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1960s & '70s

Dana Duthie

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Kim Jong Un has captured, and is holding hostage members of an international weapons inspection teams at one of his suspected nuclear facilities. A SEAL team is sent into North Korea to rescue the hostages, while the US Air Force mounts an attack to destroy the facility.



Short Summary

The President of North Korea is holding international weapons inspectors hostage at one of his nuclear facilities. A SEAL team and a CIA agent are inserted into the country to attempt a rescue. The US Air Force prepares for a large-scale air attack on the facility.


South and North Korea, Washington DC

Based on a True Story


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Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Brad Mitchell

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aggressive,Adventurous,Confident,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Skillful

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About The Author

Colonel Dana Duthie had a 24 year US Air Force career after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1968. He had assignments as a flight school instructor after his own pilot training, followed by a tour as a Forward Air Controller in Southeast Asia, flying the OV-10 in combat. After that, he was posted in Germany flying the F-4 Phantom, and South Carolina, Korea and Germany flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He also had staff duty at the Tactical Air Command headquarters, the USAF Europe headquarters, and the Pentagon. Although the action in “Tremble” is fiction, much of the story reflects Colonel Duthie’s actual experiences, especially while stationed in Korea. Dana retired from the Air Force in 1992. He currently lives in Broomfield and Steamboat Springs, Colorado with his wife of 51 years. Two children and three grandchildren are nearby. A fourth grandson is in the Navy stationed on a nuclear aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Male Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Matchstick Literary

Year Published: 2020

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A special forces team is created to infiltrate North Korea. The team is on the ground while government officials are working to stop Kim Jung On from making North Korea a nuclear power. The rescue team tries to free hostages claimed by North Korea but most are shot down and the hostages are killed. The governments ally to stop Kim Jung On from getting his hands on materials for weapons, slowing down the inevitable.

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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins with action sequence of a fighter's plane going down. He must eject from his aircraft and tries to hid from the Korean soldiers. He is captured by some local farmers and hides for years in Korea. It sets up the pace of the story from the beginning.

Possible Drawbacks

The story uses too much military jargon. There should be more laymen's terms because it bogs down the story. The book profile focuses on the SEAL team that goes in to rescue the hostages but they die half way through the story and there are no living hostages left. The bulk of the action resides with them and then it is mostly conference room situations where government officials are making a stand. The rescue should span throughout the entire story.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a SEAL Team goes in the rescue some hostages in North Korea, but they fail and other actions must be taken to the stop Kim Jong On. I would watch this movie for the action. The subject matter is somewhat interesting but the point of view of the story is the same as any other war movie. Americans are good and the Koreans are bad. It would be more nuanced with gray areas, showing both sides realistically.

Fanbase Potential

This would not have a large fanbase as many war movies have not recently. The war movie genre garners critical acclaim rather than mass box office success.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential with more character development. Movies about war, military and soldiers are gain critical acclaim and awards recognition when focusing on the characters and less on the war. This story focuses on the strategies and actions that stop North Korea and less on the people that make it happen.

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Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not original, it does have some elements that are. Melanie is a female operative and a major part of the SEAL team. It would be more unique if she didn't have such a tragic and sexist storyline. Her rape history to being turned into a seductress working for the government has been seen many time before.

Lead Characters

There are many lead characters and none stand out. This story focuses on the events more than the character development. It is about the politics and doesn't dive deeply into the feelings and emotions of the characters. There are back stories on the SEAL Team but half of the story they are half dead and trying to survive their failed mission.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average war story that has been told well. It needs to be updated for a modern audience. There were some outdated terms and themes used that would be criticized by today's viewers. Few things are black and white, including war and the story doesn't show multiple perspectives which would add depth. There should be more character development.

Possible Formats

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

Analyst Recommendation



This is a solid story told well. The action is exciting and the mix between the war in the field and the war fought in the office gives a balance to the story. There definitely could be more character development and focus on the emotional sides of war. It feels very political with little heart. It would be beneficial to see more females in this story as well as more positive perspectives of Koreans as the story takes place in Korea.