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The Lafayette Campaign, a Tale of Deception and Elections

The-Lafayette-Campaign-3D-BookCover-transparent_backgroundAmerica is rushing headlong into another election year, but something is wrong – the polls don’t match reality. It’s up to cybersecurity super sleuth Frank Adversego to find the Black Hats who are trying to hack the presidential election, and stop them before they do.

The action begins when a nameless government agency recruits Adversego to find out who’s manipulating the polls, but he soon learns that the voting results are at risk as well. From then on, it’s a race against time to see who will stop who as the presidential election – and Adversego’s life – hang in the balance.

In this latest Frank Adversego thriller, you’ll meet a scheming Native American casino manager, a scrum of presidential candidates too incredible to be believed anywhere outside of a real American election, a former Secretary of Defense who will stop at nothing, and an attractive French hitchhiker that Adversego rescues in the middle of a desert, and soon wishes he hadn’t.

The Lafayette Campaign provides a satirical take on American politics and our infatuation with technology that will make readers pause and wonder: could this really happen?

“Updegrove brings a rare combination of drama, satire and technical accuracy to his writing. The result is a book you can’t put down that tells you things you might wish you didn’t know.”
          Admiral James G. Stavridis, retired Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and current Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Buy The Lafayette Campaign at Amazon in eBook or Print formats

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The Alexandria Project, a Tale of Treachery and Technology

High Res Cover 140“Thank you for your contribution to the Alexandria Project” is the message cyber attackers leave behind as they delete crucial data from computer networks across America. It’s not long before the nation is on the verge of collapse as Wall Street, the transportation system, government agencies, and the rest of our internet-based economy all fall victim to the attacks of unknown assailants.

As the public outcry builds, Frank Adversego, a brilliant but conflicted cyber security expert, finds himself under suspicion as well as trapped in a power play between the FBI and the CIA. Only by tracing the Alexandria Project back to the source can he clear himself. What follows is a fast-paced, satirical tale of cyber sleuthing, international espionage, and nuclear brinksmanship that accurately portrays our increasing vulnerability to cyber attack. The surprise ending will leave readers both ready for the next Frank Adversego thriller, as well as concerned about where our headlong rush onto the Internet may be leading us.

The Alexandria Project is fiction that cuts close to the bone. But where George Orwell envisioned 1984 from the safety of thirty-five years out, the future that Updegrove describes may already be upon us. That’s what makes it dangerous, and that’s what makes The Alexandria Project an important as well as riveting read.
         Dan Geer, Chief Information Security Officer, In-Q-Tel

Buy The Alexandria Project at:

Amazon in eBook, Softcover or Hardcover

iTunes in eBook format

at Google Play in eBook format

Barnes & Noble in eBook, Softcover and Hardcover

12 Responses to Buy Books

  1. Andrew, you should consider Scribd and Oyster! (smiles)


  2. Felipe, how does that work if you also have your book at places like Amazon, which doesn’t allow you to offer the book anywhere else for less than you offer to them? Do you specify that Scribd or Oyster have to pay you at least the same amount if some reads the book, even though they’re paying a monthly fee there?

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  3. Andrew, it’s pretty straight forward ( thank goodness).

    Price your book at the same price as on Amazon, ie, $2.99. Then distribute to both subscription services (via the channel manager) thru Smashwords.

    That satisfies maintaining pricing integrity.

    Your royalty will be 60% of list when the book is read 30%.

    If only 10% is read, you get 1/10th of your 60%.

    Those thresholds don’t seem to have a time limit.

    I’ve a post this coming week with two examples re Scribd. One is where it took the reader since spring to trigger my royalty. A reader might like your work, and sample it, but have other priorities, and not get to it for awhile. It’s pretty neat.

    I also have a contact at Scribd if you get any “glitches.” And I can try & answer any other questions, hopefully :-)


  4. Thanks for the prompt information, Felipe. I’m not a Smashwords author, but I assume that I can go to the Oyster and Scribd sites and figure out how to submit a file directly.


    • You bet. I know I make almost as much via Scribd as I do Amazon.

      There is a place on Scribd’s site where you can submit your basic info (name, book, etc) to see if they’ll carry you direct, maybe as a small publisher? I myself didn’t qualify but you might; definitely worth a try.

      Also, 1) you can distribute to them via Smashwords and not distribute any other places SW sends to. And 2) you can also distribute into Scribd via BookBaby and D2D. I’ve several friends using D2D and they’re very happy using that route.

      Additionally, the 60% payout is really the 70% minus the distributor’s fee to send to Scribd. Sorta like Amazon’s delivery fee comes off the 70% then we get the rest, which is still pretty close to the 70% most of the time (unless one has a huge file, lots of images, etc).

      And, of course, there’s no exclusivity clause.

      Alison, the person I communicate with, says if you wish, you can email : with Attn: Alison in the subject and body. She’s great for info or routing you to folk who can help you more.

      The buzz became so strong, about the reads (sales) via Scribd and Oyster, that, I believe, that’s why Kindle Unlimited had to be sprung so quickly. Smart move by Amazon, cause people really like subscription programs.

      Anyway, I’m sure you’ll do great either way; but do honestly feel, since you’re not exclusive, not being in Oyster and Scribd is leaving out the fastest growing ebook markets. :-)


  5. That’s great information, Felipe – thanks for being so generous with your time and information. I’ll definitely put this to the top of my “to do” self-publishing list. Thanks for being so persistent at helping me to wise up!


  6. We help each other. I’m really enjoying using LibreOffice, thanks to you :-)

    Tomorrow, I have a post with examples of reader data I get from Scribd. Pretty interesting, and to me, very encouraging about how the subscription model works in terms of readers being able to take their time with titles.


  7. I’ll look forward to reading that (and I’m glad the LibreOffice is being good to you).


  8. Hi Andrew, I’m liking the sound of The Lafayette Campaign. Sounds great. I’ll try and read it over the next month or so and let you know when I’ve done a review. Have a great weekend.


  9. Robert Price Rifkin says:

    I want to subscribe to your blog


    • Thanks for your interest, Robert. If you look in the upper right side of any page of this site, you’ll see a “Follow Blog by Email” option. When you load a page, if you are a WordPress user yourself, look in the bottom corner, and you may see a pop up that says “follow.” If you click on that, my blog posts will be added to your WP Reader feed.


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