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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.


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

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