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Monday, November 13, 2017

THE HERETICS OF ST. POSSENTI

Bishop Thomas Cranberry finds himself at a loss when he is confronted by a thief and realizes some disturbing truths about himself. The experience sends him in search of the men who are increasingly absent from the Church, who find themselves at a loss in a world that has gone increasingly feral, and who feel that they have nowhere to go and no one to whom they can turn for support. In listening to them and attempting to understand their plight, he finds an unexpected mission.

THE HERETICS OF ST. POSSENTI is for readers who want the backstory of the story and for those who want to know how one inspired man can make a difference in a fallen world. It is a novel for those who need inspiration to get them though the day and those who look for unusual ways to accomplish the mission. It is for people who understand and respect the old ways but know that sometimes a seed cannot grow without splitting the pavement.

Rolf Nelson is the author of BACK FROM THE DEAD, the first book in The Stars Came Back series. This is how Rolf described the connection between the two books.

The first book written in this series of related stories was The Stars Came Back. It had a small but important part played by a somewhat mysterious order of monks, the Order of St. Possenti. It was also said they had a small but significant role in the past as they helped save, metaphorically and physically, the fully self-aware AI aboard the warship Armadillo. It was an unusual order of monks, and it raised more than a few reader questions. It also piqued my own interest: how could such an order of rifle-toting Christian monks come into existence? A fascinating plot device to use as a fully developed entity, but… How?

So I set about exploring the idea. I learned much in the process about Christianity, Catholicism, popes, monks, schisms, and more. I hope you enjoy the results of that labor.

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Rocklea November 13, 2017 8:14 AM  

Excellent, I really enjoyed The Stars Came Back and I was hoping for more stories from Rolf Nelson.

Anonymous White Guy November 13, 2017 8:40 AM  

Sweeeeet! Pulled the book from KU just now! If I wasn't under the gun to write a report, I would be diving back into this world as I drink my coffee this morning.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 13, 2017 8:46 AM  

Read the sample--wow! Vox, look no further. Rolf Nelson can help you with creating successful continued stories in comic books.

He had me hook, line, and sinker with his few pages of Amazon sample text! Purchased!

Now I have to wait for lunch to read more of it. Curses!

Review coming, Rolf!

Blogger pdwalker November 13, 2017 8:46 AM  

I wasn't sold until the last three paragraphs.

*sigh*

Blogger JDC November 13, 2017 9:00 AM  

Well done with the promo - I really want to read this book. Buying it today and will be happily reading in my deer blind Thursday. Look forward to writing a review. God bless CH and the great work you are doing.

Blogger Robert Pinkerton November 13, 2017 9:07 AM  

I.I.R.C., Saint Gabriel Possenti is the Roman Catholic Patron of handgun shooters.

Blogger D.J. November 13, 2017 10:05 AM  

I got this, am reading it right now, and am enjoying it a lot.

Amazon review forthcoming, and Rolf has made great gains in writing since The Stars Came Back

@6: you are correct. They mention that in the book.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2017 10:07 AM  

This is absolutely fantastic.

Blogger Michael Feather November 13, 2017 10:12 AM  

I instantly bought this upon getting the CH newsletter, and I look forward to starting reading this today. Just yesterday, I was wondering when Rolf Nelson was going to follow-up on 'Back from the Dead,' and today I got my answer.

Anonymous Causal Lurker November 13, 2017 10:50 AM  

Great read while on the aircraft. Lots to think about. Definitely writing a good review.

Anonymous Eduardo November 13, 2017 11:08 AM  

I couldn't resist the urge to think about how this text would be like in audio format...

Hope you enjoy

And yes... you wrote Though instead of Through!

Anonymous Aeoli Pera November 13, 2017 12:10 PM  

Legit.

Blogger cheddarman November 13, 2017 12:35 PM  

Vox, will there be a book about the Holy Order of Saint Kurgan?

Blogger Clint November 13, 2017 12:44 PM  

Good. We need more Rolf books. They are great. Any idea when part 2 of The Stars Came Back will be released?

Anonymous BBGKB November 13, 2017 12:50 PM  

how could such an order of rifle-toting Christian monks come into existence?

People thought we would have flying cars by now but look what is happening in Weka's backyard.


"in Sydney, there is an “exosexual bathhouse” that is being described as a “no-holds-barred extravaganza meant to dissolve the barriers between species"

https://www.queerty.com/ecosexuals-love-earth-much-literally-want-sex-20171112

Blogger Matthew November 13, 2017 1:34 PM  

Clint wrote:Good. We need more Rolf books. They are great. Any idea when part 2 of The Stars Came Back will be released?

Probably be January or February.

Blogger Starboard November 13, 2017 1:43 PM  

I'm about halfway through and enjoying it. It's an interesting mix of action, philosophy, history, religion, martial arts, and bible study.

As a note on one of the first chapters. I taught for a very short time at a community college branch on a military base teaching the warrior transition unit soldiers. My students confirmed that being able to fight back has a huge effect on PTSD. Changes in ROE restricted their ability to return fire from one deployment to the next, even in obviously hostile situations. Not being allowed to defend themselves contributed significantly to their distress.

I also liked the part about how those in the church who are productive and giving are constantly expected to give more (time, money, and emotional support). Because "We Care A Lot." I think it's called charity fatigue. I feel like pre-visitation Scrooge by the time Christmas rolls around every year.

In other words, it's a great book that has already rung true with me on several fronts, even though I am not Catholic, not male, and do not have PTSD. Well done Mr. Nelson!

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 13, 2017 2:11 PM  

This should not be a stand alone book. As good as it is there should be more.

Blogger Resident Moron™ November 13, 2017 3:42 PM  

I bought my wife a Kindle as a present. So she bought me one.

So now our Kindles are tied to the others Amazon account.

This is relevant because Castalia House is really messing with my wife's budget.

Blogger Matthew November 13, 2017 4:05 PM  

Brick Hardslab wrote:This should not be a stand alone book. As good as it is there should be more.

You can tell Rolf that here:


http://www.thestarscameback.com/?p=1045

I already asked him if he would write a sequel where the order gets persecuted.

Blogger weka November 13, 2017 4:52 PM  

@BGKB. I am not an Aussie, and I left my hometown (Auckland)) as it had become a multicultural cesspit.

I am more ashamed about our new Muppet Prime Minister, who instantly bonded with Trudeau.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2017 5:23 PM  

Excellent. Now the TSCB sequel, please.

Matthew wrote:Clint wrote:Good. We need more Rolf books. They are great. Any idea when part 2 of The Stars Came Back will be released?

Probably be January or February.


Assuming this is the sequel...I believe Clint would be in agreement, some good ol' fashioned persecution would be in order if this slips.

Blogger Matthew November 13, 2017 6:40 PM  

Clint knows where I live.

Blogger Clint November 13, 2017 6:43 PM  

Yes, yes, I do know where Matthew lives. I am really looking forward the TSCB part 2. I loved the screen play version, but like the novelization even more.

Anonymous Jack November 13, 2017 7:51 PM  

Rifle-toting Christian monks. I've always appreciated the Christian vigilantism of The Boondock Saints.

Anonymous Rolf November 13, 2017 9:22 PM  

Ah, very cool, and appropriate. Official release date is November 11th - veterans day.

#889 overall, #2 in genre. But looking at the company it's keeping in the
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Inspirational category, I can't help but think that middle aged men are not the normal target audience for that sort of writing :-)

Thanks for everyone's support, and all honest reviews are appreciated.

Blogger Matthew November 13, 2017 9:26 PM  

Already a stock of excellent reviews there, thoughtful, not just positive.

Blogger pdwalker November 14, 2017 3:11 AM  

Dear Rolf,

More sequels.

That is all.

Blogger Geoarrge November 14, 2017 4:09 AM  

This is the kind of thing that worries me trying to write sci-fi: start out with the intent of writing a straightforward series, then it balloons into a pile of backstories and interludes. Then before you know it, you die of old age and the last one or two volumes have to be finished by your heir or widow.

Blogger VD November 14, 2017 5:29 AM  

But looking at the company it's keeping in the
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Inspirational category, I can't help but think that middle aged men are not the normal target audience for that sort of writing :-)


Isn't that exactly what your book is about?

Anonymous Lepanto November 14, 2017 8:41 AM  

I just stayed up all night reading this book.

Skipping work- much thinking to do...

Anonymous Rolf November 14, 2017 10:56 AM  

@30 - Yes, it is. But it also means that the people who'd normally read through the top 20, or top 100, looking for new stories and authors are likely to give it a pass. The titles/covers look to be something like 90% romance and SJW chick-lit dressed up in religion. It also means the target demographic isn't likely to come across it cruising their normal haunts.

I'm sure a lot of the normal "religious-inspirational" readers would benefit from reading and understanding it; but that whole "the [thing] you NEED, not the [thing] you WANT" conundrum gets in the way... which is ironic, given the genre :-)

Not necessarily a bad thing, but it does create potential marketing / positioning difficulties.

@31 - thanks for your support.
@28 - in the hopper, and working on more.
@18 - thanks for your vote of confidence. We'll see.
@17 - you're welcome!
@7 - thanks for your support!
@4 - that got a chuckle :-)

Anonymous Lepanto November 14, 2017 1:49 PM  

For those interested, here is the URL for the actual St. Gabriel Possenti Society.

http://www.gunsaint.com/default.asp

Cranberry has a real life counterpart, it seems.

Blogger pdwalker November 14, 2017 2:28 PM  

Rolf,

Just finished an hour ago. I really enjoyed it. I’ve left a 5 star review.

This kind of story is not my usual reading fare, so I’m glad VD put out a good pitch to overcome my natural disinclinations.

Anonymous Rolf November 14, 2017 10:49 PM  

@34 - thanks greatly, PD. Appreciated. Up to 11 reviews, down to #4 in genre (almost made it to number 1 in the category for a "category bestseller" label), #2182 overall.

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