on such a note that Emma was forced to go into hiding while Jonathan returned to Africa, once again helping those in need. Vengeance finds them meeting up again in London but this will be no honeymoon for The Ransoms.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but something's missing 31 July 2010
By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER
Rules of Vengeance is a perfectly fine thriller that's reminiscent of Ludlum's Bourne novels. Much like its predecessor, it's about a resourceful but innocent man on the run from the authorities, trying to track down his rogue agent wife. The action never lets up and there are secrets withheld until the end, but somehow it never hits that "can't put me down" sweetspot that a thriller ought to achieve. I enjoyed it enough that I plan to read the next installment, but still I can't recommend it with any great enthusiasm.

Johnathan Ransom is working as a doctor in Kenya. His wife Emma has gone into hiding, on the run from her previous employers, the secret American black ops agency, "Division". Ransom visits London to attend a medical conference and meets up with his wife. However it becomes apparent that she is working for someone and embroiled in plans for a terrorist attack. The Police think that Ransom is involved in the attacks and he ends up on the run across Europe, trying to track down his wife and find out who she is working for - and who she really is.

It's the sequel to Rules of Deception and picks up a few months after that book ended. It's not strictly necessary to have read the first book - my husband hadn't and had no problems - but you'll probably enjoy it more if you have.

With a likeable hero and a quick pace, there's much to like about Rules of Vengeance, but the book is let down by a host of inaccuracies and by a hero whose ability to keep going and to always outwit the authorities stretches credibility too far.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly researched. 17 Mar. 2010
If your British and especially a Londoner you may well find the inaccuracies so annoying you give up on the book as I have. A Lieutenant is not a rank in the Metropolitan Police, the Bakerloo Line does not go through Green Park etc. All that by page 62 which was when I gave up knowing that I would find it evermore frustrating.
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