"Bodyguard of Deception grabbed my attention right from the beginning and never let go. The character development is excellent. Samuel Marquis has a knack for using historic details and events to create captivating and fun to read tales."--Roy R. Romer, 39th Governor of Colorado"Readers looking for an unapologetic historical action book should tear through this volume."--Kirkus Reviews"The world hangs in a delicate balance in the heart-pounding World War Two Trilogy opener, Bodyguard of Deception by Samuel Marquis. Put together with an intricate plot to follow and a commitment to realistic detail, there's a lot going for the read...a wonderfully nail-biting experience with good characters and solid intrigue."-- SP Review - Four-Star Review"A fast-paced, riveting WWII espionage thriller. Bodyguard of Deception is as good as the best of Daniel Silva, Ken Follett, Alan Furst, and David Baldacci and brings back fond memories of the classic movie The Great Escape and Silva's finest novel, The Unlikely Spy."-- Fred Taylor, President/Co-Founder Northstar Investment Advisors and Espionage Novel Aficionado"As usual, Marquis's descriptions are vivid, believable, and true to the time period...Bodyguard of Deception is an intriguing launch to his new trilogy."--Dr. Wesley Britton, Bookpleasures.com (Crime & Mystery)"Old-time spy buffs will appreciate the tradecraft and attention to detail, while adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the unique perspective and setting for a WWII story. [A] combination of The Great Escape, Public Enemies, a genuine old-time Western, and a John Le Carré novel."--Blueink Review"Bodyguard of Deception is a unique and ambitious spy thriller complete with historical figures, exciting action, and a dastardly villain. Fans of prison-break plots will enjoy this story of a loyal German struggling to save his homeland."--Foreword Reviews
From the Author
You mentioned that you are especially interested in military history and intelligence, specifically related to the Golden Age of Piracy, Plains Indian Wars, World War II, espionage, and the War on Terror. What is it about those subjects that fascinate you, and does that fascination influence your work?
The short answer is that I've always loved history, especially the underdogs and iconoclasts of American history. I grew up watching classic World War Two movies and Westerns with my dad like The Great Escape, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, Where Eagles Dare, and Patton. These movies had a profound impact on me and the stories I have come to tell. Because of my passionate interest in WWII and the West, as well as the other specific historical subjects listed above, I am always working them into my books. In Bodyguard of Deception, I manage to tie together three of my favorite subjects into one novel: WWII, espionage, and the American West, all in a family story with romance! In Blind Thrust, my hero, Joe Higheagle, and his resourceful, curmudgeonly grandfather, John Higheagle, are both Northern Cheyenne Indians because I am a Plains Indian War aficionado. This stems largely from my legendary writer-ancestors who have served as two of my influences: Dr. Thomas B. Marquis, who chronicled the Cheyenne Indians, Custer, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn; and Marquis James, a two-time Pulitzer-prize-winning Western author. As a further example, my protagonist in The Coalition is FBI agent Ken Patton, a history buff, lead miniature collector and painter, and the great-grandson of legendary, controversial, cigar-chomping World War II tank commander General George S. Patton. I just really love the American West and WWII, so if can find a plausible, exciting way to work them in together, I usually do.