POINT DECEPTION

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Surviving the mean streets of New Orleans in 1956, young Tim Kelly begins a young Indiana Jones style adventure by lying about his age to join the Coast Guard at fourteen.
Almost a decade later, Kelly transfers to combat duty in Vietnam where three of his friends are killed in a friendly fire incident.
Returning to the U.S. Kelly embarks on a new career as an undercover narcotics agent. More

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Review by: Brandy Swartz on July 19, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brandy Swartz on July 19, 2012 : (no rating)
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: paula on July 10, 2012 :
Starting in present day, Sheriff Holt is expressing his concern for his young partner, Tim Kelly, who is deep undercover within the Campeche Cartel, located in Mexico. Things turn frighteningly wrong for Tim when he is set up by “Rucho,” a right hand man and is caught in photographs with Sheriff Holt, his soon to be father-in-law. Tim is put through his paces as he is tortured and injected with heroin, where he fights to survive. Throughout his torment Tim seems to reflect back on his life, which brings him further strength to survive his torture. Jim Gilliam brings forth a page turning eBook that keeps you wondering. There is some interesting terminology on military weapons but they just add to the intrigue of Point Deception. This was an interesting read and perfect for crime buffs everywhere.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: paula on July 10, 2012 :
Starting in present day, Sheriff Holt is expressing his concern for his young partner, Tim Kelly, who is deep undercover within the Campeche Cartel, located in Mexico. Things turn frighteningly wrong for Tim when he is set up by “Rucho,” a right hand man and is caught in photographs with Sheriff Holt, his soon to be father-in-law. Tim is put through his paces as he is tortured and injected with heroin, where he fights to survive. Throughout his torment Tim seems to reflect back on his life, which brings him further strength to survive his torture. Jim Gilliam brings forth a page turning eBook that keeps you wondering. There is some interesting terminology on military weapons but they just add to the intrigue of Point Deception. This was an interesting read and perfect for crime buffs everywhere
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ike L. Obidike on June 21, 2012 :
The book starts in the present, with Tim Kelly being tortured by his High School nemesis, Raul "Rucho" Martinez and his henchmen.

It then moves back to the backdrop of the life story of Tim as a runaway 14-year old who forged documents to join the Coast Guard. When he runs into trouble with the authorities, he was "shipped" to Vietnam where he encountered organizational bungling that left an indelible mark of his hardening heart. In a moment of madness, he attacks some air force staff, whose members killed three of his colleagues in a 'friendly fire' accident. Tim is discharged, dishonourably. He returns home bitter and almost broken. The only thing that kept his mind together and warmed his heart was his sweetheart, Brenda Conrad.

Just as he was preparing to settle down for once in his young but hectic life, Brenda is caught in a crossfire during a gang war between two mafia families. To exact revenge, Tim accepts, having previously refused the offer, to go underground as a police informant to expose the drug gangs. It is against against his initial decision not to betray one of his mentors,Rodolfo Guzman.

This is where the book gets back to where it started.

WHen he hadn't contacted Sheriff Dave Holt after the six-day time they agreed, Dave convenes his intervention squad and storms Guzman's hacienda!

Finally, Tim is freed un harmed, except for the heroin they were injecting him as punishment prior to, rescuing him as Guzman hoped and against Rucho's desires.

A very interesting book and not lacking in confrontations and actions. It gets too technical with the military gadgets and codes and their explanations and could put off someone seeking an easy read. There are places where the writer kept repeating information the reader already knew and some other places where he questions the intelligence of the reader by spelling out everything instead of leaving it to the reader to figure it. These shortcoming would be fixed with further editing, if necessary.

Otherwise, it is a book any thriller seeker would enjoy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathie Abel on June 16, 2012 :
In Point Deception, Jim Gilliam serves up an interesting tale of the passing of innocence, world adventure and drama that takes a deadly turn.

Raised by a single mother, young Tim Kelly, frustrated by the confines of authority and school and the constant bullying by older boys, connects with a sequence of older men who impart their wisdom, good, bad, legal and shady, each one contributing to fatherless Kelly’s “education as a man.” In 1956, after several aborted attempts at running away, the bookish 14-year-old Kelly finally lands in New Orleans, taking refuge in a homeless shelter and ultimately finding a job on a merchant clipper. Shortly thereafter, Kelly is successful at forging paperwork to “prove” he is 18 and joins the Coast Guard.

Rodolfo Guzman, nebulous gang leader and drug trafficker, quietly takes an interest in the young Kelly, while Raul “Rucho” Martinez, one of Guzman’s sergeants, makes it his mission to destroy Kelly. Guzman’s interest runs counter to that of Deputy Sheriff Dave Holt, however, who eventually recruits Kelly to an undercover narcotics investigation that, when discovered, will change the dynamics among them all.

Kelly’s evolution from a wide-eyed kid with wanderlust to an experienced albeit somewhat embittered Viet Nam vet is told with a narrative that, while at times difficult to follow, nonetheless keeps the pages turning to the end. Gilliam’s comments at the end, and dedication to fallen friends is apropos and should not be glossed over. All together a good read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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