The Antidote

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ACTION ADVENTURE SUSPENSE/THRILLER MYSTERY CRIME POLITICAL

Contemporary

A.W. Baldwin

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Submision Type

book

Logline

A botany student finds her boss dead and flees with seeds of genetically modified plants that could save the planet from climate change. She joins two retirees and they race cross country to reach a scientist for help, but the cross hairs on those seeds are on them, too.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Suspense/Thriller,Mystery,Crime,Political

Short Summary

A botany student finds her boss dead and flees with seeds of genetically altered plants that could save the planet from climate change. She joins two retirees in a flight across country to a scientist they believe can help. One retiree also has a secret load of marijuana which thugs work to steal.

Setting

Indiana, to the Rocky Mountains, and to Texas

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Selfless,Honorable,Underdog,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Keaton

Age: 67

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Faithful,Engaging,Strong Moral Code,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Harry

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Desperate,Underdog,Secretive,Flexible

Additional Character Details

Name: Harry

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Complex,Confident,Adventurous,Aspiring,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Funny,Educated,Naive,Secretive

About The Author

A.W. Baldwin has written five novels featuring “Relic,” a moonshining hermit living deep in the remote canyons of Utah. Raptor Canyon received the Grand Master Adventure Writers’ Finalist Award and was a finalist in the 2019-2020 Screen Craft Cinematic Book Contest. Wings Over Ghost Creek received the Grand Master Adventure Writers’ Finalist Award and the Global Book Awards Silver Medal. Broken Inn received the Grand Master Adventure Writers’ Finalist Award, the Global Book Awards Silver Medal, and the New York City Big Book Award Featured Favorite Award. Each have received rave reviews from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Dirk Cussler. An avid backcountry hiker, canoer, and whitewater enthusiast, the author takes his readers on adventures in ancient lands that shape the motives and spirits of his characters. You can learn more about his novels at awbaldwin.com.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self

Year Published: 2022

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

ACTION, ROAD MOVIE

Brief

A young botanist sees her boss murdered and escapes with the special mutated seeds he’s been working on for so long. In the middle of the escape, she runs into two friends who are carrying a marijuana delivery throughout the US in a 1960 Bel Air. The three begin a journey full of adventure and action amid the dangers of having products that interest many people.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Harry appears twice in the character list when, in fact, the author could use this area to introduce other relevant characters as the story’s villains. The author also uses the same sentence in the logline and the short summary. As much as this is indeed the story, it would be interesting to vary the story’s presentation throughout the profile to make it more attractive from beginning to end.

Draw of Story

The scientific universe of the creation of genetically modified seeds provides an excellent initial appeal, instigating the audience with the content combined with the dynamism of the scenes at the beginning.

Possible Drawbacks

Repetition of conflicts ends up bringing down the plot a little. They are driving around in a car carrying special seeds and kilos of marijuana, and it is evident that several people will chase them, however, the chase, the dangerous situations, and the resolutions end up being very similar, making us slightly lose interest in the plot. The ideal would be to do these actions progressively, constantly adding more and more risks to the protagonists so that we walk in an ascending line and not in an even one.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The road trip of three different young people, but with the same ideal of freedom and inclusion. They live their lives in search of a dream, even if it still seems far away in the face of life’s adversities. The bond and companionship created between these three people who are trying to survive and live are what draws attention to the book.

Fanbase Potential

As it has a very specific theme and with an even more specific genre, the adaptation would certainly attract people from that niche, but not a huge audience.

Awards Potential

Suppose the adaptation focuses more on the friendship of these three people who grew up amidst the adversities of a road trip, then the answer would be yes. Otherwise, if it goes down the path of action and the pursuit of criminals, the adaptation would lose its potency for awards.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

ON THE ROAD: A ROAD TRIP WITH THREE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE A FREE LIFE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. RAIN MAN: HOPING TO CASH IN ON THE FORTUNE RAYMOND GOT FROM THEIR FATHER, CHARLIE SETS THE TWO OUT ON A CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP LEADING TO A LOT OF SELF-DISCOVERY.

What’s New About the Story

It is an original road movie because it includes the issue of genetically modified seeds, which are widely chased across the country. It’s an extra stake that is placed in this road movie. If they lose the seeds, humanity will be at risk.

Lead Characters

They are all free-spirited people, willing to live and experience new things. As much as each one has its own characteristics, such as Lila, who is a responsible student and committed to the environmental cause, she also allows herself to be a young woman living an adventure. This makes the film lighter and more fun to follow.

Uniqueness of Story

It’s not a rare gem, but if the narrative becomes less repetitive in terms of chases and focuses more on self-discoveries, it could evolve into a more memorable film.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The book has some narrative and character construction flaws and lacks complexity in the interactions and conflict situations built, but those points could be improved in the adaptation. It is an exciting and very entertaining story that mixes the delights of the self-discoveries of a road movie with the dynamism of adventure and suspense of an action movie. The book presents some issues of conflict structure, as it seems that we always go through the same conflicts, and they end and resume the same situations again. However, the story can be more concise and dramatic by fine-tuning the script and development, thus achieving greater potential in narrative terms. The case of seeds that can save the earth from climate change is an attractive high stake, which engages and makes us root for those three young people, and the final solution they find is to throw the seeds on the ground instead of handing them over to someone else too. It is pretty representative. They are young people with ideals of freedom and the will to do the right thing, especially when they see what people are capable of for money and power.