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Point Deception brings the reader into a story of an emotional and riveting tale of fictional incidents, events and intrigue.
This is a "must read" book for those who enjoy action packed military and law enforcement novels. Gilliam has a unique style that will set him apart as a refreshing written voice. 
--Pacific Book Review


Point Deception  has a strict, no-frills and no-nonsense approach to storytelling.  Overall, Point Deception is an interesting novel that draws its rapid-fire pace from real life scenarios that are complex, disturbing, and touching, making this thriller an engaging production.
-San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (December 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609106210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609106218
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,419,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like the protagonist in his book, Point Deception, Jim Gilliam ran away from home and joined the Coast Guard at fourteen. That was the begining of his young Indiana Jones style adventure that continues today. He served on active duty with the Coast Guard from January 1957 until June 1966. In June 1978 he joined the Army as an airborne combat physician assistant. Leaving the Army in August 1986 he was employed in civilian practice until May 2001 when he joined the Navy's Military Sealift Command as a civilian mariner physician assistant. He is a veteran of multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He started writing Point Decption while his ship was cruising off of the coast of Kuwait.

His book Point Deception garnered an honorable mention in the 2012 New York Beach Book Awards competition and was the number one finalist in the thriller category for the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards. His short story "One Came Back" adapted from the sequel to Point Deception, The Campeche Reprisal (available soon) is the first runner-up in the WritersType May 2012 short story competition and will be automatically entered in the WritersType Annual First Chapter Contest.

Jim retired from the Military Sealift Command in February 2010. A native Texan, he now resides in Warwick, New York where he is busy writing the sequel to Point Deception, The Campeche Reprisal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jim Gilliam comes to his first novel POINT DECEPTION with enough background experience in the topics with which he deals that he adds a flavor of authenticity to his story from the start: he ran away from home at age 14 to join the Coast Guard and obviously learned the lingo and tales passed around the danger loving troops that gives him the language and atmosphere of having been there done that in this fast reading novel.

Tim Kelly has learned the rules of the game of life with the advantage of both faces of comedy and tragedy, of yin and yang. As Tim (like the author) lies about his age to leave the mean streets of New Orleans to join the Coast Guard, he learns the ins and outs of military codes and those of friendships. An incident occurs in his Coast Guard career that threatens him with a choice - court martial or off to Vietnam where his experiences include losing close friends to friendly fire. Again his innate goodness tainted by uncontrollable rage results in a dishonorable discharge. His military stint over, Kelly finds employment as an undercover agent fighting narcotics passage between Mexico and the US and eventually comes up against a test of the importance of friendship versus duty.

Gilliam's writing style is raw and gritty and he manages to move his rather complex interwoven stories within stories with surprising skill for a first novelist. This is on of those books to take on a trip as an escapism - but likely the reader will become so involved in the story that the book will be consumed the same day it is started. Grady Harp, May 11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Cobb on February 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Action, adventure, thrills, intrigue: Point Deception, the suspense thriller by the talented author Jim Gilliam, has it all! The story of Tim Kelly's (the hero of the novel's) early life, his parents' divorce, his running away at age 14 and surviving the mean streets of New Orleans in 1956, his learning Tai Chai to defend himself from bullies, and how he became friends at an early age with the notorious Rodulfo Guzman, a kingpin of the powerful Campeche drug cartel, is fascinating. Kelly could easily have become a lost person, or a thug, himself, but he lied about his age and used falsified documents to join the Coast Guard, where he distinguished himself. Then, he served in Vietnam, where three of his friends were killed in a friendly fire incident, and his grief and rage got released at an Air Force officer's club. This led to his less-than-honorable discharge.

Back in the USA, he became an undercover narcotics officer. This career move brings about the first scenes of the book, where Kelly has infiltrated the Campeche cartel, and has not reported in for several days. He is presumed to be either seriously injured or dead by Deputy Sheriff David Holt, his contact in Texas. Ironically, it is his old friend and father figure, Guzman, who learns of his undercover status, and who then has Kelly tortured and gets him addicted to heroin in retaliation. It is supposed to serve as an example to anyone else who would dare to oppose Guzman or try to bring him to justice.

The novel works backwards from these harrowing opening scenes, going into Tim Kelly's life and the various decisions he made that eventually brought him to the point where he again comes face-to-face with Guzman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer at Top Book Reviewers on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Point Deception by Jim Gilliam is action packed with excellent character development throughout. The tale follows Tim Kelly, a spunky Irish kid who is befriended by some diverse characters: a pair of scrappy brothers; a drug cartel overlord; and a local deputy. Through these friends, Tim sees both sides of the law. He is a hopeless romantic and is ready to take on the world...on his own terms. We follow Tim as he leaves home at sixteen to make it on his own. This is where the real story starts to unfold. Being sixteen, on your own during the 60s was a dangerous adventure which Tim sees first hand. Even though he is challenged through the trials and errors of youth, it is not until he experiences intense action in Vietnam on a Coast Guard patrol boat that the reader starts to see the man evolving from the boy. Tim, now years older in experience, is still battling youth and its impulsiveness. Impulsiveness that has him fall in love, be kicked out of the Coast Guard and betray a life long friend.

Point Deception is a quick read and has surprising depth of character and plot for a short novel. Gilliam's personal experiences shine through in the novel, but the writing style with extra spacing read almost like a screenplay. That being said, I read it in one sitting wanting to know what would happen next to Tim. I was a bit disappointed that it ended so quickly with no closure on his love interest. The author is working on a sequel and left me wanting to know what will happen next in Tim's life." - TBR TopBookReviewers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jarrel R. Jackson on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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By Jim Gilliam

It is difficult to write an adequate review of a novel of this depth, and scope. Author Jim Gilliam has created an outstanding work based on an isolated combat tragedy. The reader soon bonds with young Tim Kelly whose misfortunes are usually caused by his refusal to submit to injustice, and his impatience with fools. The author skillfully balances Tim Kelly's emotional and rebellions conduct with his level-headed and responsible nature. His rebelliousness kept him in trouble but his level-headed responsible side may cost him his life. Criminals and law officers to young ladies in distress the characters and action are all melded into a seamless smooth running plot that is easy to identify with. But what happens to Tim Kelly's fiance, does she revive? I sincerely hope Jim Gilliam has a sequel ready for the press.
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