Rules of War (Logan West Series #4)

Rules of War (Logan West Series #4)

by Matthew Betley

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Overview

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Following the events of the “fast, hard-hitting, and impossible to put down” (The Real Book Spy) Field of Valor, Logan West continues his mission to bring America’s traitorous vice president to justice, even as the clandestine group pulling all the strings makes one last deadly bid to regain their power.

The vice president of the United States is missing, the director of the National Security Agency has been assassinated, and the mysterious organization orchestrating global instability is in tatters. While John Quick recovers from a gunshot wound that nearly killed him, Logan West is on the hunt to bring the vice president back to the US to face justice for his treason. The final stakes have never been higher and Logan and his task force are left with little to no options. Will it be this warrior’s end?

“As a former Marine, Betley really knows his stuff” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills), and rules of Rules of War is filled with the gripping, nonstop action thriller fans crave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501162039
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Logan West Series , #4
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 6,993
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Matthew Betley is a former Marine officer of ten years. His experience includes deployments to Djibouti after September 11, and Iraq, prior to the surge. A New Jersey native who considers Cincinnati home, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a BA in psychology and minors in political science and sociology.

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Rules of War


  • Caracas, Venezuela

    The pain of his little girl was all that mattered. He knew he would likely die if he did what they asked, but it didn’t matter. All that mattered was saving her.

    Chief Inspector Santiago Rojas of the Counterintelligence Direction of the Bolivarian National Intelligence—known as the SEBIN—stared across the rectangular wooden table at the two older men; one he knew, the other he only recognized from Venezuelan television and politics. At thirty-nine and the head of a special domestic unit charged with preventing internal threats, he’d been summoned to the meeting at a clandestine safe house that the SEBIN used for staging operations and other low-level tactical planning on the northern outskirts of the city at the base of the Venezuelan Coastal Range mountains.

    An executive to one of the men had approached him at home and notified him that they needed his help in a sensitive, dangerous matter and that they’d be willing to help his daughter in return. She is everything to me. No matter what they want, no price is too high if they can help her.

    “If you do this,” the older of the two men now said in Spanish, white hair loosely falling across his forehead, “we will do everything we can to save your daughter, starting this very moment. Do we have an agreement?”

    The second man, bald on top with black hair shaved neatly to the skin on both sides of his head, sat quietly, studying Santiago.

    The irony is that either one of them could have ordered me to do this, but instead, they’re bribing me. Whatever this is, it’s not for official channels. But he knew better than to raise his questions. Men of power always have their reasons.

    “We do, sir,” Santiago replied calmly, and looked both men directly in the eyes. Please, God, let the treatment work. “Myself and my men are at your disposal.”

    “No. This is for you alone. Your unit must never know. Ever. Do you understand?” the seventy-year-old politician replied. “This mission is too sensitive, Santiago,” he said, using the chief inspector’s given name. “If you utter a word of it to anyone, you put us, yourself, and most importantly, your daughter, in serious danger. This mission must not be compromised.”

    What have I just agreed to? Santiago thought, his black eyebrows furrowing momentarily above sharp eyes and angular dark-brown features that women paid attention to when he was near. Whatever it is, you’re in it now.

    “Gentlemen, what exactly is the mission?” Santiago asked, genuine interest in his voice.

    The two men looked at each other, and the white-haired man opened the leather bag in front of him, pulled out an 8.5" x 11" high-resolution color photograph, and placed it in front of Santiago.

    Looking off to the side toward something Santiago would never see was a figure he instantly recognized as a man of purpose with an indefinable aura of danger around him. Staring into the unknown was a strikingly handsome American with a slightly tanned complexion, short brown hair, and a faint scar that ran down his left cheek. But it was the eyes that the hidden photographer had captured that drew him in—bright-green pools of intelligence seemed to dance on the thick, glossy paper in front of the inspector. They shone with calculation, but Santiago sensed there was much more to him, that this formidable man was capable of great violence.

    “It’s not a ‘what.’ It’s a ‘who,’?” the white-haired man replied and jabbed a bent, aged finger onto the face of the man. “And he’s now your primary target.”

    Santiago was quiet as he studied the photograph a moment longer, before finally speaking. “Tell me who he is,” he said, and committed himself to a course of action from which there was no turning back.

    For my daughter, Santiago thought one last time, and proceeded to listen to what the director of the SEBIN and the president of Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice had to offer.

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    Rules of War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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    72BRUIN 8 months ago
    This is the first book that I’ve read in the series, and I would have benefited by knowing more of the backstory. However, the non-stop action kept me interested and the characters were easy to root for and against. Just when you think Logan West has it all under control in his quest to bring the vice-president to justice, another obstacle needs to be overcome.
    Sierra_Six 8 months ago
    Matthew Betley rocks again with his action packed fourth entry into the renowned Logan West thriller series. I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer wild pace of the thriller, starting on all thrusters without letting up. Rules of War is a delicious treat for hardcore action thriller fanatics looking for a smart, adrenaline pumping and no holds barred action read with lethal characters. Rules of War starts off not much later after the events of Field of Valor, with Logan West on the trail of his target, the ex-Vice President of the United States, who turned out to be a nefarious character in the shocking twists of the previous novel. While Mr. Betley does aptly explain the events of the prior novel for a new reader to quickly jump into this book, I would recommend that readers go through Field of Valor at least beforehand to get the gist of the ‘race-against -time’ circumstances and the personal stakes involved. The narrative is fast and direct, with entertaining thrills and suspense. While there are no huge plot twists, I felt the book did not need any, with the emphasis on dynamic situations, leading Logan West and his colleagues to adapt to the changing situational environments faster than I could breathe. The main focus this time around is on Logan West and Cole Matthews of Task Force Ares, as they dismantle The Organization. John Quick and Amira Cerone, while away from the action in Venezuela where Logan and Cole wreak havoc still have a lethal arc in Rules of War, with John Quick having a bad-ass fight sequence inside a Chick Fil A kitchen. As with all previous Logan West thrillers, Rules of War does not disappoint with its authentic tactics and weapon systems, owing its thanks to Mr. Betley’s years of service. The tactical authenticity lends a huge helping hand to the power of action sequences in this novel. The action is relentless, taking place in exciting and breathtaking sequences such as earthquakes, chair lifts, on top of trains, and then some. The shootouts and close quarter combat sequences are superbly written, allowing readers to visualize every aspect of the moment in slow motion, a trait limited to a few authors who can write stunning action sequences. It’s always fun reading Logan West shoot bad guys while advancing in a combat crouch. There is no denying there is a strong emotional factor in this lethal thriller. With emotional stakes, both from painful pasts and hopeful futures, the emotions for both protagonists and antagonists give them another layer of depth to their three-dimensional characters, which really helps to invest oneself into the book. With emotions swirling high and fueling the action, the narrative is even better. With such a fast and action-packed pace, the book rarely gives you time to ponder about the events that transpire. This however isn’t a bad thing, especially for Rules of War since the story is a straight shooter with lots of gunfights and a thirst for vengeance that sucks the readers in like its their own battle for vengeance. All in all, Rules of War is a highly entertaining thriller with memorable action sequences, grounded characters and situations, and a heart that easily resonates with readers who invest themselves in this thriller. A great read for the summer!