In Switzerland, a brutally efficient hit squad storms the U.S. embassy, stealing classified files and leaving no witnesses alive. Under intense political pressure to find those behind the attack - with Congressional leaders demanding military action - the CIA turns to the deadliest agent they know: Scorpion. But Scorpion is unwilling to get involved . . . until he learns his name is at the top of one of the stolen lists.
What Scorpion uncovers sends the CIA scrambling: evidence linking the attack to an unknown Iranian master spy codenamed "the Gardener". Scorpion follows the trail to Zurich and Barcelona, where he meets his match in Scale, an agent as lethal as the viper that is his namesake. A deadly dance of deception ensues, bringing Scorpion into Tehran's inner circle as the clock to war ticks down to its final seconds. But not even the political elite know who the Gardener is - or what his next move might be.
"In the enticing fourth installment to Kaplan's spy series (after Scorpion Winter), the elusive "Scorpion", code name for an ex-CIA operative turned independent agent, investigates a deadly attack on the American embassy in Bern, Switzerland, with few clues and no witnesses left behind. Orchestrated by a shadowy figure with unclear allegiances known only as "the Gardener", the perpetrators steal classified lists of aliases and photographs of CIA undercover operatives in Europe and the Middle East. Scorpion, whose true identity is compromised, spends the novel hunting or hunted by the ruthless Gardener, "as dangerous an adversary as he had ever faced," while the U.S. prepares, with shaky evidence, to declare war on Iran. For lovers of espionage and intrigue, the thriller overflows with coded messages, universal keys, and Krav Maga, while a dangerous side story involving Scorpion's lover Sandrine, a French doctor based at a Kenyan refugee camp, reminds of the daily tragedies affected by political machinations and power plays. Packed with action, the plot is propelled by modern anxieties about America's potential for war with Iran."
-- Publishers Weekly
In this exhilarating, action-packed espionage thriller, Kaplan’s writing is reminiscent of the best of Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. The writing is superbly fast-paced and the superhero versus supervillain plot makes for a heart-pounding and satisfying ride for any fans of this genre."
"Six weeks out of a mission in the Soviet Union, and having turned freelance, former CIA agent codenamed Scorpion finds himself in Africa on a relief mission that turns deadly. In Switzerland, a hit team raids the American embassy and steals information listing names of government officials from various departments and agents...including Scorpion’s. The blame falls on Iran and as America gears up for possible war, Scorpion is pulled back into the espionage game to discover the truth. One enigmatic name surfaces: the Gardener. As Scorpion battles both time and enemy agents, the discoveries he makes may determine not only his fate but they may have international repercussions. I read the previous Scorpion novel and was ready for more. This one roams from Africa to Spain to Iran and the action never stops. What other book will have you dodging bullets on the street of Paris before rolling you down a snow covered mountain outside of Tehran? Kaplan is an author you can depend on for a fast moving, no nonsense story with a few twists and turns to keep you guessing. Feel the sting of the Scorpion and put Kaplan on the list of authors to read."
-- Suspense Magazine
"'Scorpion Deception' is one of the more exciting stories in this blockbuster series. Just be careful where you read this thriller. There's a real danger here you will become so engrossed reading "Scorpion Deception" that you'll lose all track of the time. So be careful!"
"Following Kaplan’s first two entries in the successful “Scorpion Series,” “Scorpion Deception” aims to raise the bar on the spy genre once-more . . . So, if you are looking for a no holds barred, spy romp that is fast-paced and chocked full of intelligence gathering and espionage, then “Scorpion Deception” is the novel for you."