We open on a sniper keeping his eye on a mansion. Various targets cross his eye, a gorilla, Patty. We’re then thrust into a protest taking place outside the U.N. were the President of the United States addresses the General Assembly. In the back, Samuel Taylor carefully listens. Soon after, the President and Samuel meet, where it’s revealed the President backs whatever endeavor Samuel’s pursuing.
We’re then back at the Mansion, surrounded by law enforcement. Detective Stephen Walsh quickly arrives and tries to take control over the situation, but instead butts heads with an FBI Agent. Peter Walsh, Stephen’s & Patty’s father, arrives. Stephen and Peter make it past the police barricade and enter Patty’s mansion, hoping to resolve the issue.
It appears that Patty stole the primates from somewhere and is holding them unlawfully. Why’s the FBI involved in something like this? The FBI Agent says they’re involved because Patty demanded to speak with the President of the United States and declared she had a bomb. Conceptually, I don’t see that as a plausible reason. Even so, why not just bust in the mansion and do what must be done, they’re the FBI. I doubt they care if monkeys are involved or killed.
The descriptions are okay, the world in “The Gift of Fire” needs to come to life when I read it. I want to feel like I’m in the mansion with Patty, in the U.N. with the President and Samuel Taylor. Describe the surroundings in detail, dig deeper.
Who is Samuel Taylor? Only important people get into the U.N., why is he there? A lot of writers feel that this builds a type of climax, but it really doesn’t. It just leaves the reader wondering, who is this guy & why is he in the story.
I don’t really get a sense for these characters. Nothing draws me to them. I should feel sympathetic for Patty, I’m guessing she’s trying to save the monkeys. The same holds true for her brother. Show the readers that Stephen loves his sister, but can’t help her. He should be more torn.