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Rules of Betrayal (Jonathon Ransom #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,956 Ratings  ·  186 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
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Anchor (first published July 13th 2010)
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Mike French
Dec 08, 2015 Mike French 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!
Gaby
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
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Gail Cooke
Jul 25, 2010 Gail Cooke 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
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Cindy
Dec 26, 2016 Cindy 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.
Judy
Aug 15, 2014 Judy 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
William
Dec 05, 2016 William 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"
Jennifer
Aug 31, 2014 Jennifer 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 Joy Wilson 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
Jan
May 30, 2017 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast, paced story. Makes me want book #4.
Wayne
Mar 14, 2017 Wayne 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
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Lisarenee
Jul 20, 2011 Lisarenee 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
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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
Blue
Sep 05, 2010 Blue 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
Cheryl
Jul 20, 2010 Cheryl 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
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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
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Toni Osborne
Sep 02, 2011 Toni Osborne 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
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drey
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
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William Blackwell
May 17, 2012 William Blackwell 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
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Sarah Contos
May 12, 2011 Sarah Contos rated it liked it
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
KarenC
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
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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
Terri
May 13, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
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Chris McGrath
May 13, 2011 Chris McGrath rated it liked it
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
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April
Sep 01, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cate
Sep 27, 2014 Cate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
The third installment in Reich's Dr. Jonathan Ransom trilogy breaks significantly from the previous two--after stumbling into a terrorist lair in the mountains of Afghanistan, where he has set up shop as an itinerant doctor unconnected even from Doctors without Borders, Ransom is pulled in to the highest levels of U.S. intelligence. Recruited and trained as a spy for a specific mission, Ransom comes face to face with the woman who betrayed him, and who he believes to be a mass murderer.

This ent
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Sonia Cristina
Jun 02, 2013 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lee
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
Jon
Apr 28, 2011 Jon rated it liked it
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
Pauline
May 16, 2011 Pauline rated it really liked it
Won this book as a Freereads.

First off, this is the first book that I have read in the the Ransom series so I had no clue about Ransom's past and his wife. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book. Johnathan Ransom is a great character and I love the fact that he is a doctor. I think Christopher Reich has created a great character that people will genuinely love. This book is packed with action, espionage and all that good stuff it was an extremely entertaining read. I'm slightly surprised that
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Jim
May 13, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it


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
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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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