The C Enigma

Spiros Gratsias

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE HISTORICAL FICTION

    Core Theme

    REVENGE

    TIME PERIOD

    1920s & '30s,1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,Across Centuries

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    THE DA VINCI CODE, REMEMBER, OPERATION FINALE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • MATTHIAS ADKINS: 30. LEAD. LOYAL AND STEADFAST. ASPIRING, ADVENTUROUS, ENGAGING, HONORABLE, EDUCATED, SKILLFUL, SELFLESS, PATRIOTIC

    • LEONARD ALBARRAN: 60. ANTAGONIST. VILLAINOUS, NARCISSISTIC, POWER HUNGRY, SECRETIVE, LEADER

    Logline

    The C Enigma is an imaginative historical novel weaving together family drama, government intrigue, and intergenerational mystery. Utilizing the lives of historical figures such as William Canaris, the German admiral chief who turned against Adolf Hitler, above all, it is a story about family.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Berlin-Germany, Paris & Dijon-France, Oklahoma City, Boston, New York-USA, Buenos Aires-Argetina

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: KDP Select

    Year Published: 2014

    Starting Description

    Matthias, a young professor of anthropology, who, after a particularly chilling discovery in his grandmother’s attic, finds himself on a quest to protect invaluable artifacts from those who wish to destroy them. He soon also learns he is fighting for his life.

    Ending Description

    Along the way, Matthias learns that he has become a source of intrigue for a nefarious cabal with ties to the Nazi party and that his own life is in danger. Matthias soon realizes that the relics themselves are not as important as why they were hidden and what they represent, the battle begins.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    ISBN 978-1499625608

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Tragedy,Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Matthias Adkins

    Age: 30's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Engaging,Honorable,Educated,Skillful,Selfless,Patriotic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Leonard Albarran

    Age: 60's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Sarcastic,Secretive,Leader

    Additional Character Details

    Name: ALBERT MORENO

    Age: 45

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Villainous,Sexy,Criminal,Patriotic,Sarcastic,Secretive,Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Leonard Albarran

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Villainous,Narcisstic,Criminal,Power Hungry,Greedy,Sarcastic,Leader

    Development Pitch

    The C Enigma is an imaginative historical novel weaving together family drama, government intrigue, and intergenerational mystery. Utilizing the lives of historical figures such as William Canaris, the German admiral chief who turned against Adolf Hitler, The C Enigma recounts the tale of Matthias, a young professor of anthropology, who, after a particularly chilling discovery in his grandmother’s attic, finds himself on a quest to protect invaluable artifacts from those who wish to destroy them. He soon also learns he is fighting for his life. On his quest, Matthias teams up with Linda, his research assistant and partner. Together, they work to unlock coded messages left for Matthias by his grandfather before the older man’s death many years before. Working from sources generations old, Matthias must travel the globe from Argentina to Boston to Oklahoma City, and finally to France, searching for mysterious and long-hidden relics. He confers with former compatriots of his grandfather including revolutionaries, professors, and assassins. Along the way, Matthias learns that he has become a source of intrigue for a nefarious cabal with ties to the Nazi party and that his own life is in danger. Matthias soon realizes that the relics themselves are not as important as why they were hidden and what they represent, and that he may hold the key to a long-hidden secret in his very DNA. The C Enigma is a historical novel and a mystery, but above all, it is a story about family.

    Brief

    An imaginative historical novel weaving together family drama, government intrigue and intergenerational mystery. Through the lives of historical figures such as Wilhelm Canaris, the German admiral chief who turned against Adolf Hitler, it tells a story about the importance of family.

    What We Liked

    - It is a fascinating account of history, told within the dramatic framework of a man coming to
    grips with his history and his family tree;
    - It would make for a gripping film/series adaptation because it is a story with fascinating
    characters at the heart of it, that an audience would get to know as the film progresses.
    Using flashbacks and Matthias as the guide through the various historical events and years,
    audiences would become invested in him and the secrets he learns.

    Synopsis

    Anthropology professor Matthias Adkins is visiting his grandmother’s house and finds a photo of a man in a military uniform, who has the eyes of his late grandfather. He takes this to his girlfriend, Linda, and together they begin to research the photo and find out it is Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, a Nazi intelligence officer who turned on Hitler, and was hung for his betrayal.

    In a flashback, undercover hitman Albert Moreno, in 1988 New York, is on mission to kill, as instructed by a group he belongs to called The Sanctum. He carries out his mission and kills a man in Grand Central. In another flashback, a year earlier, Leonard Alberran is orchestrating the kinds of killings that Albert is carrying out — on a group of 12 people known as the “damned.” Alberran wants to establish himself as a new leader in the Sanctum.

    Back in 2008, Matthias and Linda use a secret code Matthias had learnt from his late grandfather to decipher a message to him, one that sparks an entire hunt that will hopefully lead to answers. He learns about the Templars and the Teutonic Order, a religious group that believes it must stamp out evil and keep the balance of good over evil. Matthias learns the secret that his great grandfather was indeed Admiral Canaris, who created a new Teutonic Order, called The Phoenix, and believed Hitler was being controlled by the Sanctum, and so needed to be eliminated.

    In 1944, Berlin, Admiral Canaris tries to escape a failed plan to assassinate Hitler. He goes to see a young lieutenant called Nicholas and tells him he is in fact his father, who left him at an orphanage, years ago, in the care of the Teutonic Order. One year later, in 1945, at a convalescent hospital on Long Island, Nicholas is recovering, as news of the war’s end reaches him. Nicholas is to get a new identity to protect him so that he is not targeted for his family history.

    Matthias learns from a close friend of his grandfather’s in Buenos Aires that his grandfather was in actual fact, Nicholas Klein, before he became Thomas Adkins. He reveals Matthias was chosen to continue the Phoenix Order, by keeping the relics safe from those who would do evil with them.

    Matthias vows to avenge the deaths of his family members. He and Linda travel to Dijon in France. Alberran’s agent tries to kill them, but in a tousle, Matthias manages to stab him dead. When the agent’s phone rings and Alberran hears he has failed, and therefore in danger of upsetting the Sanctum, he kills himself. Matthias and Linda are now forever bound by the order they have saved.

    About The Author

    Spiros Gratsias is a native of Montreal, Canada, born to Greek immigrants. He has a master’s degree in manufacturing technology and thirty-five years’ experience in the aerospace and consumer goods industries. He has written three novels and is also a screenwriter.