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!READ BOOK ☧ Sutherland's Rules ♫ Love Loyalty Dope smuggling At sixty two, all Christian White wants is a quiet life But between the Feds trying to close his business and the challenges posed by his open marriage to Carol his hot, younger, bi wife peace isn t remotely on the cards And when Christian receives a letter from Billy, his old mate and sometime guardian angel from their hippie days, asking him to come to London and help him to collect on a forty year old IOU, Christian s other problems start to look insignifificant Because the IOU is for two hundred and fifty kilos of charas, high grade hashish The hash is in Afghanistan And Christian owes Billy enough that he s going to find it very hard to refuseA smart, sexy, hi tech thriller loaded with memorable characters and suspenseful scenes, Sutherland s Rules is one wild ride Sutherland s Rules is an exciting adventure that will keep you turning the pages fun, fast, fabulously plotted Ken Liu,Nebula and Hugo Award winner This is the first book by this author I have read and I enjoyed the story and the writing There is suspense, great descriptions of parts of the world I have not seen but can now imagine and characters that are human and engaging It s an interesting look at loyalty, growing older and making peace with one s self Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did Sutherland s Rules is the first thriller novel, or, in fact the first work of fiction written by the author Dario Ciriello This story features Christian White and the character after whom the book is named after, Billy Sutherland, who are very close friends and are in their sixties now Christian is leading a relatively peaceful life, running a legitimate business in New York but is threatened by the new regulations imposed by Food and Drug Administration FDA But, things change, when he is i Sutherland s Rules is the first thriller novel, or, in fact the first work of fiction written by the author Dario Ciriello This story features Christian White and the character after whom the book is named after, Billy Sutherland, who are very close friends and are in their sixties now Christian is leading a relatively peaceful life, running a legitimate business in New York but is threatened by the new regulations imposed by Food and Drug Administration FDA But, things change, when he is invited by Billy Sutherland to join him in one last mission, a highly dangerous one An IOU that Billy signed with an old farmer at Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan, forty years ago was about to mature and was for 250 kilos of hash cannabis Despite all the perils at going for it, the two decide to take the change to reminisce the days of their youth and they re to bring the stuff back to the United Kingdom, against all odds The best part about the book was Billy Sutherland himself a person with a very high IQ but has used it all along only to smuggle drugs, that too not usually for sale made his profile very interesting The way in which Billy planned the entire operation was the highlight of the novel The friendship between Christian and Billy was brought out well and I was also pleased with the character building, even with that of the antagonists the immigrants serving for the British Police force Detective Inspector Amir Khan and his sidekick, Vladimir The element of unseen character , often used in sitcoms although I ve seldom seen it being used in a book, was used well in this novel fitting Barraclough into that role, Amir Khan s superior Although Barraclough was never involved in an actual conversation, I believe the reader could still easily make out how he d react in either of the cases Khan s success failure in nabbing Sutherland and his friends The tiny sub plot was also a useful digression in the story, that being Christian s discussions with the CEO of his firm regarding the new FDA regulations The global element of the novel was enjoyable, with the story going through three continents over two hundred pages and particularly, the part where it takes place in Afghanistan was my favourite which brought out the author s diligent research on Afghanistan, their culture and their current plight I enjoyed the description of Afghanistan and also the author s take on some of the issues two which I believe are worth sharing in this reviewThe terrorists had won No two ways about it when a handful of semi literate cavemen several thousand miles away could upset the lifestyle of an advanced society of hundreds of millions of civilized people, they d won Game over And how Because we d become so soft, so afraid, so dependent on faceless structures and institutions to tell us what to do, how to act, what to think, that we actually deserved to losePage 25I think there will come the day when there are no foreigners, and Afghans rule all Afghans, But, peace, I am afraid that we will not have For peace, we needthan democracy we must all be beyond the tribe, beyond religion This is why the Europeans no longer fight wars against each other Until we overcome these thing, there cannot be peacePage 95This is one of those very few books where I loved both the protagonists and their counterparts while the former had not been doing anything so honourable, the way in which they approached the same was what made it special Even the two police officers were good and totally workaholic and took lots of effort in the Sutherland case despite their boss beingconcerned about some Estonian gang A pity that you can t have both the sides winning.I had wanted to read Khaled Hosseini s The Kite Runner for two reasons one being the author s citizenship for the reason that most books in my shelf are that of the authors from the British Isles and I wanted to add variety to it by adding books of American authors and the other one being that I wanted to read a story that takes place in Afghanistan, even if only a part of it takes place in that location This book, satisfied both those intentions of mine even before I got my hands on to The Kite Runner although as far the first reason is concerned, it is a little complicated in this case, with the author of Sutherland s Rules being London born, currently living in US and of Italian descent.To sum it up, I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience reading this book and I m sure most thriller lovers, too, would love this book It had a well written story, moving at the right pace and with a fitting end, which, in my opinion, are the most important aspects of the thriller novel Going by that, I d give this book a rating of five on five.Have a nice day,Andy Sutherland s Rules chronicles the last hurrah of two sixty somethings who, instead of purchasing the Penis Car or shagging the buxom redheaded twins as most of their contemporaries would do in a last bid to clutch youth , embark on an international quest that will see them score a staggering amount of high grade hash from Afghanastan, through Europe, and back to England where the larger than life Billy a maverick thinker and tinkerer who colours outside the lines lives Billy plans not to tra Sutherland s Rules chronicles the last hurrah of two sixty somethings who, instead of purchasing the Penis Car or shagging the buxom redheaded twins as most of their contemporaries would do in a last bid to clutch youth , embark on an international quest that will see them score a staggering amount of high grade hash from Afghanastan, through Europe, and back to England where the larger than life Billy a maverick thinker and tinkerer who colours outside the lines lives Billy plans not to traffic the hash but hoard it, gift a little bit of it, and smoke a whole lot of it.Billy s balance come in the form of his long time friend and currently common sense partner in crime, Christian White And although I appreciated Billy s ingenuity and that the character was constantly thinking as opposed to scheming although his thoughts typically quickly became schemes Christian, for me, stole the show and this story was truly his Now living the last chapters of his life, Christian clings to his so called Hippie world view while also firmly embracing often unbeknownst to him deep seeded conventions Case in point Christian accepts the terms of his lovely and over sexed wife when she informs him she needs a long leash and therefore indulges her bi sexuality through an open relationship BUT he also MARRIES her, thereby succumbing to the convention of Holy Matrimony despite the fact that his life philosophy would assume that he s farsuited to a common law co habitation He s a contradiction who does not even know he s a contradiction In his heart, however, Christian shuns The Man and all the Man s moral inspired rules His dream, as innocent and naive as it is at times conveyed in the story, is that we should adopt the philosophy of freedom in its truest sense meaning we would live with our own consciences and morals as guides It is this governing belief plus a decades old loyalty to Billy that allows him to be part of this grandly detailed and often ingenious caper So do they get the hash in the end Or does Khan the Cop another oldster, also looking for a last hurrah as a law enforcer and preferably a hurrah that will echo the adventures of his rock star, Sherlock Holmes foil the operation and bring down slippery Sutherland I m not going to reveal a spoiler but I am going to tell you that if you loved the movie Secondhand Lions you will love Christian Billy, and if you read the novel Shantaram and fell in love with Gregory David Roberts vivid and often breath catching descriptions of India, then you will similarly love the landscape, language, sights, sounds, and smells of Afghanastan Ciriello deftly captured in Sutherland s Rules In fact for the Afghanastan scenes alone this novel is well worth your time Sensational debut novel I m recommending it to many Reading this book felt a little like being a backseat driver in a vehicle with Tom Clancy at the wheel, Jeffrey Archer doing the fast deals and Robin Cook bankrolling border control They re all having too much fun to keep to the speed limit, while you ve got the window wound down yelling into the slipstream, we re SO GONNA GET CAUGHT Dario Ciriello, with many years of editing and publishing under his belt, has produced a humdinger of a debut novel Part hippy reminiscence, part Robert Ludlum Reading this book felt a little like being a backseat driver in a vehicle with Tom Clancy at the wheel, Jeffrey Archer doing the fast deals and Robin Cook bankrolling border control They re all having too much fun to keep to the speed limit, while you ve got the window wound down yelling into the slipstream, we re SO GONNA GET CAUGHT Dario Ciriello, with many years of editing and publishing under his belt, has produced a humdinger of a debut novel Part hippy reminiscence, part Robert Ludlum on speed, Sutherland s Rules brings two old friends and a gang of unlikely sort of heroes together on a drug run below the surveillance radar Moreover, Dario has done his research and thinking I would not be surprised if MI5 have already read this novel and is in the process of closing the loopholes Pity These are good bad guys, challenging the monolithic apparatus of modern policing on a mission to keep a promise and to just do it.Like teenagers who believe they are immortal, that they can run all the lights, cause no harm, have a thrill, and because of the type of friendship that we all crave the I ll be there, no matter what sort two over sixties friends embark on a final drug run from Afghanistan back to the UK The motivations are complex but really don t stand up to too much considered thought If you start thinking about it too much, you d not do it, which is the problem for poor Christian when his best friend calls him from London and drags him into an escapade that will, in all likelihood, end in incarceration or death That s the crazy underpinning to this plot that the characters risk everything for old promises, love, friendship, and the thrill I don t want to ruin the story by divulging too much but if Mr Nice met Robert Ludlum, drank too much coffee and got stoned, they d imagine writing something like this.I enjoyed this story very much Nothing supernatural here but a certain high that I found immensely appealing From the very first chapter I was sucked into the plot, the characters and the adventure I gave this book 5 stars because any story that can make me STOP reading because I don t want it to end is TOPS on my shelf Kudos to the author for telling a gripping tale with some funny moments too About fifty pages into this book, the words ripping yarn came to mind Not that there s anything old fashioned about this tight, colorful tale about two old friends who embark on a last, crazy adventure to Afghanistan to retrieve a large shipment of hashish The relationship between the two lead male characters one a lifelong adventurer, one a former adventurer who s settled down but misses the thrill beautifully captures the dynamics of longtime male friendship, and the woman that one of th About fifty pages into this book, the words ripping yarn came to mind Not that there s anything old fashioned about this tight, colorful tale about two old friends who embark on a last, crazy adventure to Afghanistan to retrieve a large shipment of hashish The relationship between the two lead male characters one a lifelong adventurer, one a former adventurer who s settled down but misses the thrill beautifully captures the dynamics of longtime male friendship, and the woman that one of them loves and who accompanies them on the mission is equally vividly portrayed strong, rooted, practical but up for anything The book works in a lot of local color and detail, and sometimes the historical and political references packed into the dialogue slow the action down a little But the book features several hair raising scenes of suspense and action, and the ending in which the fate of the whole operation is in the balance until near the very end of the book is one that you won t soon forget Sutherland s Rules is a fun caper read, but it sthan just a caper Yes, it has guys attempting to get away with breaking the law, but these guys are aging boomers Their caper isabout living life than about getting away with something The characters are likable, their actions plausible, and you ll root for them to succeed in bringing their hash into England The major action takes place in England and Afghanistan Both are richly drawn The author treats Afghanistan with respect On Sutherland s Rules is a fun caper read, but it sthan just a caper Yes, it has guys attempting to get away with breaking the law, but these guys are aging boomers Their caper isabout living life than about getting away with something The characters are likable, their actions plausible, and you ll root for them to succeed in bringing their hash into England The major action takes place in England and Afghanistan Both are richly drawn The author treats Afghanistan with respect One of the characters says he d like to return, and the author sets it up so that you can understand why I m not the target audience for this book, and I frequently find male action stories cartoon like thinly discussed male fantasies, but I thoroughly enjoyed Sutherland s Rules It s well written with good pacing There s just the right amount of tension Fun characters and the action is embedded in a well drawn world Loved this book It wasn t at all what I was expecting Science Fiction , but that didn t make it any less enjoyable Two mature gentlemen and later one s wife go on a last hurrah of an adventure to smuggle hash back from war torn Afghanistan for personal use Engaging writing and excellent narration. More than 40 years after a British hippie made a deal for 150 kilos of hash, the time has come to collect Pursued by a bored civil servant who fancies himself the incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and attacked by warring Afghan militants, two old friends cross the globe to pull off the caper of a lifetime.Sutherland s Rules is a smart and entertaining global adventure The plot is revealed through decades of intrigue and friendship The relationships between the characters are touching and their e More than 40 years after a British hippie made a deal for 150 kilos of hash, the time has come to collect Pursued by a bored civil servant who fancies himself the incarnation of Sherlock Holmes and attacked by warring Afghan militants, two old friends cross the globe to pull off the caper of a lifetime.Sutherland s Rules is a smart and entertaining global adventure The plot is revealed through decades of intrigue and friendship The relationships between the characters are touching and their exploits keep you turning the pages to find out what will happen next and you re wondering how or if they can every pull off their plan