Book: Web of Deceit by Charles R. Stubbscategories: Book, Crime, Suspense, Contemporary, Action, Deceit, Internet, Mass Media, North Wales, Birdwatching, Mystery Thriller
Charles R. Stubbsabout this book: This book is about how ordinary people can get drawn into situations that are exacerbated by the way the media report them. It is inspired by 'real life' events in the UK that have been investigated by the Leveson enquiry. I have written the book as a mystery thriller, with many unexpected twists and turns. As far as I am aware, everyone who has read it has been surprised by the story, and it seems to be appealing to all sorts of readers: from students still at University, to female authors, to male newspaper editors; even to Christians, who like the 'message' that goodness can prevail if ordinary people help one another. Early reviewers have used phrases such as: "This is a real page-turner with characters the reader really cares about", and "A mystery that makes you think. I was totally shocked by the ending." Some have even made generous comparisons to stories by authors Robert Ludlam, Agatha Christie and Dan Brown.
It took me about 18 months to write. The title was fairly obvious, because it is a 'deceit' published on the World Wide Web that gets the main character, George Travis, into even more trouble than he's in already at the start of the book. My major challenge was to ensure that the technology that appears and is used is appropriate to the year 1999 and locations in North Wales, which together form the setting for the adventures that befall the main characters. I carried out my research largely by visiting North Wales, walking the mountains, and checking up on some recent history.
My main message to readers is to sit back and enjoy. You will get much from this story that you can apply to what you hear and see around you every day. If reading 'Web of Deceit' makes you just that little bit extra cautious, slightly more wary of believing what the media is trying to tell you, then I shall be a happy author indeed!
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