The Heretic

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Gus Deacon, ex-CIA, is a freelance operative. But a job went wrong, and now a dangerous arms dealer wants him dead. Deacon is offered a chance to make amends. It sounds easy – maybe too easy. But before the bullets even start flying, he gets the feeling that nothing is quite what it seems. The Heretic tightens its grip as the dance of deceit draws Deacon ever closer to a shattering conclusion. More

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Words: 76,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465728081
About C.L. McMahon

C.L. (Luke) McMahon has at various points in his career been a political advisor on foreign, defence, justice, and police policy. He’s also been a wine writer and wine tour guide, as well as doing a stint as a corporate communications consultant which he doesn’t like to talk about. Currently, when he’s not traveling, writing, making music, or drinking wine, he lives in New Zealand and works in communications in the not-for-profit sector.


Review by: Natalie Ferguson on Jan. 12, 2012 :
I lost a day of my holiday to this book, then two more telling everyone I know to buy it. Great, fun read... But I also really enjoyed the history and worldwide political issues addressed. It was right up my alley!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Priyanka Bhonsule on Jan. 09, 2012 :
Hard to put down! The research on history and politics really shows through in this sophisticated narrative. It has engaging characters, especially Gus Deacon, who I'd love to see in a sequel. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Bos on Jan. 09, 2012 :
This will keep you up reading all night! The superb writing style and descriptions quickly draw you in the plot, which keeps on twisting. Definitely worth the read, and looking forwards to the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alice O'Connor on Jan. 05, 2012 :
A captivating read – incredibly hard to put down! Looking forward to the next installment from C.L. McMahon.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: J M Williams on Dec. 18, 2011 :
Thoroughly excellent read - page-ripping action sequences scattered around the globe, punctuated with historical and political context, The Heretic is a 21st century page-turner with added sophistication. McMahon's team, led by Gus Deacon are well-developed and engaging characters, and much more is suggested, you could easily see this become a best-selling series. I for one would love to see a prequel around the earlier days of Charlie and Deacon, and Marisela is a masterful creation, what can I say, you could do a whole series based around her! Anyway, if you like a hard-boiled thriller but with a bit more intelligence, this will be right up your street.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Timpecter on Dec. 13, 2011 :
A taut and smart international action thriller that races between its European settings. Gus Deacon, ex-CIA mercenary, assembles a team to execute a heist that just might get him out of trouble with a nasty former customer - but Gus gets much more than he bargains for! The bullets fly fast and C.L. McMahon has a great knack for putting the reader in the thick of the action and setting a scene with historical background.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sue Douglas on Dec. 05, 2011 :
A real page-turner. Unrelenting action with serious firepower. The Heretic moves at breakneck pace in the corrupt worlds of arms dealers and political intrigue, scattering bodies on the way. Gus Deacon, the anti-hero, is "... a man without any real sense of purpose ... Always a tactician, but never a strategist." Also, evidently without too many scruples, although, in this festival of murky morality, with one exception, it's the *really* bad guys who die. Given the context and nature of the action the book is remarkably free of gratuitous descriptions. A good read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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