I don't normally do this, but in this case, I'll make an exception, since I feel this is the main obstacle holding me back. I have to ask: how do you title your stories? I titled my novel "Icon of the Defender" after a decade plus of writing, rewriting and adding new plot points and all that other happy HS (and I have adapted it into 3 screenplays since the novel is split into 3 parts). However, I have received mixed feelings about said title - some like it, others feel it sounds too pretentious and abstract, almost ambiguous. I'm trying to rack my brains to think of a better title but I can't use a title I've already utilised for a previous work and I can't have it start with the word "The" due to its alphabetical ambiguity, nor can I use something too common (even if it fits the plot), nor can I use a title that's too similar to something preexisting (strict, I know, but I can't afford to take the easy way out). Here's the synopsis taken straight from the novel.
"The Rhodium Golems – a group of dogs of war consisting of pilot-cum-computer hacker Vincenzo Corbucci, pragmatic rifleman and ex-Spetsnaz officer Nikolai Rostavili, and Machiavellian medic and former Gendarme Jacques Dubois – uncover a dark secret when they awaken ex-assassin Hiroka Noguchi from cryogenic stasis during a routine scavenging mission. Thanks to the former hitwoman, they learn about a controversial experiment to create the ultimate warrior called Project Athena, in which she and her friend Elsa Lindblom were used as lab rats. Aided by their newfound ally and motivated by honour, the mercenaries travel the globe to find out more about the 5 Elements, a powerful organisation with ties to Project Athena, and to rescue Elsa from whatever fate lies in store for her…"
If anyone has any advice on how I can retitle this thing (even though the current title is kind of stuck and locked in) or has other titles available (providing they abide by my rules), then I'd be most grateful.