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Author:Allen, Daniel
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Rules of Vengeance

Christopher Reich

Doubleday

c/o Random House Inc.

1745 Broadway 20th Floor, NY, NY 10019

9780385524070, $25.95, www.doubleday.com

I picked up a copy of Rules of Deception at a library book fundraiser, and this first book in this spy-thriller series motivated me to getting hooked on Christopher Reich. I do have the third book read now, and so far it offers good escapism, and plenty of action in multiple European country settings.

Doctors Without Borders Jonathan Ransom learns from a previous account of his life being married to Emma that his supposed normal life is not really normal. Both of them help foil an attack on a commercial jet-liner. Now in this story Jonathan is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa. Emma is an operative for Division (a secret American intelligence agency) whom she betrayed and has disappeared from them. Jonathan and her rendezvous on a captured weekend together only to be thrust into a terrorist bloody bomb placed into a political convoy of limousines. Emma escapes from capture, but Jonathan is apprehended and threatened with imprisonment unless he helps to corral in his wife. Jonathan makes his own daring escape and learns he has to become a spy himself in order to track his Emma to discover the true nature of the conspiracy Emma appears to be masterminding. Jonathan starts to understand that he might be caught in nether-world of global-world espionage involving very high international stakes.

Christopher Reich is a New York Times bestselling author and his previous novels include Numbered Account, The Runner, The First Billion, The Devil's Banker, and The Patriot's Club. The latter won the International's Thriller Writes award for best novel in 2006. This current series also includes Rules of Betrayal for 2010. I have just started this novel and it includes the Emma and Jonathan Ransom. I then will watch for his 2011 novel, and while I catch up on the reading of his previous other five books.

Rules of Betrayal

Christopher Reich

Doubleday

c/o Random House Inc.

1745 Broadway 20th Floor, NY, NY 10019

9780385531542, $25.95, www.doubleday.com

Rules of Betrayal is the third installment in the spy espionage thrillers involving Jonathan and Emma Ransom. I read the first two installments and wanted to see where the adventure took me in this series. I learned that the twists and turns work like a mystery but the events are much more complicated. Different agencies...

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