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Alan L. Moss is a versatile writer who has penned three books since 2000, each a unique and innovative work. His debut novel, Island of Betrayal, is scheduled for release by Gauthier Publications in April 2010. Dr. Moss has been Chief Economist of the federal Wage and Hour Division, Adjunct Instructor of Economics and Career Decision Making at the University of Virginia s Northern Virginia Campus, and Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Frank R Lautenberg. After retiring from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2002, Alan moved to the Jersey shore, where he lives with his wife Penny and their golden retriever Ginger.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Gauthier Publications Inc.; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982081243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982081242
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,406,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan L Moss is a unique and emerging voice in the thriller genre. His writing draws upon Ph. D. research capabilities and many years in Washington D.C. as a federal Chief Economist, Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center. In 2002, he put his government career aside and moved to the Jersey Shore to pursue his writing. His published novels spin sophisticated tales of conspiracy, love, sex, and subterfuge. After years of politics and bureaucracy, Alan has found the freedom of writing fiction an intoxicating and satisfying calling.

Two distinguishing features of Alan's novels are involvement with significant national and international issues and remarkable settings. His new novel, Surviving The Endgame (Whiskey Creek Press August 2014), sequel to Insidious Deception, involves a presidential election that becomes a deadly contest between international conspirators and those seeking their destruction. Locations include Kakabeka Falls, Ontario; San German, Puerto Rico; Madison, Wisconsin; New York City, NY; Richmond, VA; and Atlantic City, NJ.

According to Jack Magnus of Readers' Favorite, "Surviving The Endgame is a literate and entertaining action and adventure novel...a fast-paced and exciting read with a great cast of characters and a fabulous plot." According to Diane Donovan of Midwest Book Review, "Events hold many surprises as they unwind, and nothing is guaranteed - not even the survival of favorite characters. Even the most seasoned thriller reader will find Surviving The Endgame filled with delightfully unexpected moments."

Insidious Deception deals with the conspiracy's drive to corner the market for rare earth minerals, including a unique Middle East proposal designed to propel a U.S. Senator under their influence into the White House. That proposal has been the subject of a Suspense Magazine article and has been published in its entirety in Middle East Conflicts & Reforms, by Westphalia Press, an imprint of the Policy Studies Organization of Washington D.C.

According to Maria Beltran of Readers' Favorite,"From Jordan to Croatia, Israel, Italy, France, Yemen and the U.S., this thriller brings its reader on an electrifying journey that is vivid and real." Mark McLaughlin of ForeWord Reviews: "Moss sells his tale of terror, political intrigue, and corporate mayhem. He makes the reader believe that the story could, and even might, happen."

Alan's non-fiction offerings include Selling Out America's Democracy (Praeger 2008) and Employment Opportunity (Prentice-Hall 2000).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Hart on April 19, 2010
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This novel is a real page-turner. Set for the most part in the exotic South Pacific Island of American Samoa, the intricate plot has the protagonist travel from there to New Zealand,Hawaii, Oregon,South Africa, the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. and to the Jersey Shore.
Michael Bloom, a nice Jewish boy from New Jersey has risen to be Chief Economist in the Department of Labor's Wage and Hours Division, and is sent to Samoa to hold hearings on that protectorate's minimum wage laws. From these apparently mundane beginnings, the plot becomes complicated and devious, with at least 5 murders, multiple adulterous affairs, and a tale that reveals complex motives and sinister acts by both native officials and seductive female accomplices. Along the way, the reader is treated to descriptions of these South Seas islands that will enrich one's understanding of the many competing facets of a locale that until now calls forth only the happy memories of Ethel Merman in the musical "South Pacific". Well-written and slyly constructed, this is a perfect summer read. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Singer on April 11, 2010
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From the very first paragraph of the opening page this novel grabs you. You want to know what happens next; you'll keep reading longer than you had planned.

Michael Bloom, an attractive man with an eye for the beautiful exotic women of American Samoa enjoys a good martini or almost anything alcoholic. A career government economist, he's in Samoa to run seemingly routine minimum wage hearings for the government. Unbeknownst to him, the success of a complex illegal stem-cell research funding scheme reaching from Washington D.C. to Samoa and far beyond depends upon the result of his hearings. That's just the tip of the iceberg in this fast-moving thriller.

Steamy trysts, cunning murders, manipulation of the press, and crooked government employees are skillfully employed to make this book both timely and a true thriller.

Without wanting to give away any of the unexpected twists or the sheer fun of reading this novel, I would say, think "The Fugitive" and "The Shawshank Redemption."

This is a book you will not be able to put down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 9, 2010
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No good deed goes unpunished. "Island of Betrayal" tells the story of Michael Bloom, an economist who was in charge of helping American Samoa's economy. Only he finds his meddling isn't appreciated and soon finds him in a web of corruption trying to find out who's on his side and who would rather he vanish off the face of the earth. "Island of Betrayal" is an exciting thriller, that will entertain for hours.
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