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Product Details

  • 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: #1,744,002 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.

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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

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While the legal drama is unfolding, there are multiple plots to keep the reader engrossed.
Although the second in a series that began with the novel "Dead Man's Rule", this book can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
The story is solid, definitely enjoyable, and the denoument adds extra depth showing the true meaning of faith, love, and family.
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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 Nora A. Stlaurent on June 16, 2008
Format: Paperback

Reading this fast legal suspense story, "Blood Brothers" was like being buckled into an intense thrill ride. You know the kind. The extremely amazing roller coaster ride with all its surprises, twists, turns, ups and downs. I just couldn't put this book down. I kept reminding myself "This is just Fiction" (breathe)! What was so unnerving to me was the story line about the pharmaceutical companies and how they rule the world! (or would like to). It was fascinating and scary all at the same time when Rick Acker describes the internal workings of a large pharmaceutical company and how they interact with the FDA. All the court room drama in the story was just as powerful. It reminded me of the TV show Law and Order "Criminal Intent" on steroids, very vivid and deep.

Two brothers start a pharmaceutical company so both could use their talents and work together to build something they could be proud of. The company becomes more successful than either of them could imagine. The struggle for power and control of the money begins when they both think they have discovered the wonder drug of the century. The results of the animal testing is almost done, what do they have to show and tell the FDA to start human testing? The Bjornsen brothers start to see the billions that could be made if this drug was FDA approved.

I'll leave you with a quote from Blood Brothers "Love does call, you know. He calls us to do what we cannot do alone. He asks us to give without counting the cost, to walk through the furnace, to love the unlovable. He asks everything of us, and He has the right to expect it...Because He gave everything for us!" Rick Acker unveils an example of this thru the story that will knock your socks off. This is one riveting story you won't soon forget.

Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Plett on September 12, 2008
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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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