The Hollow Soul

Marilyn Wright Dayton

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA POLITICAL ACTION ADVENTURE

    Core Theme

    BELIEVING IN YOUR HERITAGE TO FORGE YOUR FUTURE.

    TIME PERIOD

    1980s & '90s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    HOUSE OF CARDS, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

    CHARACTER LIST

    MAYA: 30S. LEAD. A WOMAN WHOSE HAD LOSS IS LIFE AND IS IMMERSED IN NATIVE CULTURE.

    JOSEPH: 35-39. A NATIVE AMERICAN INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HIS PEOPLE, HE BECOMES MAYA'S LOVER.

    JOEL WATTENBERG: 38-40. THE POTUS'S CHIEF OF STAFF WHO WANTS JOSEPH TAKEN OUT.

    TANNER: 35-40. MAYA'S BOSS AND MENTOR IN THE FBI.

    THE PRESIDENT: 50S-70S. INTERESTED IN FINDING AN OPPONENT HE CAN BEAT, AND HONES IN ON JOSEPH.

    O'TOOLE: 50S-60S. FBI DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF THE JOSEPH OPERATION.

    Logline

    This is a fictional novel about a political game where a man on a mythical search becomes obsessed with his power to save the world. And the woman who represents our government to seek out his hidden validity, but who must look inside her own soul for that key.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Arizona, Boston, Washington DC

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Amazon KDP

    Year Published: 2021

    Starting Description

    We meet a woman who is running away, using a fake identity, to hide from the government; we wonder who she is, what she is running away from and how it happened.

    Ending Description

    The story comes full circle, after we have learned about the political games played, who has survived and who hasn't, and what this woman needs to do to save the world.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9798721521751

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Maya Chardon

    Age: 35

    Gender: Female

    Role: Logical

    Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Blunt,Engaging,Educated,Honorable,Secretive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Joseph Pahana

    Age: 35-39

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Patriotic,Religious,Outspoken,Confident,Complex,Charming,Aspiring,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Skillful

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Presidential Chief of Staff Joel Wattenberg

    Age: 38-40

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Villainous,Decisive,Power Hungry,Skillful,Greedy,Sarcastic,Secretive,Educated,Leader

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Elliott Tanner, FBI Supervisor

    Age: 40-45

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Educated,Leader,Secretive

    Development Pitch

    What if...a spiritual leader, a charismatic, intelligent man who is a mixture of white and American Indian, is chosen to run as opposition candidate to the current President? Joseph Pahana has already been accepted by the American people as a man who cares about them, who is trying to save them (from themselves), and is growing in popularity. He is respected as a successful attorney, but also as an American who cares about his country. What if in his journey he fights to achieve even more greatness in the formidable government of the United States, driven by his growing power, often using bold and exceptional statements that probe the dark side of the American dream. In his quest for more power, he finds himself stuck in the middle of political foul play and becomes the subject of interest in the current administration. A woman is drawn into his journey, as her feelings grow towards this man, pulled into the use of political power and greed as a destructive tool to reach status and success. Will they succeed, or not? We witness the scary political game being played, and all of the intriguing characters within it, from the current President to Joseph's sweet and kind grandfather. We see two different worlds, one a place of peace, and the other full of destructive influences. Which one would you choose?

    Genre

    ACTION, POLITICS, RELIGION, DRAMA, ROMANCE

    Brief

    Joseph Pahana is a charismatic leader of Indian American roots who seems to have all it takes to be the next American President. During his journey, Joseph falls in love with Maya. The feelings towards each other are true and solid but not enough to keep Joseph from losing his essence and becoming corrupt in his quest for power. They end up apart, with a tragical ending to Joseph.

    Overall Rating

    EXCELLENT

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: EXCELLENT

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: EXCELLENT

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Book Profile reflects book accurately.

    Draw of Story

    The elaborated political environment and the games played behind the curtains of power are certainly the most enticing things about the story.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Nothing made me want to put the book down.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    I would watch this movie due to the original plot which is able to involve Indian American spiritual forces and games of power in the White House.

    Fanbase Potential

    It could have a large fanbase if adapted because narrative is solid, characters are unusual and story can be surprising.

    Awards Potential

    It could have awards potential if adapted as it involves both political and spiritual universes, which would demand interesting visuals and acting.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    HOUSE OF CARDS, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

    What’s New About the Story

    The most original thing about this story is certainly a well-tied narrative able to combine both the richness of culture and beliefs of Hopi tribes and the nastiness and sophisticated nets of American politics in the journey of two charismatic characters.

    Lead Characters

    Joseph is a charismatic attorney and a mixture of white and native american who has the chance of becoming a great politician and bring justice to the nation but loses himself in the process. Maya is a wise woman who is mysterious and as the reader gets to know her, her vulnerabilities also come into play.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It is a rare gem.

    Possible Formats

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

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    I recommend it because the story is original, characters are charismatic and there is a clear arc, narrative is well tied and there is enough action to involve the audience.

    Brief

    Joseph Pahana is a charismatic leader of Indian American roots who seems to have all it takes to be the next American President. During his journey, Joseph falls in love with Maya. The feelings towards each other are true and solid but not enough to keep Joseph from losing his essence and becoming corrupt in his quest for power. They end up apart, with a tragical ending to Joseph.

    What We Liked

    This book has very interesting characters. Maya is a Native American woman who studies her heritage academically, while working for the FBI to help repair relations with the government for her people. She falls for Joseph, a handsome and charming man from a different tribe who has used his great skills as a lawyer to help his people and is now probably running for President. Put these two together, and you have a profound and fascinating combination. Joseph is rock-solid in his beliefs while Maya is still hesitant over things like the supernatural elements of their heritages. They both end up in danger which intensified the urgency of their beliefs and makes for a compelling story.

    Besides the beautiful scenery in the American Southwest that begs to be in more films, it's a compact and tense story that is well-structured for a film. The characters are compelling and there is plenty of interesting and exciting events that occur. You have elements like politics and the highest stakes and murder plots juxtaposed with personal stories about religion and love.

    Key points:
    Government murder plots
    Mysterious Native Americans
    Attractive and compelling leads
    Great scenery
    Profound religion and mysticism stories

    Synopsis

    The President and his advisors decide that a young Native American, Joseph, will be a good opponent for him in the next election and endeavor to find out everything about him. The FBI sends Maya, a Native American who's studied their culture, to get close to Joseph.

    Maya and Joseph embark on a romantic relationship as she tries to reconcile her own religious beliefs with Joseph's, which are very hard core and include the supernatural. When she finds out the government will now be killing Joseph if he runs for President, she warns him - then leaves him because she cannot agree with his beliefs. All hell breaks loose as natural disasters destroy cities and FBI agents are being killed for knowing too much. Maya is given a ticket back to the Hopi tribe and a new identity.

    Maya heads back to the Hopi village and finds out that Joseph has made plans for them. She now believes in him wholly. He's moving the Hopi to a Mayan civilization and Maya is to be their leader. Also, she is pregnant with his child who will also be a leader someday.

    About The Author

    Marilyn Wright Dayton has been writing all her life, from the time she could hold a pencil. Her life and career focused on the world of advertising in many roles. She was one of the originators of some of the more unique marketing vehicles in the nation over the years.