Layers of Deception: An utterly gripping, international crime thriller.

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CRIME DRAMA SUSPENSE / THRILLER ACTION MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Contemporary

Leo James (real name:Bren Burke)

Logline

After stumbling onto a dark web conspiracy a start-up boss becomes the target of an inexorable Malaysian gangster and his iniquitous underlings.

Genre

Crime, Drama, Suspense / Thriller, Action,,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

London (UK) and (Kuala Lumpur & Penang) Malaysia.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-publish via Ingram Spark

Year Published: 2019

Starting Description

The security director of a promising start-up company is killed in a car crash. Zealous entrepreneur is set to grow his firm, until the UK Government denies him a critical patent. With bills piling up, Steve sets out for Asia after he’s extended a lucrative lifeline from a Malaysian conglomerate.

Ending Description

The antagonists of this novel know no bounds! There are several climacteric scenes in the novel – most involving the death, or demoralization, of one of the protagonists – but the real turning point is the shoot-out that one can imagine the smell of cordite and blood amid absolute chaos.

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-9164049-1-5

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Twist,,Twist,Other

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: Steve Roussos

Age: 36

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Insecure, Leader, Modest, Aspiring, Complex, Confident, Masculine,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Skillful,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Prem Jothi

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Criminal, Greedy, Leader, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Villainous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Greedy,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Selfless,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Beth Roussos

Age: 34

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Faithful, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Complex, Educated, Engaging,Charming,Empathetic,Educated,Modest,Sexy,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Mark Farrell

Age: 35

Gender: LGBT

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Insecure

Logline

After stumbling onto a dark web conspiracy a start-up boss becomes the target of an inexorable Malaysian gangster and his iniquitous underlings.

Short Summary

The security director of a promising start-up company is killed in a car crash. Zealous entrepreneur is set to grow his firm, until the UK Government denies him a critical patent. With bills piling up, Steve sets out for Asia after he’s extended a lucrative lifeline from a Malaysian conglomerate.


The antagonists of this novel know no bounds! There are several climacteric scenes in the novel – most involving the death, or demoralization, of one of the protagonists – but the real turning point is the shoot-out that one can imagine the smell of cordite and blood amid absolute chaos.

Development Pitch

After stumbling onto a dark web conspiracy a start-up boss becomes the target of an inexorable Malaysian gangster and his iniquitous underlings.

About The Author

Leo began writing during his recovery from a serious fall into a storm drain whilst on business in Singapore. To this day, he has not solved the mystery of who pushed him. Stuck in hospital, Leo found it cathartic to write. It helped with his recovery, both mentally and physically. That was the start. Once back to work, and travelling internationally, he would write everywhere: on planes, trains, staying at hotels, basically at any given opportunity. Leo worked for over 20 years in global information technology. He is an expert in cryptocurrencies, blockchain and cybersecurity. In addition, Leo is a practicing therapist in clinical hypnosis and cognitive behaviour therapy. Born in the UK, he graduated from Illinois State University in America. He has a postgraduate qualification in behavioural therapy from the University of West London in the UK.

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Steve Roussos

Age: 36

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Insecure, Leader, Modest, Aspiring, Complex, Confident, Masculine,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Skillful,Leader

Character 1

Name: Prem Jothi

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Criminal, Greedy, Leader, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Villainous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Greedy,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Selfless,Secretive,Unapologetic

Character 2

Name: Beth Roussos

Age: 34

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Faithful, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Complex, Educated, Engaging,Charming,Empathetic,Educated,Modest,Sexy,Romantic

Character 3

Name: Mark Farrell

Age: 35

Gender: LGBT

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Insecure

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