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Web of Deceit

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Six weeks ago George Travis was living quietly in North Wales in the UK – keeping himself to himself, bothering no-one, walking and birdwatching in his spare time. Now he’s on the run: wanted by the police, vilified in the national press, and hiding from a man he thought was his friend. In desperation, Travis seeks help from a woman he has met just once, hatching a plan th ...more
Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published August 12th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Hilary West
Sep 28, 2012 Hilary West rated it it was amazing
This author weaves a web of deceit for the reader to unravel. And the ending is quite a shock. But what a marvellous novel this is on so many levels. First of all it is very much a novel of place. North Wales becomes a main player in the story and it is full of interest for those who know the area, and also will maybe encourage those who don't, to visit. The descriptions of Wales' natural beauties is enthralling. And then there is the background of the birdwatching. This author has so much knowl ...more
Bob Atkinson
Nov 11, 2013 Bob Atkinson rated it it was amazing
In 'Web Of Deceit' by Charles R Stubbs I learnt that there are 1.2 million members of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. As one of those 1.2 million I particularly enjoyed the bird-watching aspect of the story. Although I hasten to add this is not a tale just for twitchers or bird fanatics; simply that it adds to the brew.
Another thread which runs strongly through the book is, what Charles describes as, 'people who misuse the media to distort facts, exploit innuendo and ruin lives'.
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Sandra
Sep 20, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Set in picturesque North Wales in the UK, this tale of “deceit on a grand scale” moves a complex murder plot forward like the surge and ebb of an ocean wave—depositing just enough information to leave us wanting for more. The serenity of the landscape and the popularity of bird watching play major roles and accentuate the horror of the crime all the more. The story unfolds with intensity and fine-tuned precision through parallel narratives from George Travis, a vulnerable yet resourceful main pr ...more
Seumas Gallacher
Sep 22, 2012 Seumas Gallacher rated it it was amazing
It's difficult to find mystery/murder novels these days with a real difference. Charles Stubbs had provided one here. It's a gem. The quirks include being set in a time, not so very long back, when the speed of communication by internet and the all-pervasive social networks was in its infancy. The geography also is unfamiliar territory to most readers outside of North Wales. Both of these elements are as much a part of the story as the protagonists, the main one of which is Travis, a young man b ...more
Amy Corwin
Oct 24, 2012 Amy Corwin rated it it was amazing
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Web of Deceit

It’s great when you find an author new to you and particularly when that author has successfully combined two of your favorite things: computers and bird watching. In many ways, Web of Deceit reminds me of mysteries such as And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie were you follow the trail of several characters as they eventually cross for better or worse. The story starts with snippets of the characters as they try to grapple with technology and an infant World Wide Web at the d
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Peter Carroll
Nov 04, 2012 Peter Carroll rated it really liked it
As a birder and thriller fan, the premise of this book appealed to me. It’s a thriller, set in Wales and featuring characters with a keen interest in birds. However, I have read a few books where birders or birds have been included in the plot and mostly been disappointed - ornithological inaccuracies and clichéd twitcher references usually abound. Thankfully, this is not one of them.

The story is set back in 1999 just as the internet and mobile telecommunications were starting to take hold but b
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Sue
Oct 06, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
I received a free download of "Web of Deceit" by Charles R. Stubbs through the Goodreads Giveaway.What an amazing novel! I enjoy reading mystery suspense thrillers, and this had it all, and was such a treat to read.

The novel takes place in North Wales, set in 1999 just when the internet was in its infancy.It is a book exploring the concept of Truth or Lies, through information posted on the internet.How much should we believe?

The police confirmed that a supply teacher, George Travis, living in t
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Jeannie Walker
Oct 01, 2012 Jeannie Walker rated it really liked it
At one time George Travis was keeping to himself and bothering nobody. Suddenly, he is wanted by the police and on the run. He would have to give up his favorite pastime of bird watching and do everything he could to prove his innocence. He had a recurring dream that would always end with him falling through the image of a man's face that was contorted with rage and hate. He would wake up from the dream in a sweat, breathing fast and hard and sometimes with the tip of his thumb in his mouth. You ...more
J. Conrad
Sep 11, 2012 J. Conrad rated it it was amazing
Web of Deceit is a well-told tale about a man on the run in North Wales. Right away the reader is presented with the contrary “facts” plaguing the main character's life as he tries to form a plan to prove his innocence. Then we're off into the mystery in which many people become involved, either because it's part of their job or they're just plain dragged into it, usually to their detriment. There are many memorable scenes throughout the book as George Travis keeps himself hidden in an unlikely ...more
Nick Rennie
Sep 15, 2012 Nick Rennie rated it really liked it
Web of Deceit is an excellent thriller based, unusually for the genre, around the hobby of birdwatching and is set against the beautiful backdrop of coastal Wales.

The story follows former teacher George Travis who is on the run from the police while dealing with inner demons which date back to his troubled childhood.

George is implicated in the murder of a man he hardly knew and whose background becomes increasingly mysterious. Luckily for Travis, he has friends who want to help him clear his nam
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Jinx Schwartz
Jul 07, 2013 Jinx Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended read!
From the beginning, the World Wide Web has had the potential to harm, and back in 1999 most people had no idea of its possible dark side.
Set in North Wales, this thriller has elements of a true crime saga that ensnares the reader as surely as the unlikely protagonist: A bird-watching schoolteacher who falls victim to a Web of Deceit.

Looking forward to the next one.
Eric Wright
A mysterious death attributed to a disappeared teacher occupies a couple of free-lance journalists in Wales. I was slow to get into this book and finally gave up after the long paragraphs of description and commentary continued.
Laurie Kazmierczak
Dec 04, 2012 Laurie Kazmierczak rated it it was amazing
Read this over the weekend...simply engrossing and well written with an eye to scrutinize what the media portrays and how it can be manipulated, as well as the ever expanding tools available to track the truth.
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I have earned my living by writing for more than 12 years. Previously a senior executive in the UK telecommunications industry, since 2001 I have crafted sales and marketing literature for major organisations - some of them household names - enabling them to improve their business performance.

'Web of Deceit' is my first eBook. A thriller set in North Wales in 1999, it examines how the media can ma
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