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The Cardinal Rule (The Strongbox Chronicles #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Somewhere in Italy, a powerful and secretive organization was creating an army of weaponized robots. The goal? To "persuade" the world that their vision of the future was the right one. And agent Alisha MacAleer had the job of infiltrating them while defending herself from a robot that had targeted "her." Worse, the mission and Alisha's life soon hinged on three choices th ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Silhouette Bombshell (first published December 1st 2005)
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Good vacation read. First in a series.

CIA Agent Alisha MacAleer's new assignment isn't going well. She's immediately "outed" and barely escapes with her life. Her ex-fiancee shows up and may or may not be one of the good guys. The double-agent Alisha is supposed to investigating is her handler's son and Alisha is not sure if her handler's loyalty is compromised, or which side his son is working for. The only thing Alisha is sure of is that she can't trust anyone.
Hali Sowle
Alisha, Ali or Leesh to her friends, is a covert operative for the CIA whose loyalties are unimpeachable. Her latest mission is to bring in, or terminate, her handlers brilliant, but estranged, son. But as she gets involved in the mission her old flame comes into the picture bringing back memories and anger and Brandon Parker, the "mission" isn't what he seems either. Things go from bad to worse and Alisha doesn't know who to trust, and more importantly who not to. A rocking action book that kep ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
The heroine is a CIA agent who throughout the novel isn't sure who she can trust. I swear this novel read like an action movie -- it should be made as one. Everything moves along pretty quickly and Alisha MacAleer is one tough butt-kicking chick who also displays a lot of human weakness through the story. There's no real romance in this novel, but there are a lot of flirtatious moments I hope develop into more throughout the series.

I loved it. Can't wait to read the next one in the series!
This is a very fun action packed spy novel. It's lacking a lot of the depth of something like a Dan Brown novel, but unlike his books it has character developement - and a lot of it. Of course there are so many more things I'd like to know, but the writing is strong and enjoyable. If you enjoyed Alias, you'll love this.
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This reminded me of Alias so much. I loved that TV show. I enjoyed this quick read just as much. The writing was tight and liked the main character. Alisha was pretty cool. The betrayals in this book were kind of a shock and painful.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Lots of action in this one. Not sure if/when I will read the others. I liked it, but not sure if I liked it enough to continue on....(I have too many books, so I'm picky)
Jami Leigh
This was just fun to read. I love her urban fantasy under CE Murphy, and glad this lived up to her other stuff. Reminded me of Covert Affairs, in a good way.
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