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A Farsa (Jonathon Ransom #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,220 Ratings  ·  457 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
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Paperback, 335 pages
Published 2008 by Sextante
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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
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Sarah
May 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noone
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
☘Misericordia☘  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈   ❂❤❣
An extremely convoluted plot detailing a number of misguided people simultaneously doing equally misguided stuff. It illustrates rather well my favourite of Pelevin's 'Миром правит не тайная ложа, а явная лажа' which means something like this: 'The world is governed not by covert lodge but rather by some overt fudge'.
Entertaining a lot.
Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Suzanne
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, espionage
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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.
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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
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Emily
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fiction
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
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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

Tony
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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
Sbfrazier
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
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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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