The idea behind this series is to start a conversation about the affects of an addiction. Perhaps some of you reading this right now have either faced down an addiction, are still struggling with one, or know of someone who is. What does addiction really do to a human being? What are its lingering affects? What kinds of fears and apprehensions does it create? That's what Executive Solutions is about.
The backdrop of this story is competitiveness. The will to win and the fear to lose can drive a person to make some very strange, very out-of-character decisions that can change him for the rest of his life. Combine those intangible addictions to a tangible one like, say, opium (or a variation of it) and you'll have an idea of who Israel James is.
I'm a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts and I've always wanted a character with those kinds of skills. Israel James is the result of that attempt. He's your typical super tough, macho man jock, but not in the sense that he's a jerk or treats people bad. His problem is that he's made winning his WHOLE life. And when you do that, you make it impossible to beat the most important opponent you'll ever face. Yourself.
Side Note: If you want some extra clues to how this story might go, read Genesis chapter 32.
Praise the Lord! Hope to see you in Spring 2012!
It's Just Business...maybe
Every five years, the federal government signs an exclusive contract with one of the top weapons manufactures in the world. In order to decide which corporation will receive the lucrative contract, the government created a fighting tournament called Executive Solutions. Each corporation then recruits a combatant (better known as an EX-SOL) to use its weaponry and represent the company in the tournament.
No one expects CompuSci, a company secretly on the verge of bankruptcy, to win the tournament, especially when they recruit Israel James to be its EX-SOL. James was once a standout college wrestler on his way to big things. However, his poor choices with drugs ended his blossoming career in shame. CompuSci reluctantly reaches out to James and convinces him to use the EX-SOL tournament as a means of regaining his dignity. But has Israel James fully overcome his addictions?
The 15-part series will begin in Spring 2012.