Deceit of the Soul

Saving the World from COVID-19

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
274 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2020
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Author Biography

Henry Cox has been a successful trial lawyer for 40 years, with numerous professional honors. After writing a legion of non-fiction short stories for the courtroom, he brings his colorful style to fiction that reveals the conflict, intrigue and humor of the human condition. Henry commented, "It seems like I've lived many lives from Division I track to the courtroom, working at 30,000 feet in the air and a quarter-mile underground. At every turn the drama and comedy of human events is waiting to be captured, where the most important stories are found in the story behind the story - the one that's never told, and often can't be told."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Deceit of the Soul by Henry Cox, Li Huiweu, a colonel in The People's Republic of China, has been an asset to her government since childhood. Removed from her parents and trained to become a fighting machine with extraordinary brilliance, Colonel Li is devoted to her country. But this all changes when she stumbles upon intelligence that threatens to bring the world's economy to its knees and kill millions. China's goal to become a dominant force in the world will be achieved by unleashing a viral outbreak in the highest-grossing economic countries, leaving no trace. Meanwhile, Aiguo-Tao, a chief logistics officer from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, awaits his next brutal interrogation for the crime of treason. He escapes before he is killed and proceeds with his deadly plan. Colonel Li Huiweu has to gain the trust of unlikely sources to help her stop a global pandemic. But will Huiweu be willing to become a traitor to a government and regime she has been loyal to since childhood in order to save the world's population and economy? Even if she succeeds can the truth be prevented from coming out? Can the world's population be kept in the dark? In the end, people can be convinced of anything, can't they?

The descriptive narrative is as colorful and vivid as the eclectic cast of characters. It is so well-written you could actually be bearing witness to the extraordinary events in person. The characters are all multi-layered, realistic, and not at all stereotypical. I thought the sub-plot of Huiwei's childhood and her personal struggles added not only depth to her character but also another layer of interest to the story. Aiguo-Tao was a great match for Huiwei, a warrior who feared nothing but defeat. The plot was compelling, with so many interesting twists and turns. The subject matter and the obvious research that has been undertaken make for a chilling read. There are some brutal scenes, especially the interrogation of Aiguo-Tao, but they were absolutely needed. I loved the moments of conflict; they really kept you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking for a relaxing bedtime read, then this is not for you. However, if you love a story that will take you on a rollercoaster of excitement with a solid plot, then Deceit of the Soul by Henry Cox is the perfect book.

Romuald Dzemo

Deceit of the Soul: Saving the World from COVID-19 by Henry Cox is a spellbinding novel that explores the roots of a pandemic and the role of a brilliant mind in bio-genetic modeling and sequencing, a story that is as relevant as it is enthralling. Forty-two-year-old Huiwei is a very dangerous character. First, she has very strong feminine attributes, thanks to the constant exercises to maintain her fitness and a martial arts regime. Second, she is one of the smartest minds the world has known, gifted with an intellect that stands out from her childhood years. She has been a major in the People’s Republic Air Force since the age of thirty and is now a colonel. She made the discovery that can sink the economy of the world. Something that started from mere curiosity has taken on a magnitude now spiraling out of control. And time is running out. Can she make things right and save the world, but how?

Henry Cox has written a wonderful novel with memorable and compelling characters. I was pulled in from the very beginning by the crisp and clean writing, the gorgeous descriptions, and the intelligent way the protagonist is presented against the backdrop of her comfortable and peaceful setting. The contrast with what she unleashes will be stunning as the reader follows her story. The themes of espionage, global pandemic, and the struggle for redemption are all enmeshed in the writing. Deceit of the Soul: Saving the World from COVID-19 features a disturbing phenomenon and characters caught in the conflict of choices that are difficult. The short chapters augment the thrill when it comes to the reading experience. This is one of the best novels I have read with hints of the current pandemic, a page-turner.

K.C. Finn

Deceit of the Soul: Saving the World from COVID-19 is an intense work of fiction in the thriller and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author Henry Cox. Written for adults due to the presence of some graphic violence and moderately sexual scenes, this is a fast-paced thriller that fictionalizes the COVID-19 pandemic and tells a tale of its origins rather than its current effects. The story follows Colonel Li Huiwei, an officer of the People’s Republic Air Force who has a head for statistics and planning. When Huiwei discovers that plans are in motion to devastate the world, she must team up with former colleagues to save the world from a potential global pandemic.

Author Henry Cox has crafted a thrilling work that combines the genres of military fiction, espionage, thriller, and socio-political writing to create a drama that feels both realistic and terrifying. One of the things which impressed me most about the book was the depiction of the action scenes, particularly as our central protagonist has her strengths in intellect rather than brute force. This encourages the author to think creatively about how Huiwei gets out of sticky situations, which presents many interesting surprises in the plot. I also really enjoyed the way the dialogue enhanced the plot and moved it forward without becoming too heavy or unnecessary. Overall, I would recommend Deceit of the Soul: Saving the World from COVID-19 for readers who are seeking an escape that’s not too far from reality and plenty of excitement in their next thriller read.

Lucinda E Clarke

Henry Cox has given the world a dramatic and fictional insight into the birth of the Covid 19 virus in his book Deceit of the Soul. The scientist, working on the orders of the Central Committee, is arrested and told to confess, but he has no idea of the crimes he has committed. A thirty-year-old science modeler has constructed the program to show what would happen if either the Chinese or the Americans unleashed a pandemic virus on the world and the resulting chaos to the economy, health, education, communications, and the stability of the nations involved. To Lt Huiwei, it is an academic exercise but once she realizes it may have been put into practice, she will do anything in her power to stop it. What has she unwittingly helped to unleash on the world?

I am amazed at the speed with which this up to date book has hit the shelves. Covid 19 is still with us, many are still in lockdown and six million cases reported in 213 countries. This realistic story takes the reader inside China, to Wuhan, explaining the facts behind this killer disease, with a lot of scientific information. The characters are clearly drawn in this exciting story, and it was easy to identify with Huiwei the heroine and her desperate attempt to escape. Aiguo-Tao is neither hero nor villain, and it is easy to feel sympathy for him, but the reader is just as puzzled at the beginning of the book as to his crime. The ends are neatly tied together, and the book moves at a good pace, which had me turning the pages. The story is very good, besides being topical.