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- and pave the way for Macedonian NATO and EU accession.

With the backing billionaire philanthropists, CIA special operators, British intelligence veteran Lord Julian of Dover, EU commissar Angelina Azzara and bumbling US Ambassador Clarissa Reilly, this cabal manages to replace Macedonia’s conservative government with a communist regime, but in doing so, rouses the anger of loyal patriots who pledge to fight back from the shadows…

After accidentally meeting Mr. Romano, an elderly Macedonian Jew at a Holocaust commemoration ceremony, out-of-work intelligence officer Aleksandar Karastefanov is directed 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.

As BOOM’s legend grows, its online activities on portals such as 8chan are noted by foreign agencies, including US military intelligence officials looking for a means of protecting newly-elected President Andrew Lincoln from his many left-wing enemies- all of whom belong to the communist cabal out to destroy Macedonia.

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, 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.