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Rules of Vengeance (Jonathon Ransom #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,716 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
New York Times Bestseller

Months after foiling an international terrorist attack, Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa.  His wife, Emma, desperate to escape the wrath of Division, the secret American intelligence agency she betrayed, has been in hiding. Both look forward to sharing a stolen weekend i
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ebook, 320 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Anchor
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Wanda
Mar 24, 2010 Wanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I "read" this on an extended road trip. He really enjoyed it. I was glad to have my knitting/needlework to keep me occupied. So, since he doesn't do Goodreads, I get to write my opinion of the book. This is the second of the Jonathan Ransom series and as others have said, it stands alone. One does not need to read the previous novel for this one to make sense.
People have compared Reich to Lee Child. I disagree. Lee Child creates characters one can really care about and crafts the
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Rob
Aug 24, 2009 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Christopher Reich's Rules of Deception, featuring Jonathan Ransom, working for Doctors Without Border in some very inhospitable and dangerous places on earth, and his wife, Emma Ransom, secret agent/assassin who used to work for an ultra-secret Defense intelligence agency called Division.
In the previous book, Jonathan and Emma were able to avert a Division plan to start a war between Israel and Iran. The plan was to blow up an El Al airliner and let Iran be blamed for the crime. Durin
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Cheryl
Aug 02, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rules of Vengeance is the sequel to Rules of Deception by author, Christopher Reich. Luckily this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I didn't find anything missing by having not read the first book. Mr. Reich did a very nice job incorporating events from the prior novel into this current one.

Dr. Jonathan Ransom's wife Emma has been missing for quite some time now. After her disappearance, Dr. Ransom was shocked to learn that the woman he thought was his wife all this time, has been using
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Jeffrey
Aug 12, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy and thriller fans
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Ben Campbell
Full of positional psyche-outs and painted with transitional plotting shout-outs, somthing like a Taratinoesque strangling. While I was reading rules of Vengeance, I said out loud "WOW", if there was one novel I didn't have to read every adjective, verb, noun, adverb, pronoun, conjunction and so forth, to enjoy the explosions, female assassin, sub-plotting, characterizations, antagonist and protagonist, this is that novel.

However, I'm enjoying reading this story - it's quite traditional. I've di
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TonyAlmeida
Aug 26, 2011 TonyAlmeida rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever loves espionage thrillers (but do not have high expectations)
No seguimento de "As Regras do Fingimento", o Dr. Jonathan Ramson volta a ser perseguido pela polícia devido às alhadas que têm origem numa outra missão que a sua mulher, Emma Ramson, agente secreto, está envolvida. Mais uma vez a polícia não acredita que o Ramson é apenas um médico dos Médicos Sem Fronteiras e corre pela vida para tentar provar que nada tem a ver os acontecimentos nefastos que se verificam no início da narrativa. Dejà vu? Nada disso, é apenas um remake do argumento base utiliza ...more
itpdx
Jan 24, 2010 itpdx rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Rules of Deception. It takes us into a deeper level of intrigue with Emma and Jonathan Ransom. It is not quite as satisfying as the previous book. Jonathan is less believable as a civilian who manages incredible feats of spying and survival. There are few incidents that just don't track. Reich leaves us set up for another book.

In this audio version narrated by Paul Michael, he hits most of the male characters dead on, but he uses a breathy voice for the female characters th
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KarenC
Aug 09, 2009 KarenC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies, suspense
I thought this was only ok. IMHO it needs to be read after Rules of Deception to make the most sense and for story continuity. I thought the main character was easily deceived, especially for a person with so much education; obviously not trained as a spy. Somehow he makes it through. Fast paced, but with some obvious poor choices and misses in terms of decisions and actions. If you can overlook some of its weaknesses the book can be an entertaining read.
Geoff
Jun 13, 2011 Geoff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
Warning: cliches abound in this book. And the 'over-simplify' method of explaining things, which Dan Brown cashed-in on, gets very old very fast when the explanation is dead-wrong.

The book never really feels like it has direction. The doctor's impossible escapes almost made me put down the book for good. I tried to get into the book, I really did try. I kept telling myself that it's just a popcorn, summer, airport or beach kind of book. It didn't make any difference. I finished but I think this
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Gerhard Greyvensteyn
Um, yes, loved the previous one - Rules of Deception. But here things are getting a bit out of hand. A whole lot of suspension of disbelief is called for. I will not read the third novel in the series.
Joyce
Nov 13, 2009 Joyce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into this book. Although the published reviews were excellent, I found the characters uninteresting and had to "force" myself to continue reading. Ultimately I did not finish the novel.
Marco Lazzarotto
Jun 11, 2012 Marco Lazzarotto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ruim. E olha que aceito qualquer coisa que tenha espionagem.
William
Dec 26, 2016 William rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AUDIO BOOK
only mystery was how did he publish such a disjointed book
Cactuskid
This was okay, it would have been better if I understood half of the places etc. since it all took place in Europe. I was lost on some of it. But the story line was pretty good.
Wayne
Mar 10, 2017 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whereas Rules of Vengeance was complex and confusing (but enjoyable), Rules of Vengeance is still complex but much more readable.
Dr. Jonathan Ransom is a Doctor working for Doctors Without Borders. Although he now believes his wife Emma was a spy for the CIA's super-secret DIVISION, he still believes in and loves her....he thinks. Since betraying the Division, she has disappeared. Jonathan seeks to find her and learn the truth; but an explosion occurs soon after they met up in London. Once agai
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Anna
Sep 19, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading Reich's first Ransom book, I resolved to not read any more. Should have kept my resolution - but I got hooked and then regretted it. Ransom's character is so naïve and at some point the plot just seemed to be a parody of itself.
Toni Osborne
Jan 07, 2010 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the Jonathan Ransom series

Like its prequel “Rules of Deception” this new addition to the series is a suspenseful thriller. We find all the espionage and intrigue that one would wish for in an exciting novel. The story is fast paced, filled with energetic and descriptive action and charismatic characters that have an overabundance of stamina. This novel is definitely intense, a real page-turner, an adrenaline rush.

The story picks up a few months after “Rules of Deception” ends. After a
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Mandy

Rules of Vengeance by Christopher Reich is the second book in a trilogy centered around the doctor turned fugitive, Jonathan Ransom. The novel plays out like a movie, moved along by Reich's descriptive and action-oriented relaying of events seemingly disparate but inextricably interwoven. As a plot to revitalize Russia and force the world's dependence on its vast oil reserves is gradually uncovered, and as the motivations of central characters become clear, authorities must refocus their energie
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Morris
Sep 25, 2009 Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fresh, after working to foil an attack on a commercial flight, Dr. Jonathan Ransom travels to London for a medical conference. An impromptu meeting brings him together with his secret agent wife, Emma Ransom. Instead of a happy vacation, Jonathan witnesses Emma set off a car bomb in an attempt to assassinate Igor Ivanov, the Russian Interior Minister. Emma disappears and Jonathan is held responsible for the bombing.

Inspector Kate Ford believes Jonathan is guilty and is assisted by MI-5 agent Col
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Donura
Jun 16, 2009 Donura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5

As I finished reading the ARC of, Rules of Deception last summer I felt that the door had been left open for a sequel with Dr. Jonathan Ransom. (See my review of that book below.) So when I saw the announcement of the upcoming release in August 2009 of Rules of Vengeance, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thank you, Mr. Reich, for not disappointing me on several counts. First of all, Dr. Jonathan Ransom and his wife Emma do return, and the level of intrigue and suspense ta
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Mike
Jun 30, 2009 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book (the follow-up to Rules of Deception) through Goodreads' "First Reads" contest.

It's a fairly standard run-of-the-mill spy thriller that starts out strong and fades into absurdity in the final third of the book. I had a similar complaint about the first book in this series, and think the biggest problem with both books is that the hero - Jonathan Ransom - just isn't all that interesting.

He's supposed to be a do-gooder doctor thrown into situations outside his depth, yet in e
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Kai Palchikoff
A riveting sequel to the 'New York Times' bestseller 'Rules of Deception' that confirms Christopher Reich as the master of the espionage thriller. Months after foiling an attack on a commercial jetliner, Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa while his wife, Emma, desperate to escape the wrath of Division, the secret American intelligence agency she betrayed, has vanished into the netherworld of international espionage. Bot ...more
Jim
Jan 30, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Christopher Reich may just have become one of my favorite writers of the mystery-thriller. This novel keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat, anxious to turn the next page to find out what is happening next.

Jonathan Ransom is a doctor working with Doctors Without Borders in a remote village in Africa. His wife, Emma Ransom, is an agent of the "Division," a top secret organization of the U.S. Department of Defense, tasked with performing "black ops" for the U.S. Government. Or rath
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Sonia Cristina
Jul 28, 2012 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acabei agora mesmo o segundo volume, que esteve ao nível do volume anterior, ou seja, muito bom.

Jonathan Ransom está em Londres para participar numa conferência médica e encontra-se com Emma, a sua mulher que anda nas suas andanças pelo mundo da espionagem internacional. Jonathan é arrastado para uma explosão terrorista a um diplomata estrangeiro, em que a esposa esteve envolvida, e perseguido pelas autoridades policiais.

Tive imensa pena que Marcus von Daniken não aparecesse neste livro. Sei lá
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James
Jan 02, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reich is one of my favorite suspense authors and again he didn't disappoint me. The book itself was hard to put down, with non stop excitement and lots of twists and turns. My only issue is that given that this is the second Ransom book it appears Reich is moving away from his root. He was one known as the "Grisham of Finance Novels" with nearly all of his books having something to do with the something related to finance, financial markets, swiss banks, etc. Now he is wring international espion ...more
Megan
Jun 30, 2009 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Cate
Sep 27, 2014 Cate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Months after the events in the first in this series, Rules of Deception, Dr. Jonathan Ransom has been laying low on assignment in the far corners of Africa for Doctors without Borders. Accepting an invitation to speak at a prestigious conference in London, Ransom hopes he might have the opportunity to rendezvous with his estranged lover.

Following a brief and ultimately unsatisfying meeting with her, however, Ransom in drawn in to a web of intrigue following a devastating terrorist attack in the
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Paula Mcclement
Aug 10, 2009 Paula Mcclement rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by author Christopher Reich and I really enjoyed it. Dr. Jonathan Ransom is a surgeon who works for Doctors Without Borders. When he travels to London to attend a medical conference he meets up with his missing wife, Emma who is actually a spy working for an organization named Division. Jonathan becomes a suspect in an International bombing that was carried out by his wife. He escapes authorities and sets out to track down his once again missing wife and to prov ...more
Valerie
May 15, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Jonathan Ransom is no ordinary doctor. He works in Africa for Doctors Without Borders and is generally regarded as a gifted surgeon committed to helping the most needy. However, there is even more to Dr. Ransom than first appears, for his missing wife, Emma, is an international spy. When Dr. Ransom travels to London for a medical conference, he encounters Emma again with disastrous results. Becoming the prime suspect for an international act of terrorism, Dr. Ransom is racing against the clo ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Aug 28, 2015 Mr. Gottshalk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it's great to read a fast-paced book that's a rollicking page-turner. This was one of those books. I thought about giving it 3 stars, but rounded up to 4 because the book was written just well enough to keep my attention and it was entertaining. If I had one complaint, it actually would be that there was so much action and side-plotting that I never really understood the full motivations or the emotional pieces of the main characters. It's a little hard to believe that your wife could ...more
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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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