Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Acheron Deception by Patrick F. Rooney

The Acheron Deception
by Patrick F. Rooney

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Savoir Press
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Genre: Suspense | Intrigue
Print Length: 350 pages
Available from: Amazon
A CIA agent recruits a Wall Street securities trader to help her track down a surreptitious nest of terrorists manipulating the stock market in this decade-spanning espionage thriller.

It begins in 1987, when the prevailing winds of Glasnost have caught the Russian leadership by surprise... catapulting the confusion caused by the impending breakup of the Soviet Union to new levels. For KGB agent Mikhail Volkov, the chaos provides something else altogether-An opportunity to steal four nuclear weapons from a Russian test facility.

Sean McGowan, a software engineer in the securities industry, has come a long way from the trailer park where he grew up in New Mexico. He leads an exciting life now, with wealth, influence, and the company of beautiful women, until Volkov comes after him to expropriate his ultra-fast derivatives trading program.

CIA Agent Beate Nicholson recruits Sean to help her track down financiers manipulating the stock markets. But first they must use their computer skills to thwart a massive cyber-attack against the world's banking system perpetrated using a multi-player gaming platform.

Sean and Beate's collaboration leads them to the doorstep of a rogue's gallery of sinister figures, including white-collar jihadist Rahim Delacroix—who wreaks revenge against the infidels that killed his family; and the mysterious John Napoleon, leader of the Protectorate—an environmental syndicate committed to saving the planet by seizing control of the world's resources.

Sean and Beate watch in helpless disbelief as terrorists strike Europe. Can they connect all the dots in time to collar the villains before they inflict even more destruction?

The Acheron Deception by Patrick F. Rooney

The Acheron DeceptionIn a world where terrorism, the quest for power, money and the ever present political intrigue makes headlines, behind the scenes is a world that defines and uncovers the underbelly of these actions. High on suspense, chaos and unlikely allies, Patrick F. Rooney’s The Acheron Deception tells a tale of horror or epic proportions that will rival tales of fictional monsters and make them pale in comparison.

Welcome to the age of electronic espionage, where one click of a keyboard can cause a domino effect of global proportions. It doesn’t happen overnight, this is a string of events covering an amazing timeline where one man’s actions begins a chain of events that will lead an imprisoned former Wall Street mover and shaker to ally with the CIA and other forces to uncover an international plot of devastation.

Thanks to major boons in computer technology, human error and greed, spikes in illegal stock trading are uncovered, but not before innocents will die. If you have ever wondered how easy it would be for terrorists to obtain the finances necessary to carry out their plans, read on and wonder, how close does life imitate art? How can evil be stopped, uncovered and eliminated and did 911 have to happen? We know the global ramifications, many know the nightmare of personal pain, but it didn’t stop at ground zero, it went far beyond.

Patrick F. Rooney has created a chaotic read that encompasses global scenarios, as well as global characters. No plan is hatched or carried out in an isolated bubble and Mr. Rooney’s tale has pulled in a realistic chain of events that will leave your head spinning. For fans of intrigue and suspense, here is your next great read. For those on the fence, this could make you a fan of the dark and gritty world we only have nightmares about.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Patrick F. Rooney, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thank you for the thoughtful review, Dianne. I had visited the World Trace Center just a few months before the 9-11 attack, and was deeply upset when I thought about all the workers I'd seen on the top floor cafeteria that day that probably never made it out alive. There is also evidence that some foreign stock traders made money when the stock markets crashed afterwards, which was the premise that intrigued me to write the book.

    1. You have succeeded in providing an intense read that feels all too real, thank YOU for that!