Submission Samples from the Thriller Genre

Title: The First Banker

Logline: Peter is about to get married when CIA forces him to join a manhunt for his grandfather who is tampering with financial markets in the US, EU and Asia.

Synopsis: Peter thought his grandfather was dead but the truth is his grandfather and some old Army officers still run an operation that has suppressed Germany and Japan since the end of World War II. The secret operation tampers with financial markets in Germany and Japan to keep those countries economically linked to the US to insure they never fight the US again. But in 2008 his grandfather expanded the operation to create a worldwide financial crisis that might hurt the US, but would totally destroy Russia, which has yet again become too dangerous. His grandfather created the banking crisis being felt around the world and now CIA wants to stop the man who had been thier hero for the last forty years. So CIA tries to force Peter to join the manhunt, but Peter avoids CIA and Russian agents to find the truth on his own. And the truth is his grandmother and a renegade Colonel run the operation, and Peter must convince his grandmother to stop the Colonel before its too late for everyone.

Title: Manson vs JFK

Logline: Assassination can run in the Family.

Synopsis: It is summer of the year 1963. A small contingent of the radical right-wing is planning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy is set for a campaign trip on September 22 to Los Angeles to help heal the wounds of political party fallout in a state, California, which he barely won in 1960. The assassination plot hinges on the radicals finding a fall-guy; someone a little unhinged, who can be blamed as the lone-nut killer. By accident, they find someone who falls into their laps - an charismatic ex-con who has a dream of forming his own murderous commune someday. Their choice: Charles Manson. The plot is on.

Title: The Warren Vendetta

Logline: After 45 years of being the world's biggest mystery, seedy D.C cop Warren Black finds a huge secret - a new film exposing the real assassin of JFK!

Synopsis: The footage was taken at Dealy Plaza that day in Dallas and it is not long before the real gunman and his "government" behind it want the film back. Only one problem: Warren is not giving it up without a fight! When they take his family hostage as ransom for the film, it becomes a non-stop battle of thrilling action and intrigue and the predators become the prey. They quickly realize the have messed with the wrong man and the exposure of the JFK conspiracy has now simply become Warren's vendetta! The script is fresh and exciting and already has a built in audience with the material of the JFK assassination. It is a new spin on one of the world's biggest mysteries and a story-line of this nature has never been touched. I am really looking forward to getting this script to your attention and am looking forward to hearing from you soon. I can easily be reached at the information below and hope to be in touch. Brendan Ethredge 919-967-9827


Logline: Following a kidney transplant, Steven develops a strange relationship with his donor who is wandering in between two worlds. This thriller is partly inspired by real facts.

Synopsis: Steven Fisher and Mike Dawson meet in the territory between life and death. Steven had been condemned by disease but recovers hope when he is saved by the unexpected arrival of a donor organ. Mike, a registered organ donor, dies in a brutal accident, which leaves him wandering between two worlds. Mike's spirit witnesses the removal of his organs a few short hours after his accident. He suffers a trauma which leaves him inextricably linked to Steven. The two men then live out a spiritual conflict in which two parallel worlds clash. The resolution comes from an old Peruvian Shaman solicited by Steven's wife with the help of her friend and university professor. The Shaman travels between the two worlds to help Mike free himself from his physical body and continue along his path after life. He puts an end to this struggle by freeing Steven and Mike from their conflicts and attachment. Written by Jacques-Yves Mistretta, Emilia Henriques da Silva & Stephanie Doncker

Title: Mischief and Murder

Logline: A too clever child menaces society, and the President wants the boy vanished; failing that, the Commander in Chief might want to disappear.

Synopsis: Dylan Harmon, 14, a prodigy rare, is a bit of a loner. Next to the boy's widower dad, the kid's best friend is a dog dying of old age; a tragedy inspiring Dylan to research canine longevity. Genetic science can always use a faster computer, and Dylan's machine works at near quantum speed due to a worrisome math equation sired by the boy. Dylan's PC breaks encryption codes, mischief that could hurl our computerized world into the sun, and the President thinks the child, the boy's allies, and Dylan's algorithm should all share the same grave. As usual, the White House isn't thinking too clearly; a point Dylan, his heroes, and some villains attempt to drive home during a dangerous game in which no one's a sure winner.

Title: Affair of Deception

Logline: A beautiful, young bank manager meets the man of her dreams, but the love affair quickly turns into a nightmare when he forces her to launder cash for a gambling ring he is involved with.

Synopsis: Karen Moore has everything a girl could want, a loving family, good friends and a rewarding career. The only thing missing is that special someone. One afternoon, while browsing through a local bookstore, she meets Bradley Peterson, a tall, handsome CPA who owns his own accounting firm. After a whirlwind romance filled with dinners, dancing and nights of passion, Karen feels she's finally found the love of her life. Unfortunately, Bradley has other plans. While wooing Karen, he secretly begins to conduct suspicious transactions at the bank she manages. An experienced teller becomes aware of these activities and informs Karen. Karen confronts Bradley, who not only doesn't stop; he uses threats, intimidation and violence to escalate his activities. Karen's dream world crumbles around her as Bradley forces her to launder larger and larger amounts of cash. Will Karen be able to overcome this devious adversary and protect her reputation, career and family and regain her once perfect life?

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: Intimate Bondage

Logline: Dear Sirs: For your consideration: Kate Dawson, a homicide detective with a past, must enter the seedy underworld of porn shops, Internet sex sites, and S&M clubs to catch a sadistic serial killer.

Synopsis: Kate Dawson was once an up-and-coming star of the San Francisco Police Department. Then she came home one day to find her daughter the victim of a senseless shooting with Kate's own service revolver. Now, 4 years later, she sees a chance to redeem herself. Two victims are dead, and Victim #3 has just been found murdered, shackled in a dungeon, beaten and castrated. The only lead: the name of a sadistic Dominatrix - Crystal Rose - on a provocative email found at the crime scene. Dawson quickly finds herself on the trail of a serial killer who uses the seedy underworld of porn shops, Internet sex sites, and S&M clubs to target victims. When Kate's partner becomes Victim #5, she is forced to team with suspect Jay Monroe, a psychology professor with a penchant for mind games and S&M, to trap the killer. A clever game of cat and mouse ensues. Only who is after whom? As they move closer towards Monroe's desires for "intimate bondage," Kate Dawson may have to sacrifice all to get her killer.

Title: Wolves at the Door

Logline: When an agoraphobic writer is the only witness to a murder next-door, she realize that there are some madness she cannot kep out and some secrets she cannot keep in.

Synopsis: Through dreams, Marcia Whorley is haunted by her past. As a writer Marcia is plauged by two things: a looming deadline and writer's block. As she struggles to find her groove, she makes an uneasy friendship with the neighbor-next-door, Jaymee. Slowly but surely, the two of them hits it off until a stranger visited Jaymee at her home and brutally slays her. As the only witness to the crime, Marcia must survive the killer's onslaught but most of all, survive her own past.

Title: Root of Evil

Logline: A lonely bus driver comes across 2 million dollars. His cautious nature, the police investigation, and unfortunate circumstances lead him down a dark path.

Synopsis: Frankie is a bus driver past his prime who is constantly surrounded by people but can't relate to. Day after day, he makes the same stops with the same passengers till a DESPARATE man leaps aboard his bus gasping for air and bleeding from a gunshot wound. He lugs a bag with $2 million on board and makes Frankie a desperate proposition, $1 million to take him to the hospital and hold on to his money till he heals. The mysterious man dies and Frankie isolates himself in fear as the police investigation draws closer. So Frankie hides the money in his ailing grandmother's attic, the perfect alibi. At the reading of her will Frankie learns of a cap with whatever "minor" remains going to her nurse Amanda, making the 2 million hers. Burning with greed, he befriends her to get closer to the money, ultimately leading him to do things he would never have done. With Amanda, Frankie has finally discovered the connection he has always longed for, too blind to see it or the horror to come.