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1980s & '90s,2000s,Contemporary

Ray Palla

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Where do you find redemption for the human spirit? The answer is uniquely distinct for every individual. Sometimes it arrives unexpectedly, in the oddest of places, under the faintest light. Saturated in relentless tension, and fed by self-doubt “Krill America” triumphs in a stunning humanity-baring conclusion.


Action, Adventure, Drama, Suspense / Thriller, Epic,,Adventure,Drama,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Brutalized by his past and overwhelming survival odds, the chief engineer of the S.S. Krill America faces choices between his heart and soul, and his own troubled mind.

Max recounts the events and strained relationships among the crew members who compete for control and vie for the affections of Kat, the only female member of the crew. A surprising and stunning conclusion reveals a hidden truth that no one, least of all Max, suspects.


Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Galveston

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return,,Tragedy,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Twist, Philosophical Questions, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Max Villanueva

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Aggressive, Charming, Desperate, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Clumsy, Engaging, Modest, Sarcastic, Skillful, Uneducated, Visionary, Crazy, Honorable, Complex, Funny, Gracious,Aspiring,Modest,Complex,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Honorable,Underdog,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Religious,Charming,Crazy,Desperate,Uneducated,Adventurous,Funny,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Will Thomas

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Confident, Faithful, Honorable, Obedient, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Charming, Complex, Educated, Patriotic, Aspiring, Blunt, Flexible, Funny, Gracious, Heroic, Insecure, Leader, Modest, Underdog, Decisive, Engaging, Empathetic, Naive, Selfless, Heartthrob,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Obedient,Modest,Patriotic,Decisive,Selfless,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Skillful,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Strong Moral Code,Honorable,Masculine,Romantic,Heroic,Insecure,Leader,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Kate Weston

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Honorable, Patriotic, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Confident, Educated, Engaging, Outspoken, Selfless, Unapologetic, Leader, Sexy, Charming, Heroic, Sophisticated, Empathetic, Aggressive, Badass, Complex, Sarcastic, Seductive, Aspiring, Modest, Perseverance, Adventurous, Beautiful, Decisive,Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Narcisstic,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Blunt,Power Hungry,Empathetic,Selfless,Engaging,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Gracious,Romantic,Visionary,Sarcastic,Heroic,Seductive,Educated,Sophisticated,Leader,Manipulative,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kevin Raker

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Secretive, Skillful, Power-hungry, Lone Wolf, Crazy, Aspiring, Desperate, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Educated, Heroic, Insecure, Sarcastic, Adventurous,Adventurous,Masculine,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Villainous,Uneducated,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Crazy,Patriotic,Criminal,Desperate,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Romantic,Heartthrob,Heroic,Seductive,Manipulative,Lone Wolf

Development Pitch

“Krill America” is an aged seaman’s action-suspense-thriller and a research vessel tasked to “feed the world.” Suddenly marooned, sequestered, the ship languishes in the most treacherous place on earth. Broken and set adrift in an Antarctic sea of chaos, saturated in relentless tension, and fed by self-doubt the ship’s crew triumphs in a stunning humanity-baring conclusion. This novel is an essay on human interaction when people are thrown together and forced to work toward a common goal, although they have little in common and would likely not (of their own volition) ever choose to be connected. It's the story of struggle and the measure of man’s success. An action/adventure, suspense/thriller; KRILL AMERICA is relentless and "rife with tension and suspense." The characters and the plot are so real that the impending death story of the Galveston research vessel is styled by critics as having "I was there" graphic wealth. The book is described as a cross between “The Old Man and the Sea,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” and “Titanic.” Crippled in the Antarctic Weddell Sea, the ship is stricken adrift and sinking with no means of communication and no certainty of rescue. Chief Engineer, MAX VILLANUEVA faces his torn life and the greatest challenge of a lifetime. Max and a few surviving crewmen must create their own way home or face certain death-by-winter at the bottom of the world. Reviews: "Painted in Fantastic Gritty Reality." "Quite deft... reminded me of MOBY DICK."

About The Author

Ray put three decades into a commercial broadcast career. He anchored two top-rated Texas radio news desks. Now, his books, KRILL AMERICA, SIMPLE TRIPLE STANDARD, and H have 5-Stars on Amazon. During his journalism career, Ray interviewed astronauts who walked on the moon like Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin and the late Neil A. Armstrong. Ray recalls that “those two, like school kids,” sparred over who spoke the first words on the moon. “Aldrin still contends that he said something about a soft landing just seconds before Armstrong famously reported to Houston that the Eagle had landed.” U.S. Senators, Governors, Mayors, and a host of other influential notables interviewed with Ray (and they all called him ‘Ray’). His “on and off-the-record” dialogs invoked hundreds of musicians, actors, comedians, sports legends, and daily-dozens of down-to-earth people to speak up or speak out. From those conversations, Ray learned the art of telling a compelling story. Palla recently said, “I was too young and naïve to grasp the ‘forever impact’ of some of them. Like Willie Nelson. I just hope that a piece of Willie’s greatness shines out through me, as a result of my quest to peer into how his success came to be. What an incredible influence some men and women ‘troubadour’ into future generations! I admire those who do.” Mr. Palla also boasts awards for several national advertising campaign jingles for customers that include Ford, Purina, and Exxon.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

traveler groups, Galveston, sailors, explorers, scientists

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: BookBaby

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available