Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this legal thriller!
About Rule of Capture
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper Voyager (August 13, 2019)
“This one is fresh, intelligent, and emotional with a plot that envisions an alternate reality hard to dismiss as unreal. It’s a legal thriller, with a big twist, stirring and imaginative, brimming with skullduggery, that will have you asking: is this possible?”
— New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
Better Call Saul meets Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman in this first volume in an explosive legal thriller series set in the world of Tropic of Kansas—a finalist for the 2018 Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year.
Defeated in a devastating war with China and ravaged by climate change, America is on the brink of a bloody civil war. Seizing power after a controversial election, the ruling regime has begun cracking down on dissidents fighting the nation’s slide toward dictatorship. For Donny Kimoe, chaos is good for business. He’s a lawyer who makes his living defending enemies of the state.
His newest client, young filmmaker Xelina Rocafuerte, witnessed the murder of an opposition leader and is now accused of terrorism. To save her from the only sentence worse than death, Donny has to extract justice from a system that has abandoned the rule of law. That means breaking the rules—and risking the same fate as his clients.
When Donny bungles Xelina’s initial hearing, he has only days to save the young woman from being transferred to a detention camp from which no one returns. His only chance of winning is to find the truth—a search that begins with the opposition leader’s death and leads to a dark conspiracy reaching the highest echelons of power.
Now, Donny isn’t just fighting for his client’s life—he’s battling for his own. But as the trial in the top secret court begins, Xelina’s friends set into motion a revolutionary response that could destroy the case. And when another case unexpectedly collides with Xelina’s, Donny uncovers even more devastating secrets, knowledge that will force him to choose between saving one client . . . or the future of the entire country.
About Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown’s debut novel Tropic of Kansas was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and he was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. His short fiction and criticism has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including MIT Technology Review, LitHub, Tor.com and The Baffler. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he also practices law.
This book takes place in a dystopian, post-war America. The US lost a war with China and now the country is descending into a civil war with a president who grabbed power and fancies himself a dictator who continually abandons the rule of law.
Does this sound at all familiar? Rule of Capture is a fictional, legal thriller that takes place in an alternate reality version of America that doesn’t sound too far from the truth. As I read this book, I felt a chill crawl up my spine because some of the events in the book didn’t sound too far from our reality. Donny Kimoe is a lawyer who defends enemies of the state. When he is tasked with defending a woman name Xelina Rocafuerte who is accused of terrorism. But she is really part of an opposition movement in the US, a country now in the midst of a burgeoning civil war and in the throes of climate change.
Not only did this book terrify me with its visions of a future America, but it’s also an interesting legal thriller. Donny is the kind of character I really enjoy. Flawed, reckless, but with a heart of gold. In his quest to save Xelina, he risks his own life to uncover dark secrets and conspiracies that reach all the way to the top of this new, so-called “government.”
Highly recommended! I would really love to read The Tropic of Kansas at some point. I love dystopian, alternate reality novels and if you are reader that enjoys them as well, definitely add Rule of Capture to your book list.
Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours and https://www.harpervoyagerbooks.com for my copy of this page-turning thriller!