Veil of Deception

Fiction - Military
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/05/2016
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Author Biography

Michael Byars Lewis, is a former AC-130U ‘Spooky’ Gunship Evaluator Pilot with eighteen years in Air Force Special Operations Command. A twenty-five year Air Force pilot, he has flown special operations combat missions in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

VEIL OF DECEPTION is Michael’s second novel. His first novel, SURLY BONDS, won three awards—2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Silver Medal Finalist 1st Novel (Over 80,000 words), 2013 Readers’ Favorites: Bronze Medal (Fiction-Intrigue), and the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Awards: Winner (Military Fiction). Michael has an extensive social media footprint on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Michael is currently a pilot for a major U.S. airline.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis is a military tale. Jason Conrad is a captain in the Air Force as well as an instructor for the supersonic T-38. Jason’s life is on a downward spin but he is still seen as the best. While out on a training flight, the plane crashes although both pilots manage to eject in time. But now Jason is waiting to be kicked off the force; after all, this isn’t his first “accident.” He isn’t the only one who is shocked to find himself assigned to the US Air Force Test Flight Center instead of being kicked out, and when they assign him to a secret project he knows that all is not what it seems. Jason is caught up in the middle – on one side is the General who wants him out and on the other is a journalist who thinks he should be in prison and will do anything it takes to see him there. The secret project is about to take a mysterious turn when a blast from his past appears, along with a beautiful woman. What is the secret project and will it cost Jason more than his career?

Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis is a thrilling read. Full of intrigue, the scene is nicely set at the start of the story. There is plenty going on, lots of twists and turns, and the plot is neatly written to hook the reader and draw them straight in – which it does. The characters were developed in a way that gave me time to get to know them through the story and form a “bond” with them. The storyline is full of intrigue and there is a lot of action. The whole story pulls together neatly, leading to a nail biting finish, and I guarantee that no reader will put this one down until it’s over. Mr. Lewis clearly demonstrates that he has the skills to compete with some of the top thriller and intrigue writers of today and I look forward to reading more from him in the near future.

Kathryn Bennett

Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis introduces us to Air Force Captain Jason Conrad who flew and instructed the supersonic T-38 for many years. He slowly began to slide into a self destructive life style, however, he was still considered one of the best instructors on the base. After a jet crash, Jason is on a short list of those on the base who are about to be shown the door, but he finds himself surprisingly assigned to the home of the U.S Air Force Flight Test Center. Jason should have guessed not everything is as it appears. Jason becomes trapped between two different complications on an assignment where he deals with a contractor who may not be on the up and up. If that wasn't bad enough, fate seems to align against him and brings up his past, once more putting Jason in danger of losing his life.

I love a good military style book. I love action and intrigue and I even love a hero who is far from perfect. Jason certainly ticks the box of not being perfect, even as a hero. He is a very flawed man, but in his heart of hearts he is a good man who wants to do the right thing. This is a book that keeps you guessing with the turn of every page and gives you more to ponder; you never quite catch up with everything until the end. I know I did not want to set this one down because I was fully invested in the life and turmoil that Jason was going through. Michael Byars Lewis knows how to craft a fantastic story that keeps you interested, and a flawed character that makes you want to help him. I highly recommend this read.

Ryan Jordan

Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis is about Air Force Captain Jason Conrad and the shadowy operation that he becomes a part of after his years in the air force. He is self-destructive and falling apart, and he ends up making a terrible mistake and crashing an expensive plane. But, just when he thinks his life of flying jets is over, he is pulled into a new world where he has to deal with more than just flying planes. The story starts with a cleverly written opening scene where one of our characters, Sherri, is seducing a Middle Eastern man as a stripper to gain information about him, and it is an excellent introduction to this woman who becomes central to the plot. Jason has to decide who he can trust and he has to overcome a lot of obstacles working against him if he's going to survive this new position in an organization he barely understands.

This is a very well-written story with a lot of surprises and twists along the way. I liked the relationship between Sherri and Jason and the issues they had to face. All of the characters are deep and have a lot of personality, and the story itself is incredibly easy to read. I liked Sherri because she simply wouldn't give up on her story, even up to the end. Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis is an excellent novel about an Air Force pilot who is getting a sort of second chance to clean up his life. Great story! I loved it.

K.C. Finn

Veil of Deception is a military thriller novel by author Michael Byars Lewis. Our central hero is Jason Conrad, an Air Force Captain with considerable experience in very fast planes. Pining for a better time that has already passed, Jason is on a path to destruction with booze and anonymous one night stands. After a massive jet crash rocks his world, his life takes an even worse turn when he’s listed to be sacked for one mistake. Jason believes that his life might finally be picking up when a new opportunity appears, but all is not what it seems. Secret projects and pressure from all sides force Jason to his limit, whilst his emotional side is about to wrecked by an incredibly beautiful new face.

Fans of gritty, realistic fiction are sure to enjoy Michael Byars Lewis’ no nonsense style. The author sets his scenes with great precision, crafting snappy dialogue and keeping readers guessing as to the true intentions of many of the central characters to the narrative. The plot moves surprisingly quickly for a 400+ page novel, making for an engaging and page turning tale of action, betrayal, secrecy and thrills. Despite the opening scenes of the novel, I was pleased to see the presence of strong women in the story as the narrative went on, which made for an interesting and modern mix of perspectives unique in this genre. Veil of Deception is an ideal read for fans of high octane thrills and a varied cast of realistic characters.

Rabia Tanveer

Veil of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis is a thriller that literally everyone will love. While I was reading it, I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. I get a little biased when I read a military novel (or novels related to the armed forces). Whenever I see a military related novel, I just have to pick it up and read it. I love them. But that also means that I expect a lot of these novels.

This novel is about Air Force Captain Jason Conrad. The story follows Jason as he tries to come to grips with his lucky survival. There is a huge accident, which very few people survive. As he is considered to be one of the best instructors, he takes the accident pretty hard. When he is reassigned to the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center, things get a little fishy. There are lies, there is deceit, and Jason is not sure what a “special project” is any more. And it may be enough to get him killed.

The story is so good. It has movie quality. The characters are super awesome. Jason is an amazing man. I really loved how he got his act together and, instead of giving in, he simply took charge and worked on making things better. I loved the suspense element and I enjoyed reading the dialogues. I loved the cover! It fits the theme of the novel so well. This is not your usual military drama, folks. It is neat and very entertaining.