The Official Launch!
For those of you who may not know me, my name is Cody Benjamin. I grew up and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and my maternal grandparents are William & Mary Monteverde.
Recently, I wrote a thriller. The title of my book is is "Shaitan." If you would liek to learn more about my book or the author you can follow me on Twitter @CodyWBenjamin or on Facebook at CodyWilliamBenjamin. You can contact me in the contact form on this website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can purchase "Shaitan" (ISBN 978-1-947578-22-7) online at Barnes and Nobel or Amazon. The price varies slightly, depending on the vendor, but the retail price is approximately $15.00.
For family and friends in Malaysia and Singapore, my book may not be available online or at your local bookstore. I have sent emails to Boarders and The Times to ask about availability. If I get any feedback, I will let you know.
At the moment, I am in Middleton, Wisconsin, visiting my daughter, Jessica and the newest member of the family - I will return to Albuquerque on August 16!
Sneak Peak! - Shaitan Book Cover
Pictures of the Langkawi Marina
Travel to Langkawi
From November 26 to Dec. 1, 2017, my wife and I traveled to the islands of Langkawi and Penang with her family. Altogether there were 9 of us in two cars. In this picture, you can see my wife, Karin, her father and 2 sisters on our way to Langkawi.
To reach Langkawi, we drove up the North South highway to Kuala Kedah in the northwest corner of peninsular Malaysia. Karin and her family are waiting in a small Chinese restaurant for the ferry to take us to Langkawi.
The crew of the Langkawi ferry is Malay so I started talking to them in their language. When the young caption heard me speaking Malay, he invited me up to the bridge, and I spent the entire 90 minute voyage sitting beside him! We finally arrived at the small seaport of Kuah in Langkawi.
Back of Book Copy
Who doesn't love to read the description on the back of a book? Below is the description that will be on the back of my novel - Shaitan!
Jim Fairchild, the new Peace Corps rep in Borneo, East Malaysia, discovers one of his volunteers in a torrid affair with a gorgeous Malay woman. She is a shaitan, a femme fatale with supernatural powers, who can turn herself into a deadly tiger.
Stay tuned for sneak peaks of my book cover!
Below is a synopsis of the upcoming novel, Shaitan
When JIM FAIRCHILD, the Peace Corps director’s special assistant, lands in Malaysia, he stumbles into a hidden web of murder, international espionage, sex, and black magic. In the world of Malay black magic, a shaitan is a seductive young woman who can turn into a tigress with supernatural powers.
BOB CLANCY runs the Peace Corps program in Borneo. He picks up Jim at the airport and spends the night discussing SEAN DELAMARE, one of his volunteers, and a local woman—CONNIE DE GROOT. Sean and Connie were lovers, but Bob believes the woman is a shaitan.
Jim dismisses Bob’s story as nonsense, but his colleague has spent months looking into Connie’s past and insists his allegations are true. The couple’s affair ends when Connie discovers that Sean has been talking about her miraculous powers. In a desperate attempt to find her, Sean tries to drive across a flooded river. His body is never recovered, and Connie disappears.
What happened to Sean? What happened to Connie? Is she really a Shaitan? To answer these questions, Jim goes on a quest to find Connie and discovers a world of espionage that he wasn't expecting.....
Cody spent over eight years in Africa and Asia, but his aspirations as a writer were mainly influenced by his long association with Malaysia.