Sea of Red

Gary A Osborn

Book Cover

GENRE

MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER

    Core Theme

    RESTORED YOUTH, WORLD DOMINATION

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

    CHARACTER LIST

    JOHN DWYER/ADAM: LEAD, 20S, HANDSOME, OPPORTUNISTIC, INSURANCE SALESMAN

    ALEXANDER WOLF/ADOLF HITLER: NARCISSISTIC, KILLER, VILLAIN

    MARY/ALLISON: BEAUTIFUL, CONFIDENT, AGGRESSIVE, JOHN’S LOVE INTEREST

    MEGAN: CONFIDENT, LOYAL, HAPPY, MARY’S FRIEND AND LATER ADAM AND ALLISON’S MOTHER

    JOYCE: POWERFUL, AMBITIOUS, LEADER TED: TOLERANT, USEFUL, JOHN’S CLIENT AND FRIEND

    Logline

    There is a secret complex under the windmill turbines located near Reese, Michigan. The underground complex has the conditions to grow a product that can rejuvenate the human body. An organization oversees and protects the process. The leader of the organization is a threat to the world.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Reese, Michigan and Canada

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Newmansprings

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    After an attempted robbery at a client's house, John Dwyer can't seem to remember what happened afterward. With his newly gained physique and repeated blackouts, he can't help but wonder what's going wrong. After being present at the Anderson house when an explosion occurs, he discovers a secret

    Ending Description

    The author's ability to paint a mental picture in the mind of the reader is commendable. It's so easy to imagine the story through his descriptions. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Specifically, the mental image of the last three chapters was the most thrilling.

    Group Specific

    Reese, Michigan

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Other

    Plot - Premise

    Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: John Dwyer

    Age: 27

    Gender: Male

    Role: Skeptic

    Key Traits: Desperate,Insecure,Obedient

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Alexander Wolf

    Age: Unknown

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Lone Wolf,Aggressive

    Additional Character Details

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    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    I hope you will allow me to utilize portions of a review I received because it says it all: Sea of Red is a beautifully written work of fiction. The plot is unique, with unexpected twists and turns. The author made sure to infuse the element of surprise in this book, which made the narrative quite engaging and suspenseful. Connecting to John Dwyer's character at the beginning of the book made it easier to picture and grasp the author's intention. The thrills, mystery, and suspense of this book are what make it an exciting read. What I liked most about this book was its mind-boggling content. The unexpected plot twists had me affixed to the story with an eagerness to finish it quickly. Every chapter was engaging. This book was what readers would call a page-turner. The author's ability to paint a mental picture in the mind of the reader is commendable. It's so easy to imagine the story through his descriptions. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Specifically, the mental image of the last three chapters was the most thrilling. Again, the author's ability to combine many characters, yet executing their roles effectively, was remarkable. It made me read and understand quickly. I've read tons of novels where a large ensemble of characters became the bane of the story. The author did his due diligence to ensure that all characters came alive. This was very commendable. 4 stars out of 4 stars

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA, WAR, FANTASY

    Brief

    An unassuming insurance salesman gets more than he bargained for when he attempts to rob one of his clients. He unwittingly gets involved with a secret organization that has a discovered a product that can rejuvenate the human body and their leader has his sights set on world domination.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The mystery of the main character losing time and undergoing unexpected physical changes is an intriguing start to the story.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The reveal of the villain's true identity doesn't address his horrific past in any meaningful way and it is hard to see how characters could support him for the bulk of the story and only turn against him at the very end. Keeping the villain's identity secret from most of the characters until the very end would help with this. Addressing the past of atrocities of the villain should be covered more overtly as well.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The fountain of youth storyline along with the return of Hitler is quite a hook!

    Fanbase Potential

    This has a lot of things that would appeal to the large audience. The large scope and special effects seem like a perfect marriage for a successful franchise.

    Awards Potential

    This is more of a "popcorn" style film for a broad audience rather than a smaller niche awards type film.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

    What’s New About the Story

    This is a terrifically original idea with a unique storyline.

    Lead Characters

    The main character is kind of a creepy guy, but he's also interesting. It would be nice to see him have more character growth throughout, but especially in book two.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The book is quite enjoyable and addressing some of the issues surrounding the villain would be a terrific improvement.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    The narrative is interesting and is very marketable for a big screen adaptation.

    Brief

    An unassuming insurance salesman gets more than he bargained for when he attempts to rob one of his clients. He unwittingly gets involved with a secret organization that has a discovered a product that can rejuvenate the human body and their leader has his sights set on world domination.

    What We Liked

    Provides relevant social commentary with cautionary tale vibes. The concept is unique and compelling. It’s large in scope and lends itself to mass marketing.

    Film: A feature adaptation of the story would either have to be truncated to fit into one movie or expanded into a franchise. The breadth of the narrative as well as the needed visual effects would be quite a cinematic venture.

    TV: These books could easily be adapted into a limited television series. The narrative could definitely be fleshed out to create more stories lines and deeper character development. The second book could use the most “build out” in terms of narrative and characterization.

    Key points:
    Unique; Engaging; Franchise potential; Broad appeal; Strong female characters.

    Synopsis

    John Dwyer is an ordinary insurance salesman. Recently separated from his girlfriend and a bit down on his luck, he attempts to rob his clients, Ted and Marissa. The attempt is foiled by Marissa’s sister, Joyce, but the next thing John knows, he wakes up alone at his own home.

    John has more energy and notices that he is more psychically fit than normal. He is also a bit confused that Ted says nothing to him about the attempted robbery. John is infatuated by Mary, an 18 year old high school cheerleader and friend of Marissa and Ted’s daughter, Megan. Mary carries herself in a manner that is suggestive of an older woman. When Mary and John come up on an explosion at Ted and Marissa’s house, Mary thinks quickly and pulls John into a secret elevator that takes them to an underground safehouse. Mary and John are met by Ted, Marissa, Joyce and Megan and John learns that they all belong to group headed by a central authority figure called Alexander Wolf. It is revealed that under windmills at the edge of town, the group maintains a product that can rejuvenate humans. John was injected with the product which is why he has undergone the positive changes. Megan and Mary reveal that they are much older their 18 year old bodies suggest. It is top secret and bringing John into the fold complicates things for the group. Alexander Wolf wants to experiment on John and Mary and try to revert them back to infant status. It is reluctantly arranged and Mary and John are given enough product to make them babies again. They are given the names Allison and Adam and Megan agrees to raise them as her own. The twins are frequently visited by Alexander Wolf through their childhood.

    18 years later, Adam and Allison start to remember their previous lives and Megan confirms the facts. Joyce is now part of the powerful all-female board that advises Alexander Wolf. His true identity is that of Adolf Hitler and he plans to use death rays to hold the world hostage and force all the countries under a central government that he intends to run. As he destroys major cities around the globe and his identity is revealed to many in the group, Joyce and the all-female board decide to rebel and stop him. They use his technology against him and turning him into a baby again. With the help of Megan, Allison/Mary and Adam/John, Joyce plans for the new central government of the world to run by all women.

    About The Author

    Linda and Gary are married and raised a family. He has worked in the maintenance field, but he was primarily a boiler operator. This is his first published book. He has written another unpublished book. The idea for this came to him as he drove by a group of wind turbines. The rest of the book was written, “by the seat of his pants,” so to speak. He didn’t follow any plan.