No One Can Be Completely Trusted in Matt Scott’s ‘Surviving the Lion’s Den’ [REVIEW]

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Politics is dangerous business. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A kidnapped CIA operative. An Iranian commander looking for intel. Two countries determined to overtake an American military base. Will they succeed, or will an unknown agent be able to uncover the truth? Find out in Matt Scott’s debut thriller, Surviving the Lion’s Den.

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After leaving a meeting with the Saudi ambassador to the United States, CIA operative Tom Delang is abducted and tortured for information. Then, Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Rahim Shirazi discovers Tom might be just the asset he needs to get access to Russia’s secret missile system, that is if the Russian president is willing to make a trade. One side is dangerous on its own, but when Russia and the Iranians work together, they just might be able to overtake America’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain.

Meanwhile, Iranian American Kirk Kurruthers is on his way to Iran determined to get revenge after finding his grandfather has been killed by Iranian intruders. Once he arrives, he is met by Farhad, his in-country guide. But when Kurruthers is also captured, he must risk a daring and unconventional escape into neighboring Turkmenistan if any of them are to have a fighting chance at survival and retribution.

Surviving the Lion’s Den may be Matt Scott’s debut novel, but he definitely seems to have graduated from the Brad Thor school of thriller writing. From the very first page, readers find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a writer who knows when to pull the trigger. Scott builds suspense using taut action, political intrigue, and enough life-and-death scenarios we may all suffer from PTSD by the time we finish reading this book.

Relentlessly paced and meticulously researched, Scott takes readers on a tour of the world’s most dangerous places, where one should never walk alone, and even longtime friends can’t be trusted. Explosive action, careful plotting, and keen insights into the world’s political scene make Surviving the Lion’s Den a must read and Matt Scott an author to watch!

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Matt Scott has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Hampden-Sydney College, a liberal arts institution in Virginia.

He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and dog while also continuing his career in logistics.

For more information, visit, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Matt Scott

By Matt Scott
356 pp. Speaking Volumes. $17.95

Purchase Surviving the Lion’s Den direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, or Powell’s.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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