Monday, April 7, 2014

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.