Fangs of Deception by T.K. Orbelyan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fangs Of Deception is a contemporary thriller set in England and begins in October 2022. The story is narrated by Terry and integrates much of the current economic, political and social events with the story of his missing cousin Carl.
Carl is an investigative journalist who has been looking behind the Covid pandemic and many other world events. He has joined with people who refused to follow the UK government’s vaccination programme and he has been digging into more dangerous and frightening stories.
The subject matter of this story is harrowing and definitely gives the reader much to think about. As a ‘story’, however, it didn’t hit the mark of a high octane thriller. There’s too much ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’ and rather a lot of everyday minutiae which didn’t add anything to the story. I can see that the author wants to open the eyes of some of the population about the subject matter, but more thought was needed within the construction of the actual story, to make it entertaining to read, rather than just getting the message across. Had it been a great read, the message might have sounded loud and clear.
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“We couldn’t care less about what a tiny minority of people think they know. We own the media, we own the courts. Hell, we own the whole bloody system, everything. There’s no stopping what we’re doing, Terry. Surely you’ve understood that by now.”
Just days after Carl Palmer introduces his new girlfriend to his cousin Terry at a family get-together, where he reveals explosive information he has discovered about the pandemic and the vaccines, he disappears into thin air. This forces Terry to delve into the world of ‘conspiracy theories’ and uncover the truth behind his cousin’s disappearance whilst undergoing a soul-searching journey of his own.
Exploring the themes of self-empowerment, anti-conformity and loss of innocence, Fangs of Deception is a gripping psychological thriller that offers a dystopian vision of a world in which both the mainstream media and world governments are pawns in a nefarious globalist plan for humanity.
TK Orbelyan is a writer, editor and investigative journalist whose works have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the UK and the US. In addition to novels and short stories, he has authored several non-fiction works, articles and polemics. He divides his time between Britain and the Mediterranean.