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122 Rules (122 Rules Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 29, 2016
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"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."
"The perfect, fast-paced novel for fans of kick-butt heroines, creepy killers, and getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. An absolute must-read!"
This is a moment in your life without comparison or equal because you are about to embark on a journey that will undoubtedly become one of those memorable experiences you tell all your friends about. And that's why it is your Rhewination. From this point onward, everything else you read will be measured against your first reading Deek Rhew's 122 Rules.
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!
About the Author
Deek did not set out to be a writer. Originally, he wanted to follow father's path as a career military man and fly for the Air Force. So, Deek spent two years in high school preparing for the ROTC. During a routine check-in, his recruiter asked about any handicaps, to which Deek jokingly replied he was colorblind. The recruiter got a funny look on his face and informed Deek that the closest he'd ever get to the pilot's seat was from the scheduling office. Um no.
After that, Deek focused on his love for music--touring with a local rock band and majoring in the art in college. Unfortunately he didn't enjoy the life of a pauper, so he started secondary school over. Ten years later, he walked across the stage with a computer science degree. He now slings web code for a major electronics company in his hometown.
Though he loves his job and the people he works with, Deek has been enthralled by the written word and storytelling since he picked up his first Stephen King novel, It. On his way to work one day, a scene so vivid flashed through his mind that he felt compelled to pull over and put it to paper. Having neither quill nor parchment in which to document the image, he laboriously pecked out the first chapter of 122 Rules on his phone.
Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin's fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek's dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.
He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town--with antique shops and bakeries--they call home.
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Instantly, I became concerned about 'Monica.' Now, I learned Monica was a scholarship student in New York. I learned that after I was personally incensed by how she had been kidnapped, mistreated, stuck in a room, and the personnel around her were out of a Stephen King thriller book.
Monica, is tossed in the Witness Protection system, without any honest choice. Intimidation and fear are the tools the so-called protectors use upon this young, troubled woman. Bringing up her past without true analysis and discarding her current life as expendable collateral.
This fast-paced and action filled psychological drama showcases the inner thinking of the professional assassin, the crime enforcers, and the witness. Monica's life is forever altered. She valiantly tries to hold onto her one friendship and just wants to become more than she is. You have to read the book to see if she succeeds.
All I'll say here is I hope there is a sequel shortly. Although to write a book with this dimension of understanding the human psyche, means countless hours of study and putting the storyline on a story board. I truly can see this becoming a movie.
Go and buy this novel and sit back, uninterrupted, with a expectation of a true thriller. Wonderful book!
122 Rules begins with Monica, as she is pressed into leaving her life behind, despite her arguments and several attempts to escape. It's never completely explained why she's so resistant, although to be fair the agents are pretty aggravating. Her frustrations with her new life and the almost grudging acceptance of the people around her are believably written. So is her reaction when someone tries to kill her.
The story then doubles back, taking up Sam's story. Medically discharged from the army he joined to bring a sense of order to his life, and divorced, Sam's depression and sense of rootless are easy to understand. It's also easy to understand why he jumps at the offer to be part of something again when approached by a nameless man representing the Agency. He ends up doing some pretty despicable things in their employ, seemingly without qualms. But when assigned to kill Monica he begins, through an internal dialogue, to have doubts about what he's doing, enough that he hesitates before taking a kill-shot.
The third act kicks up the action with Monica trying to stay one step ahead of the people trying to kill her and Sam tries to get to the bottom of his misgivings about the job.
It's quite easy to imagine this as a film. The writing is very visual, keeping the story (and the reader) moving forward. I enjoyed it immensely. If there are any drawbacks, I would have liked to know more about the titular rules and the Agency but there's a chance I'll get that in the sequel. For anyone in the mood for a fast paced action thriller, this will be a great book to pick up.
Character & PoV: This is the strength of the book. The two characters are very well developed. It's seen in the word choice and carefully crafted metaphors that fill in the way they see the world. I never felt like an author was telling me a story, but rather each character had their own voice that was clear in their PoV chapters. (5 stars -- a great example of how to differentiate PoV.)
One of my favorite moments in the book is the intersection point. Each character meets the town gossip, who is recently engaged. Their individual reactions to her and the news of her engagement is one of the best foils I've ever read. (A moment that should be studied)
Plot: Rhew's open is strong and caught my attention. When the second major character is introduced there is a lot of overlap with earlier parts of the story. This helped me understand his second character, but I found I skimmed most of the repetitive dialogue. Honestly, it's the only thing I struggled with in the book.
Is there a moment when I don't know what's going to happen? Yes. After the mid-point turn in the novel, I had no idea what was going to happen next. Something I love in a story. (4 stars)