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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.