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The Third Rule of Ten

Gay Hendricks, Tinker Lindsay

Fiction

978-1-4019-4167-3

Keep current with the truth: we're only as weak as our secrets—especially the ones we keep from ourselves. That's the Third Rule of Ten.As the go-to private detective for a bevy of high-profile client... More

Apr 07, 2014 alpha_andy_omega
The Third Rule of Ten is even more exciting than the first two Tenzing Norbu novels. Once again the ex-Tibetan monk/private investigator is in way over his head, and has to rely on everything he's got including some old friends. There are great unexpected twists and turns, that of course you come to expect in a great mystery story. Ten's characterization is so well crafted, he's almost impossible not to like. We can all identify with his self criticism, and his desire to do the right thing while often doing the opposite and having to look deep and find self forgiveness. All three novels have been action-packed, but this one takes the cake. The plot is also hard to second guess. It would make a fantastic movie. I think Jet Li is the obvious choice to play Ten. I hope somebody in Hollywood is working on that. What's great about The Third Rule of Ten is the underlying story; it's about accepting our human frailties and doing the best you can. There are many times when the most enlightened of us are going to screw up, but you just dust yourself off, and try again. This case is definitely Ten's most interesting, but I can't really say too much about it without giving away spoilers. If you enjoyed the first two books, you will certainly love this one. I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes, from the nice folks at Hay House Publishing. The opinion expressed in this review is my own, honest assessment.
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Feb 27, 2014 Eleven11
"Keep current with the truth: we’re only as weak as our secrets—especially the ones we keep from ourselves." This is the third rule, and in the latest installment in the exciting Tenzing Norbu Mystery Series, our Private Detective , ex–Buddhist monk, ex–LAPD officer, Tenzing “Ten” Norbu, has a brand new case to solve.

When political personality Bets McMurtry's housekeeper goes missing literally without a trace, Ten takes the case and stumbles into a web of secrets and revelations, all the while learning to deal with his own personal demons, and discovering along the way the difference between privacy and secrets.

This story reads like a Detective story, with a dynamic hero and plenty of danger, mystery, and intrigue - and then there is the twist of Ten being an ex-Buddhist monk, and spiritual concepts brought into the story. And the author's didn't do this in a way that comes off preachy, they wove these ideas throughout in a way that was totally organic to the story.

Looking forward to the next installment!

"The Third Rule of Ten" is now available at Amazon.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Feb 14, 2014 skiwee47

Tenzing ‘Ten’ Norbu was a Tibetan monk and LAPD Detective in the Robbery and Homicide division. He now uses his training as a monk and skills as a police officer for his new self-owned business, Private Investigator. His friend, Mac Gannon, calls to have him investigate the disappearance of Clara, House representative Elizabeth ‘Bets’ McMurty’s housekeeper. Clara is the cousin of Mac’s housekeeper, Sofia, who also turns up missing. They both work for the same housecleaning service.

Ten is at home when an attempted burglary takes place, shooting two of the three culprits. He thinks it has something to do with the disappearances of Sofia and Clara. Little does he know that the head of the drug organization is ‘Carnate’, a nemesis from long ago who is using a different name. Trying to figure everything out, Ten takes a bike ride and notices a van similar to the one he saw at Mac Gannon’s place. This leads the investigation in another direction.

Tenzing employs the help of friend, Clancy, to help in the surveillance of the housecleaning service company. He then follows a lead to a hospital in the desert of Mexico. What is this hospital doing here in the middle of nowhere? Is this the headquarters of Carnate? What is Mac or Bets involvement in this situation? Nothing is as it seems to be, until Tenzing puts the pieces of the puzzle together.

Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay have collaborated on a mystery novel that is full of questions you want answered right away. You will enjoy the different situations Ten gets himself into, but with his specialized training he goes with his instincts. It was a little slow starting, but picks up and takes off. Also included is Chapter One of the novel, The Fourth Rule of Ten. I recommend this novel for mystery lovers and puzzle solvers alike.

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Feb 13, 2014 ginadrellack
In the tradition of the series, The Third Rule of Ten continues to deliver! Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay have a gift for writing these stories. The mystery novel aspect is well-crafted, with story development intelligently supporting the caper. The ending makes perfect sense but you don’t predict it. The character of Ten is very identifiable, the authors wondrously make an ex-monk, ex-cop become a regular guy, lovable in his flaws. There is magic in the authors’ ability to weave spiritual aspects into human existence in their modern-day stories: it makes you realize the line between the two in your own life is really not so stark, either.

Okay, full disclosure: there was a point during reading where I began to surprisingly get turned off, despite my love-fest with the book. I felt the authors were moving toward launching headfirst, skeleton-style, down the slippery slope of controversial topics, personal views, and political standpoints–and this was detracting me from the story. However, very shortly after wondering this and reading further, I realized how it all tied in perfectly with where the story went. The same aspect that began to lose me as an audience hooked me back in as a reader. Opinions on controversial political subjects aside, I appreciate that whatever those opinions are, how the topics were addressed applicably made the story richer. The reader is left to decide for themselves in these matters, and the authors were not afraid to make the story meaningful.

Murder meets meditation: Hendricks and Lindsay have an identifiable and likable main character, as well as a relevant and well-crafted mystery. I look forward to the next rule of Ten, and will once again drop everything to read it!

Hay House graciously gave me this book simply in exchange for my thoughts about it, as part of their Book Nook blogger program. Vielen Dank!
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