The Moroni Deception is a political and religious thriller that offers a wild ride. Carrying forward the trend of books based on religious conspiracy theories, the story also has a political conspiracy at its heart. Get ready for fast paced action as you are baffled by gruesome events, strange rituals and a hunt for treasure.
Mike Chenault is a reporter at the New York Times. He is unceremoniously awoken in the middle of the night by New York’s finest, as a suspect in a strange murder. An old man in upstate New York has been brutally killed and Mike is the suspect. A senator’s wife is murdered in Salt Lake City and his young daughter is kidnapped. The two murders are somehow tied together although they do not seem to have any connection whatsoever.
Mike Chenault leaves for Utah on the scent of the story. He is not very sure of what the story is, but hopes that serendipity will reward his efforts. He runs into the beautiful Rachel at a bar, and they get talking. Rachel is also a journalist, although a rookie, and she wants to tag along as Mike’s assistant. Rachel is an ex Mormon or Apostate and has a wealth of information about the history and the current day practices of the religion. Plus she has a car!
As Mike and Rachel look for clues, they are set on a veritable treasure hunt where one clue leads to the next. It is soon evident that they are hunting for something which is of immense importance to the Mormon religion. Is it a coincidence that the Senator is also Mormon? The Senator becomes the next Presidential candidate and will pay any price to be the next President. That includes weeding out and eliminating retractors like pesky journalists.
A lot of the book contains history and background about the LDS faith. It is hard to say what is true and what is fictionalized. The initial part of the book plays down Mike’s character, but as the story goes on, we realize he went to Harvard and was nominated twice for the Pulitzer. There are people taking pot shots at Mike but he plods on.
The book is a fast page turner and riveting enough to hold interest. A comparison with the Da Vinci code seems unfair, although it is mentioned in some reviews and material related to the book. Read it because you enjoy reading thrillers, and are in the mood for a fast paced page turner. Leave all comparisons outside the door. That’s the only way to enjoy a new book.