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When journalist Ray Barnes agrees to ghostwrite the autobiography of former U.S. president Michael O'Rorke, he awakens within himself a peculiar ability--he can sense imminent threats to his subject's life. Seemingly mystical occurrences prompt each of Ray's warnings to Michael, who survives each event in spectacular fashion. It's enough to make a skeptic wonder: Can there be some truth behind the man's fabled immortality?

Beginning with a dream during his trip with Michael to war-torn Iraq, Ray's prescience and reckless courage soon unite the two men in a devoted friendship. But for someone who never put much stock in the paranormal, Ray regards his "gift" as a mixed blessing, a circumstance both profitable and terrifying. Unpredictable, too. After all, it couldn't prevent Michael's recent kidnapping. That crime, along with the revelation of a closely-guarded secret, drives Ray in his search for answers--reacquainting him with a forgotten part of his childhood as he unravels the mystery behind his quirky psychic power.

You've got the start of a good idea: Ray, who doesn't put much stock in the paranormal, suddenly get psychic powers that allow him to see threats to Michael's life.

Then what? You splat into blather. Be specific. If I never ever see "forgotten part of his childhood" again, I''ll be very grateful.


jamiehall said...

Ummm, this seems familiar. Haven't I seen a Michael O'Rorke (or Michael O'Rourke, or something similar) as a fictional president of the U.S. before? Not sure about this, but you might want to do some research on fictional presidents.

Anonymous said...

The whole business of "recovering memories" of terrifically significant and dramatic but "forgotten" childhood events turns out to be a crock. There was a fad for this in the 80's and early 90's. Lots of money changed hands as "therapists" helped vulnerable people "remember" ever more fabulous fantastic and terrible events. But alas, it was all imaginary. So using "recovered memory" theory works against the realism of your story. See the papers of Elizabeth Loftus for the science, if you care. It'd be more convincing if the memories had continuity -- were never forgotten.

Virginia Miss said...

"a peculiar ability--he can sense imminent threats to his subject's life."

Interesting, and not something I've seen before. Good luck with this.