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Surviving the Lion’s Den receives stellar praise from two legendary CIA operations officers!

 

The Surviving the Lion’s trilogy has received one HELL of an endorsement from one of the most prominent critics in the industry- The Real Book Spy!

 

Critical Praise for THE AYATOLLAH TAKEDOWN !

 

Check out the audio reading of Chapter 13 where Tom Deland gets tortured by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Read by David Temple of The Thriller Zone podcast!

Be sure to Subscribe to David’s weekly interviews with other authors in the thriller genre here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-thriller-zone/id1577303372?i=1000554453948

 

Check out my interviews in THE BIG THRILL magazine !

THE AYATOLLAH TAKEDOWN  (May 2023): The Ayatollah Takedown by Matt Scott – THE BIG THRILL

THE IRANIAN DECEPTION  (July 2022): https://www.thebigthrill.org/2022/06/the-iranian-deception-by-matt-scott/

SURVIVING THE LION’S DEN (February 2022): https://www.thebigthrill.org/?p=74472

 

Be sure to out my Coffee & Conversation interview with the Recovery Advocate Network!

 

Check out my interview with Terrence Layhew and the Suit Up! podcast

 

Check out the two articles that I’ve written for Mystery & Suspense magazine!

The Iranian Omission: https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/the-iranian-omission/

The Art of the Political Spy Thrillerhttps://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/the-art-of-a-political-thriller/

 

I was honored to be brought back as a guest to The Protectors Podcast with Jason Piccolo! I talk about what’s going on in Iran, how it applies to my novels, investing in yourself, and keeping positive in a tough publishing industry!

Interview #2https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/387-matt-scott-author-talks-iran-writing-investing/id1451895454?i=1000587499568

Interview #1https://youtu.be/Es4BYodZwDM

Be sure to Subscribe to Jason’s weekly interviews with other authors in the thriller genre as well as leaders of industry on Apple Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rotectors-podcast/id1451895454

 

Check out my interview with DJ Kelly on the DTD Podcast !

Listen to my interview and many others on the DTD Podcast here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-episode-matt-scott/id1496649447?i=1000581217294

 

Check out my interview with Mike Martini on the No Limits: Thriller Podcast!

Listen to my interview and many others on the No Limits: Thriller Podcast here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/matt-scott-surviving-the-lions-den-the-iranian-deception/id1619500608?i=1000579183221

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ZYov9KLKWiM8d22n1OIjp?si=DKM8jrDgTti2AXqx0q4QHQ

 

The critical praise for THE IRANIAN DECEPTION continues to pile in!

 

Read Jathan & Heather’s full review here: ‘The Iranian Deception’ Secures Matt Scott’s Place as a Rising Star in Thriller Fiction [REVIEW] | Jathan & Heather (jathanandheather.com)

 

Special thanks to former CIA intelligence analyst and author of the Detective Emilia Cruz novels, Carmen Amato, for her review of THE IRANIAN DECEPTION!

 

Check out my interview with former FBI and NCIS Agent John Stamp on his That’s Criminal podcast!

Listen to my interview and many others on That’s Criminal Podcasts here:

 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thats-criminal-with-john-stamp/id1619028587

 

Check out my interview with host Jeff Clark on his Course of Action podcast!


Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/v_fLQKGCiRA

Listen to my interview and many others on Course of Action Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/course-of-action/id1592124182?i=1000567103639

 

Check out my interview with host Chris Albanese (former Secret Service Agent and co-host of The Crew Reviews) on Author Spotlight 


Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/Es4BYodZwDM

Gnaw Bone Studios’ Author Spotlight channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCbs8c-oHAOmPfkJ2LMwprSA

The Crew Reviews channel: https://youtube.com/c/TheCrewReviews

 

 

Check out my interview with host David Temple on The Thriller Zone !

He’s started a new, once a month series, called Discovering New Authors and I was honored and privileged to be his initial guest. We talk about Surviving the Lion’s Den, the writing craft, the Middle East, logistics, and so much more!  If you’re on the run, you can also listen to the interview via The Thriller Zone on the Apple Podcast.

Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/6rQ4hMTjiqE

Listen my interview and interviews with other authors on Apple Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-thriller-zone/id1577303372?i=1000554453948

 

Check out my interview with New York Time best selling author FRED BURTON!

Former counterterrorism agent with the Diplomatic Security Service and New York Times best selling author of Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent’s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, and Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi

Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/uKyp-jV6nbA

 

CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS OF SURVIVING THE LION’S DEN!

Read the review here: https://jathanandheather.com/2022/02/18/surviving-the-lions-den/

 

 

I compare reading author Matt Scott’s debut novel “Surviving the Lion’s Den” to a growing oak tree – the tree usually does not have a single, straight trunk after branching out, but spreads out into several large branches, growing wide as they are tall. That’s the storyline to this book, multiple branches – a CIA operative’s kidnapping; a US Senator’s attempt to manipulate the US Defense Department; and an Iranian American revenging his grandfather’s Iranian murderers. Multiple storylines (branches) leading to one (main tree trunk) thrilling conclusion. Surviving the Lion’s Den is one ‘tall and wide’ espionage adventure thriller. Scott does a great job writing various subplots that eventually come together into one conducive tale. His characters – many with cool names – were strong, well developed, and convincing – including the bad guys. And knowledge of the Middle Eastern culture was impeccable. Scott did his homework (research) in writing this novel and it showed in his story telling. I also commend Scott for not making all the Middle Eastern characters (just the terrorists only) out to be the bad guys. The Russians were just as bad if not worse! This made the story sharper and less prejudiced towards Middle Easterners. “Well played, Matt Scott!” In fact, the entire debut novel was a ‘well played’ adventure novel that inspired me to want more. Adventurous. Wondrous. Compelling and Noteworthy, Surviving the Lion’s Den is a very notable read in the thriller genre. I was entertained, enthused, and impressed. Most oak trees tend to grow wide as they are tall when given enough room. Give new author Matt Scott some growing room and his books will be just as tall and wide as other authors in the thriller genre. I enjoyed Surviving the Lion’s Den and I am eager to read Scott’s future novels…

 

 

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