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Rules of Betrayal (Jonathon Ransom #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,092 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by Arrow (first published July 13th 2010)
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Mike French
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non-stop action from start to finish! Liked it better the first two books of the series,which I really enjoyed.If you enjoy action packed thrillers,this a book you will enjoy!
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
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Christine Bishop
Incredible Read: You Won't Fall Asleep Reading This!!!

Normally I don't read books dealing with war, spies, the military, terrorism, but it was highly rated so I read a Kindle sample and couldn't stop. So many plots, weaving together and crisscrossing each other. It was wonderful and thrilling. Christopher Reich is extremely talented! Can hardly wait to read more of his work!!
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading - forgot to rate.... it's the holidays! Coalesced plot and sympathetic characters (though it takes awhile for both). Sex scene is a bit graphic (a warming for those more modest — I use fast forward). Well narrated and recommended.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I miss read my friend Tim Wolf's warning about which to read first and read #3 in the series first thinking that it was a prequel. wrong
audio book with a story that I would only give 3 stars but added 1 star for the adroit narration of the fabulous actor Paul Michael.
I will now start at the beginning with "Rules of Deception"
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joy Wilson
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent example in the spy thriller genre. I loved this series and I love both Emma and Jonathan. This is tentatively the end of the Ransom series although the ending leaves a lot of loose ends, so I believe we will be hearing more of Connor, Jonathon, and Emma. If luck has it, we will also be treated to more of Danni. As usual, the second book leaves everyone in a bad place. Jonathan doesn't know who to trust and is trying to do what is best for himself and his country. Emma is rogue, but ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the third installment in the "Rules of..." series the story is more than a bit formulaic, but then which series does not fall prey to that at some point. The writing is, however, excellent, and Reich keeps the story churning. For myself, a few wishes for #4 (and please do let there be a #4!) ...

* Jonathan stops protesting and acknowledges who he has become.
* less Emma, especially less of the push-me-pull-you between E and J
* more Danni
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the characters. The plot was OK.
Robert Dunn
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Lots of action and easy to read. I enjoyed the trilogy. The end suggests there might be more books in the series. Is so, I look forward to them.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, especially if you've read books #1 & #2.
Randy R
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books keep getting better!
Jerry King
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fast paced spy novel!
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reich is a superb thriller author. His caste of characters is a great conglomeration of heroes and villains. I am ready for more of the series ASAP.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast, paced story. Makes me want book #4.
Maryellen Walter
Best of the trilogy. Exciting story of how Jonathan Ransom with the help of his wife Emma and Israeli agent Danni track a nuclear warhead. This is a page-turner and hope there are more to come.
Stephen Lippman
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced thriller ala Tom Clancy.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Jonathan Ransom story. Well-written with well defined characters. Enough twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of his seat.
Jonathan has been a pawn used by his wife and his government for a long time. His wife, Emma, is an enigmatic character who has been a spy for Russia, then the US Govt.....all unbeknownst to her husband, Jonathan, who until the 2nd novel was a doctor for Doctors Without Borders. It is a mystery to me how this kind man stays with this woman who has
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karthik Parthasarathy
I had already read one of this author's books and it was a banking thriller with the backdrop of a bank and some financial frauds. I liked the book and when I saw this book from sane author with a different backdrop, the interest levels increased.

Plot: Deep inside Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Dr Jonathan Ransom is answering his call of duty by working as a doctor in less privileged areas as a part of an organization called Doctors without borders. His wife, Emma Ransom, is a ruthless double a
Toni Osborne
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
William Blackwell
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sarah Contos
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo. In 1965 his family moved to Los Angeles. He attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas and worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to become an author. His novel The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Novel in 2006. He lives in Encinitas, California.
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