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Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

Hi everyone,

I've recently joined this site and thanks to everyone who has made me feel very welcome here.

I've recently released my spy thriller, action adventure novel The Benevolent Deception. Here is the book blurb:

'The Benevolent Deception features far-flung locations that are brimming with authenticity, centered around a complex and twisting plot that never fails to thrill.' - Rob Sinclair, author of The Enemy Series

Air Force One is shot down by insurgents in the frozen deserts of Afghanistan. The U.S. President is discovered dead, the victim of a successful assassination.

Or is he?

This is a question that only Peri Keser, the sole surviving, on-site Secret Service Agent, can answer, as she surveys the crash site minutes before watching a live broadcast from Air Force One, supposedly en route to Europe. Yet convincing her superiors that the Head of State is an impostor soon becomes an impossibility for Keser, as trusted global media sources continue to report the President not only alive and well, but active in office.

Half a world away in the polluted oil fields of West Africa, security contractor and former intelligence officer, Simon Ashcroft, is sent to protect Casey Irvine, a tourist with a secret that will change everything.
When terrorists, criminal organizations, police and military forces will stop at nothing to eliminate Casey, she and Simon go on the run. Yet their enemies seem able to predict their every move, and every minute becomes a battle for survival.

The game is changing, but the world has yet to notice.


message 2: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Here is the book trailer on YouTube if you would rather have a 1 minute summary of what my novel is about:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG03Y...


message 3: by Aiden (last edited Oct 28, 2016 10:04PM) (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments FIRST AIDEN L BAILEY NEWSLETTER RELEASED SOON

The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

My first newsletter will be released soon and includes:

-- Links to a new video on how my real-life experiences in Kenya influenced many of the scenes in The Benevolent Deception

-- Links to an article I had published on the ABC

-- Updates on the sequel novel The Benevolent Conflict

-- News on the forthcoming print version of The Benevolent Deception.

If you are interested in subscribing to my newsletter, please sign up to my mailing list here: http://bit.ly/2eemsRN. Sign up soon and you will receive this first newsletter.

Emails are only occasional and only when I have news on my writing and publishing activities, and information on competitions and specials. You can unsubscribe any time you like.


message 4: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Aiden wrote: "FIRST AIDEN L BAILEY NEWSLETTER RELEASED SOON

The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

My first newsletter will be released soon and includes:

-- Links to a new video on how my real-life ex..."


Cool. I think I'll sign up.


message 5: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Sounds like a plan with no downside (at least none I can think of) :)


message 6: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Up to the end of Chapter 7. A lull in the gunfire (a well done scene setter with Ashcroft mulling over the Niger Delta on the drive to the MEND hideout ) and a dead man makes a scene stealing new - era speech. #CheatingDeath ?


message 7: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Chapter 9, In Columbia. Cartels are gone but FARC still remains. Pity about the failure of that peace agreement in real life but as they say, you win some and you lose some.


message 8: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Hi Sam, glad you are enjoying my novel so far. There should be a few more surprises yet to come.


message 9: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

“The NSA is under siege. The Pentagon is hacked and the same cyberterrorists control all White House communications. Are we the only three who have noticed this?” - The Benevolent Deception

My first newsletter is out and includes exclusive access to a new video on how my real-life experiences in Kenya influenced many of the scenes in The Benevolent Deception.

The newsletter also includes the first details on the sequel, The Benevolent Conflict, and information of the forthcoming print and ePub versions of The Benevolent Deception.

If you would like to receive the newsletter, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2eemsRN

My newsletter is sent only occasional and only when I have news on my writing and publishing activities, and information on competitions and specials. You can unsubscribe any time you like.


message 10: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Aiden wrote: "Hi Sam, glad you are enjoying my novel so far. There should be a few more surprises yet to come."

Can't wait ;)


message 11: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

Now that The Benevolent Deception has been out for two months I thought it was time I release new information about the novel, with my new video journal The Benevolent Deception: Pursuit across Kenya.

Much of the action in The Benevolent Deception occurs in the East African nation of Kenya. Many of the locations visited by Casey Irvine and Simon Ashcroft as they flee their enemies are locations I visited when I backpacked through Africa in the mid-1990s.

Africa was an interesting experience for me, my first overseas venturing as an adult. I was immediately addicted to the risky but enthralling lifestyle of independent travel in a developing country, where normal rules we Westerners take for granted don’t always apply. It was a real adventure, and so perhaps it is no surprise I set my first novel there. I hope you enjoy the video and find it informative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwwxn...

https://aidenlbailey.com/2016/11/15/p...


message 12: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments The Benevolent Deception in Print

For all of you who have been asking for a paperback copy of The Benevolent Deception, it is now available on Amazon in the United States, Europe and Japan. The 135,000 word book comes in at 520 pages in a 5” x 8” format. You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Benevolent-Dec...

I’ve also included Amazon’s Kindle Matchbox deal, in that you can also purchase the Kindle edition with the print edition at a reduced price.


message 13: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

I've been busy over the Christmas/New Years holiday period preparing new video and audio content around my novel. The first of which are the first seven chapters of my novel The Benevolent Deception.

Listen to them here: https://aidenlbailey.com/2017/01/01/f...


message 14: by Danield (new)

Danield | 33 comments Hi ereybody,like I said in my short review,the novel is like a piece of soap you want to catch in the shower,good luck with that.There is no whose who and during my reading I always asked myself whether I should throw all my devices away or burry them in the garden and that for a long time
And then the end....Here ends The Benevolent Deception,to continue and that over the next 2 years
Simply put one the best I've read this year
Daniel


message 15: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Thanks Daniel, I very glad you enjoyed the book. It's New Years Day here in Adelaide, and I'm busy at my computer working on the next book, trying to get it ready to get out as fast as I can.


message 16: by Danield (new)

Danield | 33 comments Aiden,thanks and a happy,successful new year for you too
Luxembourg is a bit behind Australia
All the best to you and your family
Daniel


message 17: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Thanks Daniel, you too.


message 18: by Kyer (new)

Kyer Bustamante-Quon (kyerbq) | 1 comments Looking forward to this new journey!


message 19: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Kyer wrote: "Looking forward to this new journey!"

Thank you Kyer, hope you enjoy the book.


message 20: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Paperback edition of The Benevolent Deception arrived today in the post, from far of USA. I was really impressed with the quality of the book produced by Amazon.

If you want your own paperback copy of my novel, go to Amazon here to purchase a copy: https://www.amazon.com/Benevolent-Dec...

If we ever meet in person, I will sign it for you.

Also making my day today, I now have 12 five star reviews of The Benevolent Deception in Australia, with this most recent review from Deejay:

“Can’t wait to read the next chapter as found this book impossible to put down even to have a meal, keep us guessing, Good as if in some ways better than the jet series.”


message 21: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments I've got a fun scene with a bull shark in a short novella I'm near completing, a prequel for The Benevolent Deception. It involves an underwater battle with one of these critters.

Did you know bull sharks are one of the few sharks that thrive equally well in fresh water as they do in salt water, and one of three species of sharks most likely to attack a human.

Everything you need for an action adventure thriller, right?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_shark


message 22: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Aiden wrote: "I've got a fun scene with a bull shark in a short novella I'm near completing, a prequel for The Benevolent Deception. It involves an underwater battle with one of these critters.
..."


Interesting.....So instead of Great Whites, evil geniuses everywhere need to put bull sharks on their shopping list for topping up the fish tank.


message 23: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments "The rope was tied to the bindings around Simon’s wrists. He resisted, but the earlier electric shocks had weakened him, and the two thugs restraining him had muscles of steel.

Alfaqri singled the dingy. They started the engine and sped off across the ocean.

Simon watched in horror as the rope coiled away, went taunt, and then he was ripped from the deck of the Spinecutter and pulled into the ocean.

He hit the water fast and went under, his hands out in front, his legs dragging behind. He turned on his back, pushed his head above the churning sea and sucked a lungful of air.

Then he bounced against a grey leathery shape dragging through the water alongside him.

They bounced again, and it thrashed.

Simon momentarily froze with fear. He had collided with the bull shark.

They were both being dragged through the ocean currents."



Coming soon, a prequel novella to The Benevolent Deception . . .

The Benevolent Deception (The Benevolent #1) by Aiden L. Bailey

#Adventurefiction #AmazonKindle #BullShark #InternationalMystery #Novella #Shark #SimonAshcroft #BenevolentDeception

https://www.amazon.com/Benevolent-Dec...


message 24: by Bodo (new)

Bodo Pfündl | 208 comments Goosebumps!


message 25: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Indeed. #Jaws. #LightBite


message 26: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
I can see where the Live And Let Die novel influences are apparent.


message 27: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments “When you think action movie, thriller book, think new indie author Aiden L Bailey, because he delivers. Join Books & Company host Tara Woods Turner and Aiden for a whirlwind around the world jaunt of excitement.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5DNm...

Originally release on The Woman’s Cave hosted by Jane and Wilnona, this is the first of two interviews I’ll be doing with Tara Turner Woods where I discuss The Benevolent Deception, working for multinational oil and gas and mining companies, backpacking in Africa, what makes a good thriller novel and the writing process.


message 28: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
cool interview.


message 29: by Aiden (last edited Oct 09, 2017 05:56AM) (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments I've released new covers for The Benevolent Deception and The Assyrian Contraband ( https://www.amazon.com/Aiden-L-Bailey... ), which led me to overhaul other aspects of my marketing. This included updates to the back cover blurbs for the books and my website content. I certainly feel the covers bring a fresh look and better align with the techno-thriller, espionage and action adventure aspects of the stories. I hope you like the new style.






message 30: by Samuel , Director (new)

Samuel  | 4692 comments Mod
Aiden wrote: "I've released new covers for The Benevolent Deception and The Assyrian Contraband ( https://www.amazon.com/Aiden-L-Bailey... ), which led me to overhaul other aspects of my marketing. Thi..."

Very nice. This one is even more refined than the second lot, and much, much more slick than the original cover. My compliments to your cover artist.


message 31: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Thanks Samuel, the cover artist would be . . . me :)


message 32: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 159 comments Well done Sir!!!


message 33: by Aiden (last edited Oct 20, 2017 05:44AM) (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments THE ASSYRIAN CONTRABAND RELEASED IN PRINT FORMAT

The Assyrian Contraband is now available in print format at Amazon US and Amazon UK. I had been considering saving up my novellas until I was ready to print three or more in an anthology, and I still might, but I also thought there was no harm in getting them out in physical copies at the same time they are released digitally.

https://aidenlbailey.com/2017/10/20/t...



As for the Kindle or PDF ebook version of The Assyrian Contraband, well you can read that for FREE just by signing up to my mailing list. An email is all I need from you, no other identifiers required, for 70 pages of non-stop action and adventure on a tropical but toxic island off the coast of East Africa, featuring Simon Ashcroft from The Benevolent Deception.

http://eepurl.com/cnrAFD

You can also read my novella on Kindle from Amazon in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and all other Amazon sites.


message 34: by Aiden (last edited Oct 27, 2017 05:40PM) (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments THRILLING LOCATIONS: THE BENEVOLENT DECEPTION (PART 2)

In the second of my Thrilling Location articles for my espionage technothriller novel, The Benevolent Deception. Here I describe places featured in the middle part of the novel covering Germany, the United Kingdom and Central Kenya.

https://aidenlbailey.com/2017/10/27/t...




message 35: by Aiden (last edited Nov 25, 2017 09:58PM) (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments WHY WRITING A JAMES BOND NOVELLA WAS A BAD IDEA

In early 2015 I was approached by a Canadian publisher to write a James Bond novella.


That’s like, Wow, right?

CasinoRoyaleActually, no … not really. I quickly discovered that this wasn’t anywhere near as prestigious as it first seemed. At the time, in several countries across the world, the James Bond novels, penned by Ian Fleming, had just passed into the public domain. Those countries which honored the death-of-the-author-plus-fifty-years-until-copyright-expired-law included New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and many other smaller nations. I was one of several authors approached to write a Bond adventure for a Canadian imprint. It wasn’t the only publishing house doing so, because at that moment, anyone could publish Bond fiction providing it was sold only in countries where the copyright had expired.

I soon discovered that this exciting opportunity was far more complicated than my initial jubilation had suggested. The laws of the United States, the European Union and Australia (my home country) determined copyright to expire seventy years past the author’s death. This meant that anything related to James Bond remained the property of the Fleming Estate in those countries, at least until 2035, unless someone changed the law.

Looking further into the opportunity, I soon realized the situation was even more complicated. For example, anything that first appeared in a Bond film was, strictly, not public domain, even such things as Bond’s penchant for witticisms after the death of an adversary, Blofeld’s white cat, almost all the gadgets and even Miss Moneypenny’s flirting with James Bond. In addition to this, there were many continuation novels by other authors, which were not yet public domain either.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE:

https://aidenlbailey.com/2017/11/26/w...


message 36: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 159 comments Really enjoyed this article Aiden... who knew?!?


message 37: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments Thanks Andrew. So, you want to write your own Bond novel now?


message 38: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 159 comments I don't know... it certainly would be intimidating!


message 39: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments That's what I thought.


message 40: by Aiden (last edited Dec 26, 2017 10:00PM) (new)

Aiden Bailey (aidenlbailey) | 175 comments New book trailer for my Simon Ashcroft series:

https://www.facebook.com/aidenlbailey...


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