This is the third thriller to feature doctor Johnathan Ransom and his undercover agent wife Emma and it's the best in the series to date. Yes, it's all pretty shallow and implausible, but that's far from the exception in this genre - if you want a mindless airport thriller then you could do significantly worse.
This time Ransom is not on the run - instead, he is recruited by "Division" (the secret American black ops agency for whom his wife worked) to help them locate a missing nuclear weapon. His wife is also working on the case, but it's somewhat unclear what her motivations or loyalties are. After undergoing a crash course in spycraft undertaken by a Mossad agency, Ransom goes undercover. It's a better storyline than in the previous two books, and sets itself up neatly for installments to come.
It's mindless - and the ending is extremely silly - but it entertains.
on 15 October 2011
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
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