The Last of The Soul Searchers

David Ashby

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    Core Theme



    2000s,1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s










    This is a book about a complex and gifted man, caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between the Arcturians and the Anunnaki for the control of Earth and it's inhabitants.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal


    Nashville Tn, Springfield Tn, Red River Gorge, 76 Falls, Albany Ky, and Sedona, Arizonia

    Based on a True Story


    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Xlibris Publishing

    Year Published: 2021

    Starting Description

    Shaun Mcgregor, is an Uber driver that has a unique gift, he has the psychic ability to detect evil in Humans. He picks of a fare, and he immediately senses great evil. He then takes the demon to an old barn, were the Arcturians destroy the DNA of the rider and sends a clone back that is harmless

    Ending Description

    Shaun is locked away in a Mental hospital and is labeled a Serial Killer. He is either suffering from dissociate personality or is being framed by the Evil Annuaki. He has a vision which reveals a sophisticated plan orchestrated by his evil stepfather, and the love of his life Vicki.

    Group Specific

    Alien enthusiast, Government conspiracist,

    Hard Copy Available




    Mature Audience Themes

    Sexual Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: Shaun Mcgregor

    Age: 45-50

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Adventurous,Badass,Patriotic,Religious,Seductive,Strong Moral Code,Heroic,Funny,Selfless,Empathetic,Crazy,Complex,Villainous

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Aunt Jackie

    Age: 65-70

    Gender: Female

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Crazy,Faithful,Engaging,Empathetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Pee Wee

    Age: 45-50

    Gender: Male

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Underdog,Clumsy,Uneducated,Empathetic,Selfless,Engaging,Outspoken,Insecure,Naive,Funny

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Uncle Jim

    Age: 70-75

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Narcisstic,Charming,Blunt,Faithful,Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

    Development Pitch

    This story is physiological thriller, that features an unreliable narrator, is one factor leads to mind boggling twist at the conclusion of the book. Shaun Mcgregor is a man battling inner demons, including sexual abuse. He abuses alcohol to cope with his dysfunctional life, yet this traumatized man is asked to save mankind from the evil Anunnaki. This heroic ideation is subliminal to all people and witnessing someone overcoming their personnel hell to save humanity is appealing. I interwove the Covid pandemic into the story line, as an Anunnaki plan to destroy humanity, which is being enforced by shape shifting Reptilian governmental leaders in Washington. This concept will appeal to all the Conspiracy theorist, which ranks have been growing ten-fold since the Kennedy assassination. The And finally, baby boomers will love my book, because in my time jumping section, I will describe the fifties as time of vast economic growth, a strong religious time when values matter. Compared to the horrors of today, Antifa, Proud boys, Meth, The dark web, Pedophile islands for the rich and famous. The reader will be forced to grasp how in just 64 years the moral fiber of America has been tarnished beyond repair.




    Given the ability to see evil in humans by benevolent aliens and tasked to stop them before they cause harm, a rideshare driver finds himself caught in an intergalactic war with evil aliens. In order to save the world, he’s helped by the good aliens and their other assistants to travel back in time 70 years. Unfortunately, his own hubris gets the better of him as he tries to alter historical events and save lives. The bad aliens find him in the past, and he wakes up in the present in a mental institution where it’s not clear what’s actually real and what’s in his head.

    Overall Rating


    Point of View


    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    It is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The premise of the novel is incredibly unique, and the reader is thrown immediately into the action. As this reader is familiar with the conspiracy theories surrounding reptilian aliens, this was a fun romp overall. (Potentially this could cause a lot of confusion in any readers not already familiar as there’s not a lot of necessary exposition given for some time.) Shaun has had to take on this massive responsibility, and it’s interesting to watch him at work. Weaving in a little bit of humor works well to ease the way into the story, too. The first ten pages are wild and surprising, and they immediately hook a reader into wanting more.

    Possible Drawbacks

    As mentioned, the book throws you straight into the relative zaniness of Shaun being essentially a vigilante for aliens, and the groundwork needed to build this world never really happens. An audience needs to be able to suspend disbelief and buy into this — and an audience is willing to accept a lot. This all can be believable, but it needs to be more established. So much happens off the page, such as Shaun’s backstory with the aliens which isn’t revealed for a long time. It’s not a surprise that Shaun might just be mentally ill, as it’s obvious from the start that it’s probably what’s happening. The worldbuilding in an adaptation would have to be stronger so there’s some question as to whether what Shaun sees is real.

    Use of Special Effects


    Primary Hook of Story

    The story is very original and fresh, and that’s a great hook into an adaptation. Aliens have been a mainstay in stories pretty much since media was invented, and it’s something that humans always have a healthy interest in. Science fiction in general is often popular, and Shaun is a strong hero to set this narrative around.

    Fanbase Potential

    Aliens could draw in a big audience, but the conspiracy theory angle could, unfortunately, limit an audience as it’s pushed to the extreme.

    Awards Potential

    Due to the genre and the plot itself, it’s unlikely to have traditional awards potential.

    Envisioned Budget


    Similar Films/TV Series


    What’s New About the Story

    As discussed, this is a very original story so far as its treatment of aliens and it has a unique take on a hero’s adventure. The plot could have a stronger and more logical arc, with more cause and effect to what happens. When Shaun is on the run, it’s a straightforward story for the most part, but the story kind of just meanders up until then. After he goes back in time, it also meanders, and the main thing pushing forward the narrative is the passage of time. A stronger plot, especially one that ties in the time travel better, would help to support its uniqueness.

    Lead Characters

    Shaun turns into something of an antagonist by the end of the story, which is fresh and so interesting. The concern is that Shaun isn’t very likable before this point of the book, either. He’s often a little too brash, and in large part what we know about him is that he’s an alcoholic who was abusive to at least one of his ex-wives. He has no relationship that we know of with his children or grandchildren, and he connives to steal his best friend’s girlfriend. If Pee Wee was shown to be a bad guy, this could work better. Shaun is at his most likable when he tries to defend others, especially when he speaks up against racism in the 1950s. Leaning more into this side of his personality would be helpful.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The story itself makes this close to a rare gem because it is very unique. The alien and conspiracy elements are so fascinating, and focusing more on this side of things in an adaptation would help it to stand out more. It’s easy to envision a TV series or even a limited series that would tap into the more worldwide and political elements and balance that storyline alongside Shaun’s more personal journey.

    Possible Formats

    TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation



    The story in its current form is so scattered that attempting an adaptation of the novel would be very challenging. The premise is likely not commercial enough to be worth that difficult, especially given what would be a medium-high or high budget thanks to special effects and the action scenes. The conspiracy theory aspects could limit the audience, and Shaun’s discussion of the 1950s as an ideal period in which to live makes this worse. Though it’s understandable from his worldview why he would think this, it’s alienating to almost anyone who’s not a straight white man since the time period was chock full of egregious racism, sexism, homophobia, and general inequality. His strong belief in a golden era feels naive and negatively impacts his already waning likability. The writing style is repetitive and often tells us what’s coming up, which removes some of the tension or mystery. The dialogue is expository and contains no subtext so it doesn’t sound realistic. The formatting also causes some difficulty while reading, and the book could do with a proofing and editing pass. Most importantly, the worldbuilding isn’t strong enough to suspend disbelief, and the audience can never be fully invested as a result. The characters are flat and don’t feel or sound like real people, and the tone is unbalanced and inserts too much comedy into serious moments.

    Tips for Improvement

    The book moves at an okay pace, but the plot doesn’t follow a strong enough through line. Though the twist itself is interesting, it’s obvious from a mile away. Any story should work just as well without its twist, though, and it’s not clear that this would. The twist gives this a little bit of weight, especially since the audience doesn’t quite know what’s real and what’s not. Foreshadowing the twist so that it feels earned is important, but it’s not quite working as is. The world needs to be much, much clearer, and having more interaction with the aliens themselves could help this. Building Shaun into a more likable character is essential, especially with the eventual reveal. We need to be fully invested in his story, and we need to believe it’s possible he’s being directed by aliens and isn’t just losing his mind and killing people.


    A rideshare driver gains the ability to see evil in humans and is tasked by aliens to help them rid the planet of such people before they can cause harm. When the good aliens he’s helping are targeted by a race they have eons of history with, he finds himself in the middle of an alien war.
    To save the world, he’s transported back in time 70 years where the bad aliens hopefully cannot find him.

    What We Liked

    This is an extremely unique novel that puts a fun spin on the conspiracy theory that the rich and powerful people of the world are actually reptilian aliens in disguise. The protagonist is forced to put himself on the line again and again to protect humanity, the greatest cause a hero could hope for coupled with the highest stakes. This hero is also complex and has an almost anti-redemption arc as hubris gets the best of him. It’s the kind of story designed to make an audience think and to get them to engage with trying to decide what’s real.

    Film: Anyone with interest in conspiracy theories or aliens in general would flock to see this film — or stream it. The twist at the end with it not being obvious how much of this is in Shaun’s head is perfect for a film, as twist-ending movies tend to work very well structurally. A large part of Shaun’s story is an adventure as he’s on the run, and it would be so cinematic on the big screen.
    The outdoor, real-life locations are also beautiful, and they’d make a stunning backdrop for a feature film.

    TV: The novel is very well-suited to a television series, as it contains a sprawling world and many-varied narratives that could be expanded upon. From time travel to a river rafting escape to literal aliens in disguise, this book has everything to hook in a variety of audiences. In short, there’s a little something for everyone. Plenty of the stories could be drawn out and expanded upon to fill several episodes, and there are many characters that could support their own subplots. Being able to explore more of Mike and the politics of the aliens would form a solid backbone for a show.

    Key points:
    1. Unique premise
    2. Cinematic locations
    3. Fresh alien lore
    4. Time travel element
    5. Strong good versus evil through line


    SHAUN is a middle-aged rideshare driver who has the ability to tell if someone is evil thanks to the benevolent aliens he’s aligned with, the ARCTURIANS. When he picks up evil riders, he takes them to a pickup spot where an Arcturians UFO appears and clones the person and gives back a harmless version who will either never be bad or who might even confess to his crimes.

    Sometimes, if a person is too bad, the aliens won’t even give back a clone. In these cases, Shaun needs to lie to protect himself from being suspected. Shaun lives in his AUNT and UNCLE’s basement, helping to pay their bills and take care of them both. Shaun’s life went downhill when he was only eleven as he was brutally raped while living abroad in Turkey. He has three ex-wives, as well as children and grandchildren, but he’s unfortunately not close to any of them.

    Shaun has turned to alcohol to manage his trauma. Shaun’s best friend from high school PEE WEE comes to visit for dinner, and he brings along his gorgeous new girlfriend VICKI. Shaun is immediately attracted to Vicki, and he decides to steal her from Pee Wee. Shaun’s potential to be a conduit for the Arcturians began with JOHN, a Navajo medicine man who has become Shaun’s mentor. Through a spiritual journey, Shaun learned that the Arcturians split off from the evil ANNUNAKI thousands of years ago and have been protecting humankind ever since.

    Shaun’s stepfather MIKE invites him to a party though they haven’t seen each other since Shaun’s mother passed. John believes Mike is either Annunaki or working for them. Shaun cunningly invites Vicki to come with him as moral support, since he knows Pee Wee is working.

    Shaun starts to believe John’s theory about Mike, and he plants a listening device at Mike’s that John gave him. The next day, Mike sends MEN to bring him back. He spills his plan to Shaun, taunting him. He is working for the Annunaki, and he explains that Shaun has gotten stuck in a civil war. The Annunaki have infiltrated every level of commerce and politics across the globe in disguise. Mike promises to spare Shaun’s life if he betrays the pickup location he uses with the Arcturian UFOs. He’s behind Shaun’s childhood rape, which was meant to be a murder and was actually done by reptilian aliens working alongside the Annunaki. He tells Shaun that he’s half Arcturian as they raped his mother. Mike’s goons drop Shaun back at his home, and he immediately goes to see John. John introduces him to BART, who sets the record straight.

    Shaun’s mom was impregnated by Arcturians with no physical contact. To save Shaun’s life so that he can save the world, they need to get him to safety. He insists they save Vicki as well, but to his dismay, they’re too late to save his aunt, uncle, and Pee Wee, who have already been killed by the Annunaki.

    The Annunaki have been reshaping the Earth to be like their home planet by encouraging climate change and making the planet unlivable for humans. Bart leads Shaun, Vicki, and John through the woods of Tennessee to a wormhole. John and Bart are killed in an Annunaki ambush, but Shaun and Vicki are able to escape and travel back in time to 1956. They live as a married couple in different bodies. They’re meant to keep a low profile, but Shaun begins to write books alluding to dangerous things that will come to pass. Mike and the Annunaki find them because of Shaun’s success. Shaun wakes up in a mental institution in his original body in the present. He’s being held as a serial killer for the men he turned over to the Arcturians. Bart is actually an FBI agent, and Shaun was involved in a manhunt when he was headed toward the “wormhole.” John was an innocent bystander who was killed in the crossfire. Shaun allegedly killed his uncle, and his aunt and Pee Wee are still alive and come to see him. Shaun realizes that Bart, Pee Wee, and his aunt are Annunaki cyborgs who are concealing the truth after tracking him down. Shaun has an out-of-body experience where he sees Mike and Vicki conspiring. Vicki is Mike’s biological daughter, and she’s upset she had to pretend to be Shaun’s wife for so many years in the ‘50s. The Annunaki can now continue to make the world best for them while killing off humanity.

    About The Author

    I am a retired Football coach/History Teacher. I am a graduate of Western Kentucky University, with bachelor's degree in Geography, with minors in History, Sociology, and Military Science. I enjoy all sports, and in my senior years have added pickleball to my agenda. I have three grown sons, and eight grandchildren, I love writing because it taps into my creative genius.