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122 Rules (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/3/29
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In his black and white world, Sam Bradford--former Marine turned government assassin--finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either sever or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity. Explore the dark side of a man living outside of society who has sacrificed all for the greater good of God and Country only to find out he isn't working for who he thought he was.
Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone. Imagine being able to extract people's deepest most protected secrets by following a strict set of rules perfected by the most brilliant minds in the nation. Imagine having access to unlimited resources, information, money, and technology. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you look for? Do you use your power for peace and prosperity, to further the advancement of your fellow man? Or do you use it to increase your own wealth and power by controlling and manipulating everyone around you? Imagine, spending a decade being sent the world over to find people and exploit them for the safety and advancement of your fellow countryman. You are following a path of idealism that is larger than you, larger than anyone. You are doing it for the greater good of God and Country.
The Agency sends him to find enemies of the state and eliminate them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, an innocent girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance...one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam's soul. He's killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.
Now imagine that you're wrong. What you have been told is a lie.
When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he's not the only one after her. Ruthless assassins, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica's heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.
The people who are in control are not what you thought. They are the faceless. The corrupt. They have been using you to find and manipulate others, not for one nation under God, but to increase their wealth and power.
What do you do? You are a lone soldier, trained to follow orders. Separate from everyone, living outside of society.
Can you quit? Just give up a life of stoicism and start over? Is that even possible? What of the pain you've left in your wake? Can you make amends for the atrocities you've committed?
Sam Bradford is a man who has just come to realize his life is not what he thought it was. He has been outside and is ready to step back in. But can he escape the past, or will his demons destroy his new life and everyone in it that matters?
"122 Rules is a fast-paced thrill-ride, filled with rich characters living in an expertly woven world of mystery and suspense. Deek Rhew's debut novel will take readers by storm, and keep them coming back for sequels." -Michelle K. Pickett, Bestselling and award-winning author of PODs and Unspeakable. With a pinch of humor and multiple twists of violent action, 122 RULES is a page-turning thriller where law-upholders, law-enforcers and law-breakers co-exist in a fuzzy line that makes you wonder: Who is enforcing the law, who is breaking it, and who are the victims of this uncertainty? Monica, a feisty and irreverent law student, is caught in the middle of it all when she finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, overhearing the wrong conversation, one that changes her life forever taking us on a warped path where, what we think is real, might not be true, and what is true, is clearly debatable. Yes, Deek Rhew keeps you wondering until the last page! - Leonardo Wild, author of THE GALAPAGOS AGENDA --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
I was looking for something new – a break from the traditional romantic-suspense that fills my TBR list. I found it in 122 Rules. It’s not merely exciting, it's addictive. I couldn't put it down, even when I wanted to (for instance, when I thought the suspense might actually kill me).
Now, nearly two weeks later, I still can't get this riveting story out of my mind. It left me with almost as many questions as answers. The author’s skillful story-telling rivals some of the most highly acclaimed, best-selling mystery-thriller authors in contemporary fiction. Take my word for it, you’ll be tempted to check out the ending simply to spare yourself the gripping anxiety and get some of your questions answered. But don’t give in to the urge to cheat. just sit back and enjoy this captivating thrill-ride. I promise you it’s totally worth it.
If you like the darkness and suspense of a powerful mystery, some heart-pounding, breath-taking thrills and chills, and a hint of a potentially explosive love story yet to come, you do NOT want to miss 122 Rules. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel.
The plot revolves around a prime witness who is forced to go into hiding. It deals with chasers, the victim, mob, name the elements in a thriller and they are all here.
Deek has an amazing writing style. His narration kept me on tenterhooks. Throughout the reading I was kept guessing at every page. If I say I was part of a movie unfolding before my eyes I won't be wrong. The imageries were vibrant and touched every corner of my mind. In fact there was not a single sense that was left untouched. Language used did perfect justice to the story. It ensured that I never stopped midway.
Two characters stood out. One was the perfect protagonist and the other one was a protagonist with shades of an antagonist, or was he an antagonist with traces of a protagonist? For that you need to read the story. As a reader, I loved every twist and turn that happened in their lives, how perceptions changed and the emotions they felt.
To sum up, the book is a must read. It is excites, amazes, and keeps a reader engaged till the last page. You need to read it to believe it. It is a thriller that promises and delivers by keeping the readers engrossed. There is a cliffhanger so I am sure there is a sequel.
P.S - Thank you Erin and Deek. The storyline has been awesome and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one
Deek pretty much grabbed me from the first page with his style. I'm not one for overly descriptive writing and Deek is really good at using description to enhance and not distract. His character descriptions both physically and emotionally are thorough but not overly done, and written in such a way as to inform the reader while still allowing you to "fill in the blanks" with your imagination. His style stays true when setting a scene or situation.
For me, filling in the blanks is one of the joys of reading and I hate it when things are overly done in a heavy handed way, so this was great.
As for the story it's pretty much a nitro-crazy car ride from beginning to end. I enjoy good twists and turns, and Deek was able to surprise me quite a number of times during this story and that's always tons of fun for a reader as well.
Monica is a strong yet vulnerable character without coming across as weak and I found Sam to be an incredibly interesting character as he begins to break free of his military mind set for seemingly the first time in his career.
There were also quite a few laugh out loud moments, which were very much needed considering the intensity of the book.
I will point out that I did in fact receive an ARC in exchange for my honest review and Deek also received a copy of my book for a review as well. It seems we both really liked each other's book which is great because that could have been awkward at the next "writers who write about assassins" meeting.
This is supposedly the first book in a series and I certainly wont need an ARC for the next one, I'll pre-order that bad boy.
If you like thoughtful but fast paced, action based (and packed) stories I really recommend this book.