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Deceptive Cadence (The Virtuosic Spy/Conor McBride Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Guare
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gold Medal Winner for Fiction, Readers Favorite Awards
Winner, Finalist Medal for Best Action/Adventure, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller, Kindle Book Awards

Readers who love “thrillers with heart” will find everything they’re looking for in this award-winning book - the first in a new suspense series.
Meet Conor McBride. He’s even more interesting than the trouble he gets into.
A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother.
On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride’s only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him.
But he’s becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing—and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.
As the latest addition to the popular “thrillers with heart” genre, reviewers are praising this new suspense series and its irresistible hero:
“A true international thriller!”
“…an intense adrenaline-pumping plot with all the twists and turns you would expect from the genre and an irresistible hero. Kudos to Guare for creating my new literary crush.”
“…a refreshing take on the mystery/thriller/spy genre. I was totally glued to the novel, and stayed up late last night as I was so captivated with the book.”
“…unlike a lot of suspense/thrillers I've read, the characters were really complex and vivid. Conor McBride is an especially great character and I hated to have the book end because I wanted to spend more time with him.”
“If you like suspense novels, you'll love this one! Conor McBride is not your typical detective/spy.”
“…pages and pages of sheer action that kept me glued to my kindle for a whole night!”
“I found myself worrying about Conor while I was at work and not reading!”
“Absolutely terrific book…The characters are grand, especially the hero.”
Scroll up to grab your copy of the first installment in this action-packed thriller/suspense series.

Editorial Reviews


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)
    read the full review of Guare's debut thriller mystery here:

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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  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CF0440K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true international thriller! March 20, 2013
By Janet
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend 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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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The long train to nowhere 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! March 20, 2013
By AliM
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Deceptive Cadence is a wonderful introduction to what also might be called (The Reluctant Spy). Kathryn Guare has created an attractive character in Connor McBride. Connor possesses the perfect combination of boyish charm, sensitive musician, and brawny strength that keeps the reader charmed and drawn to him. His heroic struggle to find and save his older brother Thomas is compelling. The added mystical touch of Celtic spirituality combined with Indian spirituality gives this novel color, contrast and flavor. The descriptions of place, from the scenic coast of Ireland to Mumbai are beautifully shaded and come vividly alive.

The story itself at times falters suspense wise,the threats don't come off as terribly threatening. The bad guys, are just not bad enough. Even so the relationships between the characters are satisfying and when disaster strikes your heart will beat a tad faster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars East to read book
I liked the book. The characters were very good. Plot moved quickly changed quite a few times but kept my interest. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Maureen Scarborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly love
Hate,anger,pain all mixed together. This takes you on quite an adventure.This is really more a man's book,but I enjoyed it and the Irish flavor.
Published 12 hours ago by Betty
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful engaging read!
Never read a book by Ms. Guard before, but I will now search for more. She wove a complex tale of suspense with several subplots that gripped me so that it was difficult to close... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kerryman
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare
I loved reading Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare! It is an excellent thriller and the author writes excellent descriptions of scenery and plus really good character backgrounds. Read more
Published 4 days ago by A K Nachshoni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very satisfied with purchase
Published 11 days ago by sewclark
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
Fast moving story. Couldn't put it down till I finished. Well illustrated scenes. Didn't figure out the plot like happens so often.
Published 11 days ago by T. G. Acker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, a real nail biter!
Published 13 days ago by carol nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy!
This writer has a good command of language and an active imagination. However, her plot is overly complicated and confusing. Read more
Published 13 days ago by blockhead
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
I was surprised to like this book so much. Really good read! Loved the characters and settings. Can't wait to read more from Ms. Guare! Bravo!
Published 14 days ago by Teckyfile
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. recommend this to anyone interseted in suspense ...
Great book. recommend this to anyone interseted in suspense novels.
Published 17 days ago by TazzzMan
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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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