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1980s & '90s

S. Eric Wachtel

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Suspecting an American connection to the brutal slaying of Israel’s Finance Minister in Jerusalem, the Head of Israeli Security reaches out to Harry McClure, a trusted American friend. McClure uncovers a clandestine brotherhood’s plot to overthrow the Israeli government and reclaim the Temple Mount.



Short Summary

Israel's Finance Minister strode briskly along a corridor of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem leading to the Zion Gate. Heading to an emergency meeting with the Head of Israeli Security, he reflected on the alarming financial transaction he had uncovered. Suddenly, he felt a subtle sting on his neck.


New York City, Israel - Jerusalem

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Harry McClure

Age: 55+

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Complex,Masculine,Skillful,Romantic,Leader,Engaging,Decisive

Additional Character Details

Name: Mayer Rubin

Age: 35+

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Aspiring,Secretive,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Ari Davidoff

Age: 55+

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Masculine,Complex,Confident,Secretive,Sophisticated,Engaging,Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Professor Taube

Age: 60+

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Religious,Patriotic,Confident,Faithful,Heroic,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Aspiring,Skillful,Secretive,Complex

About The Author

Author, photographer, entrepreneur, S. Eric Wachtel was born in New York City. While studying at the University of Missouri, Eric crafted his first historical-based short story. In his novel, THE ESSENE CONSPIRACY, he draws on his extensive international business experience and historical content. He lives with his wife and Russian Blue cat in New England.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: S. Eric Wachtel

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0615426468 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0615426464




Israel's Finance Minister is found dead which starts the investigation into who could have done it. Harry McClure starts to uncover an operation coming out of NJ , head by a Jewish man, Mayer Rubin. Mayer and the Essene Brotherhood are now attempting to kill the Prime Minister. McClure thwarts there plan.

Overall Rating


Point of View


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 profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins with the murder of the Israeli Finance Minister. It sets the stakes and gives a glimpse into how sophisticated and dangerous the organization is.

Possible Drawbacks

The story doesn't have much action or suspense. It is a slow build and slow reveal of the antagonist. It has some interesting moments but isn't very enthralling. There could be more tense moments that heighten the drama.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a secret organization is planning to kill the Prime Minister after killing the Finance Minister. I would watch to see a sophisticated criminal operation from an area I am familiar with. There antagonist is also a Hasidic Jew and the motives behind it stem from historical events.

Fanbase Potential

This would have a decent sized fanbase especially if it gained award buzz like similar films. It is drama with little action which wouldn't appeal to a mass audience as it is.

Awards Potential

This type of story tends to gain awards notice for performance. It is a good vehicle for seasoned actors to bring to life. This story is written well but doesn't stand out compared to similar films.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is original because of the origin of its antagonist. Mayer is running his operations from Teaneck, NJ which has a strong Jewish community. It brings the drama closer to home as opposed to it being solely based internationally. Overall, the story flows like a typical political drama.

Lead Characters

The lead character doesn't stand out. He is a white male tracking down bad guys. The story doesn't take much time on character development instead placing emphasis on the plot.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story that is well written. There isn't anything overly unique about it. It could be improved by having more dynamic and memorable characters. The story could have more action or tense moments and encounters to heighten the drama.

Possible Formats

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

Analyst Recommendation



This is a consider because it is a well written and well developed story. The issue lies in the uniqueness of the story. It might not catch the attention of major audiences. There needs to be more action and adventure. It has a slower build which might translate better onscreen than it does on paper.