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Hieronymus Hawkes

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Desperate to recover his stolen memories, Cole relies on a renegade group to unravel an assassination plot before they kill him first. A fast-paced sci-fi thriller infusing complex characters with rapidly growing technology threatening to drag society into a cyberpunk-like surveillance state.



Short Summary

Dr. Cole Westbay has been a driving force behind the neurochip that revolutionized the world. When his company is accused of being behind a series of recent deaths, Cole investigates to clear their name. Instead, he ends up attacked, with no memory of recent events and his neurochip destroyed.

Cole shoots the Federal Department of Fidelity's Agent, stopping him and uncovering the government plot to assassinate undesirables, implicating the White House. He saves his love interest in the process, but one of his closest friends is killed.


Madison WI

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Cole Westbay

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Decisive,Heartthrob,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Romantic,Skillful,Selfless,Complex,Engaging,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Tesla Carrick

Age: 31

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Leader,Unapologetic,Secretive,Skillful,Blunt,Sexy,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Phillip Chestnut

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Villainous,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Patriotic,Blunt,Skillful,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Eva Spangler

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Sexy,Modest,Empathetic,Confident,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Romantic,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Badass

Development Pitch

Effacement would make a compelling movie or streaming mini-series with potential for episodic expansion. The story is timely in dealing with ever increasing technology and the lack of personal privacy and the accelerating toxic political environment that could lead to a cyberpunk-like surveillance state. The story moves quickly with plenty of action conveyed by complex but relatable and attractive characters. The women are strong and extremely competent, and the men are serious and deadly. The story has a rich character arc for the two main characters, and an action-filled plot sequence that will satisfy men and woman. It has a touch of romance and delves into relationship issues that make it relatable to both sexes. The story is set in the not-too-distant future making for an easy film shoot, with only minor tech upgrades that can be added in. The dialogue is spicy and fun. It even has dogs in it. Who doesn't like dogs? The story also has an upbeat ending, despite the death of one of the major characters.

About The Author

Hieronymus spent 32 years flying jets for the Air Force and retired in 2018. He has a B.S. in Economics from the US Air Force Academy, and in June of 2015 he finished an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. He has flown a jet more than 6 miles above the Earth, broken the sound barrier, achieved expert marksman, and won poker tournaments. Now he instructs young pilots in the art of flying, writes fiction, and sings badly in his car.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available