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Deceptive Cadence (The Conor McBride Series - Mystery Suspense Thriller Book 1) (The Virtuosic Spy) Kindle Edition

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2014 Finalist Medal for Best Action/Adventure Novel, Next Generation Indie Book Awards                 

Compulsion Reads Adds Deceptive Cadence To Its "Irresistible Collection"
#1 Endorsement Site for Indie Books Praises Thriller Kindle Book

" intense adrenaline-pumping plot with all the twists and turns you would expect from the genre, and an irresistible hero. Guare has masterfully crafted a plot-driven book with a deep character study. I don't think I have ever read a book that was so powerful on an emotional level and also fed my need for action at the same time. In one word: Wow."

Reader's Favorite Gives Top Marks to Thriller Ebook Deceptive Cadence "...a brilliantly written piece of storytelling...should appeal not just to fans of spy stories, but everyone as well."

Mystery Author R.A. Herrold Reviews Deceptive Cadence
"...Guare diverges creatively from the formula in her debut thriller, Deceptive Cadence. The result is a richer reading experience that we get with 'masters' of the genre like Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown."
    - The Bridge (Montpelier Weekly)
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About the Author

Kathryn Guare spent ten years as an executive with a global health membership and advocacy organization. She has traveled extensively in Europe and India, and lives in the small Vermont town where she grew up. She has a passion for Classical music, all things Celtic, and exploring ethnic foods and diverse cultures. This is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 2645 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CF0440K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathryn Guare lives in the Vermont town where she grew up, part of the third generation of her family to call the tiny capital city of Montpelier home. She spent ten years as an executive with a global health membership and advocacy organization, worked as a tour coordinator in a travel agency, and has traveled extensively in Europe and India. She has a passion for Classical music, all things Celtic, and exploring ethnic foods and diverse cultures. Her first novel, "Deceptive Cadence" was awarded a Gold Medal in the Readers Favorite Awards and a Silver Medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Leo Little on August 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a difficult read for me. I expected a spy novel to have lots of action and intrigue, but I found myself plowing through this novel just to get to the end.
First let tell you what I thought was really great about this novel. The author has the ability to put you in a place and make you believe you are really there. Her scene setting is exceptional. I too claim the title as an author and I can honestly tell you her ability surpasses my own in that respect. I also like her characterization and the seamless flow of her prose. So why did I give the novel only two stars? Plot and story telling. I write fantasy and even with my imagination, I could not believe the story. MI6 recruits a farmer who was a talented musician but his wayward brother got the family in trouble. The brother is now involved in laundering money for gun running terrorist. So Conner McBride goes to spy school and is supposed to be the best ever to come out of this school. However despite the many times the writer reminds us of this, her character proves the exact opposite. He bumbles his way through every situation and doesn't accomplish anything. This guy doesn't even have the common sense not to steal from the mob when other options were available. He exposes himself to unnecessary risks ...somehow gets pulled by every stray wind that comes his way. I would think a master spy should be able to control the situations and be ready with a second third and even four contingency plan to accomplish his mission. When all is said and done he only manages alienate himself from every town and backwater in India. I at one time thought this might be a spy spoof novel, but I didn't find anything funny enough to carry this long and drawn out story in that direction.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Janet on March 20, 2013
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This book was recommended to me by my dearest friend, who described it as an international thriller. I was a bit skeptical, because oftentimes, internatinal thriller means nothing more than that it takes place in another country. But with "Deceptive Cadence", the author truly immerses you into each of the foreign locations where the story takes place - England, Ireland, and especially India. I've never traveled to India, but throughout the story, I felt as though I were right there, walking down an alley in Mumbai, experiencing the action alongside the hero of the story, Connor. Her writing is very descriptive and intelligent, which isn't always easily found. I immediately bonded with a couple of characters, feeling as though I've known them forever. The relationship between Connor and his brother Thomas is intriguing and complex.

The story moves along, introducing fascinating characters at every turn. There were a couple of developments that I never saw coming, but with hindsight, make perfect sense. I was very surprised to learn that this is her first novel, as the writing is so fantastic! Classical music, Indian food, the slums of Mumbai, English farming - it's as though she's an expert in them all!

I really, really loved this character-driven story and hope that both Connor and Thomas turn up again in another book. Oh, and the guy from MI6. I really loved him! And, that mystical woman he meets on the train in India. Fascinating characters! I hope she brings them all back! A truly riveting story and cast of characters. Read it!!

This book is my book club selection for next month and I can't wait to hear what my fellow readers have to say. Can't wait for Book Two!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin on January 9, 2014
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I highly recommend this smart and well written book. Kathryn Guare first book deserves high praise. The authors rich background has obviously informed this story, set mostly in India, with MI6, CIA and others involved in a complex situation. I won't give anything away, but as a writer myself, I found Guare's results inspiring. She has entered this genre at the top of her game elevating the book beyond the typical shoot em up -bang bang CIA story. I already look forward to Book 2 where I hope some of the characters return. If you admire good writing, you will count this as a favorite.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AliM on March 20, 2013
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I loved this book! The story grabbed me from the start and I couldn't put the book down. It is a spy novel, but the development of the characters makes it so much more than that. I found myself worrying about what was happening to Conor while I was at work and not reading! The author is a master of descriptive language. She describes the slums of Mumbai and the mountains of northern India so beautifully that I feel like I have been there. The book is exciting, sad, and spiritual all at the same time. Conor reminds me a little of James Bond, but with much more heart and soul.

The plot twists keep you guessing until the very end, yet once you have finished reading, it all makes perfect sense. I cannot wait for book 2! I hope it will be coming out very soon. I want to know what Conor is going to do next!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Miki101.Michaela on July 7, 2013
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... on a real rollercoaster ride from Ireland to India.

Conor McBride struggles along on his Irish dairy farm together with his mother Bridgid, a very sensitive woman, but also very ill. The struggling has to do with her eldest son, Thomas, who "gambled away" the farm with a fraud of an EU grant.
Which had cost Conor also his career as a violinist and his fiancee, too. But Conor is given a chance by MI6, the The British Secret Intelligence Service to be recruited as an agent - trained to be a real undercover agent with all the wits and tricks and skills it takes. And the trainee will outreach his master's highest expectations...

Conor McBride's mission seems simple enough right from the beginning: Travel to Mumbai in India, find his brother, and bring him back to London in one piece. Only his brother was yet a criminal who destroyed Conor's career when he let Conor take the fall for his crimes. But now he has also become a very skilled money launderer for international terrorists and mobsters, too. So Conor's mission is soon complicated by double and triple agents and simple and less simple criminals, Russian mobsters and three-letter agencies from the U.S. of A.
And Conor's skills are tested in ways he never imagined. And to make things 'easier'for him, he captures an insidious illness, which will complicate his live and bring him near mortal danger...But in the meantime he has yet to face the possibility that certain people he trusted may want him dead.

I don't want to reveil more of the plot and the pages and pages of sheer action that kept me clued to my kindle for a whole night!
This is a pure international thriller - with all the wits and tricks and double and triple game an excellent book needs!
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