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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
A Web of Deceit by Gary D. McGugun is a high-paced international suspense thriller set during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will also keep your mind alert with all its twists and turns and multiple, complex, well-drawn characters. As a matter of fact, Mr. McGugun is kind and prescient enough to provide us with an introductory chart listing all the players re the organizations they represent. The groups are threefold: Multima Corporation, a conglomerate of food corporations; The Organization, an international crime endeavor; and various global law enforcement bodies. And the two protagonists who face off are the straight-shooting Suzanne Simson of the first group, and the sexy Fidella Morales, head of the crime syndicate. Finally, a subterranean player is a deadly virus.
The narrative gets you on the edge of your seat right away with Suzanne’s mysterious arrest for money-laundering and with the brutal assassination of Fidella’s European competitor. Witness to the murder is another intriguing character, Howard Knight, who must find his way from the crime scene in Martinique to Canada and points Oriental. He fits into Mr. McGugun’s “freelancer” category, and his role will surprise you. The whole book is a series of almost unrelenting surprises, and everyone uses digital technology and money markets to win this potentially world-wrecking competition. These are high-end players in a high-end novel of intrigue, violence, money, and sex all in worldwide settings. It’s hard to put down as it unfolds step by step and keeps you turning the pages.