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Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy - Book One (Suspense/Adventure) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Guare
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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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  • Language: English
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41 of 45 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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18 of 18 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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18 of 20 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Debut Thriller, taking the Readers... July 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
... 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ireland to India October 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a well written debut novel. It is an exciting spy thriller taking place in Ireland and India. Not only is it exciting, it is very atmospheric, through the very detailed descriptions Kathryn Guare creates. Conor and Irish farmer and musician turned spy travels to India to find his brother and bring him home. Containing many aspects, Irish dairy farming, MI6, gambling, money laundering, crime, illness, and much more it is full of action and suspense. It has a great sense of time and place, taking the reading into the heart of Ireland and India, has good storytelling and is well researched. Conor is very likeable and Guare deals with complex relationships really well. The pace is fast, many twists and turns to keep it moving and is cleverly written. It will appeal to lovers of music, travel, crime and family relationships. It keeps the reader reading, is compelling and a great read.
The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I intend to try this author's other novels:)
Deceptive Cadence is my first read by Kathryn, and I enjoyed it. Especially the author's depictions of India and Ireland that made me feel I had been there and knew the areas... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars So Believable
Just finished Kathryn Guare's "Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy-Book One (2013) and felt like another book would not compare to the warmth that this book left me with. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ShariAnnMyatt¡SAM¿
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The way the author weaves the story with threads of intrigue, violence, conspiracy, familial connection and love, topped off with a touch of mysticism and music is simply amazing.
Published 3 days ago by DJB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good one
Published 3 days ago by margaret lower
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Very entertaining. I read both her books. Can't wait for the 3rd one to come out.
Published 11 days ago by windgypsy
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller.
I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual novel - not only a thriller but mystical, Irish, intriguing. The plot is complex with many unexpected twists and turns, and the book is very well... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Elizabeth Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked how they portrayed the character
I liked how they portrayed the character. It was to bad that Conor's brother had to die. I am looking to find the second book that continues the story.
Published 16 days ago by Sarah Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved reading this book. Beginning to a great series.
Published 17 days ago by Iris Frieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense
This book had everything (except romance). Suspense and mystery. I'm looking forward the more of the author's books. Well written.
Published 21 days ago by Jimmie Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional spy story - highly recommend
Exceptional spy story with engaging characters; I'll certainly be reading more by this author.
Published 21 days ago by S. Toyofuku
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More About the Author

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 2014 Finalist Medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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