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Rules of Betrayal (Jonathon Ransom #3)

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The most riveting novel yet in Christopher Reich’s New York Times bestselling series—featuring Dr. Jonathan Ransom and his undercover-agent wife Emma, a dangerous woman with a mysterious past who has gone rogue in the high-stakes, serpentine world of international spies.

In 1980, a secret American B-52 crashes high in a remote mountain range on the Pakistan–Afghanistan bor
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Anchor (first published October 1st 2009)
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Rules of Betrayal had me wondering how much of this was based on what really went on. There were plenty of elaborate and seemingly crazy spy moments, but somehow the amount of detail and the strange twists seemed like they must have been based on careful research.

The book reads as though it could easily be transformed into a high octane movie -- the sort that I'd try to catch on opening weekend. As the skilled surgeon Jonathan Ransom is trying to atone for the violence during his marriage to se
Gail Cooke

As has been said some guys have all the luck – it was just a few years ago that stage, screen, and television actor Paul Michael was asked to narrate a book – the title? The Da Vinci Code. No one could have guessed that that title would remain on the bestseller list for over two years and Michael's narrative would be heard by countless numbers throughout the world Needless to say this actor has had very little free time since then.

While Michael has been seen in a number of British sitcoms, his
Christopher Reich writes an involved mystery/spy novel. It is set in modern circumstances, that is, it doesn't deal with Cold War politics. In this third novel with Dr. Jonathan Ransom, he is the main protagonist. I liked the book better than the first two, and I think it is because Jonathan is a more like-able character than Emma, his wife. Because he is a a doctor, Jonathan becomes involved in extremists in Afghanistan and an arms dealer from India. I've listened to the audio version of these ...more
No. 3 in the Jonathan Ransom series. I really enjoyed this. Jonathan is recruited as a spy, totally unbelievable but action packed. It's also been left open for another book in the series. I hope the author decides to write another one.
I haven't read the two proceeding novels concerning the character of Jonathan Ransom but this one made me wish I had. Jonathan is a doctor working in Afghanistan. He is married to Emma who is a spy and assassin working either for the Americans or the Russians. No one seems to be able to figure her out. She has used his position in Doctors Without Borders for her advantage and left him in limbo. He is captured by a terrorist and things go downhill from there. It has some of the usual twists of th ...more
Dr. Jonathan Ransom gets inducted into the super secret spy group that his wife Emma is part of. Does he really know what he is getting into, here? Jonathan has signed on to find his possibly dead, possibly double agent estranged wife, Emma. I really liked this installment of the "Reich's Rules" series. To me, Jonathan has FINALLY grown up and is a fantastic character! Unfortunately, this was a 'book-book' being totally a Kindlized Kid, I only picked this up between other books, although it ...more
Rob Smith
'Rules of Betrayal' is the most complex in story layers I've read in the espionage genre. Reich does an excellent job in plotting the various aspects and angles of the story. All to later converge in one way or another to a very satisfying end. Unlike many espionage books that, to me, end too quickly, this novel wraps up most of hte plot lines and gives site to the future of all of the characters.

A serious drawback is the most convenient arrival of certain characters in the nick of time. Seems
Toni Osborne
Book 3, in the Jonathan Ransom series

In 'Rules of Betrayal', Jonathan is called to action by the same U.S. military team that trained his wife Emma to be a deadly operative in the espionage game. This time, however, Jonathan has a very short time to learn the ropes and rules of survival before he is placed in a precarious, life-threatening situation.

The story opens with Jonathan in Afghanistan continuing his work on his own without the assistance of Doctors without borders. When his assistant be
Sarah Contos
Aug 15, 2011 Sarah Contos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: Goodreads Firstreads
Shelves: first-reads
I was thoroughly surprised! I entered the contest for a free copy because it was about a doctor and, being a nurse, I'm interested to see how people try to maintain realism when writing fiction about surgeries or illness. I used to watch Gray's Anatomy until I finally admitted the scenarios were too far-fetched to ever happen to one hospital or one group of people. But it was still entertaining and I appreciated that whoever consulted on the show always got the little bits right, for the most pa ...more
Cheryl "Mash"
Rules Of Betrayal by Christopher Reich
Published by Doubleday
ISBN 978-0-385-53154-2
At the request of Doubleday, a HC was sent, at no cost to me for my personal opinion
Synopsis (from book's jacket): In 1980 an American B-52 bomber transporting a top-secret weapon crashes high on the peaks of a remote mountain range on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Nearly thirty years later, deep in the unforgiving, Taliban-controlled Lashkar Province of Afghanistan, Dr. Jonathan Ransom is making amends for the
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich is a suspense novel of international intrigue. This is the third novel by Reich featuring Dr. Jonathan Ransom and his undercover-agent wife Emma. In this novel Dr. Jonathan Ransom is in Afghanistan providing medical care when he gets caught in a raid that turns into a firefight. This eventually leads to Jonathan becoming involved with Division, a secret U.S. government agency, and participating in one of their secret missions that involves recovering a once ...more
Lady Bren
The third book, and latest book, in his Jonathan Ransom series. Like the previous two books Christopher Reich creates characters that feel real they are just in unbelievable situations, makes me think of the Mission Impossible franchises and a movie I'd want to see on the big screen. This time we find Jonathan in Afghanistan wanting to escape any connection to his spy of a wife, Emma, and the association she works for. However Division always finds a way to pull Jonathan into their plans. It hel ...more
I wonder how it is that I've never read Christopher Reich before. Especially since I picked up Rules of Betrayal, whilst half-awake due to lack of sleep because my son's been up coughing for the last 4 nights, just to read a few chapters before I took a quick nap so I could get through the rest of the evening. And I could NOT put it down. So, thanks, Christopher--I'm now even more sleep-deprived than I was a few hours ago (no, I never made it to the nap).

In Rules of Betrayal, Jonathan Ransom is
An engaging spy thriller in the tradition of Robert Ludlum. Third in a series of novels about Jonathan Ransom, a doctor traveling to countries in desperate need of medical help, and his wife Emma Ransom, a professional spy and double agent. Jonathan has been pulled into each spy adventure reluctantly to help extricate Emma from some dangerous situation. It helps to have read the previous two novels about this pair to fully understand Emma's position.
This novel has a contemporary plot set in Paki
Have I been riding a virtual roller coaster for a few days? My hands are sweaty, my eyes and forehead are tense, my feet are sore from running, my breathing is labored and my stomach is rolling like I'm seasick. Really, I've not been on a roller coaster. I've just been sitting, walking, standing while reading CHRISTOPHER REICH'S RULES OF BETRAYAL. I have two thoughts in my head after finishing this wonderful book. I'm safe on American ground in my home. Secondly, I must read all of Christopher's ...more
Notes: I won this book via the Goodreads First Reads program. This book contains violence.

The life of a spy is not an easy one. There is no fame for the sacrifices you make. You know that if your cover is blown there is a good chance you won't live to see another day. What you do is for the good of the person or country you are working for, and if it comes down to you or the task your set before you, you are the expendable one. So while you need to have some degree of trust for the ones you wor
RULES OF BETRAYAL by Christopher Reich is a suspense/thriller set in modern day Afghanistan and USA. It is the third in the Jonathan Ransom series but can easily be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth, details, twists and turns. It has suspense, international espionage, adventure, betrayal, complex, high tech terrorist plot and suprising climax. The characters are complex, intelligent, strong, devoted, one is an assasin, the other a Doctor. The secondary characters are just as c ...more
Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich is a book in the Jonathan and Emma Ransom series of thrillers. Emma Ransom works as a spy for Division, one of America's secret intelligence agencies. She's also a double agent, which puts her doctor husband Jonathan in many precarious situations.

In Rules of Betrayal, Emma and Jonathan are no longer speaking. Their marriage is on the rocks after Jonathan found out that the whole marriage had been a setup for Emma to have a better cover traveling with him w
William Blackwell

Although the genre of espionage thriller is not something generic to my list of favorite genres, it was a compelling and entertaining deviation from the norm.

Jonathan Ransom, a doctor saving lives in war-torn middle-east to ease a guilty conscience, learns his wife, Emma Ranson, is actually a double agent for both the Russians and an American spy agency, headed by veteran Frank Conner, a picture of failing health but a man with a sharp mind for covert intelligence operations. Jonathan also disco
Gunner McGrath
Jun 02, 2011 Gunner McGrath rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Tom Clancy
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
A fun, fast-paced spy novel about the training of a new operative who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist's compound and retrieving information about a WMD. Although this is the 3rd book featuring Jonathan and Emma Ransom, it is the first that I've read and had no problem understanding the context. In fact, it reads so much like an introductory novel that it seems the series may really start in earnest here.

It was a quick and enjoyable read, though I will say that suspension of disbelief is
Sonia Cristina
Felizmente, esta trilogia terminou como começou, não 5 estrelas mas 4 seguramente. Gostei muito também deste terceiro volume que nem terminou tão mal como eu já estava preparada que fosse.

Desta vez, Jonatham está no Paquistão, na sua vida a prestar cuidados médicos aos habitantes de uma pequena localidade, quando é interrompido. Entre terroristas paquistaneses e espiões americanos (e não só), Jonatham depara-se com outra missão de alto risco, para salvar o seu país de uma catástrofe.

Tive pena qu
Een heerlijke thriller, echt een superspannend en toch realistisch verhaal. Oké, hier en daar een beetje over the top, bijvoorbeeld als Jonathan - die notabene arts is - in een handomdraai een paar kerels die hem bedreigen omlegt - maar de schrijver komt daar (wat mij betreft) dan toch weer mee weg doordat hij het allemaal zo knap weet te verpakken. Ik vond de sfeer goed getroffen en Zwitserland leent zich prima als setting voor zo'n spannend verhaal.
I don't remember the last book that was so bad I couldn't even finish it. I hardly passed more than half of the book, nothing significant happened; the action seemed forced and unrealistic, the characters blunt and boring. Turning the pages was a struggle I had not anticipated; the genre of this book fooled me to think it would be a good one. Glad I got a free copy and didn't pay anything for it, but honestly printing that on a paperback has been enough of a waste. So disappointing.
This book opens with Jonathan Ransom once again being drawn into Divisions orbit. Working in Afghanistan helping out the local tribes he is kidnapped and forced to perform surgery on a Taliban warlord. Much to his surprise his interpreter and guide kills the warlord. Escaping by the skin of his teeth he earns the wrath of the warlord’s family. Meanwhile his wife is involved in an arms deal which goes bad when they realize she has set them up to be killed. Tortured and left for dead in the desert ...more
Wilde Sky
A doctor working in Afghanistan (who happens to be married to a spy) gets involved in the search for a missing nuclear missile.

I found this book had a fast pace and was a real page turner even though the characters and plot are totally unbelievable.

If you enjoy fast paced action thrillers and don’t mind crazy plots then this is worth a read.

My real rating is 3.5.
I have renewed my reading after a little sojourn, was about halfway through this book when I put it down for a few months, the first half I remembered somewhat, enough to resume. At any rate, this is a pretty good series, not anything spectacular. Thought the first book was the best and the third ended up being a more relative books to what is going on in the middle east. So from that perspective, I enjoyed it. Jonathan Ransom was a little more vulnerable in this so it made it a little more real ...more
Debbie Smith
After being notified that I was a first reads winner of Christopher Reich's "Rules of Betrayal" I was very anxious for it to arrive in the mail. I love reading novels filled with international espionage, intrigue, and plenty of plot twists and turns and this book did not diappoint. The action begins early and is nearly non-stop throughout the entire novel. The protagonist, Dr. Jonathan Ransom, is the kind of character you can't help cheering for and feeling connected to, thus making each perilou ...more
Dan Donovan
Great fast paced thriller

Well written and as usual predictable but still quite entertaining. Found myself enjoying the storyline more than I expected to even though it was not anything new. Author gives his heroes some personality.

In “Rules Of Betrayal,” Christopher Reich has constructed a first rate thriller with plenty of intrigue. As the story opens the action follows Jonathan Ransom, a surgeon who is working with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. Dr. Ransom is kidnapped by a local warlord and then things start to get scary . . . By the concluding pages he ends up racing to stop an Islamic terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear bomb in New York City. Along the way, he is recruited by an American intelligence agency
Shonna Froebel
This is the third book in the series featuring Dr. Jonathan Ranson and his wife Emma. In this one Jonathan is no longer with Doctors without Borders, but is on his own in Afghanistan, working as a freelance travelling doctor with an Afghani assistant. He hasn't seen Emma since their adventures in London months before.
After Jonathan barely survives an encounter with an Afghan warlord, and Emma is betrayed and tortured, Jonathan is contacted by Emma's superior, Frank Conner, head of Division. He i
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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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