Hustle the East by Mark Tawen

Book Cover

HISTORICAL FICTION MEMOIR POLITICAL ROMANCE WAR ADVENTURE ACTION DRAMA

1960s & '70s

Stu Glauberman writing as Mark Tawen

Logline

As Americans betray their allies, leading to the collapse of the Kingdom of Laos in 1975, a strong-willed Lao woman makes difficult choices, and years later gets her revenge.

Genre

Historical Fiction, Memoir, Political, Romance, War, Adventure, Action, Drama

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Laos; Thailand, Hawaii

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

A semi-idealistic American arrives in Southeast Asia intending to set a good example. An orphan on the Plain of Jars becomes a Buddhist monk and embodies compassion until the bombs begin to fall. A headstrong young woman with royal blood must decide which of her suitors to marry and whether to flee.

Ending Description

And the end of the fight is a tombstone white With the name of the late deceased And the epitaph drear: ‘A fool lies here who tried to hustle the East’ - Rudyard Kipling

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

,Coping with war and revolution

Main Character Details

Name: Chansamone is a young Lao woman with some royal blood who is faced with difficult choices when her country is about to fall to Communism, and she doesn't know whom to trust

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Patriotic, Seductive, Adventurous, Funny, Honorable, Aspiring, Beautiful, Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Gaines is an American teacher and artist who appears to be a bad guy

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Unapologetic, Blunt, Complex, Engaging, Flexible, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Charming, Heroic, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Sangkhom is an ex-monk who became a teacher and lived under American bombs until he was rescued by Americans and given a new life

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Honorable, Patriotic, Selfless, Desperate, Aspiring, Heroic, Modest, Perseverance, Religious, Complex, Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Benny Bendit a newly arrived American teacher is semi-idealistic and quickly becomes corrupted

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy, Complex, Funny, Insecure, Naive, Underdog

Logline

As Americans betray their allies, leading to the collapse of the Kingdom of Laos in 1975, a strong-willed Lao woman makes difficult choices, and years later gets her revenge.

Short Summary

A semi-idealistic American arrives in Southeast Asia intending to set a good example. An orphan on the Plain of Jars becomes a Buddhist monk and embodies compassion until the bombs begin to fall. A headstrong young woman with royal blood must decide which of her suitors to marry and whether to flee.


And the end of the fight is a tombstone white With the name of the late deceased And the epitaph drear: ‘A fool lies here who tried to hustle the East’ - Rudyard Kipling

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

,Coping with war and revolution

Characters

Main Character

Name: Chansamone is a young Lao woman with some royal blood who is faced with difficult choices when her country is about to fall to Communism, and she doesn't know whom to trust

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Patriotic, Seductive, Adventurous, Funny, Honorable, Aspiring, Beautiful, Romantic

Character 1

Name: Jack Gaines is an American teacher and artist who appears to be a bad guy

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Unapologetic, Blunt, Complex, Engaging, Flexible, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Charming, Heroic, Secretive

Character 2

Name: Sangkhom is an ex-monk who became a teacher and lived under American bombs until he was rescued by Americans and given a new life

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Honorable, Patriotic, Selfless, Desperate, Aspiring, Heroic, Modest, Perseverance, Religious, Complex, Faithful

Character 3

Name: Benny Bendit a newly arrived American teacher is semi-idealistic and quickly becomes corrupted

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy, Complex, Funny, Insecure, Naive, Underdog

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