Legacy Artifacts: the First in the Warm World Mysteries

Jerry Blanton jrite22@aol.com 3694053195930

MYSTERY

Contemporary

Jerry C. Blanton

TaleFlick Top Pick!

  • -
  • Views

Logline

The detective Buck Jaspers is hired by the Peruvian consul in Miami to recover two mummies that have been stolen from the national museum. An assistant curator is missing and is believed to be in Florida with the mummies. Buck chases his leads to Orlando and a billionaire who collects mummies.

Genre

Mystery

Short Summary

Buck Jaspers narrating "My boot was stuck in black muck again. . . . How did I find myself in Central Florida, chasing an anthropologist, looking for wealthy recluses, driving in road races, and traipsing through swamps filled with alligators and pythons?" A Peruvian consul hires him to find mummies


Buck and his operatives solve the mystery, but an ICE agent and her crew arrive to arrest the thief and his cronies. Buck had been cooperating with her and didn't mind if she got the credit as long as he and his operatives got paid.

Setting

Miami, Central Florida, Orlando

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: William "Buck" Jaspers

Age: 40s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Sergio Atahualpa Mishioki

Age: 30s

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Aggressive,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Skillful,Seductive,Secretive,Gracious,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Carly Noble (ICE agent)

Age: 30s

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Sexy,Confident,Patriotic,Decisive,Skillful,Flexible,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Mo

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Flexible,Honorable,Aspiring,Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Sophisticated,Skillful,Sexy

Development Pitch

Legacy Artifacts moves quickly as Buck gathers information about the thief Mishioki, the mummies (Romeo y Julieta de Los Andes),and possible wealthy recluses in Central Florida who have the capacity to build facilities that can hold a mummy collection. To find Mishioki, Buck has operatives staking out Peruvian restaurants and night clubs (Mishioki is a ladies man) around Orlando. One operative he uses is an 18-year-old university student Mo who applies to be his co-driver in sports car races (Mishioki is an enthusiast), but who attracts Mishioki. An ICE agent Carly Noble confronts Buck for stepping on her turf, so he agrees to keep her informed and to let her make the actual bust. Once he narrows his suspects to two wealthy recluses, he must hire a local swamp rat named Serenity to take him and operatives on airboats to investigate the properties. He narrows the search to one and Mo goes there with another operative posing as dates for Mishioki. Buck loses wi-fi contact with Mo, so he leads an intervention to save her and lets Carly know, so she can make the arrest.

About The Author

I have been a high school English teacher, a bookstore manager, an academic dean, a proofreader/copywriter for the marketing department of a corporation, and an English professor in that order. I have been writing since I was three years old. My first published writing was a haiku poem in 1973. Have published magazine articles, book reviews, poetry and 32 books (most self-published).

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

ACTION, COMEDY, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, POLITICS, DRAMA

Brief

Private detective Buck Jaspers is on a mission to rescue 2 peruvian dummies and some stolen treasure for the Peruvian Embassy in Florida. Follow him as he encounters all the usual misfits that Florida has to offer on his adventure to save these artifacts.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes but it could be more descriptive of the main characters.

Draw of Story

Florida is always a ripe environment for the greedy behavior of imbeciles and that is always entertaining.

Possible Drawbacks

It has a very Elmore Leonard kind of familiarity but that's ok.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

A jaded private eye, a hot ICE agent and missing treasure - what could possibly go wrong! Watch and see!

Fanbase Potential

This is a caper story in the realm of Elmore Leonard and to a lesser extent Carl Hiassen. These kind of madcap adventures have been successful in the past so it's possible it could have a base.

Awards Potential

No, Not that kind of film

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

LIVE BY NIGHT, STRIPTEASE, THE NICE GUYS

What’s New About the Story

It's a surprising location for a movie about stolen artifacts. I'm not so sure about trying to make an ICE agent a sympathetic character given the public sentiment about ICE right now.

Lead Characters

They are very driven.

Uniqueness of Story

Not rare, but still very entertaining.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

RECOMMEND

Justification

This is well written and has a lot of interesting plot points. It should be enough to make a decent film from and if the lead character is portrayed by the right actor it could end up a franchise.