The Macedonia Deception



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After stopping terrorists and a migrant invasion, military veteran Aleksandar Karastefanov grows disillusioned when Western allies force-install a quisling communist regime. But aided by a Jewish WWII survivor and an IRA fugitive with a personal vendetta, Aleksandar and fellow patriots launch a covert campaign to destroy foreign intelligence networks- and topple the communist regime.

Using everything from social media satire and psychological warfare to sabotage and assassinations, their enigmatic organization, known by its acronym, BOOM, quickly acquires cult status. Yet as Macedonia steadily dissolves into anarchy, Aleksandar is shocked to discover that the endless foreign obsession with his country is stranger, and darker than mere geopolitics…


(Long Description)

In the small and peaceful Republic of Macedonia, a Western-backed regime change plot unfolds to install a puppet communist government, which has secretly promised to sacrifice the country’s name, history, language and identity to please the Greeks- who also have a province called Macedonia. Diplomatic luminaries believe, though with little evidence, that Greece will drop its veto of Macedonian NATO and EU accession if the changes are made.

After a tumultuous summer marked by Islamic migrant invasions and a thwarted Kosovar terrorist plot, the CIA/MI6 ‘color revolution’ unfolds and quickly topples Macedonia’s conservative government, which had refused the Greek demands. The quisling regime – which soon cracks down on dissenting media and strong-arms political rivals through a rigged judiciary – agrees to Western demands for ruinous taxation and European tariffs, sure to cause mass unemployment. A tiny elite plots to create a new Venezuela in Europe, part of the globalist world order of Hector Soterez, the first Mexican-American president- and his presumed successor, seasoned politician Jackie Ryan.

With support from billionaire philanthropist Esmond Rose, CIA special operators, MI6 veteran Lord Julian, EU commissar/occultist Angelina Azzara and Clarissa Reilly – a bumbling US ambassador with anger-management issues – the cabal gets its communist regime, but in so doing, rouses Macedonian patriots to fight back from the shadows, shunning the weak and corrupt now-opposition conservative party.

The patriotic movement is led by security officer and war veteran Colonel Aleksandar Karastefanov, who finds himself out of work when the Western-backed coup unfolds. At a providential chance encounter at a Holocaust memorial commemoration, Aleksandar meets the enigmatic Mr. Romano, an elderly Macedonian Jew who survived the Bulgarian Army’s WWII occupation and went on to a storied career as a diplomat, when Macedonia was thereafter incorporated for four decades into communist Yugoslavia.

Insisting that hope remains for Macedonia, Romano directs Aleksandar to an enigmatic ex-IRA man known only as The Fisherman. For 27 years living a monkish existence in an isolated lake village following the accidental murder of his wife by MI6, the Irishman initially rebuffs Aleksandar’s plea for assistance. However, the Irishman changes his mind when learning that the man responsible for his wife’s death, Lord Julian, is also directing the plot against Macedonia.

Together with faithful lieutenant Pero and seven other trusted patriots, Aleksandar gets training, motivation and money from the ex-IRA émigré in order to carry out psychological warfare and increasingly spectacular attacks against hostile elements inside- and outside- of Macedonia.

The group – the Internal Organization for the Liberation of Macedonia – called for short by its Cyrillic-alphabet acronym BOOM, baffles its targets, remaining invisible while developing a cult status among Macedonians. The organization is soon causing so much havoc that rival business and political interests within the Western cabal become – as Aleksandar had planned – paranoid, confused and off-balance.

While BOOM’s revolutionary tactics soon drive the communist government from power, restoring the prior conservative government, disillusionment grows over corruption and bad dealings from all sides of the political and ethnic spectrums. Angered that none of Macedonia’s leaders have the people’s true interests in mind, the revolutionaries seek to destroy all enemies of the state- foreign and local alike. As the pressure builds and Macedonia becomes increasingly unstable, entangling allegiances between international and local persons of influence from all sides are revealed, leading to a gruesome series of high-level assassinations.

In a final revelation from the mysterious Mr. Romano, Aleksandar learns that the foreign obsession with Macedonia is far stranger and more disturbing than mere geopolitics: the Macedonian soil itself holds fabled riches coveted by competing interests that include American funds managers, occultist Freemasons, and even British royals obsessed with ancient Macedonian history. As the story builds towards to its sobering end, Aleksandar fights to balance the ideals of heroism with the possibility of betrayal- and the one result that would bring closure to The Fisherman’s tormented existence.

The Macedonia Deception: Style and Structure

Told in a deliberately out-of-order fashion and weaving together intertwined historical narratives from Macedonia, Jewish, Irish and English history, The Macedonia Deception is a precisely-organized espionage thriller that takes inspiration from over a century of turbulence in one of the world’s most fractious and fought-over regions. As much an elegy for a nation on the brink of self-destruction as a novel, The Macedonia Deception will be appreciated by active readers keen to learn more about present and future events in a crisis-torn land.

As the story develops, bits of intelligence, connections and linkages start to acquire new meaning as the reader wades through layers of deception along with the protagonists, some of whom only get further lost along the way. The unique, experimental nature of the writing includes straight narrative, Wikileaks cables, Congressional testimony, chat logs and anonymous Internet discussion boards, among other forms of textual interplay, adding to the layers of complexity – and realism – that make this book so relevant to the new ‘age of the Anons’ witnessed in the real world today.

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