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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (May 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825420075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825420078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,408,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Acker does his best work while traveling. In fact he pecks out pages every day while riding the commuter train to his “real job” as a San Francisco litigator. He is a contributing author on legal treatises and also the author of the Davis Detective Mysteries for kids, also published by Kregel.

For more information about Rick's books, please visit his website: www.rickacker.com


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Rick Acker writes novels during his commute to and from his "real job" as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in his newest book, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES, which award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as "a legal thriller you won't want to miss!"

Rick has led confidential investigations into a number of large and sensitive cases that made headlines in and out of California. Before joining DOJ, Rick was a senior litigator at the international law firm of Bingham McCutchen, where he worked extensively on the multi-billion dollar Executive Life case, which led to the indictment of several French executives and high-level diplomatic strains between the U.S. and France.Rick has law degrees from the University of Oslo and the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. In addition to his novels, he is a contributing author on two legal treatises published by the American Bar Association.

When Rick isn't writing or lawyering, you can usually find him with his wife, Anette, and their four children. They'll be exploring in the hills east of San Francisco, watching a good movie together, or, of course, reading. You can visit him on the web at www.rickacker.com

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It adds a nice depth to the story that's both entertaining and enlightening.
Melissa
Surprise plot twists, courtroom drama, meticulous character development, and intense fast paced action are all indispensable elements in Rick Ackers novels.
Richard R. Blake
It is also a powerful story of love and forgiveness, of faith in God, and a determination to do what is right.
Barbara Warren

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Plett on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book because a friend sent it to me, even though I don't much care for legal thrillers, and I loved it.
The author is a litigator and people who have more clue than I do about what happens in a courtroom have said that Rick's courtroom scenes are believable - what I like about them is they're not obscure. There's not so much verbiage that I can't figure out what's going on, and there's a lot of the protagonist (Ben Corbin's) internal dialog as well, so we know not only what he's saying, but what he's thinking, and we see, sometimes rather entertainingly, the difference between his internal and external dialog. As I am perpetually curious about how other people live and what their jobs are like, I loved that. I looked forward to the courtroom scenes.
The plot is intricate and yet accessible. There are at least three separate physical locations, all with their own people, and then a few PI's who Know All thrown in, but they were remarkably easy to keep track of.
I was curious to see what made this book a Christian legal thriller, as opposed to a legal thriller. I got to the end of the plot, all threads tied up neatly, and there will still several pages left. Why? You'll need to read it for yourself, but those few final pages are what lifted this book for me, out of the legal thriller genre in the arena of Christian thriller. Instead of walking away feeling like I'd been peeking into the seamy underbelly of the world we live in, I walked away thinking about the way God changes lives and hearts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Legal and medical thrillers are staples of the fiction market, as are suspense novels with historical twists. Rick Acker blends all three and gives us "Blood Brothers," an engaging story on a number of levels.

The legal angle involves two brothers, both vying for control of a company and the new miracle formula that awaits FDA approval. The historical angle involves the source of this new stimulant, derived from an extinct plant rediscovered in the mountains of Norway. The courtroom scenes play out well, with lawyers on both sides giving credible arguments. The author's own experience in this area is clear. As a legal thriller alone, "Blood Brothers" would be enjoyable. For me, the interest went up a few notches with the historical info regarding the berserkers, a wild, much-feared group of Norwegian warriors who may have been accessing the same plant now up for grabs in the courtroom battle. Concerns soon surface that this stimulant will not only increase productivity and mental sharpness, but it may also spike levels of aggression to killer levels.

The prose is functional, almost workmanlike, but flows smoothly, and the details of law and medical elements are divvied out nicely. The plot moves along at a nice pace. I was surprised that a scene as important as one particular arson was told only through second-hand accounts, but the author gives us the necessary info through other means. He also wraps up the story with some spiritual lessons that are applicable to daily life, and a few mild surprises that have emotional weight.

At times, "Blood Brothers" reads like Grisham meets Crichton meets James Rollins. Acker moves his story from Chicago to Oslo, Norway, from courtrooms to laboratories to North Sea trawlers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on July 15, 2008
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Ben Corbin is enjoying being semi-retired, then he takes on a high-profile case and ends up stuck in the middle between brothers Karl and Gunnar Bjornsen. Both men are fighting for control of the pharmaceutical empire they built. Gunnar has discovered a billion dollar formula for a new drug called Neurostim, which increases strength and intelligence. Karl has Gunnar removed as president of the company and tries to force him to reveal the formula. Ben digs into the case, discovering charges of embezzlement, corrupt accounting, and even murder, and the drug has some terrifying side effects that are just beginning to show up.

Blood Brothers is a suspenseful story of greed and hatred between two brothers who once loved each other. It is also a powerful story of love and forgiveness, of faith in God, and a determination to do what is right. Great conflict, and loaded with tension. Keeps the reader hooked until the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on July 9, 2008
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Blood Brothers by Rick Acker is the second book in the Dead Man's Rule series, but you don't need to have read the first one to enjoy this rip-roaring thriller. Mix John Grisham's legal suspense with Michael Crichton's supernatural twists and you have Blood Brothers. Gunnar and Karl Bjornson, owners of a pharmaceutical company, have discovered a "wonder" drug that makes the reflexes faster and the brain smarter. But Karl's coup tosses Gunnar out of the company, and to add insult to injury, then sues him to force him to reveal the secret of creating the drug. Ben Corbin is hired as Gunnar's attorney not only to protect the secret, but to upset Karl's overthrow. But tendrils of suspicion about this drug are starting to surface: research animals are tearing each other apart, human subjects start to snap, and there's a connection to the berserkers of Norwegian folklore. Wow, that's a lot of plot! But Acker takes all of the different elements and makes them work with style. His disparate tales of lab workers, lawyers, and accountants build a terrific foundation for this fast-paced novel. The story is solid, definitely enjoyable, and the denoument adds extra depth showing the true meaning of faith, love, and family. Kudos to Acker!
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