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The pampas of western Peru are beautiful in their desolation. Averaging twenty minutes of rain per year, even the tiniest changes to the desert can last thousands of years. The plains of Nazca illustrate this perfectly; lines carved in the rocky soil have survived nearly two millennia. The glyphs of Nazca are one of the great archaeological mysteries of our time, though recently, a discovery has sparked controversy. When an American television crew picks up the story, they find a deep scientific mystery – and political intrigue that turns very deadly.
At 61,000 words, Glyphs is a tight speculative thriller. We look over the shoulder of an unusual cosmologist working at JPL as his story weaves into the plans of a successful television producer – and how both cross paths with a shadowy former Air Force operative. The characters give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of television production even as threats swirl just off-camera to crank the tension.
The plot has a foundation of real science, shared through dialogue that make the concepts approachably visual. The crew’s discoveries in the desert pampas draw skeptical characters deeper and deeper into speculation – though the consequences are anything but abstract. A sprinkling of dark comic relief keeps it bearable until the action breaks through, bringing the story full-circle to a commercial, mainstream market.
Glyphs is my debut novel and the first story in a planned series. The style is visceral and immersive, lending itself to a fast first-read – but with enough depth that it could hook genre fans. The light word count is admittedly risky, but the strategy is to entice skittish publishers with a lower cost project, then push the envelope with the sequels. The second installment is in rough draft and the third has a deeply developed outline, with further possibilities depending on market reception.
Think of Glyphs as a bit of modern mythology told through a very realistic voice. I’m excited to share this story and perhaps, with your guidance, we could bring that excitement to a wide audience. If the concept sparks your interest, I’d be delighted to send a synopsis, sample or full manuscript.
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