Rules of Deception
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 ...more
Entertaining a lot.
It was at this time that he became aware of a flaw in his character. The flaw derived from his almost unnatural strength and his (all too natural) rebellious ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
I met Christopher Reich at a book signing for his newest book “The Take” (which I loved and previously reviewed). I admitted to him that I had not read any of his previous books; to which he replied i ...more
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 ...more
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.
This is one exciting ride! I have the paperback version which is 548 pages. Knocked it out in two days. Yes, it’s that good.
Dr. Johnathan Ransom, interesting last name, goes on a hike with his bride, Emma. The weather takes a turn for the worse. They have one escape path open and despite its severe gradient take-off at break-neck speed to get out of the closing in blizzard. Emma misses a turn and appears to have broken her leg. Knowing he can’t take her down the mountain by himself he makes h ...more
AUTHOR: Christopher Reich
This was the first book by Christopher Reich that I read, and to be honest, I did not know what to expect. A friend has recommended it to me. Far be it for me to ignore a recommendation. Especially since, at the time, I was in a reading slump.
This book killed the slump!
From the first word, I was hooked and with each page the tension would go up a notch until it became “un-put-downable”. We are talking serious writing chop ...more
Ransom is a doctor (Doctors Without Borders) who is attacked picking up packages for his dead wife who may have had another identity. He investigates why. Along the way he is being chased for multiple murders. He bumbles around in his amateurish fashion and mana ...more