The Last Bull at Raymond

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MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER

2000s

Nancy Jane

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Logline

Jedidiah Fox is a 6’7” shaman, unusual in appearance, some would say ugly. His best friend is Morgan Miller, a brain-damaged cowboy. When strange circumstances twist Morgan into a life-altering situation, Jedidiah must guide him away from murder, while unraveling the disappearances of young women.

Genre

Mystery,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Jedidiah Fox, a young shaman, reflects on his dream travels regarding his friend, Morgan, as he waits to join him on the yearly Miller branding. Jedidiah knows that things are about to unravel regarding the twisted Miller family and the missing and murdered women in the area.


Jedidiah reflects on how we cannot go back in history, just as knowing what happened to the women won't bring them home. He also recognizes that regardless of who we want to hate, we are all related, and what we do to others, we ultimately do to ourselves.

Setting

Southern Alberta, Waterton National Park area

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Other

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jedidiah Fox

Age: 20

Gender: Other

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Lone Wolf,Selfless,Visionary,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Morgan Miller

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Underdog,Masculine,Badass,Clumsy,Sexy,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: The Chief, grandfather

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Complex,Selfless,Skillful,Engaging,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Denton Miller

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Villainous,Narcisstic,Criminal,Desperate,Greedy,Secretive,Power Hungry

Development Pitch

A gifted young Shaman is trying to protect a friend and solve the mysterious disappearances of young women. Jedidiah Fox is 6'7" and strikingly unusual in appearance, some would say ugly, especially his own people. He is best friends with Morgan Miller, a socially outcast brain-damaged cowboy. When strange circumstances twist Morgan into a life-altering situation, Jedidiah and his grandfather, the Chief, have to guide him safely through situations that even they have little experience with. At the same time, they are trying to recover what has been stolen from Morgan and keep him safe from those who have wanted him dead for years. To complicate things further, young women, including Morgan's girlfriend, Wanda Eagle Child, have been disappearing from the area for several years. Jedidiah and the Chief have their suspicions, but they do not have all the facts and the evidence they need to be believed. As they try to obtain this evidence, they are also in danger. Possibly more than Morgan due to the long-standing hatred their enemies have for them. A hatred that found its birth in family secrets. As they all work together to correct the wrongs perpetrated on Morgan and solve the mystery of the missing women, the family secrets start to unravel, coming to a fatal conclusion. Will this help them find the missing women, and, if so, will they ever be able to go home?

About The Author

Nancy Jane was born and raised in Ontario, but she fell in love with all things western and made the west her home. She and her husband live on a horse ranch in Alberta's beautiful Parkland area, where she has worked as the artist 'Nancy Jackson' for twenty-two years. The farm is also home to many rescued cats, dogs, llamas, pigs, donkeys and ponies. 'The Last Bull at Raymond' is her second book. Her first book was titled 'Flying Kites.'

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Grey Goose Press Inc.

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-0-9940644-7-9

Genre

SUSPENSE, FANTASY

Brief

An indigenous shaman and his friend, a mentally disabled cowboy, form a strong friendship that locals view with suspicion. After the cowboy's life appears to be threatened, they must uncover the source of a great mystery, which also involves the cowboy's greedy family and the disappearance of young local women. In the end, the culprits are arrested, and the protagonists live their lives freely.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it is accurate.

Draw of Story

The countryside setting and the unusual characteristics of the protagonist and his best friend.

Possible Drawbacks

Nothing made me want to put the book down, but the least exciting parts are the ones that spend a lot of time in dreams and supernatural settings, almost losing perspective on the more concrete aspect of the narrative.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The main hook is the mystery behind the disappearance of girls and the historically compelling relationship between an Indian and a cowboy.

Fanbase Potential

Maybe it wouldn't have a large fanbase because the story is quite complex, but certainly, the originality of the narrative could attract a broad and diverse audience.

Awards Potential

With changes and revisions to the story and a high-quality adaptation, a film based on the narrative can compete for Awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

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What’s New About the Story

What is unique in the story is the central friendship between a native and a cowboy and their characteristics, which stand out among the characters we usually see in books and movies.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a brave, kind, outspoken, and highly spiritual man. Despite the prejudice he suffers and the criticism about his physical appearance, he is not let down. He remains firm in defending his convictions concerning friendship, life after death, and environmental protection.

Uniqueness of Story

It is not yet a rare gem, but it is certainly a story with great potential. With some revisions and edits, it can generate a great adaptation.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

One of the main reasons is that the book has two important characters that break away from the most common stereotypes. Furthermore, the friendship between an Indian shaman and a cowboy brings up a very welcome historical revisionism in this day and age. It's a rich and well-explored relationship, as is their psychological development, which yields good results for the narrative. The very idea of ​​making a narrative of suspense, with a background of social criticism, in a setting generally used for westerns is very compelling. Furthermore, the author has a distinctive writing style, although some passages need revision to stand out even more. In terms of what could be changed into an adaptation, perhaps the supernatural part of the story sounds somewhat excessive. The events themselves, the cowboy's family greed, the attempt to save him from those trying to kill him, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of young women in the region are all too interesting. Still, the insistence on focusing efforts on the protagonist's dreams and what happens in the spiritual realm end up dragging the rhythm and the story down in a few moments. Also, these elements may not translate well to the movie screen. So, with a small change of tone, a streamlining of scenes related to this spiritual subplot, and a review of some dialogues, the story could become quite exciting on the screen, in the case of an adaptation.