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New Novel Idea- Stockholm Syndrome. Answered

After years of writer's block over a mediocre novel idea (military special forces team), of which I only have half a chapter done, I decided to scrap it and start anew. My old idea was thought up when I was around 12, so of course it didn't pan out. I want to know what you think of my knew idea:

Title:
Stockholm Syndrome.

Story outline:
After a successful recovery mission (of a hostage), the evacuation copter is shot down after pickup. All but a few are dead. One marine watches in horror as the insurgents that shot them down move in and execute the wounded. He is last, the barrel of a gun pressed against his head. The executioner is about to pull the trigger when the insurgent leader orders him to stop, he apparently sees something in this marine. The marine is taken prisoner instead. After several years of imprisonment, the captured marine comes down with Stockholm Syndrome (These men saved his life, they could have killed him like the rest). He rises through the insurgent's ranks, committing brutal war crimes along the way, and eventually becomes their leader. He then goes on to orchestrate a major (successful) attack on the U.S.

First or third person? I'm thinking first.

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mg0930mg (author)2008-09-07
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skunkbait (author)2008-07-27

Definitely a good idea. I see hints of Patty Hearst, John Walker, and "the Dread Pirate Roberts". You might want to go with a different name, or use yours as a subtitle. "Stockholm Syndrome" strikes me as a little obvious.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)skunkbait2008-07-28

Thanks! Yea, the title is probably only a temporary. I'm still trying to think of one (I am pretty bad at coming up with titles).

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-07-27

I like the idea...a lot, actually. Mainly because of that last bit of going from marine to orchestrator. I'd write it in first person, and try to make the reader actually understand and agree with the his motives. I guess you'd have to understand why they do it, first.

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Thanks!

It's going to be tough, but you're right. My ultimate goal is to get the reader to agree with his motives; to think he is doing the right thing. It's going to be really tough.

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skunkbait (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-07-27

You'll have to make them FEEL the brainwashing. You might even go light on the terrorist-philosophy or physical implications until the audience sympathizes with his changing belief system. You don't want them to be repulsed by the terrorist ideology UNTIL they sympathize with the character. Then they'll see the horror of surrendering your identitiy to a (any) radical/militant movement.

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If it were easy, everyone would be an author!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-07-27

*Crickets chirping.*

Bump?

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