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Exit From America

Exit From America [Kindle Edition]

D. F. Bailey

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Product Description

Enter the world of the best psychological thrillers and psychological suspense

“Another great story of moral revelation, despair and redemption by a contemporary master.”
— Lawrence Russell,

"The writing is extremely good … an exquisitely crafted novel. Reminiscent of The Unbearable Lightness of Being."
— Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

The Writer, the Guru, the Therapist, the Artist and her Daughter

When Doyle Mere visits San Francisco following the death of his wife, he enters the orbit of a meditation guru, James Wayman, and his wife, Mavis Helm, a Gestalt Therapist. Mavis's new patient, Fay Flood, is an artist struggling to raise her precocious daughter, Teejay — who bears a secret that will soon test everyone’s courage and grit.

Teetering on the Brink

Exit from America is a coiled-up, character-driven novel set in San Francisco — and a world on the brink of disaster. Balanced on the edge of suspense and psycho-drama, Exit from America portrays five disparate souls trying to escape the pending collapse before they are buried in its ruins.

A Race to Freedom and Survival

At the end of the journey, Exit from America leaves you with the two essentials you’ll need in your own personal emergency kit: a road map to freedom, and the will to survive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: (1 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H29M95Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #947,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

My first novel, "Fire Eyes," was a finalist for the W.H. Smith First Novel Award. A second novel, "Healing the Dead," was translated into German as "Todliche Ahnungen." This was followed by "The Good Lie," another psychological thriller, now recorded as a talking book. To support my family I worked at the University of Victoria where I taught fiction and journalism and coordinated the Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program for twenty-two years. From time to time I've also freelanced as a business writer and journalist. In the fall of 2010 I left the university so that I could turn my pre-occupation with writing into a full-blown obsession.

Following my birth in Montreal in 1950, my family moved around North America from New York City to McComb, Mississippi to Cape May, New Jersey. I finally landed on my feet on Vancouver Island--where I live to this day next to the Salish Sea in the city of Victoria.

Here are a few excerpts from reviews of my books:


"Fire Eyes is a taut psychological thriller with literary
overtones, a very contemporary terrorist romance."
--Globe and Mail

"To put it simply, there is some very good writing here."
--Alberta Report


"The author is not afraid to take a hard look at the darker side of human nature, at the source of fear and violence, and to explore their repercussions with unflinching honesty."
--Monday Magazine

D.F. Bailey writes with "unusual power ... and obvious talent."
He is "becoming a player in the international arena."
--Quill & Quire Magazine

"You start reading Healing the Dead with a gasp and never get a proper chance to exhale."
--Globe and Mail


"Bailey knows how to employ atmosphere, characters and mood to steadily build a story. And the story he so carefully constructs is a good one."
--What's on Winnipeg

"Bailey has crafted a tale that not only looks at a universal theme but places it in a very West Coast context, making this one story that local readers are going to love."
--Boulevard Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful novel for a lazy afternoon 14 Feb 2014
By Aaron C. Brown - Published on
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The author provided me with a free copy of this book.

This is not a book to read in snatches while commuting to work or a page turner to make a long airline flight tolerable.This is a book that demands sustained attention and slow, continuous reading. So get your chores done, go to the gym, turn off your phone, find a comfortable chair away from activity and settle in for several hours of pleasure and inspiration. If you are impatient for the story to begin, the book will be over and you will have missed it.

The outline plot is simple. Five searching souls come together in San Francisco, the world falls apart, and they flee for a remote place in Canada. It's not an apocalyptic thriller, everything is realistic, and the mudslides, riots, crimes and other disasters (perhaps not the satellite collisions) are things in the news every day, not Armageddon.

The subtext is one of interlocking cycles, reminiscent of The Unbearable Lightness of Being (in fact, if you transplant the Prague Spring of that book to the near-contemporaneous Summer of Love in San Francisco you get a fair approximation of Exit From America). The optimism, freedom and spirituality of late 1960s hippies recycles to a more mature and technological version, the death of a beloved spouse sends one protagonist on a boomerang journey; in the external world things cascade into ever larger problems, but the five main characters, at least, have been captured by a gravitational pull that keeps them in periodic orbits, however much their position and velocities are shocked. Moreover their cycles align, not because they are pulled along by each other, but because they find a certain kind of harmony among themselves.

The style reminds me of comic books with some narrative of the past in a small sub-panel at the top ("Clark Kent rushed back to the Daily Planet but found Lois Lane had left for the courthouse. . .") and a present tense dialog picture in the main panel (picture of Clark Kent with a word balloon saying, "But Jimmy, that's where the bomb is," and Jimmy Olsen with a word balloon, "I tried to stop her, but you know Lois."). In Exit From America you get several paragraphs of third-person backstory followed by a several-paragraph scene of present tense dialog.

The writing is extremely good, this is an exquisitely crafted novel. That's one of the reasons it requires continuous attentive reading. All the action occurs in the dialog scenes, and thus is filtered through the perceptions of the characters. Action is not described sequentially or tautly, the subjective accounts make it seem to be happening in slow motion with slightly disordered time. You feel what is happening indirectly rather than reading the facts in order.

To follow the story, the reader must keep track of five individuals the author paints in considerable emotional and spiritual depth, as well as several minor characters who also have depth but only limited aspects of them are revealed. This is a fair amount of work, but it is rewarded by the complex and inspiring interactions that grow naturally out of the story.

I recommend this book to serious readers willing to give it the attention it deserves. I won't know how I feel about it for some time, maybe years, as it takes time for characters this complex to settle in to my mind. But I know today that it was a pleasure to read, and that it left me with fond recollections and provoked thoughts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweetness in These People 15 Dec 2013
By joan hutchins - Published on
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I was wrapped up in this story from the first page. The characters are finely drawn, having a gentle care for each other and a kindness that we so often lack in today's world. The story refers to the warming of the world, the technological chaos that threatens in so many ways, and the evasion these characters manage. There's a return to the freedom of the 60's, a dance in the eyes, laughter.... There's lots of good in the attitude of the characters, and in the attitude of this excellent book.
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe it was me.. 16 Jan 2014
By J. Meister - Published on
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Maybe it was just me, but I could not really focus on this story. I found it a core to read. It is well written, just not a story for me at all. I think this book was written for the baby boomers generation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Literate, tender, thought-provoking 19 Dec 2013
By Dee - Published on
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The story of five disparate people who find each other during trying times and save each other. A "must read"'.
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