Silent Key

R.W. Bell

Book Cover

GENRE

SCI-FI

    Core Theme

    SILENT KEY IS A SCI-FI STORY IN WHICH TWO LEAD CHARACTERS INVESTIGATE THE MYSTERY SURROUNDING A MYSTERIOUS ROCKET FAIRING THAT SURFACED IN THE CORAL SEA.

    TIME PERIOD

    Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    2067, CHAOS WALKING

    CHARACTER LIST

    ETHAN CROSS. 27+. SARCASTIC, SMART, CONFIDENT.

    ALYNE JIMMIE. 25+. ETHAN’S PARTNER IN INVESTIGATION AND LOVE INTEREST.

    DR. ARCHIE DODGE. 60+. ETHAN’S MENTOR. WORKED FOR MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY SERVICES.

    RICK CHAN. 30+. ANTAGONIST. MISLEADS ETHAN AND ALYNE.

    LOGAN KRAFT. 50’S. ETHAN’S BOSS.

    NATHAN CAIN. FORMER ETHAN’S ANTAGONIST.

    Logline

    Silent Key is set in the near future. The year is 2046. This time, Ethan Cross is on an adventure teamed up with a side-kick, Alyne Jimmie, in a Sherlock-Watson-like quest to solve a mystery surrounding an enigmatic rocket fairing that's been recovered floating in the Coral Sea.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Dubai, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Sydney, Brisbane, and the Coral Sea

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: R.W. Bell

    Year Published: 2.20.2022

    Starting Description

    The story starts with an indoor ski scene in Dubai, where the Ethan Cross is called to action to a military island base in the Pacific to look into a rocket fairing that's been recovered floating in the Coral Sea. In Kwajalein, he discovers that a high-tech solar panel is installed on the inside.

    Ending Description

    Ethan Cross teams up with Alyne Jimmie in NZ to investigate the fairing's origin. The pair set off on a Sherlock-Watson-like quest to close in on the puzzling component's true nature. In Sydney, they cross paths with a clandestine pursuer set on ensuring the technological riddle remains an enigma.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-0-578-30269-0

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Ethan Cross

    Age: 27-28

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Modest,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Educated,Sarcastic,Skillful,Masculine

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Alyne Jimmie

    Age: 26

    Gender: Female

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Gracious,Educated,Leader,Sexy,Sophisticated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dr. David Archie Dodge

    Age: 65

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Confident,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Skillful,Visionary,Lone Wolf,Adventurous

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Rick Chan

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Greedy,Educated,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry

    Development Pitch

    Mystery, Quest, Misdirection, and Revelation It’s 2046. Island workers have inadvertently recovered a piece of space debris at a secretive US military base. Ethan Cross teams up with Alyne Jimmie in the South Pacific to investigate a rocket fairing with mysterious attributes and of unknown origin. Propelled by intrigue, the pair of self-proclaimed detectives travel to Sydney to close in on the puzzling component's true nature, where they cross paths with a clandestine pursuer set on ensuring the technological riddle remains an enigma. When an old acquaintance of Alyne's steers their probe toward the Coral Sea, the partner’s only hope for a savior is a stealthy ghost from Cross' past. Will Cross' history help them to crack the case? Or will past entanglements stop Ethan and Alyne from exposing a sinister fait accompli? Follow Ethan Cross from Dubai to the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Sydney, and Brisbane as his quest for facts about NoviX’s nano-tech solar panels leads him to new revelations about recent discoveries in Trace Element. This story is filled with technology, including an amphibious electric jet, a high-speed stealth swath, hydrogen fuel cell-powered flying taxis, recoverable rocket fairings, carbon-nanotube solar cells, undersea cables, low earth orbit satellite constellations, lasercomm, comm-specs, cryptology, and of course, a top-secret power source. The future is here; it's just not widely distributed yet. There is a secret cipher encoded in the story.

    Genre

    ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, ROMANCE, DRAMA, FANTASY

    Brief

    In 2046, a rocket fairing with a mysterious solar panel surfaces in the Coral Sea and is identified by a US military base. Ethan Cross and Alyne Jimmie are the ones in charge of solving this mystery, which will require them to follow surprising paths – including Ethan’s past.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: EXCELENT

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    It is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The most enticing thing about this story is certainly the amount of detail provided by the author regarding rockets and the richness in the description of technological gadgets.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Nothing made me want to put the book down. However, reading may be too niched to sci-fi readers and may not be attractive to general audience – which, I guess, author is already aware of.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    I would watch this movie because of the rich and creative description of technological devices and the variety in scenarios, that would certainly make up for great visuals.

    Fanbase Potential

    This story could certainly have a large fanbase if carefully adapted due to the combination between good story, great scenarios and charismatic characters.

    Awards Potential

    The story has awards potential especially if required effects are skillfully applied. The scenarios created would certainly mesmerize audience in audiovisual language.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    2067, CHAOS WALKING

    What’s New About the Story

    The most original about this story is that, certainly due to the background of the author, it brings unique and outstanding details not only about rockets but also about other types of technology, existing and also created for the book. Scenarios also benefit from the richness of descriptions.

    Lead Characters

    Ethan is a smart, charming and lonely man that is focused on his mission but, at the same time, is capable of showing some vulnerability when around Alyne, a smart and attractive woman that will be key for helping him solve the mystery and also accessing parts of himself that will be important to solve this puzzle.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It is a rare gem, but characters could be developed into a deeper level in order to create a narrative that would stand out – which would be absolutely necessary as budget involved for such effects is high.

    Possible Formats

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

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    Consider it because story is interesting, technology and scenario descriptions are delightful and adaptation would certainly look amazing on screen, however story needs to stand out and the key is in the depth of main characters.

    Brief

    In 2046, Ethan Cross is called to investigate a fairing that has been found floating in the Coral Sea. As the plot thickens, antagonists are revealed and mystery has to be solved, Ethan finds in Alyne the partner he never know he needed not only for his duty, but also for life.

    What We Liked

    What is outstanding about this story is, besides the well-tied narrative, the richness not only in the description of technology devices that already exist but also the creativity in which other fabulous ones were imagined.

    Film: It would be an absolute incredible adaptation for film because the story has all it takes to be a sci fi hit, with descriptions of equipment and environment rich enough to provide a unique technological universe, as well as interesting characters and an involving storyline.

    TV: It would be a great adaptation for TV, especially because the mystery surrounding the fairing is not the only drive to the story, but also the development of the relationship between Alyne and Ethan. Episodes could maybe be organized by the different scenarios in which the story takes place (from Dubai to Australia and the Marshall Islands).

    Key points: Futuristic environment; Tech devices richly described; Great and diverse scenarios; Charismatic lead characters; Unusual Enigma being solved.

    Synopsis

    It is 2046 in Dubai. Ethan is a defense contractor watching an aircraft symposium where he gets to see technology wonders, with special attention to one's from company MagiX, with technology supplied by Australian company NoviX.
    At the hotel, he overhears a conversation and meets attractive Australian Alyne Jimmie, who works for Rocket Sci. He also meets Rick Chan, from Solcom, and learns that Alyne and Rick’s company work together. They tell him more about the technology they are using, as the trio go skiing both men compete for Alyne’s attention.
    This is when Ethan receives a call from his boss, Logan, asking him to travel to a former nuclear test site and investigate a solar panel that has been found near the Marshall Islands with a unique and mysterious technology.
    Before he leaves, he finds out Alyne is not only a pretty face, but a competent orbital mission director.
    As he set out to his new mission, Ethan reminds himself of previous missions – and the secret he knew about Cain - and also past disappointments from other relationships with women.
    Ethan then lands in the Marshall Islands, which US government destroyed while testing atomic bombs about 100 years ago, and meets Dr. Dodge and “the Ghost”. Both begin trying to make sense of the puzzle. They also mention the importance of undersea internet cables. With more questions than answers, they report back to Logan.
    Ethan flies to New Zealand in order to meet Beck Peters, CEO of Rocket Sci, and gather more information in order to solve the mystery. There, he meets again with Alyne Jimmie and inquires her about a rocket aero shell from a Solcom rocket, launched at Rocket Sci.
    Alyne also gets curious about the solar panel found in the piece, and both work, relating themselves to Sherlock and Watson, in order to solve the mystery and fly to Sydney together. When they arrive at Rocket Sci’s HQ, they meet Christian Malack, from the supply chain. They begin suspecting NoviX has been hiding something.
    Alyne and Ethan begin getting involved also on a personal level, and while they are having fun, they don’t realize they are being followed and Ethan’s backpack is stolen.
    Both fly to Brisbane, where they stay at Jay’s, an old friend of Ethan, and go to NoviX headquarters where they meet Rick Chan. Jay, Alyne and Ethan talk to Rick and Ethan grows even more suspicious of him.
    Rick invites the two to fly to the Coral Sea and scuba dive in the area, but leaves both of them there until he gets his business done. There, Ethan and Alyne make sense of the technology Chan has been using.
    Dr Dodge come to rescue them. Ethan tells him that Solcom appears to be using panels installed on the ocean floor as lasercomm receivers for their downlink from their satellites.
    Alyne and Ethan find out that Rick Chan is exporting NoviX solar panel technology to Solcom and stranding them in the Coral Sea to keep it a secret.
    When Alyne and Ethan get back, they don’t arrive in time to stop the acquisition but it was not Rick the one to get it, but Cain, Ethan’s last mission opponent.
    They later found out that Chan’s plan was a plot for the Chinese government to control worldwide data, but Cain’s plan was no better – probably the development of a pure fusion bomb. Dodge shows up onboard of the Ghost to rescue them and, even though Rick Chan was not successful, their mission is not finished and more answers are to be later provided.

    About The Author

    R.W. Bell has spent nearly two decades steeped in the impenetrable world of the defense industry. He has led development efforts on covert projects ranging from the fabled US Army Comanche Stealth Helicopter to cutting edge aircraft survivability equipment for the Ministry of Defense. He holds a high level clearance and three advanced degrees in aerospace engineering. He is a helicopter pilot and operates drones for the US government. His work on electronic warfare systems and countermeasures has sent him across the globe to dozens of countries and undisclosed locations. R.W. Bell never expected he’d write a book, until he had to.