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 Reich's books. On the flap of the book are some words from LEE CHILD. "Christopher Reich is a superstar." I suppose that is one superstar speaking about another superstar.
"Rules of Betrayal" is about Dr. Jonathan Ransom. Jonathan works with an organization named Doctors Without Borders. The American government will use Jonathan's work as a doctor and as a worker of this organization to find a nuclear missile. Dr. Ransom's wife, Emma, is also working undercover. She is not working with her husband. She is working for the other side. She is a double agent. The hunt for missing nuclear missile begins with Jonathan learning covert skills from Danni, another agent working for the United States government. This is where the fun begins.
It is so fascinating to learn how to discover whether you are being tailed by one or more people. It is not easy. You have to know what is around you without turning your head. You just let your eyes do the walking. Jonathan had a lot to learn before he went out on his secret mission. When he is ready, Dr. Ransom will journey through Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of course, we have to go through home territory too, New York and Washington. It is fun traveling through foreign lands where there are dangerous people and dangerous terrain. More fun is thinking about all the methods used by undercover agents to get information from computers to send somewhere else, that five Blackberry phones in your safe are not enough and that there are people willing to cut your eyes out and feed them to a horse rather than see you get your hands on what they want for their government's nuclear power.
Jonathan admits to learning something new. Bless my heart I discovered the same truth. "Jonathan had never known the weight of being asked to serve your country." Really, it is honorable, mind boggling and awesome what men and women are doing at this very moment, undercover, to keep our lives safe in America. Some of their duties are so dangerous and daring it is beyond words. I can only shake my head in wonder. These men and women are truly courageous. This is what one character says to another one in the novel. "Frank, you're not just off the reservation, you've left the entire planet."
While I am especially delighted with the beginning, middle and end of this book. I have one question. What does "Res firma mitescere nescit mean?" Mr. Reich, you left me with a giant hole in the head. I love your words on this subject. (have fun looking this one up!) Great book. Thank you.Christopher Reich