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Tour of Deception Paperback – March 17, 2015
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About the Author
Dennis Broderick grew up in Fort Edward, New York and attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His career, built upon an electrical engineering education, spans over thirty years of professional experience to include Executive Vice President of a systems engineering consulting company. He and his wife Janice are proud parents of six children. In addition, Dennis is an avid amateur golfer with many golf friends and a single-digit handicap. He is a member of the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia.
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The temptation to allow Dennis' passion for golf and the game and sport to overshadow that flow of the novel has been avoided. This is not a novel for golfers only, though there is enough about the sport and terminology to challenge even the most sophisticated of aficionados. The author uses golf as the trigger to launch a very fine intrigue. His writing style is straightforward and comfortable and even in his prologue he merely touches on thoughts that will drive the story. `Worried about her friend's emotional state, Catherine hoped that Amanda could put the death of the boy's father behind for the sake of the child. At that moment, staring through the window as if looking into the future, Catherine Walker made a silent declaration that she would not rest until every last one of them was dead. "Sir, it's time to go," Catherine whispered to Amanda's father, trying to not wake mother and baby. In twenty minutes, Bill Craft was scheduled to give a critical intelligence briefing to the United States Central Command. She knew there was only one thing important enough for him to entrust his family's well being to another... killing al-Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan.' Dennis provides a cast of characters before venturing into this at times confusing tale and that is always a sign of concern for an author's readers - a reference point to keep the events and characters aligned.
The plot opens in the year 2028. Technology has leaped beyond anyone's expectations. There's a new world order with enemies as highly advanced as the reigning super powers. Golf is now the number one spectator sport world wide, overtaking soccer, and Iran is about to host the final Major event of the newly created World Golf Tour. The CIA suspects terrorist involvement and creates a top secret plan to infiltrate the Tour with one of their own--Peter Craft, a young professional of tremendous ability, aided in this assignment by Top Secret "Smartball" technology. The Tour progresses and tension builds, as a colorful international cast of suspicious characters play match after match, heading to ground zero in Tehran, little realizing that the psychopathic terrorist Asadi has intricate plans to unleash a weapon of mass destruction at the final event. Astonished by the ingenious deception, Asadi is certain that Allah had chosen the game of golf--a game surely created by Satan himself--to deliver his enemies to slaughter.
For a debut novel TOUR OF DECEPTION takes a strong track. It is obvious that the author has the skills necessary to hold attention despite its overly long length. Golfers will love the idea of the rise of the game's importance, but non-golfers will be just as able to become involved in a solid intrigue/thriller. Grady Harp, April 15