Reviewers and readers’ comments on Haggai Carmon’s Intelligence Thrillers:
Triangle of Deception
"I was right alongside Dan Gordon trying to figure out if there was a mole on our side…Triangle of Deception gives readers a great view of the CIA world and the responsibilities they have to protect our government."
– On Fresh Fiction, by Sabrina Marino
"This readable work keeps the reader turning pages and all seems too true. If you like cloak and dagger mysteries, then this is a book for you. Carmon manages to bring fact and fiction together based upon the reality of the way that things are. The characters are larger than life, the plot is exciting and the written word is wonderful."
– On Amazon, from Amos Lassen
"…This story takes more twists and turns than a boa constrictor wrapping around its prey. To find out what goes on, who is killed, who lives, what information is gathered, and what happens to Dan Gordon please read this book. I promise it is a page turner that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat!"
– On BookPleasures.com and Amazon, from Michelle Kaye Malsbury
"Carmon manages to bring fact and fiction together in such a way that this is one thriller you just can’t put down! The extraordinary characters will captivate you while pulling you deeper into this riveting read."
– On FrugalPlus.com
"If you prefer your spy thrillers to have the flavor of a ‘James Bond’ action adventure, then this book will not burn a candle of interest in you. However, if you enjoy intelligent spy novels that more accurately reflect how it is done in the real world, then you will love this book. The layers of deception are so deep that at times Dan doesn’t know what his role really is."
– On Amazon, by Charles Ashbacher
"This book intrigued me…I don’t know a lot about terrorist networks… [and] I felt like I was getting a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in chasing and capturing terrorists. It was fast paced and suspenseful and told with a sense of humor. …I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series." Click here for full review
– On Chick that Loves Flicks and Books, by Kathy
"Dan Gordon is back in Haggai Carmon’s Triangle of Deception and what a thriller it is." Click here for full review
– On Grumpyman.blogspot.com, by Dan
"Triangle of Deception gives an enthralling glimpse into a secret and complex world the rest of us never see. It’s a great read for those who want to know more about spies and the lives they lead."
– On TCM Reviews, by Victoria Kennedy
"Reading Triangle of Deception made me look over my shoulder while walking down the country road outside my house. There must be watchers everywhere. …Triangle of Deception is a thrilling and very frightening novel."
– On Bookloons.com, by Mary Ann Smyth
"Triangle of Deception is the fourth in a series featuring Dan Gordon. I had not read the first three, so you can easily pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone. I’m looking forward to reading the earlier books and look forward to future releases."
– On A Reader’s Journal
"While GreedWatcher.com covers real-life financial crimes, we can’t resist writing about Haggai Carmon’s new book, Triangle of Deception. …It’s a great read, as it’s based on Carmon’s 30 years of practice as a lawyer dealing with greed and money-laundering."
– On GreedWatcher.com, by David E. Y. Sarna
"It is a great story that anyone would love to stay up late reading."
– On Bestsellersworld.com, by Julie Moderson
"Triangle of Deception … is filled with so many characters, schemes, and twists that, initially, it’s difficult to keep track of it all. I’m glad that I hung in there, though, as it soon comes together, and, after it did, I wasn’t able to put the book down. This is real intrigue"
– On NightsandWeekends.com, by Jacqueline Jung
"As in Haggai’s previous books, this thriller offers a riveting story, fluidly written, full of characters and events."
– President of Israel Shimon Peres on Triangle of Deception
Reading this book really makes you think the author has lived through something similar.If you have any interest in recent middle east-related plots, intrigue, etc. you’ll enjoy this book.
Comparing this author’s work to others such as Brad Thor, etc., I’m happy to say that this guy avoids much of the trashy machismo that others offer so much of. Not to say that this is out rightly hardboiled or anything but just that there are no seriously unbelievable hijinks to scoff at.
– By Ben Wiley on AMAZON
A top-notch spy thriller based on deception and cerebral action,
This spy novel is based on cerebral action; there are almost none of the wild chases, sex and gunfights found in most tales of espionage. The action is based on setting the stage for a deception, gaining the trust of their contacts to the other side and acting out the role.
Dan Gordon is now working for the CIA after a long career working for the Israeli secret service Mossad. His specialty is following the trail of money as it is passed through channels to fund crimes and terrorism. The current project is to follow trail of money from various sources to Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is a joint CIA/Mossad operation and Dan adopts several identities as he travels to Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Turkey and Rumania, with many other stops along the way.
The best part of the book is the set of references to the spy manual that Dan was trained under that appear when he is in a difficult spy situation. For example, on page 296 there is the note
"A last-minute or unscheduled change in the plans or in the place of a meeting is frequently ominous, particularly if you’re meeting anyone other than your longtime personal friend or family. A member of FOE (the opposition) will always try to move your rendezvous to another location where you wouldn’t have had time or opportunity to prepare defenses."
These glimpses into the manual for spies sound so very real that it is easy and probably correct to believe that they are in fact taken from actual training materials.
If you prefer your spy thrillers to have the flavor of a "James Bond" action adventure, then this book will not burn a candle of interest in you. However, if you enjoy intelligent spy novels that more accurately reflect how it is done in the real world, then you will love this book. The layers of deception are so deep that at times Dan doesn’t know what his role really is.
– By Charles Ashbacher on AMAZON
This story takes more twists and turns than a boa constrictor wrapping around its prey. To find out what goes on, who is killed, who lives, what information is gathered, and what happens to Dan Gordon please read this book. I promise it is a page turner that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat!
– Michelle K. Malsburyon AMAZON
This is one of a series. The stories involve thwarting terrorist groups, FOE forces of evil, buy disrupting their financial support. Very intriguing and suspenseful and more REAL than the James Bond genre fiction.
– By christy g on AMAZON
Fast paced, energetic, and exciting!,
Triangle of Deception is one of those sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat books. It’s book four of a series but it makes a wonderful standalone. I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving anything away! Fast paced, energetic, and exciting, this is one that any crime-thriller lover won’t want to miss.
– By Haley Mathioton AMAZON
Dan Gordon is back in Haggai Carmon’s “Triangle of Deception” and what a thriller it is. Gordon is both a member of the CIA and Israeli Mossed. While trying to trace the money trail linked to a terrorist group, one of Gordon’s contacts is murdered and he is blamed. Things become more complicated as the tale develops. With Carmon’s background, his character portrayals ore right on and I felt I was reading not a novel but a true story (it could happen it today’s society). Dan Gordon is not a super hero, but a flesh and blood man who sacrifices and suffers much to protect his country.
– By grumpydan on AMAZON
The Chameleon Conspiracy
Far better than most spy thrillers.
Dan Gordon is a delightful amalgam who combines the mystic westerners attach to the Mossad with the deviousness we associate with all of those “Initial agencies” of American and British spydom. This is one of the best of the series. Harmon is a master at creating a plausible scenario without forcing his hero into a mold where one flawed guy does battle with the universe. Gordon is believable enough to make me want to read all of the rest of Haggai Carmon’s books.
– By LINDA A. ROOT on AMAZON
Like many people, I like reading a good “who dunnit” mystery story. When I first started the book, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book – by the time I got into the second chapter, I was captivated! I didn’t want to put the book down, I stayed up late just to read it and I put off production to get through this book.
This story takes you on a trip to many different countries, describes the different cultures so that you feel as if you are there and has many near escapes that will keep you turning the pages. In this story, the author gives you intrigue, unexpected plot twists and turns, and such a very real picture that you wonder at times if this is truly fact or is it really just fiction.
Does [Gan Gordon] live through his escapades? Does he help to solve the case? Well, you are going to have to read this wonderful page turning book to find out!
– By Leigh Ann Lemireon AMAZON
A Great Ride,
This is a fast paced story from start to finish.
It is a globetrotting story although most of it is set in the U.S. and Iran…This part is so interesting that the book would be pretty good even without the thriller elements, although it has plenty of those as well.
I have not read any previous books by Haggai Carmon, but I certainly intend to do so. This is very well done and this writer is one who should get lots more attention.
– By S. Peek on AMAZON
Intricate and Intriguing,
A tightly woven, intricate espionage thriller. I typically have issues with books written in first person, but Carmon uses it very effectively. This book is a good example of how first person should be done.
Through a cast of interesting and three-dimensional characters, Carmon takes us on a hunt for the Chameleon who has been eluding law officials from many countries. CIA agent, Dan Gordon has been tailing the Chameleon and every time he’s gotten close enough to bring the Chameleon in, something gets in his way.
Gordon’s not only fighting to work with a variety of world governments without giving himself away, he’s also fighting against the bureaucracy of his own government.
A good read!
– By Darlene Jan Alice Oakley on AMAZON
The Red Syndrome
We interrupt this conflict to bring you The Red Syndrome,
Slightly after midnight, I picked up my freshly-delivered Red Syndrome from the bed stand and began to read. It was supposed to be like any other book I’ve used to fall asleep – a chapter or two, and off to bed.
I blinked. My eyes, tearing from exhaustion, had difficulty comprehending the time on my dimly lit cell-phone. It was three-thirty in the morning; I had been kidnapped by Carmon’s world of vigilante Justice Department lawyers fighting red tape and Mossad agents bartering in vital intelligence. I blinked again and sighed – I had escaped my captor, but to what end?
I should mention that I serve in the Israeli military. The next morning, I showed up bleary eyed and mumbling something about a bio-terror threat. This was during the Lebanese conflict. As I explained to my superior officer, it was all Carmon’s fault.
He didn’t buy it. My advice is this: if you plan on reading the Red Syndrome, please make sure you don’t have a war to fight first.
Otherwise, set up an available weekend and prepare to emerge, at least for a day or two, into this masterpiece of an intelligence thriller. Dan Gordon, a character so heavily based on Carmon you can’t help but wonder whether an intelligence background lurks beneath the surface of this author’s biography, is at it again.
The plot is complex yet concise: A mafia money-laundering ring leads to an eccentric terrorist group, leading Gordon on a worldwide excursion, following and being followed, navigating through a world where danger is both imminent and unexpected. This in turn leads to a remarkable, intelligent, fast-paced read that builds upon and bests even Carmon’s first novel, Triple Identity.
Look, my country’s literally at war right now and I’m on Amazon reviewing a book. It’s that good.
I just hope I can read the next one in peace.
– By Alexey on AMAZON
After reading “Triple Identity” the sequel with Dan Gordon was eagerly awaited. It didn’t disappoint and involved more plot twists that were not expected as Dan investigated bio-terrorism
threats. Bought several copies for friends, although I don’t expect they will last more than a few days beside the pool. Almost impossible to put down, and then like after a good meal,
you hunger for more.
– By G. Crockett on AMAZON
Carmon is not as well known as Vince Flynn or Brad Thor, but his books are as good as theirs. This one is no exception. I urge readers to buy all of his books, you won’t be disappointed.
– By James V. Doane on AMAZON
A More Intelligent Spy Novel,
Dan Gordon’s second novel is even more engrossing than his first (Triple Identity). I loved the double challenge of trying to guess where the action would take me next and what complex mechanisms exist to transfer money all over the world in an attempt to hide illegally-gotten funds.
I’m sure it helps that the author is an international lawyer, a former agent of the Mossad and contracts with the U.S. Department of Justice in cases of international monetary fraud. He knows his “stuff.”
If you’re looking for a spy novel which is strictly action and requires no thought on your part, then this book is not for you.
– By Shoshana A. Simon on AMAZON
A Riveting Ride of a Novel – It’s No Coincidence it’s Called an ‘Intelligence’ Thriller,
After finishing the fourth Dan Brown (DaVinci Code author) book, I had gone to Barnes and Noble to find something of the same vane. Upon asking one of the employees, I was pointed to Triple Identity, or what he referred to as “a book as entertaining and thrilling as the DaVinci code yet Carmon actually has both an IQ and something worthwhile to write about.”
Dan Gordon, the character Carmon has created, is more realistic and edgy than Bourne, Bauer, and Bond combined. Triple Identity is a triple threat of excitement, realism, and intelligence. If you want to read a book, buy this. If you want to read two books, buy this twice. The sequel, The Red Syndrome, should be arriving at my doorstep next week.
– By A. Ganci on AMAZON
Remarkable Thriller Grounded in Reality,
In a thriller grounded in reality and simplicity, the plot revolves around a missing person who has apparently atleast three identities. Different groups of people, agencies are after this person for various reasons. Additional details of the plot is not provided in this review, for obvious reasons. The most remarkable component of the writing style and plot development is the narration of the plot through events and characters that are grounded in reality. Mixing fact and fiction throughout the novel amplifies that characteristic of the writing style. You will get all the thrill of a “Bourne”-type novel without losing touch with reality. A good read. This is author’s first book and is a worthy effort. One will have to eagerly await his second book on bioterrorism.
– By SreeramRamakrishnan on AMAZON