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

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Leo James (real name:Bren Burke)

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


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

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.


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

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Twist,,Twist,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

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

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.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-publish via Ingram Spark

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available