THE FOG OF WAR HIDES MANY SECRETS, BUT RARELY A GOOD ONE. The Fourth Rule tells the story of on secret born when a Green Beret returns from Vietnam and disappears. Two decades after, the CIA approaches the soldier's younger brother, Matthew Grant, to uncover what happened. Matthew denies knowing anything, but the CIA doesn't believe him, and thus begins an intense clandestine activities, and a not-so-ordinary citizen, who has to risk it ll to protect his secret and right a terrible wrong from the past.#
The Fourth Rule is a fast-paced, literary adrenalin rush! It's the story of two brothers and the secrets uncovered in Vietnam and hidden for 22 years, culminating in a high-stakes gamble where the prize is a normal life for one brother ... and peace for the other. Douglas Seaver creates memorable characters and an unforgettable story.
This is my second book based around the Vietnam War and this one is by far and away better than the other offering.
The secret was revealed about one third of the way through and what a secret it is. How on earth did he deal with that? Add a kidnapping to the mix and Oh My! All the way though I had a feeling that Matthew was not all he seemed. As it turned out I was right in that assumption (I will not say what that assumption was as it would ruin it for you, the potential reader).
There is a lot of suspense and intrigue I this complex novel with loads of action. It is definitely a page turner, which has rounded, well-developed, memorable characters with whom the reader can identify.
The locations are well described and make the reader fell as though they are following in the heroe’s footprints.
The novel progresses at a nice steady pace and the dialogue between characters is believable and engaging.
I found this book very enjoyable and extremely well written with an easy style. This was an ARC but the typos present did detract somewhat from the pleasurable read. Not bad for a début and I will be on the look-out for other novels by this author.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
I rated this 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I liked it' on Amazon (4 stars) and Goodreads (3 stars).