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Lion’s Head Deception: Character Guest Post by Tanner



Lion's Head DeceptionWe’re excited to have Chuck Waldron back at Beyond the Books.  Today, one of his characters, Tanner from LION’S HEAD DECEPTION, has a problem he faces and he’s here to talk about it.

My name is Tanner

I’m afraid… terribly afraid, and I don’t care who knows it. My name is Tanner and I’m about to be a whistleblower, a snitch, an informer. I have good reason to be afraid because my boss will use all of his resources and all the resources of his company to stop me. He will kill to keep his intentions secret.

I know something about him he doesn’t want the world to know.He’s evil, pure evil, and he has people around him who have sold their soul to that devil. They will kill for him. All he has to do is pick up the phone and give the go-ahead.

The problem is that no one realizes he’s evil, hiding it so carefully behind a scrim. Nobody will believe when I tell them what he is planning to do.

I’ve thought about it, nonetheless. I’ve thought long and hard. When I whisper his secret I will be at risk, my family will be at risk, and it will extend to anyone I tell.

I was never sure what he saw in me when he sent his recruiters after me. Sure, I was way ahead of my classmates. I could design and administer communications technology in my sleep, which I often think I did. Claussen thought he knew all there was to know about me, but he didn’t know the real me, what was hiding inside.

In my position I could access all communications, even the ones Claussen imagined to hide behind his own privacy screen. It was one of his Emails that caught my attention. It hinted at a plan, really a conspiracy to undermine the country by instigating widespread social unrest, causing a demand for safety at any price.

But there was far more. He wanted to go beyond that to begin eliminating those he deemed unfit to live in his perfect world. I know enough about history to know that isn’t a new idea, but his plan had some new versions of how to do that.

I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to blow the whistle. I only have to decide who I am going to tell my story to.


About the Book:

In the prologue, the backdrop for Lion’s Head Deception is set, amongst rioting and unrest in a destabilized city.

Matt Tremain is a shy, private person who discovers a passion for writing blogs—a mission that propels him into investigative reporting. A tipster warns him of a diabolical scheme Matt simply can’t ignore. After the tipster is killed, Matt honors his memory by going forward to investigate the truth behind the conspiracy. He meets a television reporter and a cameraman also investigating the intrigue. Are they potential partners or rivals? A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his true motivation. He is equally unsure of the allegiance of those in the top administration of police services. Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run, evading the newly-formed security teams. They must expose the truth before they are discovered, arrested and perhaps exterminated themselves…

The reader is introduced to Matt Tremain when a test message warns him of impending arrest. The first part of the novel provides an understanding of how he learns about a conspiracy, and the person behind it. A television journalist is investigating the same treachery. Will they be able to join forces? The end of part one introduces a police detective. Will he be friend or foe?

Part two takes place at a private retreat. The antagonist, the scheme’s architect, unveils the complete details of his plan and gets the backing of his three co-conspirators. The location is the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. It takes place at Lion’s Head and gives the novel the working name.

In an action-packed run to the finish line, will Matt and his partners be able to face the challenges it will take to expose the lies and treachery behind Operation CleanSweep?

About the Author:

CChuck Waldron’s latest novel, Lion’s Head Deception, is a dystopian story about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines…and has no idea what to do with his discovery.

An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire’s plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.

“I grew up,” Chuck said, “listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James’ gang. It didn’t matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels.”

Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition – the good, the bad and the ugly.

As Chuck tells it, “stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet.”

His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception.

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