The Chief and His Marine

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B.A. Sherman

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Navy Seal, Chief Platte re-connects with his Ex-Wife and Son, mending their relationship. Life is whole again, then the unspeakable happens. His Son, while serving like his father, is murdered by his Fathers past. Greif stricken, Chief Platte now has a decision to make, and that decision is Revenge.


Action, Adventure, War

Short Summary

Chief Platte, and his Men, get sent out on a mission to help capture Ahmad Ashah. During the mission Chief Platte fights with a Man in the mountains, losing a member of his team and losing his friends killer. Guilty and grieving Chief Platte steps down from Seal Team 2. Until another war emerges.


The States and Afghanistan.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain, Quest, Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Other

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Chief John Platte

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Masculine, Modest, Charming, Empathetic, Faithful, Honorable, Leader, Selfless, Blunt, Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Turget

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Underdog, Modest, Badass, Confident, Crazy, Faithful, Heroic, Honorable, Leader, Secretive, Outspoken, Selfless, Patriotic,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Meat

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Aggressive, Confident, Crazy, Engaging, Heroic, Honorable, Masculine, Patriotic, Blunt, Selfless, Outspoken, Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Smack

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Aggressive, Charming, Confident, Crazy, Engaging, Faithful, Heroic, Honorable, Funny, Skillful, Outspoken, Selfless, Blunt, Masculine

About The Author

B.A. Sherman grew up in small town Nebraska. Enjoying the summers working hard on his Uncles farm, endless days along the river with friends, and learning what it's like to work hard for what you have. He has spent the past 30 years in his chosen career as a Law Enforcement Officer which has given him a lot of story's to consider. He loves to write any genre story that speaks to him as long as it's a good one. Besides work and writing, He loves to spend time with his two kids who are his Everything!

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: B.A. Sherman

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available







Chief Platte is a Navy SEAL, sent on dangerous missions that take him away from his family. His team is tasked with bringing down parts of a new terrorist group, ISIS. After he retires, his son follows in his footsteps but is publicly beheaded. Chief gathers his team to take down those who killed his son, giving his life to seek his revenge.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profiled accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The comradery between Chief and his team is fun a brotherly even though they are going out to dangerous locations and killing people. Chief's relationship with his family is also a source of interest since he is estranged from his wife because of his job and trying to not disappoint his son.

Possible Drawbacks

The story is very All-American and black and white in it's view of the Middle East and ISIS. There could be more nuance to the story. Chief turns into the very thing he is trying to fight by torturing his son's murderer. While the nature of the story is revenge, Chief becomes blind to it, getting most of his men killed. The story might benefit from having a character that is on Chief's side but is a voice of reason and opposition. All the characters' ideology is pro-America.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that the man that slips through Chief's fingers is the one responsible for his son's beheading. Chief has lost everything now and decides to get revenge by killing his son's murderer. I would watch this film for the action.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase. It has a strong pro-American serviceman theme that will appeal to many Americans. A revenge story is still popular with audiences. It doesn't put the Middle East a bad light when nothing is that black and white. The call for appropriate representation might deter the broader audiences.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. A story such as this garners awards potential with deep character exploration which this does not do. It has room to explore Chief's emotional turmoil with the death of his family and losing his men.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not original. This is a solid military, special ops film mixed with a revenge drama. It is predictable, following the formula of both genres. This could be more unique if Chief's son wasn't killed by ISIS. It could be set in a different part of the world outside of the Middle East.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a normal man who was good at his job. His marriage dissolved in the process and he tries to stay connected with his son. Once his son is killed, he turns into a ruthless killer with one objective. Chief still keeps his humanity by giving away is material goods to those who need it. He is a solid male character with all the qualities needed to advanced the plot but make it meaningful.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem, it is a heartfelt story which has been seen before. It doesn't revolutionize anything and would do well to have more gray areas when dealing with the Middle East and terrorism.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



The story as of now is very solid and well written. There is a lot of action and adventure with likeable characters and a satisfying end. The strong, pro-American theme but not appeal to mainstream audiences in this current climate.