Necessary Sin

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Brian W. Casey

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Necessary Sin is the story of August Hawk, a Marine Chaplain torn from his obligations as a priest and forced to live a lie to avoid committing a necessary sin.


Action, Drama, Religious, Adventure,,Drama,Crime,Religious,Mystery

Short Summary

A couple, working as Peace Corps volunteers in the Amazon jungle, are murdered by a drug dealer believing them to U.S. drug agents. Years later their son returns to the same village as a Jesuit Marine Chaplain. He comes to face to face with his parents killer, but fails to avenge their deaths.

Years of living a secret life in witness protection is brought to the present on a rain soaked rural highway. What August failed to do thirty years ago, still haunts him. The final confrontation is with his past and his own personal demon more than his enemies.


Amazon jungle/Rural America

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: August Hawk

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Engaging, Adventurous, Blunt, Empathetic, Honorable, Masculine, Secretive, Faithful, Patriotic, Complex, Lone Wolf, Religious,Complex,Faithful,Lone Wolf,Masculine,Strong Moral Code,Religious,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Michelle Heights

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Beautiful, Educated, Faithful, Romantic, Sexy, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Blunt,Badass,Outspoken,Patriotic,Strong Moral Code,Confident,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Angelina Fuentes

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Criminal, Greedy, Power-hungry, Villainous, Beautiful, Aggressive, Badass, Blunt, Skillful, Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Criminal,Greedy,Villainous,Sexy,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Skillful,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Balifour

Age: eternal

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Narcisstic,Greedy,Power Hungry,Secretive,Villainous,Skillful,Seductive,Unapologetic,Masculine

Development Pitch

This story is not the "The Thorn Birds" revisited. Rather, what if Sheriff Andy Griffith's secret troubled past followed him to Mayberry R.FD. "Necessary Sin" is a story that digs into a life shaped by religious obedience, family obligations, denial of natural feelings and a violation of sacred vows. In the end, a confrontation brought about by outside forces from the past demand a choice, one that may cause an unintended but necessary sin. The story of "Necessary Sin" could find a home as a film exploring those decisions we are forced to make, the ones when we are in them, we can't tell right from wrong. We are pulled in one direction, but obligations take us on different path. Our past, no matter how much we want to talk about reinventing ourselves, even the notion of reinventing, is shaped by our past actions and decisions. "Necessary Sin" asks, do we ever really escape? Book #2 is on pace to answers that question.

About The Author

I write from a small town in Pennsylvania but my heart is in the Midwest where I was born. I've been writing short stories for ten years, this is my first novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Rural America

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon Kindle

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available