Lost Treasure of Petersburg
HISTORICAL FICTION ACTION ADVENTURE MYSTERY WAR SUSPENSE/THRILLER
19th Century,Earlier 20th Century,1960s & '70s
James B. Arnold, Jr.
Accidentally finding a secret tunnel underneath a museum in 1973. Going back to the civil war. Leading eight men and women with highly specialized abilities. A bankrupt U. S. Treasury. Ten wagon loads of gold headed to Richmond and D.C..Train explosions, gold at the bottom of the river 300 feet deep
Confederate soldiers working in the tunnel underground at the Centre Hill Museum in Petersburg, Va. Damn cold! Wagons arrive with large wooden crates to be unloaded into the tunnel. Crates are much heavier than they should be. An explosion occurs that caves in the tunnel and kills many men. Booth!
Two men remodeling the museum discover the tunnel. Upon excavating, skeletons, gold, and weapons are discovered. The two men hatch a plan to search for gold at the bottom of the Appomattox River using magnetic cranes to lift trains gold and weapons. Millions are recovered along with skeletons & more
Petersburg, Va. Centre Hill Museum, county fair, around the U.S. Wash. D.C.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Rags to Riches,Quest
Plot - Other Elements
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Joe Bryant. Arthur B. DeKay (The Colonel)
Age: 22. 50
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Confident,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Modest,Patriotic,Selfless,Visionary
Additional Character Details
Name: Arthur B. DeKay (The Colonel)
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Masculine,Patriotic,Blunt,Skillful
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Aggressive,Badass,Confident,Heartthrob,Masculine,Obedient,Sexy,Skillful,Romantic,Seductive
Additional Character Details
Name: John Hawkins
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Flexible,Honorable,Skillful,Masculine
Two workers discover a secret tunnel while restoring a historic museum in 1973. In 1820, twelve year old Jeff Davis and eleven year old Abe Lincoln meet at a county fair for the first time and during the event become best friends for life. During the Civil War, they are both worried that the U. S. Treasury is going broke and will leave whatever country is left in ruins. A plan is hatched and a man is put in charge! The Colonel. The Colonel has superior strength and searches for others that he has heard of that possesses similar skills. Once hired, trained and ready, they travel around the country getting into trouble and fights while collecting large quantities of gold from all the mints. On their final leg of this journey, fate deals a vicious blow. J. W. Booths brother blows up the train carrying half the gold to D.C. which explodes and crashes in the river at it's deepest depth. The explosion also causes the tunnel to collapse with the rest of the gold, soldiers and more. In 1974 Joe finds gold in the tunnel and the city excavates to find crates of gold, weapons and skeletons. From a secret letter the Colonel left for Joe, they excavate the river with magnetic cranes to raise the trains weapons, gold and of course skeletons of long dead soldiers. The Federal courts decide who and how the gold will be split. Also included is a sample of the second book that feature John, Joe and the Colonel and the Lost Dutchman of Arizona. Finding gold in the Superstitution ,mountains
WAR, DRAMA, ACTION
Joe undercovers a secret museum and the origins of the secret service and other government agencies in an abandoned house in Virginia. This home was in total disarray but Joe unearths it's secrets. Secret meetings occurred between President Lincoln and President Davis to end the Civil War. This leads to the discovery of a lost fortune in a Virginia river.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile does accurately reflect the book, but it is not written comprehensively. It reads like disjointed thoughts.
Draw of Story
The story piques interest with long lost gold and adventure. The house that Joe is renovating has an air of mystery and history around it. There are secrets to uncover.
The book could be more politically correct. The talk surrounding the "Indians" is very outdated. It doesn't allude to the fact that the Native Americans had land stolen from them and were fighting back. They are referred to as a nuisance. More care can be taken with their representation.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that a secret organization was created by Abraham Lincoln to stop the civil war. Colonel DeKay trains the men and women to be the best but tragedy strikes as many die in a terrifying train accident that sinks the Unions valuables into a river.
This could have a large fanbase because it has many attractive elements. There is history, adventure, mystery, secrets and buried treasure.
This does not have awards potential. There is not extraordinary about this type of story and has been seen before.
Similar Films/TV Series
NATIONAL TREASURE SERIES, RAIDERS OF LOST ARK
What’s New About the Story
The story is unique in how it uses real life figures and creates a new narrative around them. The use of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis being involved in an undercover organization that do covert mission is unique. The structure of the plot is not unique.
The lead characters do not stand out and are typical characters for this genre of story.
Uniqueness of Story
This is an entertaining take on a hidden treasure story. It is very predictable but will hold the interest of an audience.
Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series
This is a consider because it has a solid story that has many elements that would be entertaining to an audience. There is a little something for everyone. The story does tend to wash over some of the more harsh realities of the time period which could be seen as insensitive.