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"Luke Montgomery's fast-paced novel is a political and religious tour de force. This book puts a face on the clash of civilizations unfolding in our day. Too true to call fiction, too gripping to put down. Well-researched, brilliantly executed!" --Joel Richardson, New York Times Bestselling author

"It was about time someone created a skillful and intelligent page turner using Turkey and its politics as the base." -Yesim Erez, Cumhuriyet

"An EXPLOSIVE novel." -B.Johnson, High Tide Journal and Washington Times communities.

Luke Montgomery is a writer of true-to-life fiction who has crafted a brilliant piece of work. His debut suspense novel A Deceit To Die For is a fast-paced page turner that took me on a roller coaster ride from which I still haven't quite recovered. I predict we will be hearing more of Mr. Montgomery in the days to come. --Elizabeth Wise, author

About the Author

Raised on the ancient hunting grounds of the Mescalero Apaches, Luke Montgomery cut his teeth on tales of Geronimo’s exploits, supped with Viking heroes in Valhalla and embarked on exhilarating voyages with Odysseus. Somewhere along the way, he grew older, but he didn't grow up. After obtaining his MA in Linguistics, he set a course for adventure in Europe and the Middle East, where he lived for over a decade combing Hittite, Phrygian, Lycian, Greek and Roman ruins on the shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean. An inquisitive anthropologist and history buff, Mr. Montgomery immersed himself in the local culture, mastering both the language and customs of the people. He has sipped tea with the sons of Ottoman sultans, explored the Taurus Mountains with Turcoman tribes, listened to haunting Kurdish folk songs and watched the sun rise in Aman with the Arabic call to prayer floating over the desert sand. When he is not consulting private and public institutions with interests and operations in the Middle East, he tends grapes, raises Longhorn cattle and researches political developments. As an expert on Islam, he spends much of his time researching and writing about religious politics.

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Ethandune Publishing (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615596940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615596945
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raised on the ancient hunting grounds of the Mescalero Apaches, Luke Montgomery cut his teeth on tales of Geronimo's exploits, supped with Viking heroes in Valhalla and embarked on exhilarating voyages with Odysseus. Somewhere along the way, he grew older, but he didn't grow up. After obtaining his MA in Linguistics, he set a course for adventure in Europe and the Middle East, where he lived for over a decade combing Hittite, Phrygian, Lycian, Greek and Roman ruins on the shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean. An inquisitive anthropologist and history buff, Mr. Montgomery immersed himself in the local culture, mastering both the language and customs of the people. He has sipped tea with the sons of Ottoman sultans, explored the Taurus Mountains with Turcoman tribes, listened to haunting Kurdish folk songs and watched the sun rise in Aman with the Arabic call to prayer floating over the desert sand. When he is not consulting private and public institutions with interests and operations in the Middle East, he tends grapes, raises Longhorn cattle and researches political developments. As an expert on Islam, he spends much of his time researching and writing about religious politics. Some of the people and works that have shaped his worldview are Emily Dickinson, Rudyard Kipling, Atlas Shrugged, C.S. Lewis, Anton Chekhov, Omar Khayyam, LOTR, the Torah, O. Henry, The Ballad of the White Horse, Bruce Cockburn, George Orwell, Yaşar Kemal, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Yeshua...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne VINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
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Professor Ian O'Brien has obtained a document that someone will go to any lengths to acquire. It's a 16th century conspiracy that now they want to obliterate. This is the premise for this unique, suspenseful novel by Luke Montgomery. It's clear that the author has knowledge of both religious and Byzantine history and how past and present governments have used and continue to use religion to suit their objectives.

One thing I did not like about this book is that all the Christian characters are very "good" and all but one of the Muslim characters are really "bad". I also did not like how he wrote the character of Judith Herrin, it would have been much better if she had played a bigger role and we had more understanding of her character earlier in the novel. I would have rated this 5 stars but these are two of the reasons I did not.

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In June 2012 I read an article in The Washington times written by Luke Montgomery about the Turkish pianist Fazil Say and his indictment by the Turkish government. Many of the stories being written at the time were relating the same facts with little new insight into the issue at hand. Luke's article was a lengthy opinion piece that was both well written and authoritative. At the end of the article there were several sentences about Luke Montgomery's expertise on foreign policy, religion and culture, and also noted that he is fluent Turkish. Earlier that day Fazil Say had posted a statement in Turkish on his Official Facebook page that I desperately wanted to have translated and post on my website, FazilSayFan.com, so I took a chance and got in touch with Luke to see if he could help me. To my delight he agreed to help my readers with some of the translations and asked me if I would be interested in reading his new book and discussing it on the site.

"...you shall never convince me that creation is the product of time and chance."

Luke Montgomery's book, A Deceit To Die For, is a cross between Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, and Justin Cronin's The Passage. It is very fast paced and filled with many unexpected character developments. Luke is a master at creating tension and describing fear with cool precision. At the same time he writes with authority on topics of religion and politics, and does an excellent job explaining issues that I have struggled to understand for years. He draws a clear line between the "good" and the "bad," and he presents each side's story to the reader.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D.A. Lewis, PhD on July 7, 2012
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Luke Montgomery has produced a masterpiece! As an avid reader, I am often often dissapointed by conversations and events which seem unrealistic. Example, "This is an outrage to me and my family. I will no longer stand for these atrocities." Example, "the brothers were going from room to room defeating their adversaries with courage and brute force." I have never said such things, or defeated people with "brute force". If you are seeking this type of reading, please do not insult Mr. Montgomery and choose a different selection. Reading this novel was quite the opposite. The characters personalities and events were so realistic, on many occasions I felt as though I was in the conversation, or a part of the chase.

This intriguing tale takes us around the Middle East with twists and turns, leading the reader to feel the emotions of the characters and travel with them on their adventure. Wonderfully written and exciting from start to finish! Although I am not familiar with the history and religious aspects of the middle east, the author is obviously an expert. However, an amazing amount of historical information is incorporated into the tale in such an integrated manner, the reader was never overwhelmed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Bertrand on September 6, 2012
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I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a writers' event a few months ago. I was immediately impressed with the author, as well as his obvious devotion to his family. After reading his book, I am even more impressed. I am also a writer, and I consider myself reasonably well-read and educated, but I am not sure I can adequately describe my response to Mr. Montgomery's book. I was swept away, amazed, consumed, enthralled, shocked, and yes, awed. Mr. Montgomery does an excellent job of creating a world we can fall into, even if it is vastly different than our ordinary lives. The details of this world are impeccable, all of the characters realistic and compelling. The plot is fast paced, but so intricate, I found I needed to re-read passages. (I didn't want to miss anything!) I enjoyed every minute of every word. I am quite certain that I will read this fascinating book more than once. If you have an interest in history, if you have an interest in current world events, if you like to be surprised and kept on the edge of your seat, then you must read this book! I also want to know what ultimately happens to Zeki! Thank you, Luke Montgomery, for sharing your insight, your experiences, and your imagination! I loved the premise, and I loved your book!
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