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The Depths of Deception [Kindle Edition]

Ian Fraser
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There are only a few good solutions in a world gone mad.

America has disappeared some years ago. A neo-fascist Party has come to power in the UK. China is on the rise.

A submarine hurtles through the cold dark waters of the Atlantic en route to an unknown destination. Only the ship’s doctor knows its true mission, but he is not who he appears to be.

A sweeping tale moving from the violent heart of Apartheid South Africa, to the ruins of the United Kingdom, and down to the edge of the world in the frozen Antarctic landscape, The Depths of Deception is a tale of revenge, served as a shatteringly cold dish.

Ian Fraser is a multi-award winning playwright and author. He grew up in South Africa. Penguin Books published his autobiography, dealing with his army experience under Apartheid. His work was nominated for and gradually began winning most of the South African theatre awards. For a decade, both his solo comedy and dramatic works staged by various Arts Councils won awards and broke box office records at the Grahamstown Festival, Africa’s largest Arts Festival.
He relocated to the USA in 2006, and is now a naturalized US citizen. Since arriving, his work has been staged in Wisconsin, Florida, Scotland (in the UK), and in 2009, by Brown University. He’s completed four novels in the last two years. He writes fast.

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  • Print Length: 213 pages
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  • Language: English
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars meticulous revenge served on ice October 5, 2012
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I have discovered many good authors, and more wonderful books since I bought my Kindle, but there are a few, a very few, authors who stand out for me. Each one has a distinctive voice, and each one pleases me so much that I will buy any book that author writes, with or without recommendations. Of course, that doesn't guaranty that I'll like each and every book, but the probability is that I will. I can count the number of these very special authors on the fingers of one hand ..and I have just added a name to this extremely short list. Ian Fraser is such an author, and here's why.

The first thing that impressed me was the writing style. It is unique, usually graceful, always sensuous in the true meaning of the word involves all the senses ...and it can range from spare and direct when describing fast action to marvelously poetic with no pretentiousness, to dreamy and almost surreal.

Then I got involved in the story ...and while the elements aren't unique, the way they are handled are. The narrator remains a bit of a mystery in some ways; we learn about him gradually, as the story unfolds, and he is always presented in a way that keeps him just a little impersonal, although we learn a great deal about his life. I found this disorienting at first, because I'm used to learning such things as name, Nationality, and physical description right from the start, but I had to piece information about this character together as the book progressed. In other ways, however, we get to know him extremely well, and, while he seems to keep his distance from the reader, by the end, he becomes dear and important.

The world of this book is Dystopian, although that is not so prominent as to make this specifically a dystopian novel ..
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deception February 6, 2012
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Before I bought this book I read most of the reviews and then checked out the Authors page. Mr. Fraser is very intelligent and educated man. He is apparently well traveled and has encountered many interesting experiences in life. I gladly hit the buy button. That was the highlight.

I really thought this work was going to be in the likes of Clancy, Ludlum, or Allistaire MacLean. That is not the case.

I will say this, Mr. Fraser has an excellent command of the English language, but I wasn't looking for a book of literature, I was after a face paced exciting thriller, not a testament to current political ideals and beliefs.

Call me old fashion, but I like a definitive break with chapters. This was glaring missed. I found myself constantly going back to make sure where the change started.

The high point of the book was the description of his family life in Africa. This part flowed nicely, but this was supposed to be an espionage thriller, not the apparent life the author lived in-country. If you want to know how to live off of the land in Africa, he covers that with great description.

The beginning did grab me with the description of downtown London in shambles from a rebellion of sorts. But we are never informed just how this came about. I was looking for more background. When the main character gets into character and performs the job he was trained to do, assassination, he is precise and coldly meticulous, it leaves us wanting more, but alas, it isn't too be. The reader is whisked back to the Sahara's of South Africa.

I know many enjoyed this story, but "Ice Station Zebra" it isn't. So for what it is worth, if you are looking for a very well written book of literature you will enjoy it, if you want none stop action, this isn't for you.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have called it "Depths of Confusion" September 27, 2011
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As an avid reader of Spy/Assassin/Apocalyptic/Technothriller genres there is much about Depths of Deception I should have liked but unfortunately this novel fell far short of my expectations. That is not to say it is poorly written, in fact, I found very few grammatical errors and a descriptive style that lends tremendous authenticity to the locales - the author is either very well traveled or an excellent researcher. My problem is the overall pacing of the plot and the numerous "blind alleys" within it that create a sense of expectation that is ultimately unfulfilled. I suppose it is possible some of these issues could be addressed in a second book however the conclusion of "Depths" makes that unlikely. Consequently I am left with a treatise on the failures of modern society wrapped in a veil of technothriller revenge. While the other elements (America gone dark, UK in shambles, and China ascendent) add ambiance they are never used to further the plot. Key twists are never fully explained and serve to create a sense of disbelief in the story.

This novel felt a little like "Out of Africa" meets "Hitman" as envisioned by James Rollins. The ingredients are not bad but somehow it just never comes together.

"I had a farm in Africa"......
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26 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Ever Read April 20, 2011
By Claudia
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I found this to be one of the most remarkable books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Truthfully, I'm a bit at a loss for words to convey how deeply I was touched by so many things in the book. The characters were very well developed, the story itself was more than entertaining.
It is apocalyptic in nature, surely, but this work is so multi-layered and intriguing in more directions than just that one that I find it difficult to categorize as 'only' apocalyptic. I thought it fascinating, surprising, unpredictable . . . all in addition to being quite well written and very well edited.

It is one of those books that makes you think, rather than being simply a fluff piece or eye candy. I can't think of one negative thing to say about this book.

I hope it is true that the author "writes fast", since the sooner I can read more of his work, the happier I will be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, rubbish and rubbish
Simply Rubbish! Poorly researched, loose plot threads, fairy tale constructs in lieu of sustainable narrative development.... To be avoided at all costs.
Published 11 months ago by Peter Houlding
2.0 out of 5 stars The Depths of Deception
This was a book I just could not get into. I started it several times but just could not finish reading it.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view of the world
Dystopian extreme. Interesting and involving. Once caught up, it kept me until the end. I thought the end was too depressing.
Published 16 months ago by George07
1.0 out of 5 stars If I could give 0 stars, I would

Unless you enjoy a nonsensical tale jumping incoherently from place to place and time to time with a moronic... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Doug MacGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Thriller
A most interesting thriller with a very unique concept and plotline.

The author is to be commended for a well written, highy literate, compelling tale which takes you... Read more
Published 19 months ago by James A. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This was a great book! I loved the bits about South Africa! It was also extremely well written. Nice job! This author goes on my watch list.

The plot is fast paced. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Royden
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller, spy, sub, Africa...
This is a an unexpected gem. it somehow manages to be a thriller, techno, spy and sub book all in one distinguished by excellent writing. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, but a disjointed story.
A highly trained assassin works for The Office, a covert international spy network with offices worldwide and access to advanced technology. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Pete Barber
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it
Distinctly anti-American... And delusional. Once the greedy, warmongering Americans are eliminated the Jews and the Muslims become best friends Lol
Published on June 16, 2012 by James Huskey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading but not a pageturner
actually.. you end up turning a lot of pages in search of the answers. The linkages are haphazard and you flit between 1984 and 20xx in a manner guaranteed to leave you dizzy. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by Recnamorcen
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Ian Fraser is a South African playwright, writer, and comedian, now living in the USA. His memoir, My Own Private Orchestra, published by Penguin Books, was nominated for the CNA Literary Award in 1994.
His plays won a variety of national South African Literary and Theater prizes, including Amstel Playwright of the Year, Tonight-AA Life Vita Award for Comedy, and several Pick of the Fringe Awards at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
Recently, his plays were produced at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theater in Providence, RI and at Garioch Theatre Festival in the United Kingdom. Fraser was a nationally-syndicated columnist for the Johannesburg daily newspaper The Star, and wrote a weekly "Fraser's Razor" column for the Mail and Guardian newspaper.

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Depths of Deception is a really good book to read
Fair enough.
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Is the book as badly plotted as that awful interview in the other discussion?
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