Submission Samples from the Thriller Genre

Title: The Evil Powers That Be

Logline: A presidential candidate and FBI director uncover a conspiracy plot behind the assassination of cult members by an Army counterterrorism unit.

Synopsis: For 2012 presidential candidate Theodore Clark, politics become a deadly game when he takes on a sinister president and a shadowy intelligence agent. Clark's journey will plunge him into a atmosphere of political turmoil, paranoia and death. Pushed to the edge, Clark must decide if his chosen path is worth putting his life in mortal danger. When a group of cult members, led by an ex-CIA agent are assassinated upon the orders of the president, FBI Director Pat Hadley publicly raises his concerns. Chief among them, the president's possible complicity in the cold-blooded murder of American citizens. Clark forms an alliance with Hadley, using the controversy as ammunition against his political opponent. The lives of Hadley and Clark will be cut short when the vengeful President Roberts unleashes Jack Hannaman, a deadly CIA agent with telekinesis. Roberts makes the mistake of crossing Jack, and he suffers a shocking but fitting demise for a corrupt leader.

Title: Rogue

Logline: A detective loses his memory after an undercover operation goes wrong leaving him believing in his own criminal persona. He goes head to head with his former partner then his memory starts to return.

Synopsis: International criminal Donovan sets his sights on Glasgow, Scotland, as the latest city to add to his expanding trafficking empire. Decorated undercover detectives Nick Russell and Michael Otago have other ideas and they take on Donovan's operation. Russell goes undercover to try and infiltrate Donovan's gang but gets caught up in a brutal execution of an informant. The killer then turns on Russell leaving him badly beaten and with no memory. In his confused state he starts to believe in his own criminal alter-ego and goes on the rampage. Slowly he works his way into Donovan's confidence with the same flair that made him a good cop and he embraces the life of crime. Then his memories start to return. Meanwhile his former partner Michael Otago struggles with facing up to the events that robbed him of his partner. The net begins to close on Donovan and the paths of the two former friends begin to move back towards each other, heading for a dramatic showdown that neither man expects.

Title: Children of Immortality

Logline: A young Attorney's quest to find his missing uncle uncovers an eighty year old conspiracy for world domination.

Synopsis: When Attorney Jack Morrissey's uncle, a seasoned criminal defense attorney, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Jack unveils a secret Nazi conspiracy that spans three continents, invloves courthouse employees, and high level government officials all the way to the White House. While on his quest to clear his uncle's name, Jack discovers that the last client he represented holds the key to unlocking the mystery. The enemies of freedom have used the promise of, "immortality," as part of their plan to seize control of the oval office and achieve world domination. As the deception unfolds, Jack is faced with the question that haunts us all, "does the fountain of youth really exist," and if so, "is it really possible to get a second chance?"

Title: Asunder

Logline: Two detectives deal with serious issues with their personal lives while investigating a series of deadly home invasion robberies.

Synopsis: Detectives Tavis Briggs and Nick Watson are investigating a deadly spree of home invasion robberies that are terrorizing the city. As they look to put together the clues and connections to the crimes, they discover a sinister plot which connects the robbery victims which could lead to the identities of the suspects involved. But Briggs is struggling to deal with the approaching two year anniversary of an unsolved murder...his own son. His assigned partner, Watson, is a husband with two children. But Watson, however, is coming to terms of an infidelity which produced a young child with a woman from a past case of his. As they get closer to breaking the case, their personal issues threaten not only tear apart their own lives, but over power their ability to solve one of the most deadly killing sprees the city has ever seen. All situations lead to an explosive showdown and tragic aftermath for all of those involved...

Title: Cruise Crisis

Logline: A small fire in an engine room on board a King Cruise ship plunges 4000 people into a terror and horror. Can Captain Victor Nicola rescue them?

Synopsis: In defense of 4000 passengers, Captain Victor Nicolai turns defiant toward the King Cruise executives demanding emergency power supply and food. Lack of air conditioning, food, and sanitary services sends Emma into a diabetic coma. April, 32, a nurse rescues Emma Jack, 65, suffers a cardiac arrest following a heart attack. In the ship's lower decks, stinking smell and smoldering heat propels and drives most people, with their belongings to the top deck to set-up a make shift tent city. April finds herself hanging upside down from the ship's top deck, as she flips over during a romantic encounter with her fiance. Then, the only backup generator in the engine room starts emitting fire and threatens not only the power supply but a quick meltdown of the entire engine room, sending the top floors tumbling down like the twin towers did on 9/11. Can Captain Nicolai's frantic efforts avert a ticking time bomb from exploding 4000 people in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico?

Title: The Insert

Logline: Two unethical Jewish journalists affiliated with the New York Times, attempt to sell editorial coverage to Congolese dictator Laurent Kabila, but unexpectedly learn of his uranium trafficking scheme.

Synopsis: The Insert is a story inspired by historical events that unfolded during the rule of former Congolese dictator Laurent Kabila and true press industry practices. When two unethical Jewish journalists affiliated with the New York Times attempt to sell a glorified editorial coverage to Congolese dictator Laurent Kabila, they unexpectedly learn of a uranium trafficking scheme between the Congo and Iran. Haunted by the prospect of enriched uranium ending in Iran hands, they undertake to bring this dangerous affair to the world's attention. Nevertheless, they will have to re-evaluate their own morality, love and commercial interests in order to expose the true nature of the Congolese dictator.

Title: A Good Defense

Logline: Two attorneys seek to create the perfect legal defense before they commit their crime.

Synopsis: They say that the secret to a good defense is a good offense. Well, that is what Tess Meyer and Nicole Redmond are hoping for as they plot the defense of a lifetime. What starts out as a harmless discussion over lunch turns into a deadly game of chess for two women so fed up with being victims that they become killers. On February 14, 2009, high profile attorney Jared DeVoe is viciously murdered outside of an Atlanta Gay Club. While investigators dismiss it as a hate crime, rookie investigator Mildred Bremer thinks there is more to the crime. In time, her investigation leads her to Tess and Nicole, two of DeVoe's junior attorneys. However, because of their standing in the legal community, Bremer's concerns are ignored. Meanwhile, Tess and Nicole continue with their murderous agenda while mounting their defense. Eager to be caught so they can try their case, Tess and Nicole struggle to create the perfect defense before their anger threatens to destroy them.

Title: 10 Days in Paradise

Logline: 10 Days in Paradise could kill you. On-the-edge, suspense/thriller rollercoaster ride into the dark world of drug trafficking. A cold-blooded drug dealer/loan shark sends a devoted couple to Columbia.

Synopsis: Carol Wilson an overworked,underpaid young waitress has become entangled with a vicious drug lord and is forced to smuggle drugs out of South America to pay back an outstanding debt. Her devoted boyfriend Steven insistance to find a way to protect her accompanies her and puts their love and lives on the line. This adventure set against the backdrop of the dangerous and exotic Columbian countryside, frames the unselfish power of love and the deadly consequences of money and greed.

Title: Target Superpower

Logline: A CIA agent teams with an alcoholic anarchist to pursue the author of a controversial book igniting a wave of racial violence and terror in the US.

Synopsis: A provocative book circulates throughout the US proclaiming the oppressed black population in the South has formed a new and self sufficient nation. During its first week in circulation, the book triggers racial unrests across the country and the author, Ray Marshall, is abducted. Greg Dale, a known CIA agent, is chosen to find the author and bring him back alive. To do so, he must enlist the help of Sam Gold, a self-proclaimed genius and old friend of the author. Together, the two men embark on a dangerous journey in which they uncover grand conspiracies involving hostile regimes and terror.

Title: Project Gladiator

Logline: Three college girls awakening from stasis adjust to modern life while uncovering a conspiracy connected to their past: A project to create the Ultimate Fighter at the expense of humanity.

Synopsis: Saverio Gazzara, a good-hearted but prideful vigilante, inadvertently stumbles upon an underground chamber and rescues three cheerleaders - rich and spoiled but na´ve Captain Kate Redski, humble and sceptical Amanda Robinson, and iron-willed but compassionate Sarah Blake - from cryogenic stasis. During a girls' night out, Kate is lured into a trap and abducted under false pretences. Determined to reunite Sarah and Amanda with their friend, Saverio decides to plan and execute a rescue mission, and he embarks on a journey which takes him all over Europe, with his friends - Yuri Goranski, a pragmatic and rational sportsman, and Hans von Braun, a well-meaning but caliginous computer expert - as semi-reluctant accomplices, while Kate undergoes a radical transformation that will change her life forever. Both parties eventually make a shocking discovery regarding the genesis of the girls' capture and freezing, threatening to plunge the World into a dictatorship governed by machines.