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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,124 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: August 2009 ISBN: 9780739358030
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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. Both look forward to sharing a stolen weekend in London—until an ambush on a convoy of limousines turns their romantic rendezvous into a terrorist bloodbath. 
In the aftermath, Emma disappears and Jonathan is apprehended by the police and threatened with life imprisonment unless he helps secure his wife’s capture. Faced with an impossible decision, Jonathan makes a daring escape. On the run, herealizes that his only option is to become a spy himself in order to track down Emma and discover the true nature of the conspiracy she appears to be masterminding. In the process, Jonathan begins to realize that all along he’s been a pawn in a high-stakes game of international intrigue and one-upsmanship far beyond his imagining.

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  • Advance rave for Rules of Vengeance by Christopher Reich
  • Near the start of bestseller Reich's stellar sequel to Rules of Deception, Dr. Jonathan Ransom flies from Africa to London for a medical conference. That same day, intermediaries arrange for him to meet his fugitive wife, Emma, once a secret agent with the Pentagon group known as Division, in a cheap hotel. The next day, Jonathan's world is literally and figuratively torn apart after a large car bomb explodes in Westminster, seriously injuring the Russian interior minister. Jonathan is sure Emma is behind the car bombing, but the police, led by Det. Chief Insp. Kate Ford, think Jonathan is responsible. Thus begins a convoluted chase–Jonathan hunting his wife, Kate and the cops along with MI5 agent Colonel Graves tracking Jonathan. Everyone, including the reader, remains clueless, except for master spy Emma, as to who is really the guilty party. A blinding twist at the end adds a spectacular fillip to a masterful performance by one of the genre's elite.
    --Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • Rules of Deception is an intense, impossible-to-put down spy novel—like Robert Ludlum at his very best. Vince Flynn
  • Rules of Deception packs a wallop. Christopher Reich is at the top of his game. David Baldacci
  • Christopher Reich is one of my favorite suspense writers, and he’s outdone himself this time. James Patterson
  • 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
  • A globe-trotting, bomb-ticking, loyalty-blurring thriller. People
  • Rules of Deception develops an entertainingly serpentine complexity . . . And his finale lives up to the level of suspense he has created. New York Times
  • “Un-put-downable . . . This first-class adrenalin fest will leave readers guessing until the last page. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zero007 | 2/20/2014

    " Intriguing story I enjoyed the open ended ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 2/17/2014

    " A sequel to Rules of Deception with an open ending suggesting that there will be more to come in this series. There are so many double-crosses, triple-crosses and quadruple crosses in this book that I still can't figure out who are the bad guys and who is working for whom. Fast-paced, well-drawn characters. Liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Young | 2/12/2014

    " Follow up story is not quite as good as the first. The non-spy main character suddenly starts acting like James Bond. Too many misdirections from the author make this a bit messy. Still worth reading though, for the focus on the new law-enforcement character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/27/2014

    " The second book involving the Doctor without Borders Jonathan Ransom. Ransom and his wife Emma a secret agent have been apart for months but get together in London for a secret rendezvous. When a bomb blows up almost killing a high profile Russian Ransom is accused in the attack. He knows the only way to possibly clear his name is to track down his wife. A mad dash around Europe with both police agencies and killers, in pursuit, nice twists and turns as Ransom tries to stop a plan to blow up a nuclear plant and topple the leadership of Russia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 1/22/2014

    " Nice international thriller a la Lee Chiles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 1/11/2014

    " This is the second book to Rules of Deception. The Dr.'s wife continues on with conspiracy. This time to explode a nuclear plant. The Dr. continues to be her pawn. This book is an exceptional read, and again I say if you like James Patterson and Lisa Jackson books you will like these thrillers. "

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

    " This is the second of the Jonathan Ransom espionage thrillers written by Christopher Reich and both are chockful of suspense with lots of plot twists. If you like Robert Ludlum, you will enjoy these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 1/3/2014

    " Very nice. I like the writing very much. Background well established, storyline good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 12/30/2013

    " Thrilling, speedy, no-nonsens reading. Especially cause I know the surroundings (Switzerland) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 12/20/2013

    " This book was fine but not awesome. Typical thriller comprised of good suspense and mystery culminating in a far-fetched, possibly ridiculous, conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Gibbs | 12/14/2013

    " This was a fun and easy to read spy novel. Although the plot is completely unrealistic, it was a page-turner and I was full of twists and turns to keep you guessing what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herzog | 12/7/2013

    " Quite suspenseful, but the action is a little forced. Jonathan Ransom always gets away in the nick of time, no matter the circumstance and has skills not commensurate with his background. That said, the plot twists nicely making for a decent book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/5/2013

    " I learned that Doctors Without Borders docs are really action heroes (think James Bond on steroids). Unbelievable escapes and motivations led to two-stars from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 12/3/2013

    " good thriller with interesting plot twists. Impossible to actually happen. Great airplane book which is where I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 9/25/2013

    " First read, "Rules of Deception," then read "Rules of Betrayal." Skip "Vengeance." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 8/5/2013

    " This book, which picks up after Rules of Deception leaves off, is a wonderfully complex thriller always leaving you wondering who the good guys truly are. Even now, I'm not sure I got all the plot twists, but it was a good ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Wilcox | 5/9/2013

    " Excellent follow-up to Rules of Deception. The characters develop further and change in surprising ways. Will there be a 3rd one? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 4/27/2013

    " This is the middle book of 3 that the author has written about Johnathan Ransom. It is an espionage thriller. Spy thrillers are not always the best on audio. I was able to follow this one. Lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed it and will now look for book 1 with J.R. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 4/9/2013

    " Double and triple agents galore. We finally find out who Emma is working for. How does Jonathan keep getting out of these dire situations? A little better written than the first book even if as far-fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 3/9/2013

    " Great suspense, great twists. Cannot wait for future books in the Ranson series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 12/24/2012

    " A great book for the beach on Kauai, just a fun spy novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sbfrazier | 12/21/2012

    " See my review of Rules of Deception. Another excellent "bus book." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/22/2012

    " Second book in this series. Main character is MD with Doctor's Without Borders. More of this amateur in the spy game. Action started sooner in this second of the series. More surprises in the plot and who are the good and bad guys. The book set up for a third book to continue the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/30/2012

    " Much better than Rules of Deception, with a nice start and a great ending, even if the ending is basically the same as one of Lee Child's novel's first chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Momruns5 | 2/25/2012

    " It was okay. A thriller. Didn't quite understand the dynamics between the main character and his wife. He loved her more than anything. Stood by her when she told him she was a spy. Then found out she was using him and was a counter-spy for Russia. He didn't really react. He still talked to her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 11/24/2011

    " again, enjoyed reich's story, twists, espionage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennyb1227 | 10/20/2011

    " Much easier to follow than the first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 6/29/2011

    " A very exciting mystery of international intrigue. So many twists and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Alfred Hitchcock couldn't have done it better. Jonathon Ransom is a good guy with the odds against him. I really look forward to reading Mr. Reich's other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie | 5/14/2011

    " This is the second book to Rules of Deception. The Dr.'s wife continues on with conspiracy. This time to explode a nuclear plant. The Dr. continues to be her pawn. This book is an exceptional read, and again I say if you like James Patterson and Lisa Jackson books you will like these thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 5/7/2011

    " Pretty good thriller. Not as good as his first, Numbered Account; nothing he's done since then matches that one. "

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

    " Much easier to follow than the first! "

  • 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 Dee | 4/7/2011

    " A very exciting mystery of international intrigue. So many twists and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Alfred Hitchcock couldn't have done it better. Jonathon Ransom is a good guy with the odds against him. I really look forward to reading Mr. Reich's other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phaedra221 | 3/25/2011

    " Espionage abounds in this fast-paced romp through parts of Europe. Way, way too far-fetched, so not as good as it could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kkenny | 3/14/2011

    " Following the exciting finish to the first of the trilogy, Dr. Ransom meets up with his spy wife in London only to witness her detonate car bomb possibly killing a high ranking Russian diplomat. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/28/2011

    " The "Rules" books are great reads. I won't spoil any of them. Just read them.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/22/2011

    " This was a fun and easy to read spy novel. Although the plot is completely unrealistic, it was a page-turner and I was full of twists and turns to keep you guessing what would happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 12/25/2010

    " Follow up story is not quite as good as the first. The non-spy main character suddenly starts acting like James Bond. Too many misdirections from the author make this a bit messy. Still worth reading though, for the focus on the new law-enforcement character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 11/14/2010

    " Poor Dr.Jonathan Ransom is in the thick of it again. And just who is his wife Emma? She sure isn't who he thought he'd married. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xavier | 11/9/2010

    " Unimpressed with lots of loose ends... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 10/20/2010

    " Thrilling, speedy, no-nonsens reading. Especially cause I know the surroundings (Switzerland) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimmi | 9/18/2010

    " I did not enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. It was very hard to get into and the characters were not as rich. I am looking forward to the third in the series, I have heard it is much better, more along the lines of the first. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher ReichChristopher Reich was born in Tokyo and grew up in Los Angeles. He worked in the private banking department of a major Swiss bank in Geneva before joining the bank's department of mergers and acquisitions in Zurich. In 1995 he decided to pursue writing full-time. He lives in Texas with his wife and child.
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.