Day Five – A Lost Husband and a Broken Leader


Today I would like to give a basic description that I have written about two of the eight crew members the story will focus on. While secondary characters come in periodically, the eight characters are the only ones privileged to narrating a chapter. In case you’re joining in on day five or I didn’t make it clear in previous blogs, I am going to try this novel in a unique narrative fashion. Each chapter will be from the perspective of one of the eight crew members. It will jump from character to character in each chapter. My hope is that from different character perspectives, certain key information will jump and keep the reader guessing.

While certain characters will be provided with a few more chapters than others, everyone will get at least a few chapters. So without further ado, I give you three of the eight characters in what will be the first of a few different entries of characters over the next few weeks.

Eric Coleman is the first of two, inspired by a few different people. If this book were to ever be made into a movie, it would be perfect to have John Krasinski play the role. Eric Olson is also a strong part of the inspiration, and obviously someone else plays a key figure in the story that is based on someone I know. Eric was first mentioned in the book synopsis (see the pages links on the right side bar.

Growing up with only one sibling, Eric Coleman found it an easy life that he made harder than it had to be. In his younger years caused he was a bit more rebellious and looked for conflict in his life. As he grew older and made more friends, he became more easy going as time went on.

Eric married young after college. He entered into his degree because he didn’t know what else to do. When he met Bailey she was in that program and they became best of friends. That friendship was supposed to stay that way according to Bailey. He tried several times to woo her to no avail. However, one night she was extremely sick. She came down with a severe case of the flu. He stayed with her through the night on the floor. She saw how much he cared for her and she then realized it wouldn’t get much better than him.

Bailey’s passion invigorated him to join her cause in fighting for regenerative energy resources. They began researching projects together and after Bailey’s father died, they inherited the small piece of land in Colorado where they wanted to set up a partnership to create a house that used completely renewable resources. Through government grants and partnerships with a wind power facility’s cooperation, they were ready to move forward. Eric handled a lot of the technical aspects as well as the legal paperwork. He executed more of the bureaucratic side of things. Bailey handled the energy planning and mapping out the layout of their house. The plans were made over the process of four years while working for a local wind power plant. Bailey was working part time to focus on the house while Eric took on the burden of working full time while still taking on the paperwork as well.

When the story enters, Eric is at a crossroads. Unfortunate incidents have resulted in his wife is out of his life and he wants nothing more than to hide from his pain. When the crew of the Thales needs a crew member with his qualifications quickly, he accepts and goes down to the Thales deep in the ocean to hide from his pain.

Jacob Lowe is the second of the characters discussed. I envisioned him as being played by Gary Oldman in a stricter role. The character needs a fragile past that results in a hardened shell. I want the character to come across as rough but surrounded by good intentions.

Years ago, Jacob Lowe was a sought after Navy commander who was rising quickly through the ranks and was one of the youngest commanders of a ship. He constantly made a point to prove himself and had a loving wife and a few young children. During a tour on the boat, his men were feeling extremely downtrodden from constant work and no end in sight. He let his men miss a safety procedure for some of the new recruits as a result to lighten stress on the ship.

A few months later, they had a run in with Somali pirates in what was supposed to be neutral waters. His privates were not trained properly and as a result, three of his new recruits were killed. Fifteen other seamen were injured. Some of them were his friends. Twelve of them recovered, one ended up in a wheelchair, one has a prosthetic leg, and another soldier never recovered and died from his wounds. The traumatizing sight of his colleagues injured and killed proved too much.

Jacob resigned his post even though the battle was considered a success. He returned home with an honorable discharge. He found it difficult to recover. His excessive depression proved a burden on his family. He ended up divorced and alone as he lost custody of his children. Years passed and he began taking out a fishing boat with tourists to make money and ends meet.

As he began patching his family together, his career was lacking. He found the excessive time made him overly clinging to his kids and around too much. He was offered the job to work on the Thales as safety officer. His kids encouraged him to take it not because they were driving him crazy, but because he was driving himself crazy. He swears to never again lose a man under his command. He takes this to be more of a militant exercise than a civilian operation. He believes that if he can keep these people safe, he can find salvation.

So, more character biographies to come, we’ll see you tomorrow! Please feel free to rate the blogs, comment, or subscribe to the right. Thanks for reading, we’ll see you tomorrow!

As he began patching his family together, his career was lacking. He found the excessive time made him overly clinging to his kids and around too much. He was offered the job to work on the Thales as safety officer. His kids encouraged him to take it not because they were driving him crazy, but because he was driving himself crazy. He swears to never again lose a man under his command. He takes this to be more of a militant operation than civilian. He believes that if he can keep these people safe, he can find salvation.

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