Heritage of Deceit

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While surfing the Internet at work, Lloyd believes he's found a relic from an old genocide. If he's right, the artefact would be worth a ton of money, and it will give lots of people closure when they find out what really happened to their families. More

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About Graham Downs

Graham Downs is a South African author. He was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa, and now lives in Germiston with his wife. Aside from being an independent author, he is a computer programmer in Rivonia.

Since publishing his first book (A Petition to Magic) in 2012, he has published four more, including his latest, Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction. This is a collection of six flash fiction stories, ranging from straight-up horror to downright weird.

Although he has always had a passion for writing, it wasn't until December 2012, at the age of 32, that Downs finally decided to unleash his imagination onto the world at large. The result was A Petition to Magic, a short fantasy story about a wizard who cannot perform magic, and a queen who demands his help.

Following on the success of A Petition to Magic, Downs was asked by fellow author Darren Worrow in 2013, to contribute a story to a charity anthology called I am not Frazzle, benefiting the Devizes Community Centre for Children, in the United Kingdom. He eagerly accepted, and penned Stingers, which was included. The anthology was released in December of 2013. (Stingers was released as a stand-alone story on 16 June 2014.)

While I am not Frazzle was being prepared for release, Downs released his second story, Heritage of Deceit, on 1 December 2013. It's a modern day thriller, and tells the story of a man working in an office, who stumbles across what he believes is a relic from an old genocide.

In October 2014, in time for Halloween, Billy's Zombie was released. It is a very short horror story, about a high school boy whom everyone thinks is a freak. In an effort to exact his revenge on his tormentors, he borrows a book on necromancy from the library, which he successfully uses to raise a zombie from the dead.

His latest work was released in April 2015, and is called Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction. This is a collection of six flash fiction stories in the horror/weird fiction genre.

In addition to his published works, Downs has written many free flash fiction stories and essays, in a wide variety of genres. They're all available for free on his website. You can also find a monthly crossword puzzle there, sometimes with prizes for solving it correctly.

Graham Downs is always working on new stories, in a variety of different genres, and he hopes to go from strength to strength as he releases better and better writing, and his popularity continues to grow.


Heritage of Deceit - Book Trailer
How would you feel if what you'd always believed was a lie, and you'd been deceived? Heritage of Deceit by Graham Downs Coming 1 December 2013 More info: http://bit.ly/HeritageOfDeceit

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Heritage of Deceit: Free Sample, Read by the Author
Graham Downs, reading an excerpt of his short story, Heritage of Deceit.

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Review by: Sharon C. Williams on May 23, 2014 :
The short story for today is “Heritage of Deceit” by Graham Downs.

Our main character is Lloyd. While checking online while at work, he believes he has found a treasure from the past, a ring with an evil past. One that could be worth a lot of money. But it is not just about the money but the fact it would give people closure on a past that has haunted them.

Why is he so interested? One of his coworkers has a ring, one that looks very much like the one from the picture he has found. The problem is she never takes off the ring. According to her it is an heirloom so it is very near and dear to her. The trick now is to somehow get the ring from her.

This was a delightful short read. It was quick but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I kept on reading, wanting to know what happened, how the story was going to end. My only ding to this story is that I wish it had been longer so the story could have shined more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kellie White on May 22, 2014 :
Heritage of Deceit is a wonderful combination of love, lies, geed, and consequence. With simple characters and a thought out concept, "Heritage of Deceit" is a wonderful short read. The triangle of feeling between Lloyd, Carla , and Robert, is interesting to say the least. Robert and Lloyd are coworkers/acquaintances until Lloyd approaches Robert with a offer he can't refuse pertaining to Carla, a coworker who has a serious thing for Robert, and the secret they think she is hiding. Robert decides to get closer to Carla to see if in fact what Lloyd says is true , and in doing so creates a bond with Carla. Later on, as a another character who is tied to Robert some how, enters the story, all hell breaks lose, turning this short story from harmless deceit to a violent greed with the worse consequences ever.
I really enjoyed how Graham Downs incorporated the element of surprise in this short story, giving the plot extra depth and even provides a little shock factor for the reader. This is definitely a story that sticks in someone's head for a while. Even as I write this review I think back to the book and remember little details that I didn't tie into certain events in the book, giving me the notion that this might be one of those books that deserve a second read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Papi Z on Dec. 15, 2013 :
Interesting premise for a short story. Contained properly in a short time, entertaining and a believable setting. I can picture this story happening in real life. Pacing is quick, no fluff conversations, swiftly moving you through the story until you are finished.

Characters are developed well in a short time. The main characters are able to be understood, their motives, even their naivety. Can you see the ending coming? Maybe you can, I did not, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. After all of the books I have read of late, I have become fairly jaded to endings. This one got me a bit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Vicky Leigh on Dec. 12, 2013 : (no rating)
Loved it what a good read !!! Had me completely hooked.
Very Very impressed Graham.Well done :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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