Virtues of the Vicious

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Martin Wilsey

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In the future, escaping from prison was the easy part. In a chase that spans the galaxy, Elizabeth Cruze is on the run from more than just the law. All they have to do is follow the trail of bodies...



Short Summary

When Cruze escapes from prison, Locke is tasked with tracking her down. She should be easy to find...all he's got to do is follow the trail of bodies. But Locke has been an investigator for a long time.It doesn't take him long to figure out that there's more going on than what he's been told...

Her true nature and mission has been revealed. Cruze was her home planets last hope against the mercenaries that have taken control of the colony. Her pursuer becomes her ally. Together with her crew, they defeat the Artificial Intelligence being behind it all.


The year is 2668. Earth, It's space station city, the moon, and colony planets.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Elizabeth Cruze

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Sexy,Confident,Complex,Faithful,Heroic,Leader,Secretive,Skillful,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Neal Locke

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Heroic,Educated,Leader,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Potts

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Empathetic,Engaging,Honorable,Insecure,Naive,Romantic,Funny,Outspoken,Sexy,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Dante

Age: 65

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Greedy,Leader,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Secretive,Sarcastic,Power Hungry,Blunt,Narcisstic,Villainous

Development Pitch

I write the kind of stories I love to read or see on the big screen. Virtues of the Vicious has a strong female protagonist. She is smart, strong and beautiful. Virtues of the Vicious is an epic adventure set in the far future where Mankind has expanded into the stars. It explores honor, humanity, kindness, and evil. The story begins in 2668, with Elizabeth Cruze in the Detroit Municipal Prison. She manages to escape using her intellect, her physical prowess a beauty. Cruze needed a hero, so she became one. Cruze begins the chase barefoot on the streets of a crumbling Detroit. From there, she escapes the prison, the city, the planet Earth and even This Solar System. All with Neal Locke and others close on her heels. She came to Earth to buy weapons that she planned to use to take her world back. Finally, she reunites with the remains of her crew and collects new members along the way. Neal Locke discovers the corruption that was driving his boss to recapture Cruze. Her cause is just, her nature is honorable, so he decides to join her instead. With his help and the help of others, they head back to her home like the Seven Samurai.

About The Author

Martin Wilsey is a full-time author, hunter, photographer, rabble-rouser, father, friend, marksman, story teller, frightener of children, carnivore, engineer, fool, philosopher, cook, and madman. He and his wife Brenda live in Virginia with their cats.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Tannhauser Press

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-10: 1-945994-00-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-945994-00-5