Darkness They Could Not See

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17th Century or Earlier

Ron Costello

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It is about the first voyage of Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492, maybe the most controversial story in history.


Action,Adventure,Religious,Political,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Romance

Short Summary

Three ships left the Spanish seaport of Palos de la Frontera on the morning of August 3, 1492, on a western route to the West Indies. The Portuguese had been unsuccessfully trying to sail around Africa to get to the West Indies, without leaving sight of land.

After finding little gold, on August 3, 1493, Columbus returned to Spain — minus one ship — to convince the Spanish Monarchy that his voyage was a success. He returned with between ten and twenty-five Native Americans, Taínos (Ty-EE-nos), but only eight survived.


The New World

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Pedro

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Desperate,Honorable,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Higuamota

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Leader,Sexy,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Christopher Columbus

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Leader,Religious,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Dancing Dob

Age: 58

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary

Development Pitch

Darkness They Could Not See takes you on an adventure-filled voyage on the high seas. It is a historical fiction novel about Christopher Columbus’s first voyage in 1492, a time when sailors never went beyond the sight of land. With scurvy taking down the crew and discontent at a crescendo, Columbus's life hangs by a thread. Experience this unforgettable story through the eyes of a cabin boy, the Admiral, and a beautiful Taíno (Ty-EE-nos) princess called Higuamota (the Bloodwoman.) Lose yourself in a world of adventure and conquest. When reputation means taking risks far beyond imagination. As thirty-foot waves crash against the hull of the Santa Maria, Columbus has to find a way to quash the boiling discontent among his crew or die. A high octane adventure based on historical facts.

About The Author

After retiring from Drexel Unversity Ron began writing. He writes every day and is currently working on two more novels. He lives with his wife and three cats in South Philadelphia.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available