Decision At Fletcher's Mill

David Caringer

Book Cover

GENRE

HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE ACTION ADVENTURE RELIGIOUS WAR

    Core Theme

    COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE

    TIME PERIOD

    18th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE PATRIOT

    CHARACTER LIST

    • BILLY MORGAN: 20. PROTAGONIST. UNSURE BUT HAS POTENTIAL

    • IRA FLETCHER: 60+. OWNER OF FLETCHER'S MILL. WISDOM

    • ELIZABETH: 17. GRANDDAUGHTER & LOVE INTEREST

    • ZEKE: 60+. TRUSTED FAMILY FRIEND

    • MAJOR WILLOUGHBY: 30-40. BRITISH COMMANDER

    • MAJOR THROCKMORTON: 30-40.

    Logline

    It is 1781, and the American Revolution has no end in sight. Wealthy Ira Fletcher must decide what is truly valuable as he struggles to protect his home and his granddaughter in the chaos of war. Billy Morgan must overcome a foolish lie, and his own weakness, to become a heroic leader.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,55+,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    The Colony of South Carolina

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing; Elm Hill Division

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    It starts with militiaman Billy Morgan facing the Battle of Cowpens, and wealthy Ira Fletcher struggling to recover from the loss of his family. Billy recovers from a lie to become a hero. Ira must decide what is truly valuable to deal with losing his family and rebuild in chaotic times.

    Ending Description

    Billy, Ira, and others are drawn together at Fletcher's Mill where Billy falls in love with Ira's granddaughter. Ira comes to the end of himself and accepts the love of God and his longtime friend, Mona. Fletcher's Mill is destroyed as Ira decides to sacrifice it to save the people he holds dear.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9781595558008

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Ira Fletcher

    Age: 67

    Gender: Male

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Masculine,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Religious,Aggressive,Patriotic,Confident,Blunt,Outspoken

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Billy Morgan

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Heroic,Leader,Masculine,Uneducated,Patriotic,Outspoken,Unapologetic,Skillful,Underdog,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Ezekiel Miller

    Age: 75

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Underdog,Masculine,Obedient,Uneducated,Patriotic,Religious,Selfless,Outspoken,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Honorable,Heroic,Gracious,Faithful,Empathetic,Engaging,Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Elizabeth Fletcher

    Age: 17

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Charming,Aspiring,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Naive,Obedient,Uneducated,Religious,Selfless,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

    Development Pitch

    This is a story about deciding what is truly valuable when the world is in chaos and the possibilities are blurred. It is about love and loyalty facing greed and treachery. The characters are drawn together at an obscure place in the waning years of the American revolution. Their journeys are as different as the characters themselves. The "good guys" are complicated. The "bad guys" are desperate. In one way or another, they all deal with the old question, "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?" Heroes, villains, scoundrels, and victims are all brought to a place of decision in the chaotic Colony of South Carolina. Decisions must be made at Fletcher's Mill. This patriotic God honoring story will entertain the audience while encouraging them to appreciate the valuable treasure in their own worlds. This would be an excellent family adventure film.

    Genre

    ACTION, SUSPENSE, ROMANCE, MATURE AUDIENCE, RELIGION, WAR

    Brief

    A young Lieutenant in the Continental Army must deliver a caravan of supplies to local militia fighters to ensure victory over the British Royal Army. The lieutenant must discover the leader within himself to earn the respect of his men and complete his mission.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    SECOND PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, the book profile is an accurate reflection, however the "foolish lie" mentioned in the logline is hardly relevant to the story.

    Draw of Story

    The characters are dynamic and genuine. As a reader we want Billy to succeed.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The pacing is quite slow in the middle. Too much repetitive description slows the pace down. Probably could have edited down or cut out a lot of this story and it still would have worked.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The hook is the unexperienced lieutenant's journey to complete his mission. Will he make it? Although left with an open ending, diving more into the treasure aspect would have been entertaining.

    Fanbase Potential

    Possibly, as it stands there would need to be more story added to the narrative. Currently, it reads okay as a book but is fairly surface level. This happens and then that happens. More plot points needed, more obstacles, more twists and turns.

    Awards Potential

    Perhaps not, it is a good story but doesn't dig deep enough into character and what is developed already is slightly cliched. A fresh perspective would be nice. Feel like we've seen this all before.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    ANY CIVIL WAR FILM. PLENTY OUT THERE.

    What’s New About the Story

    I believe if more emphasis was put on the treasure aspect this would have been a unique story. Everything else, although well done, has been seen/read before. Tones of National Treasure mixed with The Patriot.

    Lead Characters

    Billy doesn't really stand out. We "hear" that he is brave and courageous but it is barely seen. If he is supposed to be a hero to his men, it takes more then the glimpse we were provided. They seem to just instantly switch and begin/continue to fawn over him throughout the story. Show us why.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Not a rare gem. Characters can be improved and the story is fairly simple. The protagonist seems to barely have to overcome any obstacles before achieving his goals. The ones he does encounter are simple.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    The characters need development and the overall narrative is shallow.

    Tips for Improvement

    Characters; Quicker flow; Less inconsequential filler chapters. More story, more happening, less “they go here and then go there.

    Brief

    It is 1781, and the American Revolution has no end in sight. Wealthy Ira Fletcher must decide what is truly valuable as he struggles to protect his home and his granddaughter in the chaos of war. Billy Morgan must overcome a foolish lie, and his own weakness, to become a heroic leader.

    What We Liked

    - This is a good journey story and discovery of one's self. Characters are put into positions where they must challenge their own way of thinking. There is also the potential for a love story here but would need to be fleshed out further.
    - Key points: Decent story laid out but needs more depth; Plenty of room for character discovery; Multiple characters falling in love; Battle scenes throughout; Engaging parallel storylines occurring.

    Synopsis

    The year is 1781 and the battle between the Royal Army on behalf of the British Crown versus the Continental Army fighting under General Washington is in full swing. Private Billy Morgan, 20, sits on the front lines of what will become an intense bloody battle that will change the young man’s life forever.

    When the battle ensues, Billy knows he is on his own. Billy gathers himself and leads a charge on the enemy, immediately garnering the respect of his peers. This is not lost on the commander in charge, General Daniel Morgan who hand delivers a fresh assignment for the young man in addition to a battlefield promotion to Lieutenant. His new mission is to deliver supplies gathered from the dead forty miles away to Fletcher’s Mill. Billy knows this will be a difficult journey as danger lies around every corner.

    Ira Fletcher, who inherited the family business owns Fletcher’s Mill. Ira leaves much of the operations to his trusted and controversially freed slave Zeke. But Zeke has been secretly providing aid to the continental forces by storing and shipping supplies from the property. Unannounced, a small Royal Army contingent arrives at the mill demanding all provisions be surrendered over. This causes a disturbance and Ira is certain there will be repercussions to pay.

    On the way to Fletcher’s Mill, Billy and his men encounter several life-threatening skirmishes. After overcoming multiple obstacles they arrive at the destination and immediately prepare for the battle, as the British are right on the trail. When the heavily reinforced British troops arrive at Fletcher’s Mill there is a deadly battle. Ira and Billy team up and have to rescue Elizabeth, Ira’s granddaughter. When they are close to being overrun by the British, Ira has no choice but to blow the entire mill. The Fletchers and Billy barely escape with their lives. With his mission complete, Billy wants nothing more than to stay hand-in-hand with Elizabeth.

    About The Author

    David Caringer was born in Chicago in 1957. He grew up with two older brothers and a younger sister. Their father was a minister. Their mother was a sweet and saintly lady of the church. He finished High School in 1975 and joined the US Army to become an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Far from home and family, he turned quickly away from his strong moral upbringing and became involved in the hedonistic lifestyle of sex drugs and rock & roll that was prevalent in the post-Vietnam army of the 1970's. This time was full of true humor and stark terror. Living a desperate double life, he was involved in grand adventures and senseless tragedies over a period of nearly thirty years. He was educated more fully on the street than in the numerous military and civilian schools he attended. His professional resume includes paratrooper, police officer, army officer, private investigator, Chaplain, and more. His tragic lifestyle of rebellion against all that he learned as a child provides a dark description of a man full of rage, loneliness, and selfish pride. Thankfully, his story does not end there. In January of 2003, during a time of desperate trouble, he finally came to the end of himself and found redemption in and through Jesus Christ.