The Darkest Hour

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Lauren Smith

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The Darkest Hour is the story of a professor of Paleontology and the graduate student he secretly is in love with are targeted by a deadly Russian mobster who wants to use them to smuggle Mongolian fossils through the Russian border.


Action, Adventure, Suspense / Thriller, Romance,

Short Summary

When graduate assistant Mackenzie Martin is attacked while working late in her professor's office on Long Island, she narrowly escapes. She finds Dr. Royce Devereaux and explains what happened, Royce knows immediately that the Russian mobster Vadym wants to use him to illegal transport fossils.

Royce and MacKenzie, with the aid of their hacker friend on Long Island and Royce's bodyguard friend, escape Vadym's men and race to the embassy in Mongolia in a violent show down where they barely survive.


Long Island's Gold Coast, Moscow, Mongolia

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,overcoming the fear of losing loved ones

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Dr. Royce Devereaux

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine, Romantic, Badass, Confident, Heartthrob, Lone Wolf, Seductive, Sexy, Adventurous, Charming, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kenzie Martin

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Empathetic, Modest, Romantic, Selfless, Skillful, Strong Moral Code

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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: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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