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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,711 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martini Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paul Madriani Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780061988783
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San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has to go public with what he knows if they have any hope of stopping a similar event in the future.

But Madriani has been linked to a murder of a Washington, D.C. political staffer, and authorities believe a shadowy figure called Liquida—a hired assassin known as 'the Mexicutioner'—may be responsible. And this man, as the last survivor of the attack in San Diego, might be driven by a bizarre and horrifying, star-crossed vendetta and might now be looking for Madriani himself. What Madriani and Cole begin to fear is that this madman has joined forces with a demented former radical known as the Old Weatherman, who intends to pull the city—and the country—into a vortex of terror before Madriani and Cole can find answers to the enigma that is 'the rule of nine.'

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martini’s plotting is expert, his characters vivid and alive…Martini is a very fine writer, period.”

    Associated Press

  • “Nail-biting…Martini does a fine job of misdirecting the reader as to the intended terrorist target.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/12/2014

    " i normally like his writing but just couldn't get into this story. got bored and ended it after about 1/3 of the way thru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Bender | 1/29/2014

    " Good story continuation of the terrorist attack that Paul Madriani quashed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent plot and internal dialogue - a very strong four star read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2014

    " Much more realistic, yet a real thriller. Enjoyed the fast pace and unexpected plot connections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Poppen | 12/18/2013

    " Loved Madriani series until the Liquida guy came along. Lost all of the courtroom drama and became generic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/10/2013

    " Pretty exciting Paul Madiani novel. This one ends with a bang and a cliff-hanger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 11/28/2013

    " For Paul madriani fans, this was a good one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Opa | 10/2/2013

    " This is the first Martini novel that I have read. It held me enough to try another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 9/18/2013

    " This was a good mystery--I even had to go back and read the beginning to connect all the dots! I am going to look for other mysteries by Martini. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amos | 8/23/2013

    " of MB 5/2011 Std 5/31/2011, finis 6/2/2011 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty Frigard | 8/21/2013

    " I really liked the story line, but the dialog was really goofy. That spoiled it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 8/5/2013

    " Don't like the turn in the books. Where is the legal thriller??? Stop trying to compete with the Bourne books. Won't read the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 7/5/2013

    " Like other authors nowadays this is a cliffhanger ending. There is also no long drawn out courtroom saga. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry Hunefeld | 6/1/2013

    " tedious.... trite..... labored..... was hoping for a Grisham substitute, but this is not it.... got half way through and quit.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Dirnberger | 2/28/2013

    " Moderately entertaining. Certainly no Tom Clancy and the character development is shallow, but passable in a pinch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Harmon | 11/5/2011

    " The ending left me wondering...waiting for the next in the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 7/13/2011

    " He's done better. Get away from the terrorist "kick". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rene Kaiel | 6/24/2011

    " Not as good as his other Madriani books. Good story about illegal arms dealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/3/2011

    " Paul Madriani saved San Diego from a nuclear attack in Guardian of Lies, now he has to escape from a crazed Mexican killer in order to track down the newest terrorist in DC. I hate the ending!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Buford | 3/21/2011

    " They end the book with a killer going after the main charecter's daughter. I'd be really ticked if I hadn't picked the next book up at the library already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 3/17/2011

    " scary, technology & the myriad of ways any crazy w/an internet connection & cash can plan to kill a lot of innocent peopla "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Arnold | 3/15/2011

    " Not his best. This story line is still okay, but getting tiresome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/8/2011

    " Prettu good. Ends with a cliff-hanger or two, so there must be another book in the series coming out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/23/2011

    " Not my favorite Steve Martini. A little to technical. A slow read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 1/21/2011

    " Pretty good, but my first Steve Martini novel. It was a bit hard to really get into at first probably due to not reading the book that preceded it, Guardian of Lies. The ending doesn't really wrap things up. Is there another novel on its way? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 1/4/2011

    " I am a big fan of Paul Madriani and was really anticipating a thrilling story, but I'd have to say that this story dragged on. It didn't seem to reach the excitement that I was looking for out of Martini. A decent read and fascinating story, but just not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/1/2011

    " Took a little while to get into but once it grabbed me I could not put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/14/2010

    " i normally like his writing but just couldn't get into this story. got bored and ended it after about 1/3 of the way thru. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 12/13/2010

    " Because I like Martini, I liked this ... though it's unquestionably formulaic. The bad guys were bad; the surprise target was evil -- but it isn't really creative fiction, now is it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/25/2010

    " Paul Madriani saved San Diego from a nuclear attack in Guardian of Lies, now he has to escape from a crazed Mexican killer in order to track down the newest terrorist in DC. I hate the ending!!!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/25/2010

    " Pretty exciting Paul Madiani novel. This one ends with a bang and a cliff-hanger. "

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About the Author

Steve Martini was born in San Francisco and grew up in Southern California. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and as a correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, specializing in legal issues. After obtaining his law degree, he appeared in state and federal courts; he also served as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crime Program. His first novel, Compelling Evidence, was published in 1992 and became a bestseller. He has gone on to write a number of other books, including The Trader of Secrets, Guardian of Lies, The List, The Judge, and Prime Witness, among others. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.