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THE JONAS TRUST DECEPTION: A Thomas Gunn Thriller (International Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

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What if you discovered the key to an international conspiracy that could destroy the United States and democracies around the world? How long would you have to live? In this latest Thomas Gunn thriller, the clock is ticking for Morgan Alvarez, an investigative journalist who once saved Thomas's life. She suddenly disappears, desperately sending a mysteriously coded message that only he can crack. Racing to follow her cryptic clues, he and his partner Julie are thrust into a convoluted minefield of shady financial dealings, political corruption, extortion, murder and a lust for power on a scale that both stuns and terrifies them.

While tracking billions of dollars shipped through Afghanistan, Iran, Bolivia, Estonia, the UK and USA, they tangle with ruthless Mexican drug cartels, corrupt politicians, greedy Wall St brokers and even the CIA, FBI, and MI5. The stakes are high in this deadly game. The only rule? Survival at all costs. But something keeps niggling at Thomas's mind. Who first set this evil plan in motion? Where? And why?

It appears the shocking truth lies in the painful memories of his past, during covert operations in Afghanistan at the height of the war. A past he had hoped to forget, but will not forget him. Incensed at what he discovers he does something so outrageous, that its boldness and daring will take your breath away! But how high a price will he have to pay for uncovering the truth?

As the son of an MI6 operative, former Officer in Britain's elite Parachute Regiment, pilot, race-car driver, yachtsman and bestselling author of "Contact", AFN Clarke brings a wealth of experience to his writing. This book may be read as a stand-alone story, however readers interested in following the entire series may gain a greater appreciation of the background and personality of the key characters by also reading the first book, "The Orange Moon Affair". The series has been hailed by the San Francisco Book Review as "fast-paced books that you won't want to put down and you won't want them to finish." Available in both ebook and paperback format.

"Why do you think this series has been so well received by readers worldwide?"
AFN Clarke: I think it's because from page one, Thomas's world becomes their world! He's a caring, compassionate man who's found love and wants to leave his old life behind him.
But when something dramatic and deeply personal shakes him to the core, the only way he knows to right a wrong, expose a crime or bring an enemy to its knees, is to go back to who he once was - a Special Forces officer skilled in assassination, covert operations and international espionage. The problem is, at what cost?

I think readers also appreciate the strong female protagonists essential to the series. Whether motivated by good or evil, they are powerful, independent-thinking women, whose strength of character, insights, skills and intelligence directly determine how the action unfolds.


Each book in the series has its own themes with specific genres as listed below. Throw into the mix the secret agendas of intelligence agencies like MI5, MI6, the FBI, CIA and the manipulation of power by corrupt individuals and you have a heart pumping recipe for compelling plots, explosive action and the thought provoking blurring of lines between fiction and reality.

  • Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Series
  • Political Thrillers
  • Financial Thrillers
  • Techno Thrillers
  • Murder Mystery
  • International Mystery and Crime
  • International Espionage
  • International Conspiracy
  • Special Forces Fiction
  • MI5
  • FBI Conspiracy
  • Bestselling Authors 

Editorial Reviews


Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, 2013
AFN Clarke...knows what he is about ...a master builder of tense thrillers that involve constant input of questions that plead to be answered, but Clarke has the gift of pulling the reader in so perilously close that letting slip even the slightest hint of 'aha!' is left to the very last moments of his book."

San Francisco Book Review. 2014
"These are fast-paced books that you won't want to put down and you won't want them to finish."

From the Author

It's exciting to get readers' overwhelmingly positive responses to the first Thomas Gunn book, The Orange Moon Affair, and so as you might imagine that's a great frame of mind from which to write this second book of the series.  Yet there's also more pressure with a second book: it can't be exactly the same; the characters need to be developed more fully and yet also in a natural and believable way; there need to be common threads yet also totally new plot elements, new challenges, new threats, new feelings of turmoil and elation, a new sense of expanded possibility.

It was important for me that amongst the action and suspense of The Jonas Trust Deception, I took the opportunity to delve into Thomas's character and inner world a little more so my readers could experience what it must be like to be him. Thomas is not a one dimensional character, not your typical "strong single-minded hero who goes out and kills the bad guys and saves the girl".  Far from it.  He was trained to kill and accomplish difficult missions, but he's reluctant to keep re-entering that world.  He knows he's good at it, knows there are certain things he can't stand by and let be, yet he also has a conscience.  He questions how morally or ethically different he is to the ruthless underbelly of the world like the Mexican Mafia or drug lords.  His role both torments and satisfies him. 

Again, there are powerful female characters in this book, women who display great strength of character and yet also balance physical action with thought and sensitivity. Julie figures prominently again, and is joined by Sarah who seems to have captured even my heart with her sense of humour, directness, compassion, willpower and willingness to take risks.

Product Details

  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CLARKE-BOOKS LLC (September 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFN Clarke Does It Again -- Thriller You Can't Put Down November 11, 2013
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Having written more than a couple of reviews over my career as a writer, I often find it quite easy to put down one book that I'm working on and to pick up another, only to put down the second and pick up the first. Aside from "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee," almost 50 years ago, I have found very few books that I just can't put down that is until I started reading and reviewing best-selling author AFN Clarke's Thomas Gunn series.

After all the twists and turns in the first book, I wondered exactly what Clarke might have had up his sleeve for book two and sure enough it's there. This time the action begins when a journalist friend seeks his help as being chased by a good with ties to the Russian mob. Unfortunately, she is ultimately taken and tortured she is being tortured by an Eastern European goon -- refreshingly this time a woman, not the usual European, who is about 12 feet tall and wears the usual black leather jacket, even though the temperature is approaching about 100.

They are seeking the solution to an issue that is so big it could bring down the world economy -- businesses, governments, agencies and anyone tied to it. Indeed, it does bring down a U.S. Senator, financiers or, everything it touches, but what is it? It seems that the world is no longer being run by governments, it is being run by bankers and financiers who place Ponzi scheme on Ponzi scheme until their shell game threatens the entire world financial system.

Actually, the financial world loves it because they are making killings left and right. It is a situation only a money person could love. All it would take to ruin it could be just one person -- enter Thomas Gunn, your basic financial scheme wrecker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense at its best October 7, 2013
By Thalia
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The `Jonas Trust Deception' is the second installment in AFN Clarke's Thomas Gunn thriller series. Once again, we join Thomas Gunn and his girlfriend Julie, in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, where the stakes are high...for wherever Gunn goes, `trouble, death and destruction' follow him. Like its prequel, `The Orange Moon Affair', this novel is a fantastic, all-absorbing read. You will find it difficult to put down once you've started, so make sure you have a few hours of uninterrupted time to enjoy the ride!

Although classed as a military/spy thriller, this book will appeal to a wide audience, with underlying themes that are realistic and very relevant to the world we live in today. For how often has it been suggested that globalization has enabled a powerful few to control the masses, creating a world system of financial control, able to dominate the political system of each and every country and the economy of the world as a whole? Terrifying, if those select few are experts in abusing their power, and it is this deadly game of `Big Brother' that Gunn finds himself immersed in, in this suspenseful, riveting read that will have you guessing till the very end. For can Gunn win this dangerous game of `global three dimensional chess', when he's up against formidable agencies, cartels and consortiums?

Clarke is an expert in his field, easily building suspense with an air of mystery, carefully allowing the reader to put certain pieces of the puzzle together but never disclosing the missing links before delivering a thrilling climactic finish. Cleverly, and no doubt purposely, even the novel's titles give little away, engaging the reader from the get-go to indulge and uncover.

If the first two installments are anything to go by, the third book in the Thomas Gunn thriller series, `The Bonefish Run Conspiracy', is sure to be another ripper. Another top-notch read; the Jonas Trust Deception is classy, complex and cunningly compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting, no-punches pulled, riveting thriller November 4, 2013
By Ba
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This is a hard-hitting, no-punches pulled, riveting thriller in the great tradition of Jason Bourne and James Bond. My first encounter with the Thomas Gunn series, I couldn't immediately help making comparisons with other like thriller-agents (as previously mentioned) though I was relieved to note that at least the initials of our protagonist here were not J.B. ( as per Jason Bourne, James Bond, Jack Bauer etc.).

Before even conducting any research on the author AFN Clarke it was plainly obvious to me that here was an individual who knew his stuff from having been in the game. The way the author described the various types of equipment mentioned in this book from aircraft to weapons it made me, the reader feel, as if I possessed that knowledge personally.

The author's solid handle on description does not merely end with equipment it pretty much encompasses everything else. This is a thriller that immerses the reader into its ambience such that when the author describes a place you are there, when he describes an event you're part of it. Plainly put, this is more of a show-not-tell saga, much in the vein of a screenplay (albeit with a lot more detail). When a character is ambushed and blasted away I like to picture in my mind's eye how it all goes down...and this thriller doesn't disappoint.

Encompassing Latin mafia gangs, all-powerful and super-secretive lettered government agencies as well as a slew of off-the-beaten-track, colorful characters, there truly is never a dull moment in this read. AFN Clarke knows precisely how to pace his story, choosing just the right moment to give the reader some breathing space before riling them up for the next adrenaline shot of action.

All in all this is an excellent page-turner that does not disappoint and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a jolly rollicking time!
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AFN Clarke is a writer of the finest order and his first book - the classic military memoir Contact - is rightly recognised as one of the greatest battlefield memoirs ever written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Mclaughlin
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Well researched and presented with detailed knowledge of locations and finance. Nice style.Complex plot keeps reader interest to very end.Extremely well written.
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The action is great, the twists and turns intriguing but it's like reading a travelogue of places in the U.S. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Klondike
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fast-paced thriller!
It is such a pleasure to discover an author such as AFN Clarke. His books make it difficult to stop reading until the end. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Larry G. Nesbit
4.0 out of 5 stars We'll thought out plot
This is a continuation of the 1st book. It expands on that story and fleshes out the characters. Very enjoyable and hard to put down.
Published 13 months ago by Greg Ratzlaff
3.0 out of 5 stars OK read
Just an ok read. I am not an avid reader, just an occasional reader. What I found was that everything in this novel seemed to be too easy - too easy to get around and too easy to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action Thriller
The story of very powerful business men assisted by Mafia type thugs who eliminate problems using their companies to earn untold wealth . Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunn-tastic. Another great novel from AFN Clarke
I couldn't be much happier with my selection of this book. I hadn't heard of AFN Clarke until recently but I am now on his second Gunn novel, and I know I'll definitely be keeping... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Phiser
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! I'm a Thomas Gunn fan.
I read Thomas Gunn's first novel and loved it. The Jonas Trust Deception continues what looks to be a very good series, following the adventures of Gunn with all his own skills,... Read more
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More About the Author

AFN Clarke is the son of a British MI6 operative, former officer in Britain's elite Parachute Regiment, pilot, yachtsman, screenwriter and father of four who's lived in Hong Kong, India, Libya, Iran, Europe, the UK, USA, and Australia. He's written seven books of fiction and a bestselling memoir, CONTACT, which was serialised in a British newspaper and made into an award-winning BBCTV film. His latest Thomas Gunn thriller series has captured the imagination of readers world-wide. As he says: "For me, good books are a great way to shut out every day life, suspend normal ways of thinking, and allow yourself to be transported to another world. It's what I continually strive to deliver to my readers."

Published Books: autobiographical memoir (CONTACT): the Thomas Gunn thriller series (THE ORANGE MOON AFFAIR and THE JONAS TRUST DECEPTION); political thrillers (AN UNQUIET AMERICAN); human drama (DRY TORTUGAS); humor/satire (DREAMS FROM THE DEATH AGE; ARMAGEDDON); psychological horror (COLLISIONS) with more coming soon. For more information visit, leave your email for updates, and deep appreciation for taking the time to write a review of any books you have read. Happy reading :)


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