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Intriguing ... a World War Two thriller in the grand old style, but with fresh new twists. I loved it.--Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author. A refreshingly inventive, exciting WWII thriller. A con artist taught escapes by Houdini, spiritualism tricks by Conan Doyle and Method acting by Stanislavski, his desperate mission takes him from Berlin to Paris to the deserts of North Africa and the intrigues of Cairo. It's unlike anything you've read before.--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art. A taut historical thriller. Kriss delivers an action-packed debut as a con man, a film maker and a priest utilize the Nazi's fascination with Occult in a plot to assassinate Hitler. --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Touch and Go. A smart, sophisticated, and inventive thriller, THE ZODIAC DECEPTION is an utterly convincing and compelling debut. The effort Kriss put into the story shows -- and the relationship between Max, double agent and Nazi filmmaker, and Peter, the con man who must assassinate Hitler, is one for the ages. Don't miss it. -J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of WHEN SHADOWS FALL Entertaining...Kriss sweeps readers along with complex action sequences and an impressive array of tangential challenges. Crisp prose and a well-structured storyline bode well for the sequel. --Publishers Weekly

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GARY KRISS, an award-winning reporter for the"New York Times, was born in Brooklyn and raised in a small town in Eastern Tennessee. He and his wife live in a northern suburb of New York City. The Zodiac Deception is his first novel.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Historical Thriller 18 May 2014
By ManInBlack - Published on
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Imagine a hero who is equal parts Robert Langdon, Indiana Jones, and Danny Ocean gets recruited to change the course of World War II. Peter Kepler is that man. Although "Peter Kepler" is just the latest alias for a man who has been a student of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Recruited by the OSS and aided by a cast of characters ranging from a beautiful Nazi filmmaker to a renegade Catholic priest to Sir Winston Churchill himself, Peter insinuates himself into the elite of the Nazi Party as an astrologer armed with a powerful prophecy aimed at convincing Heinrich Himmler to assassinate Hitler and end the war.

Ranging over vast portions of the globe and mixing fictional plots with real historical events and persons, The Zodiac Deception is a juicy read for anyone who enjoys a rousing tale of spies, history, and adventure with just a dash of the supernatural thrown in for zest.

Highly recommended. A great summer read.
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A Great Read! 28 May 2014
By Rob Hundley - Published on
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I love the amount of depth and detail in The Zodiac Deception. It adds so much and at the same time, the crisp writing keeps things from bogging down. The plot is bold and engaging. A new hero is born! I can't wait to see what David, Peter or whatever his real name is will do next.
Impressive Debut Thriller 1 Sep 2014
By Stanley J. Solomon - Published on
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Gary Kriss’s The Zodiac Deception is an excellently paced historical thriller which achieves at least two stunning effects. First, it fictionalizes some well-known historical situations (the Nazi regime in 1942) without intruding upon the reader’s general knowledge of the period or stretching the plausibility of events. And second, it surpasses the limitations of its historical premises (obviously, we know the outcome of the war) because we are continually fixated on the details driving the present story and the impressive authorial research that went into it. The intricate plot includes an array of famous figures such as Churchill, Gen. Montgomery, Wild Bill Donovan, Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels deftly integrated into the mission of the main fictional characters. It never happened, but it all rings true--a tribute to the author’s skill at placing imaginative narrative events in authentic settings.
Good first novel, long on detail but short on consequences 14 Aug 2014
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I think it was a rookie mistake to deal with so many notorious historical personages and then involve them in a momentous event for which there is no historical record of having occurred. The best historical fiction does this - look at Tim Powers for the finest example. Ultimately, the last pages leave me wondering whether the fallout from the climax would turn would-be sequels into alternate history.

Overall I enjoyed the book. You can tell the author did a lot of research (for example, I am sure he looked at Wine and War; the best historical fiction often features an Afterword which discusses such research). A couple of journeys were longer than they needed to be, and the breadth of experience of the hero is a little extreme. Still, it was hard to put down, and ultimately that's what counts!
richly layered spy novel that's a fun read. Extremely well researched 27 July 2014
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So many fascinating ideas thicken this book (engaging title) that any one of them could have been a novel (shorter) on its own. Zodiac is an inventive, richly layered spy novel that's a fun read. Extremely well researched, the historical facts and exotic locations associated with WW II are balanced by flourishes of magic (Houdini, fortune tellers, delightful hocus pocus), close calls of course, comedic historical gossip and a bit of romance. The hero is not the stock hard-boiled sort. Zodiac's David Walker/Peter Kepler is more cerebral, but he still gives as good as he gets.
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