Point Deception

Point Deception

by Jim Gilliam


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Point Deception by Jim Gilliam

In a world of deceit and drug cartels, a military past comes in handy.

Surviving the mean streets of New Orleans, a teen-age boy runs away from home to seek the grand adventures he has only read about. When he lies about his age to join the United States Coast Guard, he escapes his troubled past. It isn't until a decade later he transfers to San Francisco where he immediately runs afoul and faces a severe punishment. In lieu of a court martial, he volunteers for combat duty in Vietnam where three of his friends are killed in friendly fire. Deeply mourning the loss, he releases his rage against an Air Force Officer's club and is punished with a less than honorable discharge. In a life changing moment, he begins a new career as an undercover narcotics agent and enters into the world of drug and human trafficking that is sponsored by a dear old friend. Undergoing torture when his cover is blown, there is nothing else he can do but pray to be saved.

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ISBN-13: 9781609106201
Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc.
Publication date: 12/05/2010
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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POINT DECEPTION 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Brandysbookblog More than 1 year ago
POINT DECEPTION by Jim Gilliam Point Deception, is about a guy named Tim Kelly, who at the age of 14, ran away and joined the United States Coast Guard. He later signed up to fight in Vietnam to escape a court martial. While in Vietnam he found himself dealing with the loss of his friends. He received a dishonorable discharge after fighting in an Air Force officer’s club. Soon after, he finds himself in the midst of an undercover narcotics taskforce. He later finds himself at the mercy of the drug cartel, once his cover is blown. Rodolfo Guzman, a Kingpin in the powerful Campeche Drug Cartel sort of what you would call, raised Tim, was the person he was actually investigating. Tim who had an attachment to Rodolfo, was reluctant at first about doing it, but volunteered to do it anyway. After 14 months of hard work, an enforcer, in the cartel took pictures of Tim with Officer Dave Holt. He found the link that would prove that he was an undercover narcotics agent. There was another side to that, Dave Holt was going to soon be his father-in-law. Faced with the information, Rodolfo has to decide what to do with him. He decides at first to get him hooked on heroin, while he talks to the Don. He knows the Don is going to want him killed, but he can’t do that. He knows that Deputy Holt is his soon to be stepfather. He knows that Tim is telling the truth about it, but he can’t prove that, so he has to listen to the Don or follow his heart. There is just to much to list here, if you want to know more about the book, read it!!! I give this review a five star rating. You get a book about the military, cops, and a drug cartel, you have a great read on your hands. FTC GUIDELINES: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE FROM THE AUTHOR JIM GILLIAM FOR THIS REVIEW. THE OPINIONS IN THIS REVIEW IS UNBIASED AND REFLECTS MY HONEST JUDGEMENT.
jodielizabeth More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting story full of action and suspense. There were several grammar and punctuation errors. However, I learned a lot about the Coast Guard since the author has experience with them. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book and follow the characters, but once I did, it was hard to put the book down!
JanuaryKeck More than 1 year ago
POINT DECEPTION, ©2011, Jim Gilliam, Thriller (Coast Guard/Law Enforcement), Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60910-621-8, Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60910-620-1. “You have never lived ‘till you’ve almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.” ¿Jim Gilliam In this masterful thriller portrayal of Tim Kelly, the boy, the man, the soldier and undercover narcotics agent, the author weaves a story of intrigue. The character of Tim Kelly will keep you enthralled in gratitude for those who protect and serve. Tim, the boy, in the midst of discovering who he is, is often misunderstood to be something he isn’t. He yearns to learn the necessary things it takes to be a man. Without paternal influence, he chooses the honorable path with twists and turns that lead him into the Coast Guard, Law Enforcement and the underworld of the drug cartel. Civilians get a “you-are-there“ look behind the news headlines. Beyond fascinating¿this accurately detailed work is the fictionalized experience of the author himself. An unflinching take on what happens when an ordinary man’s focus applies training and dedication to the dissemination of the underworld of the drug cartel. Get ready for that “elevator going down” feeling. Reviewed My January Keck
MayrasSecretBookcase More than 1 year ago
What happens when your loyalties are in conflict and you must betray your old mentor in order to fulfill your duty? What if this old mentor who used to protect and help you as a kid is now a dangerous drug-and-human trafficking overlord? This is the predicament our protagonist, Tim Kelly, faces at the beginning of this partly autobiographical suspense thriller by talented first-time author Jim Gilliam. An undercover narcotics officer now working in the Mexican hacienda of Guzman, his old mentor, his real identity is discovered by Guzman¿s ¿right hand,¿ Rucho, a bully who also knew Kelly from his childhood days. Guzman decides Kelly¿s fate and orders that he be injected with heroine so he¿ll become an addict and beg for his own death. Unbeknown to Guzman, Rucho adds physical torture to the punishment. Kelly slips in and out of consciousness and through his mind we begin to see flashbacks of his life. So the book starts in the present but then goes back in time to relate the events that led him to his present situation, from his early days of fighting bullies, when he met Guzman and Rucho, to his escape at 14 to New Orleans to join the Coast Guard, to his experiences in the military and later to his becoming an undercover narcotics officer. Point Deception is a compelling novel and its strength lies in the protagonist. Kelly is a complex character with lots of flaws, yet sympathetic in a bittersweet kind of way. A hot-tempered, impulsive romantic hero, he won¿t play by anybody¿s rules and makes his fair share of mistakes. Though it may put some readers down, I found all the details about weapons, drugs and the military fascinating. I also enjoyed the dynamics between the characters. At times I felt there was a lot of telling but it didn¿t bother me for the most part. This is a novel that will strongly appeal to fans of military thrillers.
TwinberryLK More than 1 year ago
Point Deception is an enthralling book. When I started to read it, I couldn't put it down until I had read it all the way through to the last page, including the epilogue and the back cover. The book has a strong story line from the start, lots of action and retrospection in diverse settings and circumstances; with a richly drawn cast of believable characters.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
Most authors of fiction disclaim their characters are not representative of any persons living or deceased, for liability protection. However, Jim Gilliam has his own DNA mapped into his main character Tim Kelly, in his suspense novel, Point Deception. Having enrolled in the U.S. Coast Guard at the underage of 14 by lying about his date of birth and continuing after military service a parallel career in law enforcement, both Gilliam and Kelly have much in common. But the similarities stop there, as his book brings the reader into a story of an emotional and riveting tale of fictional incidents, events and intrigue; boldly heightened by Jim Gilliam's immense first-hand knowledge of his subject matter. Nobody's perfect. That's how Jim Gilliam developed his protagonist Tim Kelly, as he equivocated him between sound moral judgments and anti-social behavior; revealing a depth in complexity associated with real people instead of stereo-typical fictional characters. So too is Gilliam's style of writing; using precise vernacular of military terms and procedures known commonly to those who served in the armed forces and law enforcement, adding realism and credibility to the fictional plot. Interestingly, Jim Gilliam also toys with the timeline of his book in a way of starting with a torture scene gripping the reader's attention, then carrying him back into the life of Tim Kelly explaining the personal characteristics that comprise the ending, which is set in the beginning. These techniques, along with a high level of respect for the reader's intelligence, result in Point Deception achieving the many accolades from much of the reading community, which it rightfully deserves. The pivoting point in the novel is when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Point Deception was attacked by "friendly fire," off the coast of Vietnam in August of 1966. This excerpt exemplifies the terse, concise technical writing Gilliam throws into each page of his gripping novel: "Many mistakes occur in war; it is the nature of the beast. This morning, the Point Deception had been mistakenly identified as a hostile target thought to be steaming south form the northern side of the Seventeenth Parallel -- DMZ. Identified as a hostile craft, the Point Deception was fair game for the B-57 commencing the first of three gun runs - seemingly just moments after the flares lit up the Point Deception. The B-57 swooped in for the kill, its four 20mm M39 cannons spewing death and destruction. Built for a maximum speed of 16-17 knots, the Point Deception's light steel hull and aluminum superstructure offer no protection for the personnel on board." This event, along with the military's CYA method of shedding responsibility and saying, "These things happen in combat" have a perfuse effect on Tim Kelly, short-circuiting his already volatile mind and bringing him into an orbit of anti-social behavior. As many Vietnam Vets have to deal with PTSD and haunting memories, the reader gets a rise in blood pressure from the weaving of emotions as Gilliam writes about honor being shed by those holding high military positions. This was one of the feelings portrayed in Point Deception that I personally took to heart. Having Tim Kelly dismissed from the Coast Guard with less than an honorable discharge, he sought a career in drug related law enforcement. It is here he re-encounters his past, having to bust Rodolfo Guzman, a powerful drug lord and a person he befriended in his youth
RobRodriguez More than 1 year ago
From the very first chapter, the book captures your attention and never lets go. The life of the protagonist, Tim Kelly, unfolds in such a way that you can live it by his side and feel every step of the way. For anyone with Military, Law Enforcement experience (or both), this book will surely hit home with you. Point Deception is a magnificent way to remember and honor our fallen heroes. I look forward to seeing what Jim Gilliam comes out with next!
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bwbatlarge More than 1 year ago
Jim Gilliam's debut novel, Point Deception, is part tribute to military heroes, part historical military fiction, part fictionalized autobiography, part thriller, and wholly captivating and powerful. While this novel is an enjoyable read and a thrilling, suspenseful page-turner, its true strength lies in Gilliam's accurate rendering of military life and his ability to create the ultimate protagonist. Rather than portraying the model military hero, Gilliam depicts a man who is both troubled and valiant, battling his own demons and flaws, making for a strong, authentic, riveting character, keeping the reader as fascinated with his protagonist as with the plot. Point Deception chronicles protagonist Tim Kelly, who joins the Coast Guard at the tender age of 14, thrusting him into the harsh life of combat, loss, and all the emotions that accompany such a life. Falsifying documents, Kelly is fleeing a tough life in New Orleans, which has lead him to rely on learning to fight off bullies and a cartel kingpin, Guzman, who becomes a mentor and father figure to him, helping him survive as a young and wayward boy who always finds himself in trouble and short of cash. The depth of character in Tim, whose inner turmoil, range of emotions, and conflicting values and attitudes are so artfully profiled, adding greatly to the strength of the novel, creating a strong protagonist who battles with his own flaws, simultaneously rebellious and heroic. After his string of outbursts while grieving over the loss of three friends, Kelly's notoriously hot temper comes under scrutiny, and he is faced with a dishonorable discharge, leading him to return to civilian life as an undercover narcotics officer, where he will be faced with retribution from his old friend, Guzman, adding to the suspense of the book. Gilliam's own experience in the Coast Guard lends credence to his tone and knowledge, as well as a deeper understanding and accuracy to the events and characters, and the range of emotions that they experience. Gilliam knows all too well the traumas endured by his protagonist, as he, himself, ran away from home and joined the Coast Guard at the age of 14. In fact, he began penning Point Deception during a long deployment to The Persian Gulf with the Navy's Military Sealift Command. This novel is a page-turner that will keep you riveted as it weaves together the three stories of Kelly's tough upbringing in New Orleans, his experiences in The Coast Guard, and his life as an undercover narcotics officer.
TopBookReviewers More than 1 year ago
"Point Deception by Jim Gilliam is action packed with excellent character development throughout. The tale follows Tim Kelly, a spunky Irish kid who is befriended by some diverse characters: a pair of scrappy brothers; a drug cartel overlord; and a local deputy. Through these friends, Tim sees both sides of the law. He is a hopeless romantic and is ready to take on the world.on his own terms. We follow Tim as he leaves home at sixteen to make it on his own. This is where the real story starts to unfold. Being sixteen, on your own during the 60s was a dangerous adventure which Tim sees first hand. Even though he is challenged through the trials and errors of youth, it is not until he experiences intense action in Vietnam on a Coast Guard patrol boat that the reader starts to see the man evolving from the boy. Tim, now years older in experience, is still battling youth and its impulsiveness. Impulsiveness that has him fall in love, be kicked out of the Coast Guard and betray a life long friend. Point Deception is a quick read and has surprising depth of character and plot for a short novel. Gilliam's personal experiences shine through in the novel, but the writing style with extra spacing read almost like a screenplay. That being said, I read it in one sitting wanting to know what would happen next to Tim. I was a bit disappointed that it ended so quickly with no closure on his love interest. The author is working on a sequel and left me wanting to know what will happen next in Tim's life." - TBR TopBookReviewers
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
At the age of fourteen, young runaway Tim Kelly lied about his age in order to join the Coast Guard. A decade later, he volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam and subsequently earned the Silver Star Medal for gallantry - as well as a less than honorable discharge. Back in the U.S., Kelly embarks on a new career as an undercover narcotics agent, but when he disappears after sliding into the shadow world of drugs and human trafficking, will the rescue team dispatched to find him arrive in time - or will their rescue mission become a recovery effort to retrieve his body...? Point Deception is a solid, action-filled suspense tale. Through compelling, well-developed characters and intricately crafted plotlines, author Jim Gilliam presents the reader with a page-turning, no-holds-barred military thriller. Centered on the inimitable Tim Kelly, Point Deception weaves a delicate web of drama, misdirection, and deception - all designed to keep the reader guessing until the very end. With enough surprising twists to hold you at rapt attention, Gilliam's enjoyable read is a perfect fit for die-hard fans of winding tales of military suspense. Strongly recommended. Renee Washburn Apex Reviews
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Tim Kelly, an undercover narcotics agent, is in Mexico at the hacienda of his long time friend Rodolfo Guzman. Kelly is there on the pretense of helping his friend but he is secretly working to expose Guzman and bring him to justice. Guzman is a leader of the violent Campeche Cartel which deals in drugs and human trafficking and the US Federal Narcotics Bureau has been trying to shut the Cartel down for many years. With Kelly's help, they hope to finally put a stop to the Cartel's dangerous exploits. But within the first few pages of Point Deception, Kelly's true mission is exposed by Raul Martinez, a.k.a., "Rucho," an underling of Guzman who, we learn, has reasons to bring down both Kelly and Guzman. Guzman decides against a quick death for his friend and instead orders that Kelly be given heroine. That way he'll soon be addicted and begging for his life to end. When Guzman is called away on business, Rucho takes over and immediately adds physical torture to the mix. As Kelly fades in and out of consciousness, he escapes into memories of his childhood growing up along the Texas Gulf Coast. Point Deception is split into three sections; a brief segment introducing Kelly's current predicament at the hands of a drug lord, the memoir of his life from just after his parents' divorce through the discharge from the Coast Guard, and the final section where the reader learns of Kelly's initial undercover work into the Cartel's dealings and his subsequent torture. The story starts off with nail-biting tension as Kelly is confronted by Guzman and Rucho about his covert activities and then eases slightly as the author takes us to the protagonist's early life. But the tension slowly starts to build again as we know all along that at some point Kelly is going to find himself back at the hacienda being tortured. Will he escape, be rescued, or come to a worse ending? Wanting to learn the outcome will keep the pages turning in this military suspense novel. The author takes time to build the characters' backgrounds and indeed, that is part of what makes this story interesting. Kelly has a long and unusual history with Guzman while Rucho's hatred for Kelly has been brewing for many years. By the time we get to the final section, where Kelly is being tortured, the characters and their interactions all fit together perfectly. Given the backgrounds of each character, the surprise ending is particularly satisfying. The author is retired military and his background adds credence to the story, but perhaps in an effort to keep the dialogue free of military "colorful" language, the conversations sometimes feel forced. In addition, the text is a bit confusing in places due to a lack of editing. An overabundance of commas and an unusual use of quotation marks with dialoge make it difficult at times to follow which character is speaking. A careful review from an editor would make this book a much more enjoyable read. Quill says: Fans of the Coast Guard, and those who like a good military-based suspense novel, will enjoy Point Deception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review for Point Deception By Jim Gilliam It is difficult to write an adequate review of a novel of this depth, and scope. Author Jim Gilliam has created an outstanding work based on an isolated combat tragedy. The reader soon bonds with young Tim Kelly whose misfortunes are usually caused by his refusal to submit to injustice, and his impatience with fools. The author skillfully balances Tim Kelly's emotional and rebellions conduct with his level-headed and responsible nature. His rebelliousness kept him in trouble but his level-headed responsible side may cost him his life. Court-martial to young ladies in distress the characters and action are all melded into a seamless smooth running plot that is easy to identify with. But what happens to Tim Kelly's fiancee, does she revive? I sincerely hope Jim Gilliam has a sequel ready for the press. J.R.Jackson Author of Reilley's Sting, and Reilley's War