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Old 01-15-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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I am nearing the completion of a novel I am writing, "Larkl and the Remnant Clan" and this adventure includes an FBI agent named Connor Shaw (purely coincidental, you know).

The book is a hi-tech adventure novel with a very fast pace. Simultaneous story lines occur in the mountains of Kenya, the Amazon rain forest, the Olympic National Park, Victoria, Canada and Washington, D.C.

The story involves Osprey V-TOL craft, the U.S. Marines, AWACS, Karelian bear dogs, a cougar attack, Sikorsky Skycranes, FLIR and night thermal vision systems, a clan of Gigantopithecines... you know, the works.

For the FBI operative, I tried to think of several names, but only one was a perfect fit.

This agent is a solid citizen, fearless, compassionate, sharp as a tack...

He's going to take down a serial killer who is a former National Geographic photographer -- that uses poison blow darts to kill his victims. The killer is the first person to ever get an authentic high resolution close-up of a Gigantopithecus (sasquatch).

Special Agent Shaw's action will take place primarily in Washington, D.C., but he may end up in the Olympic National Park in Washington state as well.

Being one of the protagonists in the story, the Agent Shaw character may play an indirect role in saving a group of four hikers from Canada in the Olympic Park (they are a special group of deaf girl scouts that are held hostage by the serial killer).

Over time, Shaw may move from the FBI to working for EIDER (Environmental Intelligence Department of Emergency Response) for the state of Washington. EIDER is a super-secret, highly funded Washington State agency run by former Navy Seals.

When finished, the book will be a hardback of about 1,000 pages. 85% done and closing in on the finish line.

Stay tuned...
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Oh you're writing the novel? I thought you were reading it.

Are you into fantasy novels?
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lol sounds like a good read
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Oh you're writing the novel? I thought you were reading it.

Are you into fantasy novels?
Not necessarily.

This novel follows the writing patterns of Clive Cussler, James Patterson and Steven Saylor.
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lol sounds like a good read
That's the tough part -- trying to share a little info without giving it all away.

This novel includes shrunken heads, voodoo... the Mapinguari of South America (I'll let you look that one up).

I am probably going to create some significant tie-ins to USC and/or the Palmetto state, too.

(If not in this first edition, then in the sequel)
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That's awesome, is this your first? Sounds like you have a publisher lined up already? Let us know when it's out, this is one of the genres I love to read for fun.
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That's awesome, is this your first? Sounds like you have a publisher lined up already? Let us know when it's out, this is one of the genres I love to read for fun.
I wrote a business book about Motivation years ago (no longer in print) called, "Motivation Levitation" and then was working for several years on a crime novel about ancient Rome entitled, "The Shadow of Vesuvius". Kept getting writer's block on that one.

Then I worked part time doing some industrial screenwriting for corporate videos, etc. That went pretty well.

Last year, around the first of January, I started this book, which has taken off. It's a straightforward book about several key characters, including a teenage Gigantopithecus, but this is not science fiction. The science tends to be solid science based on evidence that I've pulled together over the years.

My pen name is Andrew Thornberry and this book is intended as the first installment in a complete series called "The Amazing World of Andrew Thornberry".

This book is book one of "The EIDER Chronicles".

I haven't approached a literary agent or publisher yet, mainly because my full-time job as Senior Program Advisor for American College of Education keeps me quite busy.

I was also planning on writing the screenplay, but now I know I will publish the book first.

Hope to have the finished draft ready for publishers by the summer.
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Here is a synopsis of some of the action or key elements (trying not to give it all away):

1) Kayakers attacked by orcas (freak accident; orcas are not normally aggressive toward humans -- indirect tribute to Dawn Brancheau at USC with a positive message about nature)

2) Mountain lion attack during a blizzard (the mountain lion was starving to death -- I explain why in the book; again, a positive message about nature)

3) Interaction between a wolverine and a Gigantopithecus (Originally in China; believed to have died out 20,000 years ago; nearly ten foot tall hominoid which now has a remnant population surviving in the Pacific Northwest, aka Sasquatch)

4) National Geographic expedition to the Amazon to photograph the Mapinguari (cryptid most likely to be a remnant Giant Ground Sloth)

5) Special group of Canadian Girl Scouts ("Girl Guides" is what the Canucks call them) who are all totally deaf -- they go on a survival trek in the Olympic National Park of Washington state.

6) Young Kenyan girl who saves her little brother from an attack by a black mamba.

7) Shrunken head and voodoo dolls sent as a warning from a serial killer.

8) Marine Corps extraction team using Ospreys (vertical take-off and landing) for a combination rescue/search and destroy mission.

9) Rare arctic supercell which meteorologists name Rasputin. Has all the traits of a tropical hurricane, but much more deadly and totally unpredictable.

10) Karelian bear dogs for search and rescue, black footed ferret, wolverine, australian shepherd, cougar, golden eagle, bald eagle, three-toed sloth

11) First tissue sample from a real Gigantopithecus

12) World famous athlete and his supermodel wife (who is a top designer) -- these are real people that you might recognize
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Forgot to mention that this book of mine is about values and character.

There is some swearing in it, but not too much. The novel is written from a Christian perspective without being "preachy". I intend for this to market through the mainstream and not just Christian publishers.

The characters pray a lot, the way Christians do when they are in trouble or when they give thanks. I don't take it over the top, but I portray what goes on in Christian homes when families and individuals have their backs against the wall.

Also, there is a particular scene where angelic intervention takes place. Again, I tried to be consistent with what the Bible says, so the angels don't have wings and they seem remarkably similar to humans.

Anyway, their intervention occurs during a Christmas festival in Montreal and nearly one hundred ice skaters fall into the freezing water. The angels are there to protect the children.

What happens during that episode may take your breath away (at least, I hope so)
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Who is going to read a 1000 page book? I'd cut that by about 750 pages
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I take it you never read Harry Potter or Michener, and yes, by the time it's edited it will be much shorter, I am sure. I'll let the editors determine the length -- that's what they're paid for. If they want to carve it into four separate books, I'm fine with that.
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Sounds like an Indiana Jones type novel.
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Sounds like an Indiana Jones type novel.
Somewhat. In fact, that's a fairly decent comparison.

That's why I anticipate writing a screenplay on the final version (but later).
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If you want your book taken seriously, I would 1. not name the protagonist after your favorite real life football player and 2. take out the religious stuff.

Also, maybe consider not making the girl scouts deaf... Why are they deaf? Why is there an entire troupe of deaf girl scouts walking around?
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I was actually intrigued until you got to the part about all the praying. Replace the praying scenes with sex scenes and you gotcha a best seller imo. It does all kinda sound like a bad acid trip tho. Maybe that can be the twist at the end (no credit needed if you decide to go that direction) Oh and... MOAR SQUATCH!!!
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I was actually intrigued until you got to the part about all the praying. Replace the praying scenes with sex scenes and you gotcha a best seller imo. It does all kinda sound like a bad acid trip tho. Maybe that can be the twist at the end (no credit needed if you decide to go that direction) Oh and... MOAR SQUATCH!!!
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If you want your book taken seriously, I would 1. not name the protagonist after your favorite real life football player and 2. take out the religious stuff.

Also, maybe consider not making the girl scouts deaf... Why are they deaf? Why is there an entire troupe of deaf girl scouts walking around?

This! Also, there needs to be some killing and gold stolen in South America tied in.
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