THE CHEECHAKO IS DEAD

Nathan Hart hartnathan@hotmail.com 1224077475899

ACTION ADVENTURE CRIME DETECTIVE DRAMA ROMANCE

1980s & '90s

Nathan Hart

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Logline

Norm's Marine brother Greg, moved to the Alaskan bush attempting to escape his past, and Norm has arrived to hide from the present. The two men reunite in remote Alaska, one haunted and the other hunted. Homesteading in Alaska brought some peace to Greg, but Norm has a new nemesis, Sgt. Phillips..

Genre

Action,Adventure,Crime,Detective,Drama,Romance

Short Summary

Norm Tanner committed a revenge murder in Flint, and he has escaped to the Alaskan bush. Recurring dreams haunt his sleep in his small cabin along a creek where he mines for gold. Isolation alleviates some fear, but his past still haunts him. Things are complicated by his feelings for a woman.


A hitman is sent kill Norm by the brother of the man Norm assassinated. His nemesis, Sgt. Phillips of the Alaskan State Police plays an unexpected role in saving Norm's life. Norm has thoughts of beginning a new life with Val.

Setting

Alaska

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Norm Tanner

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Badass,Complex,Romantic,Sarcastic,Secretive,Honorable,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Greg Pruitt

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Badass,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Romantic,Secretive,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Val

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Gracious,Romantic

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Marine buddies Norm and Greg have both sought healing and distance from the Vietnam War--and what better place than America's own wild country. They reunite on Waikiki Beach in remote Alaska, where they have chosen to face their demons, Greg's from the past and Norm from the present. Homesteading in the Alaskan bush brought some peace to Greg, and after two years of isolation, Norm is beginning to rediscover himself, but there are people who aren't willing to leave him alone. Local law enforcement, in the from of Sergeant Phillips mistrusts Norm's motives for coming to Alaska, and he has made it a personal vendetta to find the truth. And then there is the radiant Val, who believes in Norm's true nature, witnessed his generosity, and sees the man deeply hidden inside. The Marines know they are able to handle their own darkness, but are they brave enough to share it with others. Norm finally realizes Sergeant Phillips may not be his biggest concern, when he discovers another hitman has been sent to kill him.

About The Author

Retired educator Nathan Hart is a USMC veteran of the Vietnam war. His first novel, Tenderfoot Cheechako, was a fiction story based around a real-life adventure travelling down the Yukon River. The Cheechako is Dead is a sequel to the first book.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-1-9772-0903-0

Genre

DRAMA, ROMANCE

Brief

Norm and Greg are two good friends living in Alaska. Norm killed a man and now is trying to hide from his past in this remote and wild place. However, his past will come after him for payback.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate, but I believe the author could add the fourth character to improve the reader's experience.

Draw of Story

The first pages are powerful. In the middle of Alaska, a man living by himself trying to face his own fears and past brings poetry and drama to the story's beginning. The images the author creates also help us a lot to envision the story.

Possible Drawbacks

Some twists are very unexpected (such as Greg receiving letters from unknown women to choose his future wife), and the story takes a path we couldn't see initially. Still, overall the book sustains our attention until the last page.

Use of Special Effects

THE LIGHTHOUSE - IN A REMOTE ISLAND, TWO COWORKERS WILL FACE INTERNAL FEARS AND VISIONS. INTO THE WILD - A MAN TRAVELS BY HIMSELF THROUGH THE USA, RUNNING AWAY FROM HIS LIFESTYLE AND SEARCHING FOR SELF-DISCOVERY.

Primary Hook of Story

Norm's worst enemy is Norm himself and his memories. Norm represents us all when we leave the company of other people and have to deal with our thoughts and fears by ourselves. Having this man alone in the middle of Alaska, having to face his own memories, is a visual analogy to our most introspective moments. It’s a strong hook.

Fanbase Potential

I can see a large fanbase for this story, if further developed, of course.

Awards Potential

Yes. It's a solid drama that explores human fears and the capacity to adapt to new lifestyles.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE LIGHTHOUSE - IN A REMOTE ISLAND, TWO COWORKERS WILL FACE INTERNAL FEARS AND VISIONS. INTO THE WILD - A MAN TRAVELS BY HIMSELF THROUGH THE USA, RUNNING AWAY FROM HIS LIFESTYLE AND SEARCHING FOR SELF-DISCOVERY.

What’s New About the Story

Greg's subplot, in which he looks for a wife through an ad in the newspaper, sounds unique when you think about other movies like this. It seems a little bit awkward, but it also brings a fresh air of relief and romance to the drama.

Lead Characters

They both are men trying to hide from something, and these well-built characters make us understand their fears and goals. However, reading the book, I could easily imagine them as older guys recalling memories. Having two young men living alone in Alaska seems original and engaging.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem, but if improved narratively, it could be.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Indie

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

It's a story that can easily engage the whole audience. We don't move to Alaska to escape from our fears, but we do have our hiding places for moments of sadness or self-examination. The location and the remoteness of the site can also provide stunning visuals to the film. The story is very simple but also potent. The theme is there in the entire book, and the awkward twists do not take us away from the main plot. They, instead, add a fresh and exciting air of poetry to this hostile environment. In my opinion, the characters could be older, but it doesn't harm the story overall. The dialogue is crude and consistent. The right choice for this kind of story. The romance happens naturally to Norm, which is a good addition to his plot. I don't believe the whole crime situation and the seek for revenge would be vital for the story, but it adds some action to a serene place. Overall, the book is good, and it could turn into a nice film. Of course, it needs some adjustments in subplots, narrative, pace, character development, but overall speaking it's a solid book.