After an attempt on his life, John Cahill reckons his past is about to catch up with him. He decides to run, travelling... more
HOW IT RATES
It's 2007, and amidst a world of climate chaos, a third US political party backed by Native American casino money emerges. Their choice for the 2008 presidential race is JAMES O'LEARY, brother of CHRIS, the protagonist. Chris O'Leary is a talented marine engineer who is framed by a client that turns out to be a global criminal syndicate. His quest is to battle back to save himself, his family, his brother's campaign hopes, and ultimately the collective hopes of a whole nation confronted by environmental disaster and a clueless, status-quo political structure. My favorite character is Vinnie - a homeless artist who is "cursed with a global conscience" as one reviewer aptly put it. Classic 3 act structure & American cinematic formula. Very tight - very quick, at about 100 pages. I paired down over 200 pages of material with which I will someday write the novel. The detailed enviro stuff was too complex to get on the screen effectively.