Rules of Deception (Jonathon Ransom #1)
Dr. Jonathan Ransom, a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his wife, Emma, when she falls into a hidden crevasse and dies. Twenty-four hours later, Jonathan receives an envelope addressed to his wife containing two baggage-claim tickets. Puzzled, he journeys to a railway station only to find himself inexplicably ...more
1. The book reads like a Dan Brown or Ludlum novel. Very short chapters, moving from one key player to another and back again. We see things happening simultaneously from three or four different perspectives. However, there are some surprises thrown in and some l ...more
The Swiss milieu seems promising and I have a high tolerance for fanciful thrillers (in this one, a Doctors Without Borders MD stumbles upon a plot to smuggle equipment to Iran to enrich uranium). But this book also has pacing problems and its reversals were not as surprising as they're meant to be. I'm not a reader who avidly attempts to anticipate plot twists--maybe ...more
The premise of the story is that after a ski accident, Dr. Jonathon Ransom suddenly discovers that his wife lived a double life, the alternate life being much more interesting than the one they shared. Before he knows it, he finds himself trapped in a whirlpool of political intrigues he does ...more
This is an exciting thriller, it has everything: a likable hero facing enormous amounts of danger and scuttling out of it, exotic locals with amazing settings, an over the edge story that will keep you turning page after page.
The prologue is slow to start, then, what appears to be a butterfly flying around a high-security compound is discovered to be a mechanical device…the alarm is sounded…..
Next we meet Jonathan Ransom and his wife Emma both serving with Doctors Without ...more
Este livro deu-me muito gosto de ler, lê-se muito bem e deixou-me em ânsias para saber o que se vai passar a seguir e, por isso, no fim de seman ...more
Critics largely agreed that Rules of Deception is a smart, timely, and page-turning thriller. Filled with high-profile politicos, fake identities, and a nuclear arms conspiracy, the novel is so adeptly composed that readers were unable to quickly discern the good guys from the bad. Although one critic panned Ransom's characterization, reviewers generally agreed that the doctor-climber is the quintessential classic espionage protagonist
If you haven't started this series and you like thriller-espionage books, a la Ludlum, et al, pick this one up! Book #1 of a series.
It has enough twists and turns to keep the most staid reader engrossed. The only problem is that in respect to reality it is off the chart.
Regardless, it is a fun read as Mr. Reich pulls out all the stops. In essence, It is a story with multiple plots and characters all intertwined in a general tale of engineering a war with Iran by shooting down an Israeli airliner with an Iranian drone. It pits the CIA against the U.S. Defense Department while i ...more
I enjoy all over the world and back again espionage thrillers. Rules of Deception doesn't disappoint. Its a fun, wild ride that made for a quick read. I enjoyed it better than books by Dan Brown but not as much as Robert Ludlum, although the plot has strong elements of both styles. The blurb gives a pretty good description, so I won't rehash it here. You may also want to read some of the other reviews for the errors in facts, languages, and other issues associated wi ...more
Deception is afoot everywhere, including the novel’s twisted deployment:
•A seeming butterfly (actually a micro-airborne vehicle) morphs into a full-blown drone that carries a nacelle containing 20 kilos of Semtex plastic explosives.
•An adrenalin-seeking Doctors Without Borders physician, Jonathan Ransom, is duped into the role of cop-killer, terror ...more
There are so many things tha ...more
It was so "out there", so preposterous........two battling organizations are the Dept. of Defense and the CIA??? That was the point at which the story lost ANY believability/credibility. It is just ludicrous to posit or think that no one in these organizations would "blow the whistle" on these terrorist plans. I just could not buy into this.
Then this. the most ridiculous thing of al ...more
"A relentlessly fast-paced espionage thriller, ripped from tomorrow's headlines b ...more