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The First Rule [1ST RULE] [Mass Market Paperback] Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2010
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The story begins with a home invasion where three adults and two children are killed. It would have gone down as another in a horrible string of robberies and murders except this one had a special element, here the man murdered was one of Pike's guys - a member of his hand picked team - when he was a mercenary. The police are saying all the other incidents of this type were on people with known criminal leanings. Pike has to find out if Frank Meyer was dirty and prove it one way or another so he knows how to react to the death of his friend. Did Frank manage to fool Pike when they were working together?
In order to solve this case Crais brings in Elvis Cole, Jon Stone, Pike and many of their contacts in the shadowy world folks like me hope to never see. I thought the plotting was absolutely spot on and the technology still held up well even though this was published in 2010 and we all know how quickly spy gadget development moves. The twist at the end was especially impressive.
This storyline focuses on Pike and Elvis with Jon Stone assisting. It is realistic with plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing. Special Agent Walsh’s justice for her agent is excellent.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and informative dialogue.
I will continually re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
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Revenge thrillers are not usually complicated and this one has enough to keep you asking questions throughout. Read it in two days. Look forward to the next one.
Looking at the synopsis of some of the other books in the series, I'm sure they'll be as good as this one.
A recommended read from a self confessed book junkie.