Saturday, July 3, 2010

THE RULE OF NINE: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE RULE OF NINE

BY STEVE MARTINI

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.

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 the 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 the Old Weatherman and this madman have joined forces and intend 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."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Steve Martini was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he holds a law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Martini’s first career was in journalism. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and as a correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, specializing in legal issues. In 1974 he entered private law practice in California, where he appeared in both state and federal courts. During his legal career, he worked as a legislative representative for the State Bar of California, served as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program, and was an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer.

In 1984 Martini turned his talents to fiction, quickly earning positions on bestseller lists. All but his first book spent time on the New York Times Bestsellers list. To date, he has authored twelve novels, including eight featuring his popular lawyer alter ego, Paul Madriani.

In 1996 Undue Influence aired as a four-hour miniseries on CBS, followed by The Judge on NBC in 2001.

Martini lives on the West Coast.

MY REVIEW:

Steve Martini has followed his bestseller, GUARDIAN OF LIES, with a new book already on its way to the top. In THE RULE OF NINE, readers will be thrilled to find Paul Madriani, California lawyer, up to his neck in suspense, intrigue, and danger. After the San Diego defense attorney helped to prevent a nuclear explosion in California at the naval base in Coronado, Madriani was warned to not discuss it but he finds that hard to do. Instead, he is being convinced by Jocelyn Cole, a weapons control expert, to tell what he knows to help stop any more attacks. Madriani realizes that those in power aren’t aware of the very real danger they are facing and so after making sure his daughter Sarah is hidden safely away, he and Herman Diggs, Madriani’s partner, as well as Cole take on the case and do their own investigating.
The excitement grows when a talented terrorist known to readers only as Thorn wants to destroy America, and using Liquida, a hired assassin known as “the Mexicutioner“, to help him, tries to bring about total annihilation in the heartland. Thorn has limitless funds and powerful friends to support his cause giving him a very good chance to run a successful campaign of terror.

The novel is fast paced, “hold your breath” reading that never stops until it comes to a shocking conclusion that leaves the reader wanting to know more. With the assassin Liquida and the Old Weatherman involved, THE RULE OF NINE should be the next adventure you add to you TBR (To Be Read) list.


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MEGAN AND GOOD PEOPLE
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE 2 COPIES OF THIS EXCITING
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GIVEAWAY ENDS
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GOOD LUCK

46 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I found it interesting to wonder about the "Mexicutioner"

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debbie said...

I have read his other books, and they are always good. This one sounds like it is filled with intrique,suspense and fast paced action. I would love to read it.
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Cindy W. said...

I love Steve Martini books and this one sounds exciting. I would love to win it.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W

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Cindy W. said...

I visited Steve Martini's site and foumd that he gratuated with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz. My dad was raised in Santa Cruz.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W

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Linda Kish said...

I want to read more about the old weatherman's plot. I love reading Martini's books.


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Linda Kish said...

I thought the ghost blimp over San Francisco sounded interesting. I had never heard of it. SF was my hometown.

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DarcyO said...

I love fast-paced thrillers and this one sounds great. Please include me.

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DarcyO said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/darcy1956/status/17671473926

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DarcyO said...

I've read some of Martini's other Paul Madriani books and truly enjoyed them. This one's definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the great review.

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Debs Desk said...

My dad loves suspense and Steve Martini is one of his favorite authors, so this would be for him. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
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skkorman said...

Sounds like this book continues the tradition of excellence readers like myself have come to expect from Martini—I can't wait to give it a read!

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Steve Capell said...

Your comment that this novel is fast paced, “hold your breath” reading that never stops until it comes to a shocking conclusion that leaves the reader wanting to know more is enough for me to want to read this. I found out that in this series he has the following novels:

1.Compelling Evidence (1992)
2.Prime Witness (1993)
3.Undue Influence (1994)
4.The Judge (1996)
5.The Attorney (1999)
6.The Jury (2001)
7.The Arraignment (2003)
8.Double Tap (2006)
9.Shadow of Power (2008)
10.Guardian of Lies (2009)
11.The Rule of Nine (2010)

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

Tore said...

I found this book very interesting. I love books filled with suspense. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

grannyvon said...

Any thing Steve Martini writes I want to read, he is one of my favorite authors. He is a lawyer who has wrote 12 books and all are fash moving suprise ending books. I have not read Guardian of Lies yet but want to and want to win this new book. Thanks for the chance to win it. ybutler@oppcatv.com

traveler said...

I have read his other novels and they are thrilling and riveting. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

His website is interesting and I enjoyed learning more about his background. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Steve Martini books have always been enthralling and great. thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I have read several of his books which I enjoyed and like his characters and writing style. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

enyl said...

Tweeted.
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enyl said...

The most intresting part of the review is the prediction that there will be a sequel to the Rule Of Nine.
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enyl said...

I learned that the Steve chose the name Paul Madriani for his character because the name sounded musical.
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ossmcalc said...

In a way it sounds like the old "second verse, same as the first." It is another government coverup with deadly consequences. Thorn, a talented terrorist, wants to destroy America, and using Liquida, a hired assassin known as “the Mexicutioner“, tries to bring about total annihilation in the heartland. Yes, I would love to read this book.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/17770523672

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

During his law career Steve Martini worked as a legislative representative for the State Bar of California, served as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program, and was an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

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Thank you,

Christine
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Tina said...

I love Steve Martini's book and his wonderful Paul Madriani character - I really how he fares against this new problem.

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Tina said...

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Tina said...

I like that Steve Martini is from an area of the country where we have lots of relatives. Have read his previous Guardian of Lies and I can't wait to read this one.
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Laura said...

I love suspense books and this sounds like a great one.
I am a follower.
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Anonymous said...

Hi! I like the fact that the weapons expert is a woman. I like strong women characters in books. :)

Connie
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bison61 said...

nuclear explosion at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California - that sounds good

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CherylS22 said...

I found the subject of the book interesting - mystery, intrigue & danger involving the government in Washington DC.
Thanks for the giveaway ~
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CherylS22 said...

I'd like to read the entire Paul Madriani series starting with "Compelling Evidence".
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bridget3420 said...

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Misusedinnocence said...

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Bookventures said...

I have never heard about this author and after reading your review i am wondering if I've been living under a rock. This book sounds amazing and i would love to win a copy.

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