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The Rule Of Nine (Paul Madriani #11)

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The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtow ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by William Morrow & Company (first published 2010)
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Sheldon Lehman
I went on the author's website and heard an interview about his "trilogy of terror." That's the last book, this one, and the next one, where he wanted to take a break from the "courtroom drama" stuff that his character is liked for. It's a well-written story, but if I wanted the terrorist-nuclear bomb stuff, I'd read Clancy.

Don't read this one first. You have to read "Guardian of Lies" first; otherwise, this book won't make sense.
I enjoyed listening to this Martini’s book “The Rule of Nine”, on CD, but it is not one of my favorites. I just finished reading Reece Hirsch’s first novel “The Insider” and felt it was much more of a legal thriller. Martini’s book was not a courtroom drama, but rather a chase across the country with the bad guys close behind. The Insider was a much better match with the international suspense novel genre.

Lawyer Paul Madriani is the main character in this novel with several other primaries, inc
I'll be honest and say I had a hard time getting into this one. I typically love this genre of writing ( and have enjoyed previous Martini novels), but the latest disapoints.

To begin with it is more dependent upon Martini's last novel (Gaurdian of Lies) than I would have liked. While it is not necessary to have read that one (and for the record I did) much of the motivation of the key players is dependant on events from the earlier novel.

Additionally, some sloppy editing (the Supreme Court justi
An extremist desires to change the direction that the U.S. is going by wiping out the Supreme Court.

Washington is in dissaray with unemployment and budget deficits. The government wants to generate revenue by taxing overseas bank accounts.

Senator Josh Root is highly concerned with how he and a number of his policical friends will explain the wealth they have accumulated in foreign banks. What if it came out that the money came from bribes and kick backs? In addition, Root's health has begun to d
All in all, I was disappointed in this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in the Paul Madriani series. The first several in particular as he dealt with life after losing his wife, raising his young daughter while defending some rather interesting legal cases along the way. This last book seemed to have strayed rather far from the legal/crime mystery and into pop/science/thriller issues and failed.

One of my favorite aspects of the Madriani novels, was the first person point of vie
Steve Martini never disappoints, but I wish he would get back to legal thrillers. This is another spy political thriller which is a sequel to his last book, Guardian of Lies. Contract killer, Liquida aka the "Mexicutioner" resurfaces with revenge for Madriani and everyone who is close to him for foiling his last mission. A new terrorist named Thorn enters with big plans to cripple the U.S. by killing the entire Supreme Court at the same time. Another new character is Joselyn Cole, a weapons cont ...more
Jul 25, 2010 Jack added it
Steve Martini has yet another winner with this Paul Madriani novel. Picking up about a year after his last story (Guardian of Lies) leaves off, we find lawyer Paul Madriani still being pursued by Liquida/the Mexicutioner who hungers for revenge after Madriani and friends spoil his retirement plans in the previous novel. Now employed by an arms dealer to assist in the plans laid out by the 'Old Weatherman' , Liquida pursues Madriani, his daughter, and friends while they assist Joselyn Cole, a law ...more

San Diego lawyer Paul Madriani seems to draw trouble. Months ago, he was drawn into the hunt for a near-miss nuclear device at a naval base. The authorities weren't convinced Madriani wasn't involved and the time afterwards put him and his law practice into limbo as he was interviewed over and over again. He was finally exonerated, but not before the media got his name and his life became media hell with reporters staked out at his home and work. He was forced to suspend his law practice and liv
In the previous book, Paul Madriani's life took a strange turn. The legal thriller became a terrorist story. This was ok for a single outing, but there were loose ends and so this book also becomes a terrorist wants to kill you story. It builds off the previous book so read Guardian of Lies first. But do yourself a real favor and find one of the earlier courtroom books. Those are really quite good tales and we see the attorneys do their thing.

In Rule of Nine, Steve Martini seems to have hire a
A friend recommended Steve Martini as an excellent writer of legal suspense/drama surrounding a San Diego based attorney, Paul Madriani. However, this particular novel is 2nd in a counterterrorism suspense/thriller trilogy with political hues. And though it was a good, smooth-flowing clean read, it didn't have any of the highly praised legal/court drama I was hoping for. A bit bummed. Somewhat like ordering a Dr Pepper and getting a Coke instead. You might like both drinks equally, but if your t ...more
Victor Gentile
Steve Martini in his new book, “The Rule Of Nine” Book Eleven in the Paul Madriani series published by Harper gives us another adventure with Paul Madriani.

From the back cover: ‘Still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion at the naval base in Coronado, San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani now finds he’s been linked to the murder of a Washington, D.C., political staffer. Authorities believe the bloodthirsty assassin Liquida Muerte—aka “the Mexicutioner”—may be responsible, and t
Well, apparently part of a series, and not one a stand-alone. Well, it could be, but the constant references, then the teaser at the end which begins where this book leaves off.

I did get some great quotes, which pretty much sums up our current government. Parties don't matter, it's what they are doing, how they are twisting the original intent. Such as page 49:

"... For a century and a half the gov't had sucked taxpayers dry (although income tax was created in the early 1900's, and implemented of
Brandon Stec
I am a big fan of Paul Madriani and was really anticipating a thrilling story, but I'd have to say that this story dragged on. It didn't seem to reach the excitement that I was looking for out of Martini. A decent read and fascinating story, but just not as good as I thought it would be.
Harrison Farrugia
While I never had a huge interest in thriller crime novels, The Rule of Nine was definitely worth the read. It's exciting twists and turns had me wondering what would come next. The story is about Paul Madriani, a defense attorney from San Diego who find himself intertwined in the events of a murder on the other side of the country. The suspect is an assassin known as Liquida, who is now trying to get Madriani himself. Madriani must find and capture Liquida while fearing for his own life. As the ...more
Kathleen Celmins
In an effort to say something nice, this book made me seriously consider taking up a writing career.
Tess Mertens-Johnson
I enjoy Steve Martini's writing. By page three the action is taking off and it goes until the end.
San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. I LOVE Del Coronado Island and San Diego is one of my favorite cities, so as the characters moved through the area I knew exactly where they were.
Paul is threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California. He meets Jocely
Gail Cooke
American born voice actor Dan Woren is a versatile performer who has adroitly read everything from the Tortoise in Aesop's Fables to a large assortment of video games to countless audio books. With The Rule Of Nine he perfectly captures the drive, terror, and menace found in the character's voices. The result is super pleasurable listening to this frightening, all-too-possible scenario.

Every bit what we hoped it would be and more following NY Times bestseller Guardian Of Lies Steve Martini give
Gail Cooke
Every bit what we hoped it would be and more following NY Times bestseller Guardian Of Lies Steve Martini gives us another explosive thriller featuring California lawyer Paul Madriani. Now, how an attorney manages to get himself, family, and friends into such deadly situations is another story, but here he is fighting for his life on every page of THE RULE OF NINE.

No one wants to make an enemy of Liquida Muerte aka “the Mexicutioner,” a hired assassin who takes great pleasure in dispatching hi
Jun 30, 2010 Leo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Steve Martini, colege at law, does it again in this book not as a legal thriller but picking up from his last book "Guardian of Lies". He gracefully manuvers to bring in the Mexican killer, called Muerte Liquida into the book. Muerte Liquida has a grudge agains Madriani for foiling the previous nuclear attack attempt. The way Martini reels Paul Madriani into the plot is fascinating. They end up traveling to Puerto Rico where Mr. Thor is attaching an explosive device to an airplain with the inten ...more
Giovanni Gelati
I love Martini’s Paul Madriani novels. Each one was thoroughly enjoyed and I can say I look forward to each new installment with a great deal of anticipation. Martini’s cast of characters also includes Harry Hinds, Madriani’s law partner and Herman Diggs their investigator. The Rule of Nine picks up where Guardian of Lies ends. If you remember in the last installment of the series, our group of smart aleck characters foiled an attempted bombing of the nuclear nature on American soil in San Diego ...more
Quentin Stewart
This is my first experience read a Steve Martini book and will not be the last. He is one of those authors that I have always thought I would read if I got the chance and now I know I have missed some interesting reading. The Rule Of Nine is a political thriller with terrorists being hired to bring about change in the American government. It evidently picks up where his last Paul Madriani novel left off so I guess it has some of the same characters introduced in that book and maybe even before. ...more
Heath Tull

San Diego defense attorney Paul Madrani is still recovering from a near nuclear explosion in Coronado. He has been threatened to be quiet about the Coronado incident, scared for his life and his integrity he runs. He is being linked to a murder in Washington D.C, so a Mexican hit man known as the mexicutioner starts to track him, his employer, the Supreme Court, and his colleagues down. The book is mainly Paul trying to escape and the deep conspiracy that goes on as he uncovers new facts by ac
As with most political thrillers, this one is chock full of characters and a complex plot of twists and turns. This isn’t the first in the Paul Madriani series so I was a bit lost when it brought back characters from a previous book and repeatedly referenced a previous case and villain who is out for revenge. Once you have the characters and locales in place, the plot moves along swiftly as terrorists, foreign and domestic, attempt to execute a plan of huge consequences. Madriani has closed his ...more
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

Defense Attorney Paul Madriani goes from the frying pan into the fire. After the events in the last book, (which I didn't read) Madriani has to contend with a terrorist, a legendary Mexican hit man, and a mercenary who wants to bomb the capitol.

Very readable, though predictable as all get out.
Paul Madriani once again crosses paths with hired assassin Liquida Muerte (aka the Mexicutioner), (this name cracked me up). Liquida makes a clumsy attempt to implicate Madriani in the death of Jimmie Snyder, a 23-year-old congressional gofer. Meanwhile, a terrorist mastermind known only as Thorn, backed by unlimited funds, is plotting a horrific attack on the U.S. Madriani and his firm's investigator, Herman Diggs, pursue Thorn in order to locate Liquida. And Liquida, when not dispatching other ...more
Terry Barker
This story was just full of twists, and has two really, really evil characters. One is the mastermind, and the other is an assassin. The author hides the ultimate goal of the mastermind until close to the end of the story, and we’re at last able to figure out what the title refers to (no, I’m not telling).

The hero, San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani, has evidently already thwarted a terrorist plot involving a nuclear weapon in a previous novel–I guess I read this book out of sequence, beca
This is the sequel to Guardian Lies and continues the deadly threat of the Mexican executioner, Liquida, who is bent on revenge and is going to make Paul Madrini and Harry Hinds pay. Earlier Steve Martini books centered around courtrooms and legal issues which I liked much better than his more recent ventures into political/international terrorism plots. I think other authors including DeMille and Ludlum "do" terrorism better than Martini perhaps because their protagonists are cops or spies inst ...more
The author seems to have moved from the courtroom expertise he brought to his earlier Paul Madriani novels to the world of terrorism. Madriani is far less believable as a terrorist chaser than he is as an experienced defense attorney. Fortunately the well told story carries the book through murder attemps (by the Mexicutioner!) against Madriani, his daughter, their friend Herman, and Madriani's new love life. Jumping from San Diego to the Southwest, on to Puerto Rico, and ending in Washington D. ...more
Not my favorite in the Madriani series. Plodding in some places, and not enough details in other places.

The wrap-up seemed rushed to me.

Still, an interesting premise in terms of power dynamics in Washington.
Definitely entertaining and it would have made a great book if it hadn't been made to fit the main character that Martini has developed for years. This is the second time that he literally saves the US from chaos. There is only so much credibility will stretch
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