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Author Topic: Synopsis for Multicultral Spy Thriller  (Read 2528 times)
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« on: August 27, 2017, 07:40:50 PM »

Here is the synopsis for Book 1 in the ten part series I'm writing for both print and a TV mini-series. The series Title is BLACK RUSSIAN.
 Comments greatly appreciated.

Although a member in good standing in the top ten-percent of Soviet society, GRU officer Mikhail Khalatsyn carries three big chips on his shoulder:

1) because his father is an African-American who immigrated to the U.S.S.R. in 1933, Mikhail is driven to constantly prove to himself that he is as Russian as anyone;
2) he knows the horrors his father suffered growing up in the Jim Crow South, so he hates America and Americans of all shades;
3) and finally, it galls him that because of his skin color and because he speaks English so well that people think he’s American.

In 1983, when Mikhail is attached to the United Nations in New York City as an undercover diplomat he turns #3 to his advantage. His mission: recruit American citizens to infiltrate America’s primitive computer networks.
His target is John Pansini, a roofer with a Master’s degree in library science and who also happens to be a whiz at using a computer to search online databases. Mikhail and the GRU think John is the right candidate for industrial espionage. He is like a ship that trying to find its course. Mikhail's task is to steer him into a job in a defense contractor’s library where he will have access to “interesting information” and lots of cash.

What’s a spy thriller without plot twists? Here they are:

1) supposedly, Mikhail has been a CIA asset since 1982, feeding the Agency intelligence;
2) in reality, Mikhail is part of sophisticated GRU plot, an agent provocateur feeding disinformation to the Americans;
3) every time the KGB brings charges of treason against Mikhail they are dismissed;
4) Mikhail has also been targeted by the FBI because unknown to him John Pansini goes to the FBI and becomes Bureau’s controlled asset;
5) CIA decides not to interfere because they have serious doubts about Khalatsyn’s bona fides.
6) the U.S.S.R. is in collapse mode, so Mikhail and his boss, the GRU Rezident, consider their options of going over to MI6 for real and telling the Brits about a group of powerful plutocrats in the Kremlin;
7) and finally, if Mikhail chooses to go this route he will not only betray the land of his birth, but also his father’s love of Russia.


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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2017, 01:04:26 PM »

I'm not a pro at this, but I'm pretty sure you need to write this more as a story instead of breaking it down to line points.
Somebody's had a VERY interesting life!
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