The Fourth Rule

the fourth rule

By: Douglass Seaver

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense,Thriller

Review: Mark served as a Green Beret in Vietnam and shortly after returning, disappears. His younger brother, Matthew, admits to having spent time with him after his return, but claims to know nothing of his disappearance. Twenty-two years later, rogue CIA agent, Jack Straw, is on the hunt for Mark and he believes that Matthew knows the truth.

I received an eARC from, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Ok, so this book got off to a great start and I was hooked from the beginning, but once I got about halfway through I couldn’t put it down! I usually prefer a book written in the first person, but Seaver does such a great job narrating this story in the personality of the characters that you forget that it’s not first person. The majority of the book is written with Matthews personality, but when Jack shows up there is an instant change in the voice. Loved it!

Although this is a mystery with action and political controversy, the characters were pretty realistic. Matthew is an all around good guy, smart, professional, good looking… but still very human. Robin is a beautiful, career driven reporter, but not cold. Jack may be a little over the top, but hey, he’s the villain. I did, however, find the dialog a bit forced at times and the fact that the FBI allows Matthew so much control during the investigation was unrealistic. Overall, a really good, edge of your seat book. Thank you!

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