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Glenn Meade lives in Dublin. A former journalist, he is now a specialist in the field of pilot training.
Photograph Â© David Conachy
A â€˜Web of Deceitâ€™ it certainly is, a web of complex plots too but clearly a very good book, gripping oneâ€™s attention from start to finish. It is a new direction for the author of Brandenburg and Resurrection Day, half the length, twice as fast, with emphasis on pace and plotting. Good escapist stuff, I rate it highly.Comparison: Kyle Mills, Paul Carson, Vince Flynn.Similar this month: Lee Child, Michael Marshall.
Kathy Kelly's world was shattered when a plane carrying her husband-an Iraq War veteran and devoted father-and her two children vanished from the sky one night. No trace of the plane was ever found.Eight years later, Kathy has struggled to rebuild her life, but then wreckage of his plane is found in the wilderness of Great Smoky Mountains National Park-hundreds of miles from where her husband's plane should have been. The pilot perished in the crash, but there is no sign of Jack or the children. Could they have made it out alive after all? But if so, where have they been all this time? Where are they now?As Kathy searches for any clue about what happened to her family, the investigation uncovers some unsettling clues-including a briefcase containing millions of dollars in cash, a priceless mask stolen from an Iraqi museum, and a clue that links Jack's disappearance with the suspicious death of Kathy's mother years ago.But she soon learns that others have been looking for the wreckage and its occupants for a long time. Others who are determined to make sure she never finds her family and that they remain dead. Shadowy, powerful people who will kill for what was on board-a secret her husband was the keeper of. A secret so powerful it will open a Pandora's box of bloody revenge-one that reaches back into the past and into the highest echelons of wealth and power, all the way to the White House.This breathless, pulse-pounding thriller examines the very real billions in cash and priceless artifacts that vanished into the pockets of powerful American men during the Iraq war, and examines the extreme lengths some people will go to protect the secrets of what really happened to all that money.
For two thousand years, wars have been fought, dynasties founded and great empires built on the message at the heart of Christianity - that Jesus Christ is the one true messiah. But in modern-day Jerusalem, archaeologist Jack Cane makes a shocking discovery. A discovery that not only threatens to destroy the charismatic new Pope, but one that could shatter two thousand years of faith and challenge the very foundations of the western world.