‘The Iranian Deception’ Secures Matt Scott’s Place as a Rising Star in Thriller Fiction [REVIEW]

Tehran, Iran
A new leader comes to power in Matt Scott’s The Iranian Deception. (Photos courtesy Canva)

When the CIA’s head of Iranian Affairs desk is awakened by her phone ringing in the middle of the night, she knows it can’t be good news. She picks up anyway, only to hear one of her Iranian sources tell her, “He’s dead.” Within three hours of the Supreme Leader’s death, a new one has been appointed. Does this mean peace may be imminent in the Middle East? Or will this new leader be far more dangerous than his predecessor? Find out in the second thrilling installment of Matt Scott’s Surviving the Lion’s Den series, The Iranian Deception.

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When Marzban Shir-Del assumes power as the new Supreme Leader of Iran, he has an agenda that he wants President Vahid Avesta and Major General Ramin Lajani to get behind. His plan is to finally unify the Middle Eastern nations, no matter what it takes. The Americans watch closely as history unfolds, waiting to see what kind of leader Shir-Del actually proves to be.

Then the U.S. embassy in Islamabad is attacked and CIA operative Ben Thrasher discovers that the terrorist responsible is not a first-time offender.

And when bombs go off inside U.S. global service centers in India, leveling several of America’s biggest foreign corporate offices, Thrasher must team up with Kedar Dhoni, his rival in India’s Intelligence Bureau. Together, they race against time to uncover who is behind all the chaos. Along the way, they unearth an old Nazi war plan that has been resurrected with world domination as the ultimate goal.

Meanwhile, back on American soil, someone has it in for former operative Tom Delang. He is working with a former classmate to turn the story of his escape from Iran into a major motion picture. But after leaving a meeting about the project, someone runs him off the road and leaves him for dead. But who? Delang enlists his buddy Kirk Kurruthers to help him find the culprit before they can finish the job.

While some authors tend to miss the mark a bit with sequels to debut novels, that is not the case with Matt Scott. While he may not be a household name yet, it is only a matter of time. Scott’s plotting and pacing are spot on. There is a sense of urgency to his writing that will have readers turning pages faster than they can binge watch a season of The Terminal List.

From page one, it is obvious that Scott knows his material. He writes authoritatively about Middle Eastern affairs and America’s intelligence community and uses that knowledge to create compelling characters who are by turns formidable and all too human. In fact, it’s one of the things that make The Iranian Deception so good. None of Scott’s characters are one dimensional, and it makes us like them as a result.

So next time you find yourself waiting for the next Brad Thor or Jack Carr novel to hit store shelves, do yourself a favor and pick up Matt Scott’s latest, The Iranian Deception. Scott proves once again that he is a rising star in thriller fiction. Not only will he entertain you, but he will keep you nailed firmly to the edge of your seat and may even teach you a thing or two about politics and national security in the process.

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Matt Scott is the author of Surviving the Lion’s Den.

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

He lives in Charolotte, North Carolina with his wife and golden retriever while also continuing his career in logistics.

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

By Matt Scott
314 pp. SpeakingVolumes. $17.95

Purchase The Iranian Deception 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.

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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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