Dark Seed

Lawrence Verigin

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE DETECTIVE SUSPENSE / THRILLER

    Core Theme

    PROTECTING THE FUTURE

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    HOUSE OF CARDS, UNLOCKED, STRATTON, AVA

    CHARACTER LIST

    NICK BARNES. 30. LEAD. WITTY AND VULNERABLE.

    MORGAN ELLES. 27. PARTNER. DAUGHTER OF DECEASED SCIENTIST.

    SUE CLARK. 30. JOURNALIST AND FRIEND.

    DR. CARL ELLES. 50+. SCIENTIST. APPROACHES NICK TO GET INTO THE STORY.

    DR. IVAN POPOV. 50+. SCIENTIST. HELPS WITH INFORMATION AND PROTECTION.

    JACK CARTER. 50+. OIL ZILLIONAIRE. HIDDEN HELPER.

    Logline

    A disillusioned journalist and the grieving daughter of a murdered scientist risk their lives to uncover a deadly plot by an agrochemical company and pharmaceutical conglomerate. The owner of the companies will do anything to make sure the truth of the plan does not get out.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Seattle, Vancouver, Christina Lake, Maui

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Promontory Press

    Year Published: 2012

    Starting Description

    Journalist, Nick Barnes, is asked to help Dr. Carl Elles write his memior. When Nick goes to meet with Dr. Elles he finds him dead.

    Ending Description

    Nick and Dr. Elles daughter, Morgan, are saved from the agrochemical companies security force, at a bible camp in Maui, by an ally they never knew existed, yet has been following their movements and helping all along.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    9781927559178

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Nick Barnes

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Skillful, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Leader, Outspoken, Perseverance, Sarcastic, Clumsy, Engaging, Insecure, Faithful, Gracious, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Charming, Confident, Honorable, Modest, Empathetic, Funny, Heroic,Modest,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Funny,Sarcastic,Honorable,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Gracious,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Morgan Elles

    Age: 28

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Perseverance, Skillful, Beautiful, Complex, Confident, Funny, Heroic, Charming, Decisive, Romantic, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Educated, Sarcastic, Sexy, Empathetic, Engaging, Honorable,Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Skillful,Gracious,Visionary,Seductive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dr. Hendrick Schmidt

    Age: 63

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Sophisticated, Blunt, Educated, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Aggressive, Perseverance, Decisive, Greedy, Outspoken, Power-hungry, Visionary, Villainous, Confident,Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Greedy,Secretive,Educated,Sophisticated,Manipulative

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Sue Clark

    Age: 29

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Beautiful, Confident, Funny, Outspoken, Blunt, Complex, Educated, Empathetic, Flexible, Sarcastic, Skillful, Aggressive, Engaging,Adventurous,Badass,Complex,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Blunt,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Skillful,Faithful,Funny,Visionary,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

    Development Pitch

    Genre

    THRILLER, POLITICS, ACTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, SUSPENSE

    Brief

    Nick Barnes and Morgan Elles risk their lives as they attempt to write a book on the nasty truths behind the actions of two powerful agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies. They reach their goal with the help of an enigmatic friend.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, it does.

    Draw of Story

    Nick Barnes is an interesting and charismatic character, and the vulnerability he delivers upfront - as a disillusioned journalist with apparently nothing left to lose - is certainly able draw readers in to actually root for him. Also, the idea of confirming conspiracy theories and exposing the truth behind pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies as well as the World Health Organization comes in timely in 2020.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The mystical side to the book - when protagonists have premonitory visions during meditation - simplifies the plot and resolves mysteries in a way that may be too direct and discouraging to the audience. The way meditation is related to premonitions and visions is also inaccurate with the actual practice. The focus on physical traits of women is tiring and female characters could be developed in senses that could focus on personality for a change. Characters that are considered suspicious are too often described as having dark features. The narrator, which is also the protagonist, more than once appears to be judgmental of people who eat junk food - which is certainly the case of many readers - and makes unpleasant remarks about a characters' physical shape.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The idea of an unpretentious couple uncovering the truth behind the actions of a pharmaceutical and agrochemical magnate is very interesting, as well as the idea of exploring conspiracy theories regarding these subjects, which have been trendy for obvious reasons in 2020.

    Fanbase Potential

    I guess so, as the plot may be related in a way with current events happening in the world and, as a trilogy that doesn't get solved completely with the end of this first book, there's always more to be expected.

    Awards Potential

    Yes. The story is filled up with interesting scenarios described richly in very interesting locations. The protagonists build up sexual tension and show vulnerability as they also develop action scenes, making room for lenient acting performances.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    UNLOCKED, AVA, HOUSE OF CARDS, STRATTON

    What’s New About the Story

    What's original about this story is how it explores a situation that is plausible considering the current situation the world is in. It also brings along a message about the environment and how important it is to be aware of the quality of food we consume. The development of female characters beyond physical traits would certainly make it less cliche, as well as developing the theme of meditation in a more factual manner, as it is an unusual subject when it comes to action stories.

    Lead Characters

    Nick Barnes is a vulnerable character and narrator and it is clear how he develops himself mentally and physically throughout the plot. Morgan Elles is a courageous woman that is highly attractive.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The depths of female characters could be developed in a deeper sense, adding layers of personality, interests and goals. The two most important female characters are also frequently put in a position of comparison - mainly physical. Nonwhite characters should be more present, especially in virtuous and scientific or professional positions.

    Possible Formats

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

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    It should be considered because the plot is original and modern, the characters are interesting and the story has appealing moments.

    Brief

    A disillusioned journalist and the daughter of deceased scientist join forces and risk their lives to uncover the immoral actions of a magnate controlling a pharmaceutical and agrochemical conglomerate.

    What We Liked

    This is a compelling and modern ecological thriller led by a charismatic narrator and protagonists. Nick is a journalist who appears to have hit a career dead-end at the age of 30, but finds new motivation when approached by Dr. Carl Elles, a scientist looking to uncover immoral actions taken by a magnate controlling both a pharmaceutical conglomerate and an agrochemical company. Along with Dr. Elles' daughter, the stunning Morgan, Nick will risk his life and escape from thrilling chases while he attempts to write and publish his findings about this scandalous scheme.

    Film: Dark Seed would make up for a great Film adaptation as its action scenes and stunning scenarios won't let the audience have a single dull moment. There is also a romance slowly building up between the two protagonists along the storyline; that would surely keep audience hooked as, despite all the favorable conditions, it only unfolds in the end.

    TV: Dark Seed would make up for a great TV adaptation as it is divided in many chapters, in which moments of tension are built and quickly solved in different scenarios - but never with a definitive chance of relief. It also brings along trendy subjects of interest such as GMO's, organic food, meditation and healthy habits.

    Key points: Its main theme is highly trendy; Its action and suspense scenes are thrilling; Scenarios and locations are charming; The narrator and protagonist is vulnerable and charismatic; The development of the main character throughout the story is outstanding.

    Synopsis

    Nick Barnes is a journalist unhappy with the path of his career so far and with no high hopes for the future. He is approached by a scientist - Dr. Elles - to help him expose the dirty works of a big agrochemical company, which is run by a magnate, Dr. Schmidt, who also controls a big pharmaceutical conglomerate. However, the scientist is assassinated before providing more details about the task. The journalist is then approached by a group of people during Dr. Elles' funeral, including Morgan Elles - the scientist's daughter who also lost her mom in suspicious circumstances - and two men, Dr. Bill Clancy and Dr. Ivan Popov, who used to work with the deceased man, to carry on with the assignment.

    Soon, the smart and stunning Morgan and the witty journalist unite with the goal of exposing the truth about genetically engineered seeds. As they proceed with their investigation and compilation of findings, they will risk their lives trying to escape from the hands of the powerful magnate and his men - who are not hesitant to kill.

    As Morgan's house in Seattle is first invaded by Dr. Schmidt's violent henchmen, they find out how dangerous the situation is and come up, along with Ivan, with a plan to disappear - hiding in his lake house in Canada. Unused to being chased, the two are easily tracked and decide to go to Vancouver, where they find an important witness that reveals that Morgan's mom was also assassinated by the same men.

    As they get caught in Vancouver, the couple finds out they've been receiving mysterious help, and manage to escape and find new incriminating proof against the companies thanks to it. Returning to Seattle, the two decide to fly to Maui with different identities and rely on the help of Nick's longtime friend, Sue, to get new passports. In Maui they meet a man named Jack Carter, owner of a bible camp by the beach that looks like a good place to hide. Sue decides to join them in Maui realizing she is also in danger, and the three get caught as soon as she arrives. About to be murdered, the trio is saved by Jack.

    Between coincidences, visions during meditations and quests for self-development, the protagonists are surprised to find that all along they relied on the help of Jack, an oil zillionaire, to save their lives. They will be able publish their work and get proper protection.

    The protagonists finally kiss after almost all their pursuers are dead, and even though there is a risk of still being followed - which shall be explored in part two of this trilogy - they allow themselves to let the romance that was building up in-between the action to finally unfold.

    About The Author

    Lawrence Verigin is the author of the multiple award winning Dark Seed trilogy - DARK SEED, SEED of CONTROL and BEYOND CONTROL.