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89. Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich (& a giveaway!)...

August 5, 2010
rules of betrayal
Title: Rules of Betrayal (Jonathan Ransom #3)
Author: Christopher Reich
ISBN-13: 9780385531542
Hardcover: 372 pages
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository

FTC Disclosure: My copy of Rules of Betrayal was provided by the publisher for this review. I am an affiliate at IndieBound, The Book Depository, and Amazon, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

drey's thoughts:
I wonder how it is that I've never read Christopher Reich before. Especially since I picked up Rules of Betrayal, whilst half-awake due to lack of sleep because my son's been up coughing for the last 4 nights, just to read a few chapters before I took a quick nap so I could get through the rest of the evening. And I could NOT put it down. So, thanks, Christopher--I'm now even more sleep-deprived than I was a few hours ago (no, I never made it to the nap).

In Rules of Betrayal, Jonathan Ransom is doing the do-gooder thing (to make up for the not-so-good things he's done in his past), treating the sick in Afghanistan, when he is kidnapped by a local warlord-slash-druglord-slash-all-'round-bad-guy. Not for money, oh no. But to heal his father, a top-of-everybody's-terrorist-list bad guy. Guess it runs in the family. However, through no fault of Jonathan's, bad guy's dad is offed while he's there. And he gets dragged heels kicking into the world of international espionage.

Not that he had much choice. Especially since the poor guy still loves his wife, an infamous spy herself. Never mind that he has no clue where she's at or what she's doing. Which is a good thing, since what she's doing is pretty dangerous, and a girl could get herself plenty hurt at it. Anyhoo.

The plot is tight with the usual cast of characters you'd expect in a spy thriller. Hero? Check. Lost love interest? Check. New girl interest? Check. Bad guys galore? Check. Some sort of weapon that could blow us all into a gajillion bits? Check. Double-crosses and twists and turns? Definitely. And, of course, spies galore. And while at times I could just imagine Matt Damon as Jonathan (who couldn't, after watching Damon in the Bourne movies?), I found that reading Mr. Reich is definitely less heavy on prose and more to the point than reading Mr. Van Lustbader. After all, who needs to wander all over Pakistan on a mule when you can just ride in a Humvee?

Thriller fans should pick this up. Or better yet, win it--read on!

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Giveaway!
Thanks to the awesome folks at Doubleday, I have two copies of Rules of Betrayal up for grabs, if you're a US resident (no PO Boxes, please!). To enter, comment and tell me you're a GFC follower--I'm shamelessly promoting my blog! Include an email address where you can be reached. +1 entry if you tweet (comment separately with the tweet link, please). +1 entry if you blog or link in your sidebar (comment separately with the link, please). Do it before 6:00pm CST August 18th. Good luck!

20 comments:

Kaye said...

Ooh, count me in! This sounds like something The Big Guy would love to read. Awesome review, Drey!

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traveler said...

I would love to read this book. I have read all of this author's novels and they are all riveting and suspenseful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandy Jay said...

I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a GFC follower.

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Sandy Jay said...

I tweeted this at http://twitter.com/ForWhlz/status/20403988070

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Benita said...

Please count me in. GFC Follower.

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wheels209 said...

Hey Drey,
Count me in please. I am GFC follower. I hope your little man feels better soon. Get some sleep mom. I have been watching a lot of Burn Notice lately. This book should fit right in with that mood. My favorite Lustbader book is White Ninja.

Take care my friend.
Steve
wheels209@verizon.net

Crystal said...

Please enter me. I'm a GFC follower.

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

ossmcalc said...

I am a GFC follower who shamelessly wants to win a copy of Rules of Betrayal. I love to read thrillers like this. Please enter me into your giveaway and hopefully draw my name.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/20419954304

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

enyl said...

The review of Rules of Betrayal reminds me a lot of James Bond.
GFC follower.
+1 Tweeted. twitter.com@enylstil#rules
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BUSY BEE said...

I am always on the lookout for an author I haven't read yet but would like immensely. Sounds like a winner. Would love to win.

Yes, I am a GFC follower. :)

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Martha Lawson said...

Sounds like a good one. Please enter me!

I follow on gfc

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rubynreba said...

I am a follower. Would love to be entered for this. Thanks!
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Carol W. said...

GFC follower
I love a book that you can't put down!

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angie said...

This sounds like a great book!
I am a GFC follower
I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/20570890582
Thanks!
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Carol M said...

I'd really like to read this! Please enter me. Thank you!

I am a GFC follower.

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Beth said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

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Anita Yancey said...

Sounds so good. I would love a chance to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a GFC follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

hense1kk said...

Sounds like something I'd enjoy! Count me in!

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