The Brotherhood

M. L. Strong

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE DETECTIVE DRAMA SUSPENSE / THRILLER WAR CRIME

    Core Theme

    OVERCOMING ONE'S DEMONS FOR A GREATER GOOD.

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    JACK RYAN, BLACK HAWK DOWN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

    CHARACTER LIST

    MATT: 37. LEAD. BADASS, INSECURE, TROUBLED, LEADER, MORAL, CAPABLE, HEROIC.

    STEVE: 39. MATT'S MAIN COMPATRIOT AND BADASS SEAL BROTHER.

    SEAMUS: 50. A NAVY PILOT WHO HELPS WITH THE MISSIONS WITH PLANES AND BOATS.

    GARY: 30-40S. AN INJURED SEAL WHO HAS MADE A FORTUNE AND BANKROLLS THE MISSIONS FROM NEW ZEALAND.

    A-WUT. 40-50S. A MYSTERIOUS ASIAN MAN WHO IS THE POINT MAN FOR THE MAIN VILLAIN AND THE SEAL'S MAIN ADVERSARY.

    VICKY. 14. THEIR TARGET, IN THAT SHE IS THE ONE THEY ARE TRYING TO RESCUE FROM THE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS.

    Logline

    Navy SEAL Matt Barrett, an ironic victim of his own heroism, is retired early for combat related injuries and set adrift. Then, when he's contemplating suicide, he receives a cry for help from an old friend in trouble. Redemption and renewal, beckon.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal

    Setting

    Key West, Michigan, Hawaii, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Amazon.com Amazon KDP

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    Lieutenant Mathew Barrett was a SEAL. A recipient of the Navy Cross and a veteran of scores of combat deployments. The story opens with Matt in his Key West bungalow, a drunk, contemplating his pitiful fall from lethal competency into an abyss of despair born of decisions he can't take back.

    Ending Description

    Matt's patched together team of former SEALs and specialists have carefully picked through the shadowy world of human trafficking, bringing them at last to their final objective, the rescue of a teenage girl, and the elimination of the man who controls the sex slave business in Asia.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-0999481073

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Matthew Barrett

    Age: 36

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Complex,Empathetic,Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Masculine,Selfless,Skillful,Leader

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Steve Auger

    Age: 39

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Masculine,Patriotic,Blunt,Selfless,Decisive,Confident,Heroic,Honorable,Skillful

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Seamus Flanagan

    Age: 50

    Gender: Male

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Complex,Charming,Crazy,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Sophisticated,Sarcastic,Skillful,Blunt,Patriotic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Vicky Burnell

    Age: 14

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Blunt,Desperate,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

    Development Pitch

    The Brotherhood Navy SEAL Matt Barrett is now out of uniform and struggling to find himself. He struggles with demons and physical pain. He contemplates suicide, tries to work in a government contracting company, then settles into a protracted funk, drinking and withdrawing from the world outside one day at a time. Just when he hits rock bottom, he receives a text from an old friend, Tom Burnell. His SEAL buddy, Tom, left the SEALs a few years before after losing his right leg in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He tells Matt he’s been looking for him for weeks. He’s at the end of his rope, his teenage daughter Vicky, was kidnapped in Hawaii while on vacation with his ex-wife, Barbara. Matt must decide. Should he help Tom? Can he help? In his present state he knows he’s a mess but he must rescue Vicky before it's too late! The story incorporates the public's fascination with Navy SEALs, explores the struggle of veterans with combat related PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TB), and investigates the dark underworld of human trafficking. The story is fast paced and relevant on many levels. It would make a great action movie with heart and a higher purpose. It also sets up as a franchise. There are several books in the series and one more on the way!

    Genre

    ACTION, SUSPENSE, DRAMA, WAR, THRILLER

    Brief

    Matt is awakened from his depression by a comrade whose daughter has been kidnapped. He organizes a mission to rescue her. With other former Navy Seals, they travel all over the world to catch the human traffickers and save the girl. They finally track them down, kill them, and return trafficked girls to their families.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: EXCELLENT

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: EXCELLENT

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, the profile depicts the book.

    Draw of Story

    The promise of a military mission.

    Possible Drawbacks

    No

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    Saving a girl from evil human traffickers.

    Fanbase Potential

    Low-medium. There are a lot of similar movies with more complex and intellectual plots and characters.

    Awards Potential

    No. There is nothing in the story, characters or dialogue that would put it in the realm of awards potential.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    JACK RYAN, THREE KINGS, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

    What’s New About the Story

    It's original in that there's a clear mission and they easily find all the resources they need to complete it. It would be more interesting if there were more hurdles to overcome and the mission was more difficult with more twists and turns that cause the soldiers to use more of their training and their wits.

    Lead Characters

    Matt is at the end of his rope and it's ironic that a dangerous mission he's no prepared for would pull him back into a better place in life.

    Uniqueness of Story

    No. Everything is too straightforward and everything comes too easily to the soldiers despite the danger and the resources of their adversaries.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    It lacks in twists and turns, reversals, betrayals, complexities and tougher situations.

    Tips for Improvement

    A more complex plot with a greater adversary who poses more of a threat to the mission. As it is, everything comes a bit too easily to the soldiers and the mission is too easy to complete. Conflicts between characters that throw a wrench in the works would also keep it interesting. There are flawed characters but the flaws never surface to endanger the mission.

    Brief

    Vicky has been kidnapped by human traffickers. Her father, and ex Navy Seal, calls in his warrior buddies to try and find her. With a solid team all with special skills, they embark upon the mission which takes them all over the world. They track down Vicky and defeat the human trafficking kingpin.

    What We Liked

    Military missions are usually exciting and the drama couldn't be higher. Life and death is at every turn. Heroes are made and lost. Add innocents who need to be saved and the gravitas deepens. This story has all of that, including a main character who has his own pathologies to get through to save the girl and return himself to his former glory as a Navy Seal. There is adventure around the world and some high tech gadgetry that keeps it novel. The villain is as evil as one gets, so the desire to defeat him keeps you rooting for the heroes. There is a satisfying ending that makes it all worthwhile in that the lives risked and lost are not in vain.

    Theaters of war are great cinema, and although these aren't as grand as, say, a huge battle, the fights are more up close and personal but that does nothing to take away from their gravitas. There are villains that are clear and deserve what they get, and an audience would root for their defeat. The mission doesn't have a murky, undefined purpose, but a clear target who is out of their depth, in grave danger, and empathetic. You want the good guys to win at any cost, and the danger they put themselves in is worth the outcome - the lives of little girls.

    Key points: Military; Scenic locales; Experts in their fields; Grave danger of innocents; High tech gadgetry

    Synopsis

    Matt is at the end of his rope, but a call from an old Navy Seal friend springs him into action. His daughter has been kidnapped, and because he's handicapped, he needs all the help he can get. Luckily his friends come to his aid and immediately start a mission to save his daughter from international human traffickers who operate in the Pacific.

    Matt and Steve get right to work despite flying blind. They go to Hawaii to investigate the kidnapping and are immediately attacked and told to keep out of it. On the contrary, they're more intent of saving Vicky and call in other Seal buddies to join their rescue mission. With the invaluable help of a wealthy comrade, they're able to fly all over the Pacific, culminating in Bangkok where the trafficking freighters are docked. Their pilot and boat captain Seamus provides the important transportation and logistics.

    A-wut is the Asian crime lord who is after them at every turn, and a war of information keeps the cat and mouse game afoot. When they finally get to Bangkok and infiltrate the freighters, they find a few imprisoned girls but hear that Vicky has been moved already. The journey culminates at the private island of Roger Maddox, international smuggler, who had hand-picked Vicky to be his personal sex slave. The Seals break into his compound in the nick of time, save Vicky, and kill A-wut and Maddox while saving other girls in the process.

    About The Author

    M. L. Strong is the author of the exciting new adventure novel, The Brotherhood, available in paperback and in kindle formats at Amazon.com. Marty is a lifelong science fiction enthusiast and decorated combat veteran who served twenty years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams. He has over 400 radio and television appearances to his credit as a guest counter terrorism expert on CNN, FOX, Inside Edition and is a featured expert in two History Channel Specials focused on the threat of terrorism. All of his stories place a spotlight on human psychology associated with the concepts of honor, justice, courage, and truth as they are stress tested in ancient or modern combat. In essence Marty focuses on the core foundations of the warrior; strength, honor, courage, and a willingness to fight and die for a cause or a friend.