The Seal's Lair

Joseph Gasperetti 1637695750203


1960s & '70s

J. A. Gasperetti

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A corpse is discovered on a beautiful La Jolla beach.The body ties together disparate characters from multiple locations, to include far off Australia. Nothing appears as it seems in this this fast paced thriller.


Action,Adventure,Crime,Detective,Drama,Mystery,Gothic,Melodrama,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Two thugs have an interest in the body on the beach. Their getaway car is pursued by two vehicles in pursuit. Fade to a wealthy widow in New York, who is called to identify the body, presumably her son. But is it? Intrigue then follows throughout, with an embedded Nazi terrorist at the center

Will catastrophe be avoided with a nuclear canister the Nazi has in his possession? Through twists and turns all the story's principals come together for a thrilling conclusion on San Diego Bay.


San Diego area, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Perth, Australia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Damon Broadbent

Age: Mid-forties

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Desperate,Masculine,Sexy,Patriotic,Blunt,Skillful,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Secretive,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Margaret Starmont

Age: Mid-forties

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Modest,Sexy,Desperate,Empathetic,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Romantic,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: David Percival, A.K.A. Friedrich Vogel

Age: Late fifties

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Villainous,Complex,Blunt,Criminal,Desperate,Outspoken,Engaging,Greedy,Secretive,Seductive,Manipulative,Leader,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Terrorism, hate crime, weapons of mass destruction, identity theft, fake news, and law enforcement run amok. Sound familiar? But this fast paced tale takes place in 1969.! It is relevant for today because the more things change the more they .....This is more than a misidentified body on a beach because it is compounded by a lurking Nazi fugitive in possession of the unthinkable.The Nazi's on-base quarters will be the operational den of iniquity--The Seal's Lair. Filled with twists, turns, unforeseen events, and incredible coincidences, The Seal's L:air will keep the audience guessing and glued to the story with a thrilling flow, accented by romantic sparks that fly between four of the story's principals.

About The Author

J.A. Gasperetti was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, with course work at both the Madison and Milwaukee campuses. A Vietnam veteran, he served there with the 4th Infantry Division in 1966-67. He is retired and lives with his wife, Anne, in Iowa City, Iowa. The Seal’s Lair is his second historical fiction novel after his well-received first book, Landon’s Odyssey, about a returning Vietnam veteran’s epic journey through time and space during the turbulent 60’s. The Seal’s Lair brings back the villain of Landon’s Odyssey for a chance for redemption.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Author House

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available