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A Farsa (Jonathon Ransom #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,387 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Durante uma escalada nos Alpes suíços, o cirurgião Jonathan Ransom e sua bela esposa, Emma, são surpreendidos por uma avalanche. Na tentativa de buscar abrigo contra uma tempestade iminente, ela fratura a perna, cai em uma greta e morre.
Vinte e quatro horas depois, Jonathan recebe um misterioso envelope endereçado à mulher contendo dois recibos de bagagem de uma longínqua
Paperback, 335 pages
Published January 1st 2009 (first published 2008)
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Doug Bradshaw
I enjoyed reading this book and read it fairly quickly. However. I decided to give it three stars instead of four because even though it kept me going and entertained, I felt it was a bit too contrived. Here are some of my observations:

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
You should probably never read fiction based on your job. It annoys you when they get things wrong and it distracts you from the plot - making you wonder what else the author got wrong. I'm only half way through - thumbing through it listlessly before bed every night. It is very Dan Brown - esque; right down to the useless facts thrown in there that are supposed to explain sentences that the author just said - and given my understanding of all the errors that he made with MSF, I REALLY don't tru ...more
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Reich is one of those authors whom I feel I discovered all on my own. More than ten years ago, when he was making the rounds plugging his debut book, Numbered Account, I saw him on one of the morning shows and was immediately interested in him. He had an investment banking background and had lived for quite awhile in Switzerland where he got the inspriration for that first book he wrote. After Numbered Account, there came The Runner....a book that proved he was no flash in the pan. Here was the ...more
Having given this author's first novel only two stars as well, I think I'm probably done, even though I wanted to like his work.

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
Andreea Daia
******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise.

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
Enjoyable spy thriller set in the towns and mountains of Switzerland, with a few diversions to Washington and the Middle East. As an accidental spy, Jonathon Ransom, makes a few far-fetched escapes as he evades law enforcement as well as a team of professional agents working for a shadowy organisation as he struggles to uncover the mystery of his wife's double life. Sufficiently fast paced that you don't really notice all the plot-holes til you review the whole conspiracy at the denouement. Some ...more
Toni Osborne
Jonathan Ransom, book1

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
I received “Rules of Deception” by Christopher Reich as a giveaway copy. It is an espionage thriller, filled with fast action, fast cars and international intrigue. It is a high action adventure whose main character Dr. Johnathan Ransom, is a surgeon with‘’Doctors Without Borders whose wife Emma is killed during a freak accident during a skiing trip in the Swiss Alps. This is a book with twists and turns and although it is a bit longer than I would have liked, it was a bit difficult to keep the ...more
Sonia Cristina
Depois da morte da sua mulher, Emma, Jonathan Ransom, médico dos Médicos sem Fronteiras, descobre que ela levava uma vida dupla, como agente secreta ou espia e é arrastado numa corrente de acontecimentos que o levam a tentar conhecer melhor a mulher e também o levam numa espécie de missão para evitar um ataque terrorista a um avião comercial, em Zurique.

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
Reich, Christopher. RULES OF DECEPTION. (2008). ****. This thriller has gotten rave reviews from scads of critics, and I think it is Reich’s best book to date. It is still formulaic and is a good source of seafood – especially red herrings. The protagonist is Dr. Jonathan Ransom, a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders. He is an enthusiastic mountaineer in his off time, and is enjoying a vacation in Switzerland with his wife after being transferred there from a working stint in Africa. He and his ...more
Clark Zlotchew
Christopher Reich, in Rules of Deception, outdoes himself. The action of this espionage/thriller starts on the very first page. The reader has no choice but to keep following the action. All the action is set in Switzerland, but has ramification around the world. There are, in addition to exciting action, very complicated connections between characters, and more twists and turns than a labyrinth. It is fascinating the way in which Reich leads you to believe that character X is a "good guy" only ...more
Jonathan is on top of the world; at least by most lights that would appear to be the case. As a handsome, young doctor working for Doctors Without Boarders he leads an adventuresome life in exotic locals; has a beautiful, talented and dedicated young wife and a reputation as an experienced and accomplished mountain climber. As the adventure begins he is standing on a peak in the snow covered Swiss Alps, not quite at the top of the world but close enough. Then fate changes everything; a mistimed ...more
I ride the bus a lot, and I label "bus books." Books that are easy to read and don't take a lot of concentration. Rules of deception is an excellent "bus book." It is a spy thriller with plenty of plot twists and turns, some of which you don't see coming. It is incredibly face paced, and hard to put put down. Reich has done some monumental research which makes the story seem real, and the terrorist threats to our security scary. My major complaints are with the prose, which at times seems lazy a ...more
A departure from Reich's ususal financial world plots, although he doesn't stray from the spies. Dr. Ransom miraculously escapes some life threatening situations to create a novel with breathless highs and boring lows. A confusing cast of characters and some unlikely plot connections move the book along. Reich leaves the plot open for a sequel, which at this late date, we know was written & published; be sure to read this title first. An entertaining read, but Reich is no threat to a well-wr ...more
Reich has created a very Ludlum-esque story with a "fish-out-of-water" theme....A heroic "Doctors Without Borders" physician is trying to determine why people are out to kill him after the tragic death of his wife while mountaineering...he soon discovers his wife may not have been who he thought she with the other Reich novels the hero is dealing with another sub-rosa government operation that endangers world peace...kind of an enduring theme I've noticed as I wend my way through some o ...more
When I started reading "Rules of Deception", I was immediately hooked. I wanted to know where the story was going to go and it felt like I was in for a great ride. Dr Johnathan Ransom is devastated when his wife is killed in a tragic skiing accident. However that evening he receives baggage checks in an envelope addressed to her, which leads him to a bag than contains another woman's clothing, the keys to a luxury Mercedes, an enormous wad of cash and a passport in an unfamiliar name but with hi ...more
I think I am finally clear on who was working for who and what each group was trying to accomplish. I think. I'm not 100% sure, but it was definitely a fun ride. The book is absolutely preposterous, of course, but that's what makes it fun. It's all spy vs spy, trust nobody, double blinds and secret identities. I can't help myself, by the last third of the book, I was carrying it around all evening reading in every free moment because I had to know how it ended.
Bookmarks Magazine

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

I won this book from first reads from goodreads. For a really thick book this was a really quick read. Full of action, suspense and of course deception. It was about secret agents, government officials, terroists, bombs...action on every page. you will not be able to put the book down. I am looking forward to reading book #2 Rules of Vengeance in the near future.
great espionage thriller! many plot twists.... some obvious, some not. A little complicated to follow the different characters in the begining, but that all smooths out towards the middle.
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.
Kai Palchikoff
New York TimesBestseller 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 attacked by the Swiss police. Suddenly forced on the run, Jonathan's only chance at survival lies in uncovering the devastati ...more
Patrick Gibson
An entertaining if fanciful espionage thriller.

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
*won in a goodreads giveaway*

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
Rules? We have no stinking rules in this thriller. Throw out any player’s rule book or any company’s policy manual. Anything that seems normal…isn’t.

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
Kevin Allmaras
I had this book sitting around for awhile and kept putting off reading it. I don't know why. Glad I read it. The story line is one of my favorites. Either battling inter CIA/FBI agencies or military contractors battling for dollars and control. Jonathon Ransom a Doctor for doctors without borders loses his wife in a crevasse in the Swiss Alps. Switzerland is where most of the story is staged. When Johnathon receives two ticket stubs for luggage for his wife he becomes curious. As he looks into t ...more
This book was very hard for me to follow. I thought it would be so suspenseful that I wouldn't be able to put it down, but because each chapter was about a different character and there were so many different FBI, CIA, policemen, heads of state or country, etc I couldn't remember who was who for the first half of the book. It also didn't help that I (forgive me here) do not know a lot about the politics involved on the war on terror (or whatever it is Obama changed its name to now) and in the mi ...more
Authors and critics have been coming out of the woodwork to praise the latest effort of Christopher Reich, comparing him with the literary greats of the spy novel business: Ludlum, Le Carre, Follett, and others. Then there’s the hype the novel has drawn, shooting up to best seller status. Finally, there is the International Thriller Writers Award from 2006. Are all of these accolades warranted for Reich’s latest techno-thriller, "Rules of Deception"? In a word, “yes.”

There are so many things tha
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I struggled to finish listening to this was so improbable and almost ridiculous in its "convolutedness".

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
CJ Bowen
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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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