BLEEDING KANSAS

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ADVENTURE EPIC SUSPENSE / THRILLER HISTORICAL FICTION POLITICAL YOUNG ADULT SATIRE BIOGRAPHICAL COMEDY ACTION DRAMA MEMOIR WAR

19th Century

Dave Eisenstark

Logline

A Quaker teenager finds his dreams of rawhide glory tested by the harsh realities of guerilla war along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. Features William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and the teen-aged James and Younger brothers.

Genre

Adventure, Epic, Suspense / Thriller, Historical Fiction, Political, Young Adult, Satire, Biographical, Comedy, Action, Drama, Memoir, War

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Male leaning

Setting

Kansas/Missouri border

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: World Castle Publishing

Year Published: 2014

Starting Description

James Deeter, a teenaged Quaker farm boy in Pennsylvania, watches his drunken father rush off to fight in the Civil War. Afraid of being pressed into service himself and violating his pacifist beliefs, Deeter escapes west, only to fall in with the roughest, bloodiest warriors in American history.

Ending Description

After participating in the burning down of Lawrence, Kansas, and the murder of countless civilians, certain he's condemned his soul to everlasting Hell, Deeter slips away and heads even further west, hoping to find peace.

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: James Deeter

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Modest, Patriotic, Romantic, Adventurous, Aspiring, Funny, Naive, Religious, Complex, Faithful, Gracious, Underdog, Honorable, Insecure, Selfless, Charming, Empathetic, Engaging, Flexible, Heroic, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Jesse James

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Crazy, Engaging, Aggressive, Desperate, Decisive, Honorable, Aspiring, Complex, Patriotic, Villainous, Strong Moral Code, Unapologetic, Criminal, Manipulative, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Heroic, Outspoken, Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Blunt, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Uneducated, Charming, Faithful, Badass, Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Dale Bolten

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Flexible, Outspoken, Perseverance, Romantic, Complex, Confident, Empathetic, Gracious, Heroic, Selfless, Modest, Skillful, Masculine, Blunt, Decisive, Engaging, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Honorable, Leader, Patriotic, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Unapologetic, Uneducated

Additional Character Details

Name: Anna Contreras

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Narcissistic, Outspoken, Aggressive, Greedy, Power-hungry, Secretive, Skillful, Sophisticated, Aspiring, Heartthrob, Charming, Confident, Engaging, Manipulative, Patriotic, Sarcastic, Badass, Beautiful, Seductive, Flexible, Perseverance, Sexy, Unapologetic, Blunt, Educated

Logline

A Quaker teenager finds his dreams of rawhide glory tested by the harsh realities of guerilla war along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. Features William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and the teen-aged James and Younger brothers.

Short Summary

James Deeter, a teenaged Quaker farm boy in Pennsylvania, watches his drunken father rush off to fight in the Civil War. Afraid of being pressed into service himself and violating his pacifist beliefs, Deeter escapes west, only to fall in with the roughest, bloodiest warriors in American history.


After participating in the burning down of Lawrence, Kansas, and the murder of countless civilians, certain he's condemned his soul to everlasting Hell, Deeter slips away and heads even further west, hoping to find peace.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: James Deeter

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Modest, Patriotic, Romantic, Adventurous, Aspiring, Funny, Naive, Religious, Complex, Faithful, Gracious, Underdog, Honorable, Insecure, Selfless, Charming, Empathetic, Engaging, Flexible, Heroic, Strong Moral Code

Character 1

Name: Jesse James

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Crazy, Engaging, Aggressive, Desperate, Decisive, Honorable, Aspiring, Complex, Patriotic, Villainous, Strong Moral Code, Unapologetic, Criminal, Manipulative, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Heroic, Outspoken, Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Blunt, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Uneducated, Charming, Faithful, Badass, Funny

Character 2

Name: Dale Bolten

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Flexible, Outspoken, Perseverance, Romantic, Complex, Confident, Empathetic, Gracious, Heroic, Selfless, Modest, Skillful, Masculine, Blunt, Decisive, Engaging, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Honorable, Leader, Patriotic, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Unapologetic, Uneducated

Character 3

Name: Anna Contreras

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Narcissistic, Outspoken, Aggressive, Greedy, Power-hungry, Secretive, Skillful, Sophisticated, Aspiring, Heartthrob, Charming, Confident, Engaging, Manipulative, Patriotic, Sarcastic, Badass, Beautiful, Seductive, Flexible, Perseverance, Sexy, Unapologetic, Blunt, Educated

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