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      POINT DECEPTION has won the Texas Association of Authors 2012, Best Fiction Award; won the Silver Medal in the 2012, Stars & Flags Book Awards Military Historical Fiction category; received an Honorable Mention in the 2012, New York Beach Book Festival, Number One Finalist in the Thriller Category in the 2012, National Indie Excellence Awards, and won the Beverly Hills Book Award in  Fiction for 2013.

     POINT DECEPTION is due for re-release in the near future by California Times Publishing, of Los Angeles.
     
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   TARNISHED HERO has won an Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival in 2013 and 2014, and also won the Texas Association of Authors Best Military Fiction Award for 2013.
   TARNISHED HERO will soon be re-released by California Times Publishing, of Los Angeles.
 
   I write for my readers and I hope you will read TARNISHED HERO and enjoy this exciting novel. I welcome comments from my readers. My eMail address is:
jgill12775@optonline.net
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   This exciting episode begins in the early 1960's. After his father's death at the hands of a union busting thug in Galveston Kelly transfers to San Francisco where he meets Brenda Conrad and an overbearing, sadistic executive officer. Given a choice between courts martial and combat duty in Vietnam Kelly choses Vietnam. When three of his friends are killed in a friendly fire incident Kelly releases his rage in an Air Force officer's club. Returning to the U.S. with a less than honorable discharge. He embarks on a new career as an undercover narcotics agent. After his rescue from the drug cartel when his cover is blown. He plans to marry Brenda Conrad but before the wedding can take place. Brenda and her best friend the high spirited daughter of the Governor of Texas.are kidnapped by the cartel and spirited to a secret island off the coast of Yucatan. Kelly enlists the aid of a local Mayan rebel leader to find and rescue the two women.  

   In addition to guns, drugs, and human trafficking the powerful Campeche Cartel is heavily engaged in the sale of human organs and tissue on the black market. The director of this branch of the Cartel convinces the leader of the Cartel to engage in germ warfare against their rival cartels. A bitter, discredited, former Army germ warfare specialist becomes the head of the project. He has his own agenda. The release of airborne Anthrax over thousands of tourists attending the San Antonio 1968 World's Fair.
   Suspense builds like an old time Saturday matinee cliffhanger serial as Kelly makes his way through a dangerous labyrinth where the slightest misstep could be his last.


   The SADM Project is my third novel. In this exciting suspense thriller:
Like every man on his team, Captain Chris Holt has sworn to defend America against all enemies. Yet from the moment he enters the SADM Program, Holt never considers the possibility of a domestic deployment. Now, as he and his Army Special Forces team jump from their C-130 transport into the Texas darkness armed with a tactical nuclear weapon, he cannot help but wonder how many of them will survive their mission to terminate a disgraced, former Army germ-warfare scientist.

   Dr. Heinrich Fleischer has big plans. He forms an unholy alliance with a ruthless leader of a Mexican drug cartel, wanting nothing more than to use his stash of a deadly strain of respiratory anthrax against all the other drug cartels in Latin America. Now holed up deep inside an abandoned laboratory high in the Trans-Pecos Mountains, Fleischer ambushes Holt and his team as soon as they land, capturing the captain, stealing the nuclear device, and then using it to blackmail the President of the United States. Unless he receives $1 Billion in ransom, he plans to detonate the device within a major U.S. port -- an act that would devastate the world's economy for decades. This is the least threating of Fleischer's two agendas. His real agenda could result in the deaths of thousands, possibly millions, of innocent people.
Praise for The SADM Project
THE SADM PROJECT 

   Texas born Jim Gilliam comes to his third novel THE SADM PROJECT as a polished pro – something rarely seen with young novelists: his prior novels POINT DECEPTION and TARNISHED HERO have garnered acclaim and awards and his creative ability increases with the release of each new adventure. Gilliam has enough background experience in the topics with which he deals that he adds a flavor of authenticity to his story from the start: he ran away from home at age 14, joined the Coast Guard and served on active duty with the Coast Guard from January 1957 until June 1966. In June 1978 he joined the Army as an airborne combat physician assistant. Leaving the Army in August 1986 he was employed in civilian practice until May 2001 when he joined the Navy's Military Sealift Command as a civilian mariner physician assistant. He is a veteran of multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  Since his retirement in 2010 he devotes his time from his home in Warwick, New York to writing some of the most significant thrillers before the public today. He obviously learned the lingo and tales passed around the danger loving troops that gives him the language and atmosphere of having ‘been there done that’ in this compelling novel.

 

   Gilliam alters his writing style for this new novel – a clever move in that the story has so many twists and turns, so many characters whose names flood the story that the creation of a novel in the format of a screenplay is exceptionally appropriate. Not that the novel mimics the looks of a screenplay: it simply inserts aspects of the story in triple asterisk portions that allow the reader to witness the spectrum of the myriad moments of simultaneous action much like watching a film (and a film of this book is bound to happen.) And in the deployment of this technique Gilliam inserts memorable asides that keep the novel to the highest literary value – ‘A select few individuals possess the inherent ability to retreat so far into the depths of their own subconscious minds that they, in effect, journey back in time to a safer place. These rare individuals will die before they break.’ But on to the story.

 

   The protagonist for this tale is Special Forces Captain Chris Holt who has been entrusted with SADM (Special Atomic Demolition Munition), a small nuclear device with the explosive yield of one kiloton of TNT.  The antagonist for this cleverly suggested Sherlock Homes/Moriarty mirror is one mad scientist, Dr. Heinrich Fleischer, who upon less than honorable discharge from the military for refusing to cooperate with his studies on the deadly anthrax 836 bacillus that airborne could kill thousands of victims – a germ warfare specialist, became obsessed with revenge. Holt versus Fleischer is the main theme of this cacophonic symphony: Holt loses control of the SADM to Fleischer and must recover it before Fleischer in his heinous revenge mental state places it in an area where it will kill millions and destroy an important port for the US. Coupled with this line of suspense is the fact that the CIA (known as The Company lead by the evil Pennington) is involved in a guns for drugs program in Southeast Asia (the time of the story is 1968 and the Vietnam conflict is the source of many disillusioned soldiers returned as ignored Vets): the CIA exchanges guns to the Southeast Asians for raw drugs that the CIA then distributes to the various inimical drug cartels in Mexico and South America who refine and then smuggle saleable drugs into the US and Canada for huge profits. As we meet the various cartel heads we also encounter other forms of border crime in the Southern Texas border – illegal harvesting of organs from victims that are then shipped to transplant recipients, again for incredibly high profit. The use of Fleischer’s Anthrax 836 is a possible means to narrow the number of drug cartels involved in the drug trade, a factor the CIA fights against as such a move would diminish the cash influx for their guns for drugs illegal enterprise. Murders, fires, tortures, explosions, and varying acts of derring-do color this aspect of the story.

 

   The manner in which Gilliam weaves all of these (and many other) aspects of his story is nothing short of a miracle in writing. The story involves the President of the US who Dr. Fleischer, a domestic terrorist with a grudge against America and the Army, threatens use of the SADM for domestic deployment, multiple friends of Holt’s from his military service, the Russians, the leaders of the south of the border drug cartels, and even homeless Vets given succor by one Brother Paul in his mission. The language is appropriately raw where necessary, the medical aspects of various situations are on target, the use of Spanish is effective, the humanity of Holt and his fellow fighters is exemplary, and the respect for the service of our armed forces who attempt ‘to preserve some semblance of sanity in a world gone mad with naked avarice and greed’ shakes the reader’s vantage in a healthy way…’Absent friends’ is the recurring toast.

 

   Gilliam introduces his chapters with appropriate quotations from famous people, inserts that at first seem unnecessary eye bumps to the story but in retrospect light candles to the event about to take place as this rumbling tank of a novel plows through the battlegrounds of possibilities. This is a novel that asks for the reader’s attention throughout. The payback is enormously satisfying.

 

Grady Harp

Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer


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 LETTER TO MY READERS

   A novel is a living breathing thing and as such remains in a constant state of flux. I reread my work with an eye towards improving my next book; always thinking, this would have been better if I had included this or deleted that. My readers and other authors write to me with comments and suggestions and I take these to heart.

   Part of the book deals with the timely theme of the Mexican drug wars, seemingly waging out of control and spilling over into the United States:

   Point Deception chronicles an undercover narcotics agent, Tim Kelly, working in Mexico to bring kingpin Rodolfo Guzman to justice. Guzman was a childhood benefactor of Kelly, helping him to survive on the tough streets of New Orleans as a runaway, and it is this trust and bond that lead to his particularly dangerous assignment.

   Guzman is a “kingpin in the powerful and ruthless Campeche Cartel” run by the founder and “boss of bosses,” Don Juan Gomez Montenegro. The fictional cartel epitomizes the ruthlessness of the real drug cartels they parallel, torturing and murdering five local independent drug traffickers and entering the nightclub owned by their ringleader to empty five severed human heads onto the dance floor. Such demands for authority and violent means of attaining it are rampant in the headlines, as we are continually faced with headlines relating the raging drug war in Mexico and unstable social situation that has resulted from this. Last year alone, the drug war in Mexico claimed 15,270 lives. 
  

   Through Kelly’s work, “millions of dollars in cash, drugs, and weapons have been kept from America’s streets.” When Kelly fails to check in with his handler, it becomes evident that his mission has been compromised, and his team must venture into Mexico to attempt to save him in time, or recover his body if they do not succeed. Although it often goes unreported, many such situations exist, as men like Kelly and his team strive to keep America’s streets safe and drug-free.
   Despite the efforts of Felipe Calderon, tens of thousands of soldiers, and Federal Police, the war has raged on unabated, largely due to crooked officials who make it possible for the cartels to buy off the police and officials. Through fiction, Point Deception highlights the terrible tragedies and violence of the drug war that is raging just below our border, a world filled with terror and danger that few are brave enough to face, claiming more lives each day.




    The book also deals with other everyday real life themes:  

   
Point Deception  centers around protagonist Tim Kelly, a former runaway turned military hero turned undercover narcotics officer.    The benefactor and male role model of his troubled youth, Rodolfo Guzman, the kingpin of the Campeche Cartel, comes under scrutiny by Kelly’s bosses.   Although he does not wish to betray his friend, Kelly eventually accepts the assignment, thrusting him into the dangerous land of limbo on the border of Texas and Mexico. 

   The Texas-Mexico border has always been a source for drugs to enter the United States, filled with the violence and horrors of cartels.    Kelly goes undercover for over a year, precluding millions of dollars in cash, drugs, and weapons from entering the streets of America and leading to many arrests and convictions.   When he fails to check in with his handler, it appears that Kelly’s mission has been compromised and the turbulence of the areas and the cartels threaten his life. 
   Although Tim Kelly is a fictional character, there are many examples of real life heroes who have undergone similar circumstances, remaining unnamed in their heroism.    The drug war that rages in Mexico has claimed many lives, both American and Mexican, and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.    The headlines are filled with anonymous undercover narcotics officers, like the fictional Kelly, who have been compromised, injured, or killed in their valiant efforts to keep the American streets safe and preclude drugs from entering in and destroying the lives of American families.   
   Headlines have cited the actions of the Mexican drug cartels as making Al Qaeda “look tame,” racked with violence, high death tolls, brutality, and ruthlessness.     While there are many tragic headlines, others highlight the work of the brave men, with crackdowns that led to 300-700 arrests on multiple occasions, totaling thousands of arrests, the decline of the La Familia Cartel, and the indictment of the Los Zetas leaders, showing that these lives have not been in vain and the truly great nature of their work. Point Deception  arouses awareness in the reader of the many lives that have been sacrificed to make our own comfortable, not only at war, but also in enforcing the law. 
   Point Deception  uses the historical backdrop of the Vietnam War to address issues that plague us today, in our war with Iraq.    The novel’s protagonist, Tim Kelly, loses three friends to “friendly fire,” a term that stirs up a deep upwelling of emotions in many veterans and Americans. 
   Although the deaths to friendly fire are tragic, many make an “effort to duck responsibility” and to “trivialize the incident,” marring the heroism of the deaths in an effort to defer responsibility and minimize the importance of the deaths and injuries to friendly fire, brushed away with such statements that are inevitably more insulting than consoling as, “I understand your sense of loss, believe me.   You have my deepest sympathies, but it was just an unfortunate friendly fire incident, regrettable, but these things happen in war.”   
   The death of Kelly’s friends was deferred from organization to organization, no one wanting to claim responsibility for the great tragedy; “In the end, everyone blamed everyone but themselves.    The Air Force blamed the Navy, the Navy blamed the Coast Guard and the Air Force and the Army blamed everyone and everything.”    The attitude that friendly fire, is just that, friendly, euphemized into seeming incapable of harm, eventually causes Kelly to erupt with rage and cause a scene at an Air Force Officer’s club, screaming; “Friendly fire, friendly fire, friendly fire, don’t worry it won’t hurt you!” 
   In Iraq, so-called “friendly fire” has already claimed 165 American lives.   Among these incidences are those of US troops mistakenly firing at and injuring 37 US Marines near Nasiriyah, a US Patriot missile downing an F-18 US fighter jet, and the mistaken identity of a US serviceman for an Iraqi solider, shot dead by his own troops, among a myriad of other instances.   The lives lost to friendly fire have included many of our British allies, in such tragic incidences as a US Patriot missile accidentally shooting down an RAF Tornado jet, a British tank accidentally targeting another British tank, and a US A-10 ground attack aircraft firing on a five British soldiers in Basra, killing one and wounding four.    While rooted in the past, Point Deception addresses issues prevalent in the war today by addressing the tragedy of friendly fire and the dismissive attitude with which it is treated, causing great pain for those who have lost someone to friendly fire, making their deaths appear less noble in an attempt to quell the guilty consciences of various departments. 
   Point Deception  explores the psychological effects of war through  protagonist, Tim Kelly, a Coast Guardsman, who has a terrible experience in trying to cope with and rationalize the deaths of three of his friends. 
   Because his friends were killed in a “friendly fire” incident, their deaths have been made less noble and almost trivialized in an attempt to defer blame from department to department and assuage their consciences, making it all the more unbearable for Kelly. 
   Kelly is “deeply mourning” the loss of his friends and begins drinking “more and more” and “searching for someone to pay for his loss,” a search most likely fueled by the deferral of responsibility that was occurring around him, looking for someone to blame in order to find meaning in and make sense of the death of his friends. He begins “slipping deeper and deeper into depression, sapping his strength, robbing him of sleep.” 
   While in Saigon, he finds that his days are bearable, but after the sun goes down, “Kelly became morose and his drinking escalated until some nights he didn’t know how he managed to get back to his hotel room.” At an Air Force Officer’s Club, Kelly’s self-destruction slips into the true depths of darkness; “He had so much to drink that he was beginning to relax and forget for a little while, the heart tearing pain of his friends’ senseless deaths; all killed by the very same pilots whose club this was.” Upon seeing them recount a story, moving their arms and hands “as if strafing a target” and laughing, Kelly assumes in delusion that they are finding humor in recounting the attack on the Point Deception.    Eye witnesses recall seeing him “suddenly begin to shake” and “as though possessed by demons” jumped up from his table and begin throwing bottles from nearby tables at the pilots. 
   Although Kelly is a character created by Jim Gilliam and the story a work of historical fiction, the themes are very much present in society today.    Mental health problems plague returning Iraqi veterans, left too damaged by their experiences.    In a recent study of 103,788 veterans, 32,010 were diagnosed with mental health and/or psychosocial problems that included post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, adjustment disorder, depression, and substance abuse. 
   Through the character, Tim Kelly, Americans are able to gain a deeper understanding of the forces attributed to the development of these disorders and, through understanding, be able to compassionately empathize with the thousands of shattered veterans who return to our country. 
   Point Deception  centers on protagonist, Tim Kelly, who runs away from home to face the tough streets of New Orleans at a tender age. While Kelly finds a way to triumph and survive, he faces many trials, tribulations, and dangerous elements before lying about his age and enlisting in the Coast Guard at the age of 14. 
   As the son of a single mother in the 1950s, Kelly faces the stigmatization of being the son of a “hot divorcee” and lacks male role models; he finds a “leading male role model” in Rodolfo Guzman, the kingpin of the Campeche Cartel. Kelly is a loner, who often lives in his imagination and the adventures of books where young boys are the hero, leading to a captivation with joining the military. After several thwarted efforts to run away from home, Kelly finally succeeds, facing dwindling savings, lack of a stable job, and insufficient funds to procure a union card. His combined friendship with Guzman, who becomes his protector, and tough nature, refusing to be sexually abused by another man at work who assumes that his age makes him vulnerable, gives him the grit and means necessary to survive, although not without many difficulties and situations which no young boy should face. 
   It is this tough nature that later serves him in the Coast Guard and as an undercover narcotics officer; although Kelly has the grit necessary to survive on the streets, it is not without a great deal of drama and danger. Many children are not as lucky and do not survive, engulfed by the dark elements of the streets that eventually destroy their lives. Between 1 and 1.5 million children run away from home each year, with between 20 and 40 percent—varying by location—becoming involved in drug use, prostitution, or pornography. Although Tim Kelly was able to “make it” on the streets, he is one of the rare cases; much more often, the negative influence that came into Kelly’s life consumes young runaways who face the triple oppression of youth, vulnerability, and insufficient financial means. 
   Point Deception delves deeper into current events than the usual suspense thriller that asks that we suspend our disbelief for a few days while the plot unfolds.  

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   I would like to share a few of the opening scenes with you. I hope you enjoy the read and are stimulated to read the rest of the book .

JG
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YOU HAVE NEVER LIVED ’til you’ve almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.

Deputy Sheriff Dave Holt had been asleep for almost five hours. It was by no means a restful sleep; what there was of it had been a fitful sleep, born of stress, fatigue, and fear for his young partner, Tim Kelly’s, life.

The question—always at the forefront of his mind—robbed him of sleep. Had he encouraged Tim’s decision to go undercover, knowing that he was possibly sending him to his death?

At first Kelly had refused the undercover assignment. His personal code of honor would not allow him to betray a friend; especially one who had saved his life on more than one occasion.

That might have been the end of it, but for subsequent events that sealed his decision to enter the shadow world of drug and human trafficking as an undercover narcotics agent sponsored by his old friend and mentor, Rodolfo Guzman, who was a kingpin in the powerful and ruthless Campeche Cartel.

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Rodolfo’s restored seventeenth-century Spanish hacienda, located on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, approximately fifteen miles inland from where the river’s current collides with the tidal surge of the Gulf of Mexico, was heavily fortified and reputed to be vulnerable only to an attack by an organized military force with air and artillery support.

The proximity of the hacienda to U.S. territory would be the crucial element for Kelly’s backup rescue team, which was standing by around the clock to rescue him if he became a prisoner. Or to recover his body in the event he was killed.

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Somewhere in the twilight-world between sleep and wakefulness, Holt’s conscious mind began to stir. He wondered if he was dreaming. What is that annoying buzzing sound? It can’t be time to get up. I just got to sleep.

He sat bolt upright in bed, staring in disbelief at the small beeper as it buzzed and vibrated its way across the top of his bedside table. It came to rest against a half-empty bottle of Wild Turkey, his favorite brand of bourbon, taken neat without the muss and fuss of ice or mixers.

The device had been silent for fourteen months. Holt had almost forgotten why he wore the damn thing. That it was buzzing now disturbed him to the point of nausea.

He snatched the noisy device from the nightstand. Silencing the annoying buzzer, he stared in shock and disbelief at the two-word message on the tiny screen:

NO JOY

The universal meaning: “no show,” “not found,” “no luck.” Take your pick.

According to their prearranged plan, Kelly was supposed to contact Holt through a secure telephone at least every five days to pass on any new evidence and at the same time reassure his handler that his cover was still intact.

Allowing for a day of grace, a total of six days without contact would be taken to mean that Kelly’s true identity had become known to the cartel and he was either a prisoner within the confines of Rodolfo’s hacienda or he was dead.

Neither possibility gave Holt a good feeling.

Picking up the bedside telephone, Holt dialed a number he had committed to memory fourteen months earlier, praying as he did so that his young partner was still alive.

The code number activated a volunteer team of Texas lawmen sworn to carry out a trifold mission that committed them to an illegal, clandestine, armed incursion onto Mexican sovereign territory from which some—possibly all—of them might not return. It was a bold and dangerous plan. Not even the most elite units of the Mexican federal police dared attack Rodolfo Guzman’s hacienda. It was a renegade state within a state, defying the corrupt Mexican government.

Six days prior to the rescue team’s activation, Rodolfo Guzman had angrily confronted Kelly with damning evidence of his deception.

“I would be very interested in your explanation of these photos of you and Deputy Holt of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department,” Rodolfo shouted as he attempted unsuccessfully to control his rising anger. He was wildly jabbing his right index finger at several grainy black and white photographs covering the top of his massive oak desk. The photos Rodolfo was so excited about showed Kelly and his soon-to-be stepfather, Dave Holt, having a relaxed lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. There seemed to be no attempt by either of the men to conceal the encounter.

From the beginning, Kelly had realized that his dangerous double life in the violent shadow world of drug trafficking depended not only on guile but also on an essential communication lifeline to the civilized world.

Always a realist, he accepted the fact that the life expectancy of an undercover narcotics agent was often measured in days. He had been under for over fourteen months. This fact made him wary. It forced him to live moment to moment with the gut-wrenching fear that one day his real identity would be discovered. How much longer can I keep up the charade? He often asked himself. I should get out now. That would be the better part of valor. But that was never going to happen. He was an adrenalin junkie, pure and simple, and like any addict, deep down he craved the high that living on the edge provided. If there was a better thrill, he hadn’t heard of it yet.

But the fear, his constant companion, was not for his own life. It was that he would be discovered before he finished his mission. What he cherished more than life itself was his passion to punish the Campeche Cartel or die in the attempt.

“That’s simple!” Kelly snapped back, adopting the indignant tone of one who has been falsely accused, and at the same time fearing that Rodolfo would see through his lies. Maintaining eye contact with Rodolfo and striving to keep his voice free of panic, Kelly continued; “Dave and my mother are getting married in a couple of months. So I took my future stepfather to lunch. What’s the big deal? Just because I work for you now, do I have to get rid of all my old friends? Besides, Rucho and I have been sworn enemies since junior high. He’s had a strong motive to discredit me since I whipped his ass in front of his gang of schoolyard bullies back then.”

“Just try to kick my ass now, cabron!” Rucho snarled, moving menacingly toward Kelly.

Rodolfo checked Rucho’s advance with a wave of his hand.

Although he lacked the polish and finesse of the fifteenth-century Italian diplomat, Rucho was extremely intelligent and possessed guile and cunning worthy of a twentieth-century Machiavelli.

The façade he allowed those around him to see was really the part he played best. For all intents and purposes, he was just another muscle-bound thug.

However, nothing is ever what it seems, especially in the dark world of drug peddlers and arms smugglers. The last person foolish enough to underestimate Rucho had simply disappeared.

Rucho, who had coveted Rodolfo’s piece of the Campeche Cartel for years, was patiently biding his time until he could safely make his move. Soon! It would be soon, he promised himself.

Kelly’s entry into the Campeche Cartel under Rodolfo’s sponsorship fourteen months earlier had begun to play an integral part in Rucho’s plans to violently overthrow his boss. Rucho maintained that Rodolfo had grown soft over the years and was no longer hard enough or ruthless enough to survive in the violent world of drug trafficking and arms dealing—this softness will be Rodolfo’s downfall, he predicted. As Kelly was speaking, Rodolfo appeared pensive, as though he was recalling happier days. Suddenly Rodolfo asked, “Remember the first time we met? I saved your ass when that gang of older boys was preparing to attack you. We became friends that day. Since then, I have treated you as if you were my own son. Have I not? That’s why, mijo, your betrayal of our friendship and my trust has broken my heart. At first I didn’t believe Rucho when he came to me with his what I thought to be trumped up charges of your treachery. I decided to give you a little test. Unfortunately you did not pass. I told you about a drug deal that was so big that you couldn’t possibly resist passing the information on to your friend, Deputy Holt, if you were truly an undercover narcotics agent. Evidently, you didn’t realize that you were the only one I confided in. So please do not continue to desecrate our friendship with your pathetic protestations of innocence.”

For the moment, Kelly remained silent, his mouth dry, his heart pounding. It appeared, for the time being at least, that there was no possible escape. Only a quick death might release him from the pain of the torture he knew would come.

As he listened to Rodolfo’s angry words, he broke into a cold sweat. A wave of nausea came over him. With great difficulty, he managed to choke back the burning taste of bile coming up from his stomach into his bone-dry throat. It was the feeling of raw fear.

His mind was in turmoil, I’m dead if I don’t get out of here now. How? There’s Rodolfo, Rucho, and at least three enforcers between me and the door, and even if I make it through the door, I’m still in the compound. I should have set up an escape plan. Damn it.


PRAISE FOR Point Deception

   "Jim Gilliam writes a suspense thriller, Point Deception, packed full of criminal activities, military action, and a likable protagonist Tim Kelly whose tortured soul sends him on an young Indiana Jones quest for high adventure, begining with lying about his age and joining the Coast Guard at the tender age of 14 . . . Based on true events this novel moves like a runaway freight train through a tight, spellbinding storyline."     -Port Isabel Press, Port Isabel, Texas

   "I was glad to discover this book, which was a quickly paced story based on real events. Being a veteran myself, I can say without hesitation that this book has the ring of truth to it . . . It covers a lot of ground, a great story of personal adventure and psychological conflict . . ."


   -Steve Weber, Author and Bookseller

   "An exposed undercover agent awaits rescue and recalls his past in this ambitious cross between a coming-of-age tale and a period thriller . . . Point Deception has plenty of fast paced action . . ."
         -Kirkus Reviews
   "Point Deception by Jim Gilliam is action packed with excellent character development throughout . . . Point Deception is a quick read and has surprising depth of character and plot for a short novel."
       -Top Book Reviewers
   "Fans of the Coast Guard, and those who like a good military-based suspense novel, will enjoy Point Deception."
         -Feathered Quill Book Reviews
   "Point Deception opens to undercover cop Tim Kelly's adventure as Kelly's life hangs on the line in the secluded hacienda of a Mexican cartel drug lord. . . . This novel has a strict, no-frills and no-nonsense approach to storytelling. . . . Overall, Point Deception is an interesting novel that draws its rapid-fire pace from real life scenarios that are complex, disturbing, and touching, making this thriller an engaging production . . . "
         -San Francisco Book Review
   "Even in dishonorable discharge, there is still a goodness in a soldier. Point Deception tells the story of Tim Kelly, who becomes deeply embroiled in Mexico's drug cartels and faces certain death as they enclose around him. Awaiting rescue that just may not come, author Jim Gilliam puts together a fun and fast paced thriller of corruption on many levels in the world. Point Deception is a solid addition to thriller collections."
         -Carl Logan, The Midwest Book Review


BACKGROUND

    Most people don't know that the Coast Guard was even involved in the Vietnam War, however, the Coast Guard’s involvement in the Vietnam War began in March of 1965 with the deployment of twenty-six, eighty-two foot patrol boats in support of the U.S. Navy’s Operation Market Time. The fictional patrol boat USCGC Point Deception is based upon the real USCGC Point Welcome part of Squadron One, Division 12 based at Da Nang, Republic of South Vietnam. Even though the Point Welcome incident and the Coast Guard's involvement in the Vietnam War take up only a few chapters in the book those events were my inspiration for writing it. My intent was/is to honor the 8,000 Coast Guard personnel who were involved half a world away from our shores; especially the seven who gave their all there. They were rescue warriors, they were Coasties from every state and all walks of life, Semper Paratus was their motto, and so that others may live their sacred pledge.  

Please click below to see an exciting video from The Coast Guard Channel depicting the Coast Guard in action in Vietnam and the tragedy of the 82 foot patrol boat Point Welcome resulting in the "friendly fire" deaths of LTJG David C. Brostrom, USCG and EN2 Jerry Phillips, USCG; the book Point Deception is dedicated to them and to all of the men and women, past and present, serving in the United States Coast Guard this nation's oldest, smallest, and proudest sea service. 

Semper Paratus!


 


        

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