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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    The Tension Just Keeps Building

    At first, I wasn't sure how James Scott Bell was going to interweave the lives and actions of the characters he was introducing. However, I soon found them all linked in a web of deceit, with tension that continued to build throughout the whole book. And, for those of you who tend to skip ahead in a book to avoid the boring parts, be prepared to just keep reading--there are no boring parts. Morality and religion play a big part in the plot, but so do murder and deceit. This is one of Bell's best so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Deep Characters

    James Scott Bell writes wonderful, character driven stories, consisting of characters that are believable and flawed. They are "everyday people" trying to get along in life. As we read about them, they draw us into their stories and cause us to cheer for them. We ride shotgun, living their life events as they do. Deceived is no exception.

    When Liz Towne and her husband, Arty, stumble upon the body of a dead motorcyclist in a canyon, they find the discovery of a lifetime-diamonds. Lots of them. Priceless. And stolen. She argues with her husband on what they should do with the hot ice, and decides to take a path that leads her ever-deeper down a path of deceit, in which she must continuously make choices to keep up the deception, or jump off.

    Arty's sister, Rocky Towne, is an insurance fraud investigator and suspects foul play with Liz, but she's unable to find proof. We also meet Mac MacDonald, whom Liz takes an interest to and to the church life that Mac now lives. But is her interest real, or part of the deception?

    Liz lived through a traumatic childhood. Mac is a veteran suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. Rocky has a scarred face, damage caused after being mauled by a dog as a child, which has a negative impact on her self-esteem, in turn negatively affecting all she does. Bell has breathed depth into each character, bringing them to life on the page. They could be the guy mowing the lawn next door, or the lady putting gas in her car while you're cleaning your windshield.

    This story hit home for me, as my wife and I worked at a children's home for a few years. Many of the kids suffered some form of abuse. In most of those cases, their parents had in turn suffered abuse, and so the cruelty climbs down the family tree. Love and hope can break the chain, but the effects can manifest in different ways. In Deceived, they lead to the absence of a filter in the mind that allows for the discernment of right and wrong.

    There are multiple twists in the storyline and plausible tension throughout. What you expect to happen doesn't. What does happen is another thought-provoking, wonderful story by James Scott Bell.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    I was Deceived by Deceived!

    Hold on for a fast-paced, thrilling ride. Just when you think you've figured out where Bell is taking the reader, the story takes a turn. It is not until the last word is digested do you sit back knowing the entire story. Great read. Great plot. Great author.

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