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The Jericho Deception: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Small
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Book Description

At the intersection of science and spirituality lies the human mind.

The Jericho Deception is a psychological adventure into the interplay of mind and spirit, science and religion, mystery and mysticism.

A mysterious death in a Yale lab, a secret facility hidden in the Egyptian desert, a desperate chase through the ruins of pharaohs: all linked together by a psychological experiment that promises to expose the innermost workings of the human mind and soul.

Ignoring the skepticism of his Yale colleagues, neuro-psychologist Dr. Ethan Lightman has dedicated his professional career to developing the Logos, a device that induces mystical experiences of the divine in his subjects through the use of electro-magnetic brain stimulation. After the mysterious death of his mentor in their Yale lab, Ethan is suspended from his research and teaching duties. Distraught, he uncovers a coded message written by his mentor on the night of his death that leads him to discover that the foundation funding their Logos project is a covert front for the CIA.

Questioning his future, Ethan jumps at a cryptic invitation from the foundation's head to meet in person. He boards a private plane that whisks him to a remote desert in Egypt where he is brought to The Monastery, a secret religious training camp run by the CIA. Ethan is shocked to learn that the CIA is using his device, the Logos, to reprogram Islamic fundamentalists into Christians in a covert operation they refer to as Project Jericho. Asked to fix a flaw in the Logos that turns certain subjects psychotic, Ethan must decide whether to continue research that could plunge the Middle East into a religious war if it is discovered or to give up on his life’s work and possibly his own life.

Ethan makes his fateful decision after he befriends a Muslim doctor, falsely imprisoned as a suspected terrorist. Their escape leads to a harrowing chase through a Bedouin desert camp in the dead of night, a violent confrontation with his mentor's murderer in the majestic ruins of an ancient temple in Luxor, and a final resolution with the deputy director of the CIA's covert operations in bustling market in Cairo. Along the way, Ethan discovers that the Logos also holds the key to understanding a mysterious mystical experience he has suppressed from his past.


Editorial Reviews

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Gold Medal for Best Suspense Fiction 2013
Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards)

[A] gripping thriller with a provocative premise….a fast-paced, intelligent read.
Arts ATL

"Small’s latest novel (The Breath of God, 2011, etc.) expertly blends cutting-edge neurology and religious identity in a kinetic, engrossing thriller….A must-read for thriller fans, featuring well-defined characters and thought-provoking concepts."
Kirkus

Its a page turner. It's one of those books that you pick up and by the time you finish you feel you have had a wonderful experience….I enjoyed it so much….I can see the movie now.
—James Taylor, Writers in Focus TV

"The Jericho Deception spins out a brilliant, plausible premise into a ripping good novel, brimming with excitement, imagination, vivid settings and personable characters. Highly recommended."
Douglas Preston, #1 best-selling author of The Monster of Florence

"This one pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond, captivating with plausibility and imagination. A gritty thriller — with plenty of meat on its bones."
Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The King's Deception

"The Jericho Deception is a blisteringly original, wondrously structured descent into a literal and figurative hell. Jeffrey Small's stellar tale of murder, treachery and international daring-do breathes new life into the moribund religious thriller genre as it blends science seamlessly with superstition. A high-tech Da Vinci Code on steroids, only better written."
Jon Land, bestselling author of Pandora's Temple

"Chock full of fascinating insider detail, The Jericho Deception is a thrilling roller-coaster ride into the beauty and darkness of the human mind. With muscular prose and a high quotient of believability, you'll be riveted watching scientists, politicians, and spies vie for control of the Logos machine. Send out for food. You won't want to stop reading." -- Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"[A] fascinating look at the influence religion has over humanity. Small has taken a deeply divisive subject and weaved a fascinating novel that is well-written and compelling."
Mysteries Galore.com

"..lauded as “a ripping good novel” by #1 bestselling author Douglas Preston. And I have to say, having read it myself, Doug knows what he’s talking about."
the big THRILL

"The Jericho Deception is a super thriller......exhilarating tale. Readers will enjoy this taut religious suspense while looking up those factual entities that make Jeffrey Small's saga superbly fresh."
Midwest Book Review

"Totally riveting! A fast-paced thriller filled with secret operations, greed, deception, and more.."
FreshFiction.com

"This mystery thriller will have you turning pages until the very last....a hold-your-breath thrill."
Arab Vistas Today

About the Author

Jeffrey Small is the author of the award-winning bestseller, The Breath of God. Small’s critically acclaimed debut novel won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction and was hailed as “a thought-provoking masterpiece” by RT Book Reviews, “visionary fiction” by Library Journal, and “a fast-paced adventure” by Kirkus.

A popular speaker on religion and spirituality, Small holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and Oxford Universities. He lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5423 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: West Hills Press (May 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAHA0MK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average thriller March 20, 2013
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This novel, which I would consider an arcane thriller, is... workmanlike. It has an interesting idea at its core, which is a machine which simulates mystical ecstatic states, around which is constructed a story involving the CIA trying to combat international terrorism. As the kernel for a thriller I have certainly come across far worse. However, the devil is in the details.

The problem is that the author is more a craftsman than an artist, and thus the book has all the right parts but not the imagination which infuses a really good story. From his academic heroes to his clandestine villains all we encounter are two dimensional characters who are not very interesting or complex. And his story is amazingly linear and predictable. I can honestly say that there is nothing in this book that should surprise or shock a reader- and that is not a good thing for a book of this genre.

Then there are the annoying little things, such as the apparent fixation with the hero's chest constrictions during dangerous events[I gave up counting how many times it was used to depict the stress he was under]. Or the apparent ignorance of a Yale professor about the Crusades. Or how many times his saintly mentor is evoked as a motivating factor. All are simplistic and maybe even lazy methods of writing- which exemplify what is wrong with the book.

And in an attempt to give it more weight than seems justified, a thread of spiritualism runs through the narrative which I found distracting, even though I agree with the idea expressed. The problem is not that it is necessarily extraneous to the story, only that it is amateurishly handled and therefore feels forced and preachy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention-holding, fast-paced, and worthwhile March 24, 2013
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Ok, maybe this isn't the next De Vinci Code, but it goes over some of the same ground: a professor, a young female sidekick, some theological controversy, and short chapters that cut from scene to scene on several continents. This time, though, the context is post-9/11 CIA operations and an attempt to use technology to convert Muslims to Christianity.

The technology, a Logos machine that uses magnetic energy to trigger the temporal lobe, is more or less believable. As noted in the post-script, there actually is a guy who created a God-helmet that does much the same thing. The references to MKULTRA are also real-world events that involved the CIA, which really has almost no limits on the crazy stuff it will try. (Naomi Klein's Shock Dcotrine will fill in some of the more sordid details there.)

Also, the disagreement between the main characters and his mentor as to whether these induced mystical experiences lend support to religious experiences or simply show them to be nothing more than physiological states is a real-world controversy that is well-represented in this novel.

However, the actual events of the story do strain credibility quite a bit. The reaction of Mousa, an educated Muslim who gets caught up in events that have nothing to do with him, are much more likely to be the end-product of any such attempt at brainwashing. To his credit, the author does come down this way himself, but it is hard to believe that the bad guy wouldn't have seen the same problem himself.

I found the story easy to follow, clearly presented, well-written, and well worth my time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey Small May 28, 2013
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The Jericho Deception by Jeffery Small is a novel about a couple of Yale professors who create a machine which will produce a mystical experience in their subjects. Through the use of an electrical impulse directed at one region of the brain, the subject experiences the mystical wholeness of their religion, but in the wider context of all of creation. This invention falls into the wrong hands and another scientist creates a program, with CIA support, to change the religion of others in the name of world peace(force and brainwash Muslims to become Christians). The idea was to make all people part of one religion therefore stopping terrorism. The story begins with each chapter describing a particular character. They seem disconnected until the author masterfully brings them all together. This is enjoyable to read and grabs the readers interest quickly. The story takes place primarily in Egypt and Yale University.
This is a story filled with action, intrigue and opens up the reader to the many questions about religion in general. It does not tread lightly on those who would use religion for their own aims and specifically is negative toward closed minded fundamentalists and extremists in any religion. I found the insights refreshing. The Jericho Deception is one of the better books I have read this year. It is well written with great characters that have solidity and most importantly are interesting.
The whole story idea apparently came from an actual machine created by a Canadian scientist who had some limited success with creating this mystical experience in test subjects. Though this is fiction, like many novels, it has very real present day situations which mimic the time and institutions that we all deal with on a daily basis. This book has a great ending which is exciting, fulfilling and realistic. This is a very good book and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot
I had great pleasure reading this very unusual topic for a thriller. Book is well written, good pace for unfolding the mystery plot. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by j'aimelire
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 12 days ago by GAYLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much work, it tired me out.
An interesting idea, but something was missing. Not sure if the characters were unsympathetic or they just didn't grab my attention. Read more
Published 23 days ago by D. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy?
Conspiracy theories? YES! Grabbed me from the beginning just like his "Breath of God". Love thrillers and the added religious kick gives it that something extra. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sylvia Rosenwasser
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite authors
As in Breath of God, Jeffery Small, keeps us on the edge. His writing is so well done as to create a learning experience as we thrill to the mysteries he weaves.
Published 29 days ago by dottie
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense-filled story of conspiracy in corrupt government and...
Jeffery Small is a gifted story teller whose research on neurology and the God spot is impressive. His character development is as good in this second novel as it was in his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn A. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Give me more!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good i am waiting for next book by this aurthur
Published 1 month ago by joseph lichtenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Insightful Story
I read this book and "The Breath of God" by Jeffrey. He is on my must read list. Must read!
Published 1 month ago by Phillip E. Apgar
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting thriller
I loved the author’s first book and, if anything, I loved this one more. Medical science has suggested there is a “God spot” in our brain that compels humans to seek out religion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Hanan
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More About the Author

Jeffrey Small is the author of the bestselling thriller, THE BREATH OF GOD, which won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction and was hailed as "a thought-provoking masterpiece" by RT Book Reviews, "visionary fiction" by Library Journal, and "a fast-paced adventure" by Kirkus. His second novel, THE JERICHO DECEPTION, was the #8 bestselling novel on Amazon and won the Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for best Suspense/Thriller. Kirkus Reviews called it a "kinetic, engrossing thriller...a must read, while bestselling author Douglas Preston described it as "a ripping good novel" and Gayle Lynds raved that it is "a thrilling roller coaster ride into the beauty and darkness of the human mind."

Jeffrey is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He holds a Masters in the Study of Religions from Oxford University. Jeffrey has also studied yoga in India, practiced meditation in Bhutan, explored the ancient temples of Egypt, and journeyed throughout the Holy Land. He is a thought-provoking columnist for the Huffington Post and also blogs at www.JeffreySmall.com.

Jeffrey is an acclaimed speaker, having taught public speaking at Harvard, lectured to thousands on religion and spirituality in the 21st century, and been interviewed by numerous national media.

When not pursuing his passion for writing, Jeffrey is the founder and CEO of an Atlanta-based real estate investment company, MDH Partners. Among his eclectic hobbies, he is also a former US champion amateur ballroom dancer with his wife, Alison. For more information, please visit www.JeffreySmall.com.

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