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Weapons of Mass Deception (The WMD Files Book 1) by [Bruns, David, Olson, J.R.]
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"A gripping read from page one, Bruns and Olson take the reader on a tightly woven, no holds barred ride through enemy territory--where the stakes are higher than anyone can possibly imagine."
-    Steve Konkoly, USNA '93 and author of the Black Flagged series

"A visual page-turner, WMD is art that imitates life. Such is the true deception - Bruns and Olson have unleashed a weapon that is as intelligent as it is entertaining. Highly recommended."
- Dr. James Densley, author of How Gangs Work

 "These two Navy veterans have put together a ripping yarn about modern-day nuclear terrorism. I was hooked from the very first page."
- Bob Mayer, West Point Graduate, Former Green Beret, NY Times Bestselling Author

"An intricate and engaging thriller that will keep you riveted and turning the pages as fast as you can until you reach 'the end.'"
- Tammy Salyer, editor and author of The Spectras Arise military-sci-fi trilogy

"Fans of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, or Nelson DeMille should feel right at home with this story of lost nukes, Navy SEALS, intelligence agency operatives, and up-to-minute global politics"
- Michael Patrick Hicks, author of Convergence

"WMD weaves global politics and fundamentalism with love and hard-hitting action, all against a backdrop of real-world events...scary exploration of what might have been!"
- Ceri London, author of Rogue Genesis

"...a fictional but perfectly realistic glimpse into how diplomacy, military and intelligence threads are woven into the tapestry we call foreign policy."
- Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Sr Research Fellow, Global Security Program, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

About the Author

David Bruns and J.R. Olson are both Naval Academy graduates, US Navy veterans, and Minnesota residents. Weapons of Mass Deception is their first co-authored work. You can find out more about future works by following their Two Navy Guys and a Novel blog at davidbruns.com.

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  • File Size: 3606 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151181280X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VN7FK04
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Weapons of Mass Deception is a thrill-ride of a novel. Very Tom Clancyesque in its approach as a political-military thriller, the narrative drives forward as the authors carefully build the narrative tension to a perfect climax. And though some of that tension owes to the basic plot device of the very real threat of Iranian radicals detonating a nuclear weapon (and, perhaps, starting World War III), the real cause is something cleverly concealed right out in the open: excellent character development. Whether we’re getting to know the “good guys” and their human foibles or the “bad guys” and their internal motivations, the authors do a great job making us care that it’s the everyday people we’re reading about, not the extraordinary events, that really matter.

Bruns and Olson bring their armed services experiences to the table, and doing so lends a depth and breadth of credibility to this alternative-history tale. Never once did I feel like I was reading a Handbook of Navy Life or Cliff’s Notes on Being a CIA Operative. On the contrary, their deft handling of the everyday experiences—both personal and professional—of intelligence operatives and military personnel was so well done, I actually found myself relating to their characters *more* while learning about covert operations around the world. In short, I felt closer to these characters than I’ve ever felt to James Bond.

A real strength of WMD is its narrative approach—alternating between the protagonists in one chapter to the antagonists in another, the novel plays to the reader’s intelligence (rather than insults it) by giving balanced perspectives on the events as they unfold. The authors never reduce their characters into “white hat” and “black hat” caricatures. Rather, they present fully fleshed-out, three-dimensional human beings on both sides.

Fast-paced, well-researched, with characters you not only relate to but care about, Weapons of Mass Deception is a superb military thriller.
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There were scenes of action in Weapons of Mass Deception when I just knew that the two authors must have had so much fun plotting out this book. Their real-life military experience shines through, adding even more credibility to a political thriller that sometimes tracks so closely to recent events I began to wonder if the authors possessed a crystal ball at the time of writing. The level of research gave me a greater appreciation of the complexities of life and politics in the Middle East than I had before.

The story captures snapshots of the lives of six flawed and interesting characters covering a wide spectrum of professional and personal developments across several years, the steady pace enlivened with intense scenes of military action and personal drama. Every now and again the lives of these six characters cross over, enough for the reader to understand the significance, sometimes ahead of the characters creating an air of looming suspense. Always in the background is the menacing threat that the world is about to discover the whereabouts of some famous missing nuclear weapons.

I loved how the three baddies in this story were given equal billing with WMD’s heroes. The back stories of Hashem Aboud, Rafiq Roshed, and U.S. Navy officer Brendan McHugh are particularly well drawn. For me, Brendan was the main hero, oh so hopeless with his personal relationships, but I found myself as much immersed in Rafiq’s personal story as I was rooting for Brendan and FBI Special Agent Liz Soroush to get their act together.

Beautifully written, convincingly detailed, and professionally edited, WMD weaves global politics and fundamentalism with love and hard-hitting action, all against a backdrop of real-world events. A well thought out thriller, but also a fascinating and scary exploration of what might have been!

Highly recommended!

(I received an advance review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.)
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The level of detail and background work the authors have done regarding a country - Finland - that ultimately is not the central setting of the book is deeply impressive (yes, I live in Finland). As a reader (of advance copy) this level of attention to getting the smallest of details correct contribute to making the story feel both 'right' and 'real'. Whether you like to read thrillers, military action yarns or alternate history, this book will grab you from the get go. If you've ever wanted to get a fictional but perfectly realistic glimpse into how diplomacy, military and intelligence threads are woven into the tapestry we call foreign policy - pick this up for yourself or a friend!

I'm already looking forward to hearing if/when the next in what must become a series comes out - it would be a shame to let this level of character development, intrigue and relationship (dys) function be unused to entertain readers for years to come. Please write it quickly! There's got to be a rogue nuke or two that got waylaid when Ukraine gave them up during the early 1990s....
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Crisp, well written thriller. Fast paced, page turner that keeps you guessing all the way through. Shades of Tom Clancy, but MUCH better in weaving a thriller that touches on Rogue States, government secrets, military heroism and relationships between the U.S. and other countries secret agencies. Further, it addresses, in a strikingly plausible manner, the patience of a terrorist and his organization that has taken years to reach fruition. Mesmerizing, up to date and hopefully fictional. I would hate to think this could actually happen.
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