Insidious Deception


Fiction - Thriller - General
332 Pages
Reviewed on 03/20/2013
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Author Biography

Alan L Moss is a unique and emerging voice in the thriller genre. His writing draws upon Ph. D. research capabilities and many years in Washington D.C. as a federal Chief Economist, Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center. In 2002, he put his government career aside and moved to the Jersey Shore to pursue his writing.

His published novels spin sophisticated tales of conspiracy, love, sex, and subterfuge. After years of politics and bureaucracy, Alan has found the freedom of writing fiction an intoxicating and satisfying calling.

Two distinguishing features of Alan’s novels are involvement with significant national and international issues and remarkable settings.

His new novel, Insidious Deception (Whiskey Creek Press March 2013), deals with the market for rare earth minerals (substances required by the technologies of the future) and Middle East conflict and resolution during the Arab Spring.

Locations include Jerash, Jordan; Hvar, Croatia; the Negev Dessert and Mossad Headquarters, Israel; Pescara, Italy; Washington, D.C.; New York City, NY; Palm Beach, FL; Mountain Pass, CA; Toulouse and Paris, France; Socotra, Yemen; Andorra la Vella, Andorra; and La Samanna, St. Maarten.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

"Insidious Deception" is a compelling thriller that centers around a conspiracy to monopolize the highly profitable rare earth minerals world market. Rare earth minerals are substances that are needed by future technologies and controlling its trade means controlling the world. To be able to do this, ambitious industrialist Rex Raymond becomes a king maker and sets out to place a US senator at the White House. To make his man popular, his achievement should include bringing peace to the fractious Middle East. Professor Steve Arens, on the other hand, has been supporting the Arab Spring revolt that is spreading in the Middle East in the hopes of bringing democracy and peace in the region. And then there is Rob Taylor, an apprentice to Rex Raymond, whose idealism is fueled by the loss of a loved one.

"Insidious Deception" is highly interesting partly because it deals with relevant international concerns facing our society today. From Jordan to Croatia, Israel, Italy, France, Yemen and the US, this thriller brings its reader on an electrifying journey that is vivid and real. A peace initiative is being brokered by international conspirators whose real intention is to launch a U. S. Senator into the White House so that they can monopolize the rare earth minerals market. This is a plot that will not fail to catch the readers' attention but keeping them interested is another story. Alan Moss writes with a restraint that is admirable. His narrative is paced in such a way that the story becomes real and not contrived. This is not a thriller novel that will leave you gasping for breath because some chapters go on a dreamy course. The author sets the stage for an outbreak and after that you can almost feel the debris falling around you. You see, what makes this thriller very interesting is that the author does not succumb to the urge to fill it with too much action. The build up of the narrative is done in such a way that you think the story might just as well be happening right now.