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The Wilson Deception

(Dr. Jamie Fraser & Speed Cook #2)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference that would remake Europe in the wake of World War I, David O. Stewart reunites Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, protagonists of the acclaimed The Lincoln Deception, in an intriguing presidential mystery…After four years of horror The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival in Paris in December 1918 unit ...more
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Published September 29th 2015 by Kensington
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Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Wilson Deception" is a novel that seamlessly blends in both elements of the historical and the fictional amid a Shakespearan drama known as the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. Besides, President Wilson, the other historical figures who act and strut upon the stage are: Robert Lansing, Wilson's Secretary of State (a man Wilson kept in the dark about much of what was being hammered out at the peace conference); his nephews John Foster and Allen Dulles; Lawrence of Arabia; Winston Churchill; Prem ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, netgalley
There is no shortage of opportunity to read historical fiction about WW1 and its aftermath. I think my first exposure (and this is stretching it a bit) was Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels. She illustrated the fragility of the men who served (through Lord Peter) and the strong bonds of friendships formed in the trenches (Lord Peter and his Batman/valet Bunter). And, the contemporary Maisie Dobbs series
deals very effectively with the changing social climate as well as the lingering physic
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
An interesting premise (diplomatic intrigue at the close of WWI and leading to the treaty of Versailles), compounded with a black U.S. soldier's charge of desertion (though he did not), and President Wilson's ill health. What threw me at the beginning was that the protagonist is Dr. James "Jamie" Fraser, which I immediately associate with the Jamie Fraser of the Outlander series. It was hard to make the transition. I would like to read the first of Stewart's mysteries, The Lincoln Deception, to ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was a bit more difficult to follow than the previous novel, but the use of historical characters, and the setting of the peace conference following the First World War was fascinating.
1919 France at the time of League of Nations and the Versailles treaty in Paris
Dr. James Fraser was a country doctor who studied up on infectious diseases who was in the army and now is being buried by the problems of the Influenza, now he's buried in international politics as well.
Speed Cook, a black ex-ballplayer and ex-newspaper publisher whose decorated son was unjustly accused of desertion and is in a French prison. It is detailed how poorly African-American soldiers were treated and how th
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dr. Jamie Fraser volunteered to go to France to treat wounded soldiers in 1917. Now he finds himself not only witnessing the Paris Peace Conference, but treating both Clemenceau and Wilson as patients. He also meets his friend from more than twenty years earlier, Speed Cook, who is in France looking for his missing soldier son and also attending a conference of African peoples. John Foster and Allen Dulles are characters in the story, as are Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George and numerous official ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this story. I’m not sure which I liked more getting a glimpse into such a historically significant time or the mystery the author creates in that setting. From the beginning you are taken into another place in time where it seems as light is finally shining after such a long period of darkness. The characters both real and fictional are incredibly well written. Definitely worth a read!
I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is
David Perkins
Great ending

Only 3 stars because I became bogged down about 4/5 of the way through the book. Otherwise,a rewarding read set at the end of WWI ! My understanding of how the peace agreement reached in Versailles led to WWII has grown.
Ruth Feathers
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, historical fiction lovers, those interested in WWI and its aftermath.
Historical mystery.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it more than the first book.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat intriguing historical fiction. Not the deception I expected!
Tara Corrigall
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning more about this time in history.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
In The Wilson Deception, David O. Stewart tells the tale of three men, two ex-soldiers and an army Doctor whose personal dramas play out against the tortuous peace negotiations in Paris in 1919. It's a "gripping tale", not a bad companion on a plane journey, but with little in it to cherish afterwards. We meet a bevy of famous men whom I suppose to be authentically described (with the exception of the cut-out cardboard figure of poor T E Lawrence!). It did send me to the history books to try to ...more
I enjoy David O. Stewart's voice. He provides a comfortable flow to his stories with a nice balance of dialog and narrative. Where he falls short in my estimation is providing enough detail or perspective on the historical aspects of his stories. It's almost like he doesn't trust that taking the time to reveal the historical nuances of his topic will help build the story tension and propel it along.
The Wilson Deception takes place during the post-WWI Paris peace talks, and their is intrigue apl
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

The Wilson Deception is a sequel to Stewart’s The Lincoln Deception, which involves two men Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, discovering a secret about Lincoln’s assassination. This sequel takes place years later, at the close of WW I. Both Speed and Jamie find themselves in Europe during the peace conference for different reasons. Speed is there to discover what has happened to his son Joshua, and Jamie is there because he joined the Army as a doctor to avoid troubles
Larry Dunlap
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction, Middle East
Recommended to Larry by: Previous books by author

You might think that historical fiction is dry and full of issues resolved long ago. The Wilson Deception by David O. Stewart proves how wrong that assumption can be. Many people may not realize the knock-on consequences of the decisions made in the Treaty of Versailles in June of 1919 at the end of World War I are considered a major cause of World War II and set the tinder for the fires of the Arab Spring in our modern era of in
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This was the second entry in a historical mystery series, stronger and more interesting than the first. A large time gap of 20 some years between the two books, with this one set at the Paris peace negotiations that followed World War One. Lots of actual historical figures appear, including President Wilson, Lloyd George, Clemenceau and the Dulles brothers, along with Lawrence of Arabia.

The historical detail is of interest, since it is generally agreed that the heavy-handed peace agree
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The Wilson Deception introduced me to World War I. I am hooked absolutely fascinated. Already bought a nonfiction book to learn more, which speaks highly of this book. I like the characters and back stories. This is the second installment in a series. I liked it enough I've bought the third. Part of the plot involves how poorly African-American soldiers were treated and how it creates the challenge to clear the name of Speed Cook's son, Joshua. The main plot is the many big names plot ...more
Jean Kolinofsky
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review. Using the backdrop of the Versailles treaty at the end of WWI, David Stewart tells the story of Dr. Jamie Fraser, a Major whose knowledge of Spanish influenza has him called to consult with President Wilson's physician. His position enables him to help Speed Cook, an ex-newspaper publisher whose son was unjustly accused of desertion. It is a novel of deceptions, half-truths and negotiations between nations as well as individuals. Ste ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting but I never felt empathy for any of the characters. The historical events were difficult to understand unless you were a history major. The deception could have been more exciting but in the end I said "that's it?" ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good quick read. The protagonists are not as well developed as they had been in the previous novel (Lincoln Deception), but plot was more intriguing and the historical background and historical characters were more interesting.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting historical novel about the peace process following WWI with the overlapping story of the fate of a black soldier convicted of desertion. The prose was a bit "basic" so I had to push myself to "stay with it" since I wanted to learn more about this period of history. ...more
John Sargent
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Historicly interesting Fast read
Mary G.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A very interesting peek at the events that took place after World War I. Truly enjoyed the relationship between Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Good historical fiction mystery. Not quite what I was expecting. Made me go back to read "The Lincoln Deception" by the same author. ...more
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