The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine)


Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down.

He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.

Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.

The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body.

And the takeover has already begun.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I have never lied about a book, so I am not going to start now.

The Rule of Thoughts definitely suffers from middle book syndrome. It moves quickly enough to read through without a problem, but the majority of the book is forgettable. We still do not learn more about the characters and their backgrounds.  We still do not really understand what “tangents” are and why they are there.  We do not learn how Kaine came to be.

Although the book is not going to be on the top of my recommendations list, I can say that the ending was definitely mind-blowing. It makes me feel like the third and final book might actually answer the questions that we have had all along. Let’s hope it does – otherwise, I am definitely going to feel like I wasted my time.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes, but only because I already have the trilogy and feel like I need to keep collections together.


Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, adventure, alternate worlds, virtual reality
ISBN: 9780385741422
Rating:  meh

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