By Christopher Reich
Series: Jonathan Ransom #2
Published by Doubleday
on August 4, 2009
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
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, he realizes 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.
This book is the sequel to Rules of Deception, which I really enjoyed.
At first I had a difficult time getting into this book but once I did, I liked it even better than the first one. This time most of the action takes place in England, and Jonathan Ransom is on the run, on his own, throughout the book.
The structure is the same as in Rules of Deception: each chapter follows a different character, leaving you in suspense about the character/events in the chapter you’ve just finished. It definitely kept me reading!
I really liked the action and suspense in this book. Plot-wise, I don’t want to give anything away, but I think it’s safe to say that I also liked the way the plot in this book unfolded as Jonathan learned more – as the reader, I was just as in the dark as he was, and things gradually become clear throughout as Jonathan uncovers more about Emma and what she’s up to.
If you liked Rules of Deception, I definitely recommend this book. It has the same level of action and intrigue as the first, and this time around, I found it all easier to follow.
Stay tuned for my post on Rules of Betrayal, the third book in the series, which I plan on reading right away!