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Triangle of Deception: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller    by Haggai Carmon order for
Triangle of Deception
by Haggai Carmon
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Leisure, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I have to admit, I had trouble getting into Haggai Carmon's Triangle of Deception. The man writes with an incredible background. He is an international attorney. 'Since 1985, he has been assigned by several U.S. federal agencies with world-wide responsibility for legal intelligence gathering outside the United States ... mostly involving money laundering and mega fraud.' He brings this experience in his life's work to his writing.

Carmon claims that while his three books - Chameleon Conspiracy, The Red Syndrome and this one - are fiction, a great deal of each story is taken from fact. Reading Triangle of Deception made me look over my shoulder while walking down the country road outside my house. There must be watchers everywhere. And then there must be watchers watching the watchers, many with two or more masters.

At any rate, it took a while to get to the meat of the story. A lengthy background set the scene for Dan Gordon to get to work and accomplish the goals his minders had set out for him. That's when action picked up and ran at breakneck speed to a very satisfactory conclusion. I liked Dan Gordon, who traveled the globe anywhere he was needed and stuck his neck out in a very uncertain world. Seemed like he should have asked a few more questions of his handlers. But, I guess when working for the government, things are on a need-to-know basis.

Carmon intimates that members of the global community,are at the mercy of greedy and fradulent criminals who will work for the highest bidder. The latter are the real ones to watch out for. They want the world to be theirs. What they will do with it should that happen, is yet to be seen. Triangle of Deception is a thrilling and very frightening novel.

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