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Point Deception (Tim Kelly #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In August 1956 a troubled teen-age boy runs away from home, seeking the grand adventures he has only read about. Lying about his age he enlists in the Coast Guard at fourteen. A decade later, his career takes him to Vietnam where he is awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry. Returning home, he begins a new career as an undercover narcotics agent. Undergoing torture wh ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published December 5th 2010 by (first published September 15th 2010)
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Right from the opening pages Point Deception had me hooked. It starts with our hero Tim Kelly being introduced to us as an undercover narc. Rather to our hero's dismay however, his aforementioned role is also revealed to the dude who sells all the drugs.
And so begins Mr. Kelly's exceptionally eventful story. From his early years when he joined the US Coast Guard with false documentation, through his service in Vietnam, through his discharge for being naughty, and all the way to his exposé in fr
Bill Tillman
Action packed story of young Tim Kelly from the age of 12 up to and includeing his time as an undercover drug agent. Fast pace page turner with real life relationships and hardships.
Brandy Swartz
Jul 20, 2012 Brandy Swartz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Point Deception is about a guy named Tim Kelly, who at the age of 14, ran away and joined the United States Coast Guard. He later signed up to fight in Vietnam to escape a court martial. While in Vietnam he found himself dealing with the loss of his friends. He received a dishonorable discharge after fighting in an Air Force officer’s club. Soon after, he finds himself in the midst of an undercover narcotics taskforce. He later finds himself at the mercy of the drug
What happens when your loyalties are in conflict and you must betray your old mentor in order to fulfill your duty? What if this old mentor who used to protect and help you as a kid is now a dangerous drug-and-human trafficking overlord? This is the predicament our protagonist, Tim Kelly, faces at the beginning of this partly autobiographical suspense thriller by talented first-time author Jim Gilliam.

An undercover narcotics officer now working in the Mexican hacienda of Guzman, his old mentor,
January Keck
Jun 06, 2012 January Keck rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to January by: online review
POINT DECEPTION, 2011, Jim Gilliam, Thriller (Coast Guard/Law Enforcement), Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60910-621-8, Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60910-620-1

“You have never lived ‘till you’ve almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.” ―Jim Gilliam

In this masterful thriller portrayal of Tim Kelly, the boy, the man, the soldier and undercover narcotics agent, the author weaves a story of intrigue. The character of Tim Kelly will keep you enthralled in gratitude
Stefan Vucak
Point Deception is a work the reader will either enjoy or abandon half way through. The author presented a great story concept, and fully developed, the book could have been a thriller. I wanted so much to get involved with Kelly and his development from boyhood to adulthood, but was frustrated by superficial treatment and some snapshot scenes that prevented me from being fully engaged. There were far too many superfluous flashbacks, especially at the beginning, that served only to impede the fl ...more
Point Deception by Jim Gilliam is a thrill ride through many high-energy incidents, from a teen running away to the Coast Guard and even to Mexican drug cartels. Point Deception follows Tim Kelly's experiences starting as a young, precocious boy. There's nothing more that Kelly wants but to run away from home and make a name for himself. At fourteen, he does make his getaway, ending up in New Orleans. But after a few scary moments and a couple of strokes of luck, Kelly ends up enlisting in the C ...more
Robin Tidwell
What’s so fascinating about this book is that many of the stories are true – or at least based on real characters and semi-autobiographical in content. Author Jim Gilliam really did run away from home and joint the Coast Guard – at fourteen. The story of the Point Deception, a Coast Guard boat, actually did occur during the Vietnam War. Military buffs and veterans alike will both enjoy the fast-paced action and the stories of life in the service.

Yet, there’s much more to this novel. The reader f
This was an exciting story full of action and suspense. There were several grammar and punctuation errors. However, I learned a lot about the Coast Guard since the author has experience with them. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book and follow the characters, but once I did, it was hard to put the book down!
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