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A Deceit to Die For [Kindle Edition]

Luke Montgomery
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Book Description

A mysterious letter hidden in an old manuscript…
Merciless assassins determined to recover it…
An ordinary family fighting to survive…

When history professor Ian O’Brien purchases an old collection of letters and books, he unknowingly steps into the world of a shadowy organization. His family is soon caught up in a web of intrigue and deceit spun out of a 16th century Muslim conspiracy that somebody still wants to keep secret. This powerful and ruthless group will stop at nothing to recover the document. Events spin out of control, tragedy strikes and the quest for answers begins. Facing impossible odds, they race against time to discover the truth and save their loved ones. In the process, they learn just how powerful and enduring a lie can be.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Meticulously researched and drawing on historical facts, Luke Montgomery’s fast-paced, thought-provoking thriller exposes the dark history behind the cultural and religious challenges we face today. This explosive and courageous debut novel forces us to grapple with issues of identity and faith. In the words of one reviewer, “Never again will you utter the words ‘gospel truth’ without thinking of this book.”


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615596940
  • Publisher: Ethandune Publishing; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F5416W
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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.

"No trouble comes from wishing people well, my son.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, INTELLIGENT, A THRILLING PAGE-TURNER 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed....!!! March 28, 2012
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Fantastic, suspenseful and unique historical novel intertwined with espionage and murder. An exceptional portrayal of the constant struggle between good and evil. A gripping plot driven by divergent religious beliefs. Well written by an author who no doubt has vast knowledge of Middle Eastern culture. Masterful details of complex covert shadowy government agency hidden from most of an oblivious population. Spine tingling ride from the beginning to the end.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deceit to Die For March 25, 2012
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As a Middle East politics enthusiast of Turkish origin, I have witnessed the suffering of the Turkish people during the last 10 years from the Orwellian policies of an Islamic regime during which journalists are jailed for criticizing the government, the right to free speech is stifled by intimidating the public and where a government is the Big Brother who listens to private conversations and limits web access.
The common Turk is also aware of Imam Gulen who resides in PA and operates schools via his organization and network throughout the world including in the US.

With all its intricacy and deceit, Turkish politics already reads like a page turner. It was about time someone created a skillful and intelligent page turner using Turkey and its politics as the base. Luke Mongomery has done exactly that.

"A Deceit to Die For" takes place in the UK, the USA, Egypt and Turkey. A collection of letters and books acquired by Professor O'Brien contain a document someone wants to keep a secret at whatever expense. His family in the US find themselves against an international organization who is trying to bury the secret forever. The story breathlessly unfolds an international mystique. The framework is meticulously researched and the reader is treated to slices of life from modern Istanbul, the dynamics between government institutions and between social classes. It has realistic snapshots of suicide bombers, Hizbullah terrorists, government sympathizers with veiled wives.

I am already looking forward to this author's next novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, plain and simple.
Absolutely awful. The author included every negative stereotype ever written about Muslims, the plot line seemed like an over exaggerated Dan Brown novel, and the ending was just... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars needs editing
Another riff on the "once lost now found" document that will change the world theme. Good writing with believable detail and a standard boy lost girl, boy found girl again... Read more
Published 7 months ago by zubonhebi
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, poor execution.
This effort is interesting if you want a quick overview of militant Islam and its nefarious plan to impose a Caliphate on Europe. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Humphry Knipe: Author of The Nero Prediction
4.0 out of 5 stars Simultaneously Educating and Entertaining
Mr. Montgomery has done the impossible: Breaking down complex historical and religious conflicts into bite-size chunks, while maintaining a thrilling, uplifting story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Larry D. Matlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative Read
Very interesting and Timely read. This book was well researched,which made the plot
very plausible and the characters were well developed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Diane L. Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read even if a little forced
I enjoyed this book and found it engaging. There were times that it seemed the author was just trying to show that he'd actually been to the places he's referencing and let things... Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Hyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of deceit and lots of action!
Lots of characters that are developed well. Lots of action and it also makes you think. Will have you asking for more.
Published 18 months ago by Lou Mineweaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair warning - Don't forget to breathe!
Luke Montgomery's knowledge of both history and current events in the Middle East (esp. Turkey) makes him an invaluable source for sensing the seismic status of that highly... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Larry First
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction or real?
Did you like Ian Fleming or Mickey Spillane's James Bond/Mike Hammer books? Did you enjoy the "Da Vinci Code"? Then you will love this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by eclipse69
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible political thriller in the heart of Europe and Istanbul....
I started this book and could not put it down. It was a real page turner with excitement and mystery at every turn. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Shirley Temple
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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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