The Hemingway Deception
by Tj O'Connor
May 1 - 26, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Catalina Reyes is running toward hers.
Two deadly women—one treacherous mission.
A Cuba-America war is at stake.
Why does everyone want them both dead?
The answer is simple . . . Hemingway.
Ana Karras is hiding among the millions in Manhattan, recovering from near-death at the hands of Cuban Intelligence. When she begins an ill-fated quest to find her missionary parents lost somewhere in Latin America, she’s haunted by her past and coerced into a new mission—to capture Catalina “Cat” Reyes, a rogue Cuban assassin bound for Washington. Cat’s mission could well start another Caribbean crisis. To avert a Cuban-American war, Ana must do the unthinkable—she must once again become Ana Montilla, the notorious FARC guerrilla. As Ana struggles to keep from devolving permanently into Ana Montilla, Cat must overcome past failures and reclaim her skills as Cuba’s top assassin—or die. Ana and Cat are on a collision course. Their paths are not separate, but one. Their pasts inexplicably linked. Their futures reliant on each other. Still, it’s the secrets kept from them that will be the end game. Two deadly women. One treacherous mission. What is Operation Perro? Why does everyone want Ana Karras and Cat Reyes dead?
The answer is Hemingway.
Praise for The Hemingway Deception:
"A riveting 'ripped from the headlines' international thriller: Two women fighting for what they believe; a horrifying assassination plot; deadly enemies, including some in our own government; and a mysterious operative named Hemingway who must be found. O'Connor, a real life anti-terrorism expert, takes us on a roller coaster ride of action, intrigue, betrayal and stunning twists. Read it!"
~ R.G. Belsky, Award-Winning Author of the Clare Carlson Series
"Great characters, non-stop action, a twisted plot, and exotic locations-The Hemingway Deception is exactly what an international thriller should be. Couldn't put it down."
~ DP Lyle, Award-Winning Author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper Thriller Series
"A rollercoaster ride of international intrigue, governmental deception and the meaning of family. Tj O'Connor's real-life knowledge of geopolitical affairs shines through on every quick-turning page. Bravo!"
~ Matt Coyle, Author of the Bestselling Rick Cahill Crime Series
"There are no wimps in this fast-paced thriller, male or female. The relentless action will have you flying through the pages, eager to know what happens next."
~ Terry Shames, Author of the Award-Winning Samuel Craddock Series
"Tj O'Connor does it again in The Hemingway Deception. His action-packed writing is founded in real-world experience with anti-terrorism and threat analysis consulting. This time, he adds kick-ass women to the mix, building in multiple layers of complexity often overlooked in thrillers."
~ Dawn Brotherton, Author of the Jackie Austin Mysteries and Eastover Treasures
This novel has a very complex plot. The narrative moves to different locations and time periods and it took me a while to figure out what was going on. There is a very complex political and power situation with police and guerrillas and military and drug lords. About a third of the way into the book we have information to understand some of the action. Around forty percent in we get some of the history behind the current characters and their actions. I do wish more of the background information had been incorporated into the plot earlier. At about twenty percent from the end, Ana, one of the major characters says, “I don't understand...” (4506/5595) I know how she felt.
More becomes clear as the novel nears the end. There were so many surprising twists, I lost count. People weren't who they claimed to be. Events didn't happen as we were told. Even at the very end, just when I thought all had been resolved, there was another surprise.
Much of the intrigue in this novel is based on events from a couple of decades ago, especially attempts to interfere in Cuba's affairs. It certainly highlights the deception of people in the US government and their secret operations. It was not a quick read for me. I had to really think about what was happening to keep all the deceptive people and plot turning events in mind. This is a novel for readers who like a complex situation and characters who are shrouded in layers of deception.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Author Bio:The Consultant and four paranormal murder mysteries.
Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. Tj is a Harley Davidson pilot, a man-about-dogs, and a lover of adventure, cooking, and good spirits (both kinds). He was raised in New York’s Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and Labrador companions in Virginia where they raised five children who are supply a growing tribe of grands!
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)