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Deep Fake
by Ward Larsen
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Forge, 2023 (2023)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Ward Larsen, author of the thriller series starring legendary assassin David Slaton, now brings fans Deep Fake.With echoes of The Manchurian Candidate, it has a unique premise. It stars Sarah Ridgeway, an Army wife, and her Army Ranger husband Bryce. They adore their teen daughter Alyssa.

As the story opens, a combat injury has forced Bryce out of the army, but he has a new career as a junior congressman. That day he attends a fundraiser that changes their lives dramatically. He stops a terrorist attack, becomes a national hero - and his party picks him to enter the presidential primaries. Sarah is not enthusiastic.

Another lead is Dr. Claire Hall, a specialist in data fusion in charge of project EPIC, that 'could revolutionize cyber warfare, bringing an information arsenal to the fingertips of a select few'. She's told that, due to budget cuts, EPIC is being shut down. Claire takes a huge risk to save her work.

Bryce is forgetful and occasionally acts oddly - is it PTSD? Sarah consults her friend Claire. Meanwhile, readers follow fast-paced action in Russia, rooting for someone facing seemingly impossible odds. Deep Fake is a gripping read, not to be missed!

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