Heart of Deception: A Novel
From M. L. Malcolm, the acclaimed author of "Heart of Lies," comes a powerful sequel that spans the years from World War II to the turbulent 1960s--the riveting story of a family struggling with choices forced upon them by war . . . and the consequences that will take a generation to unfold.
Aman of many contradictions, Leo Hoffman is a Hungarian national with a French pass...more
I am surprised how much I enjoyed the genre. It’s my first spy novel, although this book can also be characterized as a family saga, loosely historical and perhaps even a coming of age story. I think I may like Secret Lies or Heart of Lies...more
Following World War II, mystery man Leo Hoffman must become a spy to earn American citizenship and re-unite with his long-lost daughter, her mother having passed away long before.
It was a very quick read, but unfortunately I wasn't drawn in to the story and transported away to the various locations throughout the book as I like to be with this sort of novel.
The characterization is mostly very flat throughout, with few characters...more
Spy extraordinaire Leo Hoffman is, again, in some forsaken place trying to get a government, any government, secure a safe corner in the world for him and his daughter. Leo's daughter, Maddy, is living with her aunt in Englewood Cliffs, NJ oblivious to the issues her father is dealing with. The aunt is Leo's sister in law and still blames him for her sist...more
I really, really, really liked this. A quote from Dorothea Benton Frank is on the cover of the book. She wrote, "It has everything you want: suspense, adventure, and romance across several continent," and really, that does an excellent job at describing the book. The description of the book focuses on Leo Hoffman, a spy; but the book is really abou...more
Many of the problems I had with the first novel I had with this one: very thin characterization, an abundance of plot, and not enough pages to thoroughly explore the myriad events the characters experience. The novel spans 1942 through 1963, mostly through the viewpoint of Madd...more
I was sad for them at the end of the first book. They went through the perils of war in Shanghai. Now at the height of World War II, Leo can't be with h...more
I need to be clear here. I enjoyed reading this book. I just was hoping for more. I liked all of the aspects that I wanted more from. If I didn't like them, then I could have just written them off.
So for every issue I have, keep that in mind.
Part of the problem was that I couldn't figure out what kind of book it was, so I could set my expectations accordingly. I love books that bend genr...more
The same page turning qualities and a great beginn...more
“If the city of Tangier had been a woman, she would have been a whore, and a wealthy one. Brazenly straddling the northwest tip of Africa, she brushed one of her sultry thighs up against the undulating waves of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea; the other unfolded west, perpetually teasing the unquenchable desire of the gray Atlantic Ocean” (Malcolm 3)
Talk about scandalous, huh?!...more
Cons: Slow-moving if you're an adrenalin addict like me. Frustrating at times because the characters seem to be at such a total loss as to what to do and incredibly gullible to boot. Very bel...more
Another first reads win - this one sounds really good!
I must admit to being a little disappointed by Heart of Deception. While the synopsis was so promising, the book itself wandered a bit, like a soap opera where the plot is made up as it goes along. Perhaps if I had first read Heart of Lies I would have cared more about the characters. Anyway, this book was just okay, despite an occasionally really beautiful sentence.