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Rules of Vengeance (Jonathon Ransom #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,047 ratings  ·  162 reviews
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Months after foiling an international terrorist attack, Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa. His wife, Emma, desperate to escape the wrath of Division, the secret American intelligence agency she betrayed, has been in hiding. Both look forward to sharing a stolen weekend in
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Published August 4th 2009 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sequel to Christopher Reich's Rules of Deception, featuring Jonathan Ransom, working for Doctors Without Border in some very inhospitable and dangerous places on earth, and his wife, Emma Ransom, secret agent/assassin who used to work for an ultra-secret Defense intelligence agency called Division.
In the previous book, Jonathan and Emma were able to avert a Division plan to start a war between Israel and Iran. The plan was to blow up an El Al airliner and let Iran be blamed for the crime. Durin
My husband and I "read" this on an extended road trip. He really enjoyed it. I was glad to have my knitting/needlework to keep me occupied. So, since he doesn't do Goodreads, I get to write my opinion of the book. This is the second of the Jonathan Ransom series and as others have said, it stands alone. One does not need to read the previous novel for this one to make sense.
People have compared Reich to Lee Child. I disagree. Lee Child creates characters one can really care about and crafts the
Aug 13, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy and thriller fans
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Rules of Vengeance is the sequel to Rules of Deception by author, Christopher Reich. Luckily this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I didn't find anything missing by having not read the first book. Mr. Reich did a very nice job incorporating events from the prior novel into this current one.

Dr. Jonathan Ransom's wife Emma has been missing for quite some time now. After her disappearance, Dr. Ransom was shocked to learn that the woman he thought was his wife all this time, has been using
Kai Palchikoff
A riveting sequel to the 'New York Times' bestseller 'Rules of Deception' that confirms Christopher Reich as the master of the espionage thriller. Months after foiling an attack on a commercial jetliner, Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa while his wife, Emma, desperate to escape the wrath of Division, the secret American intelligence agency she betrayed, has vanished into the netherworld of international espionage. Bot ...more
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Spies and espionage, bombs, more spies and intelligence black ops groups. Dr Jonathan Ransom is caught up in a web involving his secret agent wife, who know one can find. The good doctor is trying to find her, too, while trying not to get killed, himself or lead the others to her. This is book 2 in the series and is actually better than book one. Dr. Ransom has grown up and become more daring. Will he ever see Emma again? This is a long book that you can balance out with lighter fiction reads... ...more
Toni Osborne
Book 2 in the Jonathan Ransom series

Like its prequel “Rules of Deception” this new addition to the series is a suspenseful thriller. We find all the espionage and intrigue that one would wish for in an exciting novel. The story is fast paced, filled with energetic and descriptive action and charismatic characters that have an overabundance of stamina. This novel is definitely intense, a real page-turner, an adrenaline rush.

The story picks up a few months after “Rules of Deception” ends. After a
Fresh, after working to foil an attack on a commercial flight, Dr. Jonathan Ransom travels to London for a medical conference. An impromptu meeting brings him together with his secret agent wife, Emma Ransom. Instead of a happy vacation, Jonathan witnesses Emma set off a car bomb in an attempt to assassinate Igor Ivanov, the Russian Interior Minister. Emma disappears and Jonathan is held responsible for the bombing.

Inspector Kate Ford believes Jonathan is guilty and is assisted by MI-5 agent Col
Sonia Cristina
Acabei agora mesmo o segundo volume, que esteve ao nível do volume anterior, ou seja, muito bom.

Jonathan Ransom está em Londres para participar numa conferência médica e encontra-se com Emma, a sua mulher que anda nas suas andanças pelo mundo da espionagem internacional. Jonathan é arrastado para uma explosão terrorista a um diplomata estrangeiro, em que a esposa esteve envolvida, e perseguido pelas autoridades policiais.

Tive imensa pena que Marcus von Daniken não aparecesse neste livro. Sei lá
I received this book (the follow-up to Rules of Deception) through Goodreads' "First Reads" contest.

It's a fairly standard run-of-the-mill spy thriller that starts out strong and fades into absurdity in the final third of the book. I had a similar complaint about the first book in this series, and think the biggest problem with both books is that the hero - Jonathan Ransom - just isn't all that interesting.

He's supposed to be a do-gooder doctor thrown into situations outside his depth, yet in e

As I finished reading the ARC of, Rules of Deception last summer I felt that the door had been left open for a sequel with Dr. Jonathan Ransom. (See my review of that book below.) So when I saw the announcement of the upcoming release in August 2009 of Rules of Vengeance, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thank you, Mr. Reich, for not disappointing me on several counts. First of all, Dr. Jonathan Ransom and his wife Emma do return, and the level of intrigue and suspense ta
Reich is one of my favorite suspense authors and again he didn't disappoint me. The book itself was hard to put down, with non stop excitement and lots of twists and turns. My only issue is that given that this is the second Ransom book it appears Reich is moving away from his root. He was one known as the "Grisham of Finance Novels" with nearly all of his books having something to do with the something related to finance, financial markets, swiss banks, etc. Now he is wring international espion ...more
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Ben Campbell
Full of positional psyche-outs and painted with transitional plotting shout-outs, somthing like a Taratinoesque strangling. While I was reading rules of Vengeance, I said out loud "WOW", if there was one novel I didn't have to read every adjective, verb, noun, adverb, pronoun, conjunction and so forth, to enjoy the explosions, female assassin, sub-plotting, characterizations, antagonist and protagonist, this is that novel.

However, I'm enjoying reading this story - it's quite traditional. I've di
Dr. Jonathan Ransom is no ordinary doctor. He works in Africa for Doctors Without Borders and is generally regarded as a gifted surgeon committed to helping the most needy. However, there is even more to Dr. Ransom than first appears, for his missing wife, Emma, is an international spy. When Dr. Ransom travels to London for a medical conference, he encounters Emma again with disastrous results. Becoming the prime suspect for an international act of terrorism, Dr. Ransom is racing against the clo ...more
A sequel to Rules of Deception, which I read in the print version earlier this year. I feel about the same way towards this book, except that it is easier to read the print than listen to audio because of the names of people being unfamiliar. I have the third novel in this series marked. Not sure that I will read it or listen to it.
Paula Mcclement
This was the first book I've read by author Christopher Reich and I really enjoyed it. Dr. Jonathan Ransom is a surgeon who works for Doctors Without Borders. When he travels to London to attend a medical conference he meets up with his missing wife, Emma who is actually a spy working for an organization named Division. Jonathan becomes a suspect in an International bombing that was carried out by his wife. He escapes authorities and sets out to track down his once again missing wife and to prov ...more
Christopher Reich has raised the bar with this one. You will be turning pages, getting more intrigued, and wishing your alarm wasn't going off in 6 hours. The best part of this story is you don't really know until the very end who are the real "bad guys". A must read for espionage fans. Well done.
Rules of Vengeance by Christopher Reich was a great thriller. Reich brought his characters Dr. Jonathan Ransom and his wife Emma, back from his first book, Rules of Deception and the intrigue and suspense continued. To be honest, I liked Rules of Vengeance a little better than Rules of Deception. The story moved faster and the events were a little easier to follow. The reader doesn't quite know what is going to happen from one scene to the next or what is causing Emma to behave as she does. Even ...more
When is this character Jonathon Ransom going to give it up with this person he thinks is his wife. In the first book Rules of Deception she darn near got him killed and he ends up working, and hiding in some remote corner of the world. Now he is called to London for a conference and guess who makes contact with him? Thats right, its his wife that he has not seen for several months. Oh and then the fun is going to start all over again. Reich will have his characters tearing up Europe from one end ...more
Sep 06, 2011 TonyAlmeida rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever loves espionage thrillers (but do not have high expectations)
No seguimento de "As Regras do Fingimento", o Dr. Jonathan Ramson volta a ser perseguido pela polícia devido às alhadas que têm origem numa outra missão que a sua mulher, Emma Ramson, agente secreto, está envolvida. Mais uma vez a polícia não acredita que o Ramson é apenas um médico dos Médicos Sem Fronteiras e corre pela vida para tentar provar que nada tem a ver os acontecimentos nefastos que se verificam no início da narrativa. Dejà vu? Nada disso, é apenas um remake do argumento base utiliza ...more
Dan Donovan
Decent thriller

Well written, interesting, enough twists and turns to flesh out an unoriginal plot line. Worth reading love story/thriller comic book novel.
Superman lives!
Christopher Reich writes a great action/suspense novel. He has a great writing style that I put up there with the likes of Lee Child and Vince Flynn.

I had a hard time putting this book down and finished it in a few days. To sum it up, a woman ends up getting her husband in all sorts of trouble based on the nature of her profession. I'll leave it at that, you can read the book to find out more.

If you're looking for a fast paced action/suspense thriller, I highly recommend this one. While the pr
Something to read when you want something to read and don't care about meaningfulness. Might be interesting to see how the author develops the characters through the series.
Mar 24, 2014 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: I read an ARC from work.
This is pretty formulaic, except our hero is searching through the EU on a stolen motorcycle. Is his wife good or bad? I think we will find out in the next installment.
Lots of spy serendipity here. This one (ROV) was just as fast paced as the first one. More startling revelations and you can see another series with a new set of characters spinning off this book. This author is Ludlum-like with the intrigues and still when all is said and done it's not all said and done. At times the good doctor Ransom's instincts and judgment are just too good to be true. So good that professional spies dismiss his pleas of "I'm just a doctor" to be the lies of an accomplished ...more
This is the sequel to Rules of Deception. It takes us into a deeper level of intrigue with Emma and Jonathan Ransom. It is not quite as satisfying as the previous book. Jonathan is less believable as a civilian who manages incredible feats of spying and survival. There are few incidents that just don't track. Reich leaves us set up for another book.

In this audio version narrated by Paul Michael, he hits most of the male characters dead on, but he uses a breathy voice for the female characters th
This is a good fast-action read. All the action takes place in a couple of days with travel over half of europe and a wide cast of characters. Very complex relationships between characters.

Unfortunately I did not read the prior book "Rules of Deception." A lot pieces of history from "Deception" are missing which diminishes the story line. Similarly there are too many loose ends at the end - obviously there will be a sequel.

I'v read several of his other books and I don't think this one is up to p
No. 2 in the Jonathon Ransom series. I really enjoyed this one. Lots of action, lots of deception and a couple of twists at the end. I liked this one better than the first book in the series.
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He was born in Tokyo and moved to Los Angeles in 1965. He attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas and worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to become an author. He lives in San Diego and is the author of seven novels. He has a wife and 2 kids. His father is Willy Wolfgang Reich

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