Balkanized at Sunrise

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1980s & '90s

Joe Tripician

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When a down-on-his-luck sci-fi author is hired to write the official biography of a Balkan dictator, he falls in over his head and his life becomes threatened.


Drama, Political, War, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime,

Short Summary

The Time: the immediate aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 90s. The Man: a penniless science-fiction author. The Job: write the official biography of Croatia's President, Franjo Tudjman. In an effort to keep Tudjman out of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, the Croatian government hire

When the author Joe decides to tell the truth, the government promptly bans the book, and he is targeted for harassment. Joe sends the information and interviews he recorded to The Hague. It was time for Joe to come in from the cold, keep speaking truth to power, while looking over his shoulder.


New York, Croatia, Bosnia

Based on a True Story


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Voyage and Return

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Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Joe

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy, Funny, Honorable, Insecure, Sarcastic, Aspiring, Educated, Empathetic, Seductive, Adventurous, Charming, Complex, Desperate, Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Jakov

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Manipulative, Narcissistic, Aggressive, Crazy

Additional Character Details

Name: Aida

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass, Beautiful, Confident, Desperate, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: The Priest

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Sophisticated, Charming, Complex, Religious, Skillful

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2010

Hard Copy Available



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