The Path of Deception is a compelling read; Gilbertson's background as a senior officer in the Metropolitan police means he can draw on a wealth of experience about police procedures which lends the book a powerful authenticity. The plot, with its emphasis on Islamist terrorism, has an all too convincing contemporary resonance; but there's a twist at the end which will set expectations on their head. Strongly recommended.
by Robin Aitken
David Gilbertson's The Path of Deception is a must-read for those who delight in a meticulous, well-crafted conspiracy thriller. The author's notable career as a member of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorism unit gives this novel an authenticity and plausibility sometimes lacking in other books of this genre. The plot, set in the not to distant future, is particularly timely and relevant given the almost daily acts of terrorism which are being carried out today. However, Gilbertson makes one look beyond the most obvious reasons for this violence by giving us historical context for the events which take place in the novel. He provokes us to look critically at the past to reach new conclusions about whether or not other forces may be influencing present and future events. I thoroughly enjoyed this book on many levels and would highly recommend it.
by Lynette Walton
"The Path of Deception" grabbed my attention from the opening paragraph and held me through the epilogue. Through twists and turns the intrigue continued to grow driven by the same compulsion that drove Keith Martin to fulfill his mission. Gilbertson's experience in policing and, especially, counter-terrorism provided insight and detail that portrayed an unbelievable series of events in a realistic and thoroughly believable manner. The plot possibilities presented in "The Path of Deception" provided food for both thought and discussion. This is the type of tale that would make a thoroughly watchable television miniseries, and I recommend that Gilbertson suggest it to the BBC.
by Lyle Walton