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3.00104657247514 out of 53.00104657247514 out of 53.00104657247514 out of 53.00104657247514 out of 53.00104657247514 out of 5 3.00 (1,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Reich Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780739358016
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Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse. 

Twenty-four hours later, Jonathan receives an envelope addressed to his wife containing two baggage-claim tickets. Puzzled, he journeys to a remote railway station only to find himself in a life-and-death struggle for his wife’s possessions. In the aftermath of the assault, he discovers that his attackers—one dead, the other mortally wounded—were, in fact, Swiss police officers. More frightening still is evidence of an extraordinary act of betrayal that leaves Jonathan stunned. 

Suddenly the subject of an international manhunt and the target of a master assassin, Jonathan is forced on the run. His only chance at survival lies in uncovering the devastating truth behind the secret his wife kept from him and in stopping the terrifying conspiracy that threatens to bring the world to the brink of annihilation. Step by step, he is drawn deeper into a world of spies, high-tech weaponry, and global terrorism—a world where no one is whom they appear to be and where the end always justifies the means. 

Rules of Deception is a brilliantly conceived, twisting tale of intrigue and deceit written by the master of the espionage thriller for the twenty-first century.

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  • New York Times bestsellers praise Christopher Reich’s Rules of Deception
  • Never has a plane ride gone by so quickly! Rules of Deception was such a thrilling and compelling read that I spent the whole flight anxiously turning the pages, breathless to find out how it ended. Full of stunning twists and turns, packed with suspense, this is everything a great thriller should be. Tess Gerritsen
  • Rules of Deception packs a wallop. Christopher Reich is at the top of his game. David Baldacci
  • Rules of Deception is an ingenious thriller set credibly in the shadowy world of international espionage. This one has it all: well-drawn characters, wonderful writing, exotic settings, and a high-tech terrorist plot that will keep you breathlessly racing along right through its electrifying climax. Nelson DeMille
  • There's a reason why Christopher Reich is a superstar writer. You'll find it on page one of this book. And page two. And page three . . . and all the way to the vivid end of this great new thriller. Lee Child
  • Rules of Deception is pure suspense—an ingenious spy thriller for the new millennium. Linda Fairstein
  • Rules of Deception delivers pure suspense, intrigue, and adventure from its first page to its last. Christopher Reich is the master of the espionage thriller for the twenty-first century. Clive Cussler
  • Fast-paced and intriguing, Rules of Deception is a great international thriller full of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the very end. A very enjoyable read. Kate Mosse
  • Once again, Chris Reich is firing on all cylinders. Rules of Deception is a supple, elegant thriller with a beguiling sophistication. Reich catches the reader on page one and utterly commands you to finish through a plot that carries triumphantly from one thrilling climax to another. He certainly knows how to manipulate the reader in exciting ways, and he's an expert (as his award-winning The Patriots Club proved) in creating a riveting imagined world so real you wonder if it was actually imagined. Steve Berry
  • Rules of Deception is an intense, impossible-to-put down spy novel—like Robert Ludlum at his very best. Vince Flynn

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly Bretheim | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but there were no twists or surprises.in it. I want a good twist.or something to happen I was not expeting. Of course Emma was alive! just not very well thought out. I also didn't think so many characters were needed to tellthe story, sometimes it got to be a bit much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denorris | 2/3/2014

    " Got kind of confusing towards the middle but turned out kind of like I was thinking it would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 2/3/2014

    " Int'nl spy story that I enjoyed but my reading got interrupted so many times that it probably interferred with my enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/22/2014

    " 8 of 10 stars for this techno spy thriller. Read BEFORE Rules of Betrayal "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sidney | 1/14/2014

    " Better than I expected it to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 james | 1/10/2014

    " This book starts out inan exciting manner, with a young American doctor skiing the back country of Switzerland with his wife, who falls into a crevasse to her apparent death. Later, he receives some baggage claim tickts that belonged to the deceased. After picking up the bags, he is assaulted by 2 goons who want whatever was in the luggage. The doctor defends himself successfully, knocking out one of the attackers, who turns out to be a Swiss policeman. And then there are Islamic terrorists, and other bad boys. Despite the interesting start, I felt there were too many characters and too many sub plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/3/2014

    " Never could quite figure out the good guys from the bad guys, but fast moving with lots of plot twists. High body count but good entertainment. Decided to read the other 2 books immediately afterward before I lost track of who was on whose side... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/3/2014

    " A man is on the run after his wife dies and he discovers she was not who she appeared to be. Good spy book, but sometimes it got bogged down with technical stuff. I would read more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/31/2013

    " This book got a little slow in the middle, but it was still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Brody | 12/21/2013

    " So far, 3 stars. Let's see where it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 12/2/2013

    " I enjoyed the storyline and want to run the Rules of Vengeance next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/18/2013

    " Solid; fast-paced and quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paris | 11/15/2013

    " Very good political thriller. Reminded me early Tom Clancy. Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/21/2013

    " Normally I'd forgo this sort of book. But, I was out of town at my in-laws, had left the book I was reading at home, and couldn't watch any more ESPN. It's been a quick read but pretty predictable a la Dan Brown or Robert Ludlum, for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 2/6/2013

    " Free on Kindle-Love those! Finished this past weekend. Another thriller along the lines on political 24 tv show. Took a few chapters to figure out the players. Regular Joe, can save the world. Lots of spies, CIA, terrorists, murder etc. The usual formula of thrills and chills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/15/2013

    " A doctor gets entangled in international intrigue following his wife's ski accident in Switzerland. Parts of it kept me riveted; other sections were so-so, but overall it was worth reading. I will try some of his other books, mostly international financial thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 7/27/2012

    " Fiction Novel about an off the book spy agency operating inside of the Defense Intelligence agency. A fun read and had some nice tidbits of technique along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RosieL. | 4/12/2012

    " Plot was a little unbelievable. The fact that measurements were given in meters was annoying. A little hard to keep track of which side the bad guys were on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber Hansen | 2/9/2012

    " It was hard for me to get into the story, I didn't really enjoy this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/30/2012

    " This was my first Reich Novel. He's a good author and I really enjoyed the book. Look forward to reading more of his stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 8/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Hadn't read a good espinoge type book in quite a while, so it was a nice change. It keept me interested the whole book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick | 6/29/2011

    " After Dr. Jonathan Ransom's wife dies in a climbing accident is Switzerland, Ransom discovers that she had been leading a double life. Was she being unfaithful or was she involved insomething sinister? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennyb1227 | 4/30/2011

    " The stirybwas good, but a little hard to follow because of all the characters and moving from one to the next. Hoping next book is easier to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2011

    " Reich is one of my faves. Good series that is getting better with each book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 4/12/2011

    " Action packed thriller. I enjoyed this book. Many characters and subterfuge going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 3/19/2011

    " I liked this book. Seems to me that this author is at the top of this genre. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Reich

Christopher Reich is the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception, Rules of Vengeance, Rules of Betrayal, Numbered Account, The Devil’s Banker, and many other novels. The Patriots Club won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel in 2006.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.