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Full Name: Sam Deker
Nationality: American
Organization: Shin-Bet
Occupation Agent

Creator: Thomas Greanias
Time Span: 2009 - 2011


Sam Deker is an agent with the Israeli Shin-Bet.

We initially meet Deker towards the end of an adventure dealing with astro-archaeologist Conrad Yeats and his sometimes partner and colleague Serena Sergetti, helping to resolve a very nasty situation those two had gotten involved with; though that pair do not make any repeat appearances in the adventures dealing with Deker.

In that first meet, we are told a good amount about Deker and his affiliation with Israel's internal security service: "A secular Jew who had grown up in Los Angeles and served with the U.S. armed forces as a demolitions specialist in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Deker had been recruited by the former head of Israel's internal security service, Yuval Diskin, to work for the Shin Bet. A man who specialized in the destruction of major structures, Diskin told him, was uniquely qualified to protect one such as the Temple Mount. However, Deker quickly gathered that his chief qualification was that he was Jewish but not a real Jew, if that was possible."

That last part is particularly interesting and important in the case of Deker as we are told in the first adventure dealing primarily with him. As that mission begins, we are reminded that this 26-year-old man was a secular American Jew who might carry the Jewish lineage inside him but who was not at all religious - hence Jewish but not a Jew. 

Deker had had no intentions of being in the counter-espionage business nor even the military when he was growing up. His career path changed as he was just becoming a man, joining the U.S. Army after his father was killed in the Twin Towers and then graduating at the top of your class at West Point. He would extend his training to become a Ranger, though he got into considerable trouble when he went after bin Laden on his own. A request for assistance by the Israeli Defense Force put him into that country for a time and while there, he was notices by Shin-Bet and recruited.

The adventures that Deker will take part in after we meet him will start out exciting and interesting but still grounded in the normal. After that, however, things do start to get a bit bizarre and not more than once does Deker have to question his own sanity.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2009
Last Appearance:2011

1 The Atlantis Revelation The Atlantis Revelation
Written by Thomas Greanias
Copyright: 2009

Book 3 in the Conrad Yeats/Serene Serghetti series of action thrillers.
"The adventure begins with the wreckage of a sunken Nazi submarine and a shocking legacy of Hitler's quest for Atlantis. Archaeologist Conrad Yeats discovers in the ruins of the Third Reich the key to an ancient conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of every major government. Suddenly Yeats is plunged into a deadly race across the Mediterranean, hunted by the assassins of an international organization that will stop at nothing to ignite global Armageddon and revive an empire. And only Serena Serghetti, the beautiful Vatican linguist he loved and lost, can help him save the world from the Atlantis Revelation."

Sam Deker comes into the action late in this adventure but plays a very important part.
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2 The Promised War The Promised War
Written by Thomas Greanias
Copyright: 2010

Sam Deker is kidnapped and transported to nearby Jordan, subject to intense torture and interrogation. Escaping with a comrade, Uri, Deker makes it as far as the Jordan river where he is rendered unconscious.
"Deker wakes up in the middle of the ancient Israelite army on the eve of its historic siege of Jericho. Deker doesn’t know if he is dead, in some torture-induced psychosis, or really back in time. But General Bin-Nun has declared a colossal holy war, and he’s sending Deker on a dangerous mission to spy on the Promised Land in advance of the invasion. For Deker, it’s his only hope to escape this genocidal hell. Then he finds himself in the arms of a beautiful enemy named Rahab, caught in a web of deadly betrayal, as he struggles to unlock the truth, secure Israel’s future and his own, and save the twenty-first century from The Promised War."
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3 The 34th Degree The 34th Degree
Written by Thomas Greanias
Copyright: 2011

"Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces after the events of The Promised War, Sam Deker is trying to build a new life in Los Angeles. But, haunted by nightmares of the past, Deker discovers that the unusual light-wave-induced torture he barely survived has changed him. The Pentagon, however, believes he is the only one who can endure their top-secret neuro-simulation program known as the 34th Degree. The stunning technological breakthrough utilizes the sliced brain tissues of dead terrorists to enter their memories and glean priceless intel. Americans want to use the preserved brain of SS general Ludwig von Berg, 
the legendary Third Reich "Baron of the Black Order," to send Deker back to 1943. Deker's mission is to discover the fate of the ultimate weapon--a supernatural alchemy for a fatal thermodynamic..."
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This series starts out as part of a previous ongoing series, a thriller that was firmly routed in archaeology and the dangers from past civilizations presenting problems in the current one. It gets even stranger as we will soon have to worry about whether time travel is possible or whether Deker got forcibly thrown into the past. I knew it was coming from the blurbs but it was still odd to have it happen.

I got a bit lost in The Promised War at the beginning because it looked very much like there was a prequel to it explaining the loss of someone important to Deker but I never found it. so apparently what you see here is what there is.


My Grade: B


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