Shadow of Light

SHADOW OF LIGHT—a spiritual thriller

VERNON, British Columbia, June 2011.

Harry Flynn’s face froze when the old lady slapped her cane down on the altar, hard. Before he or Brooks could move a muscle, she swept it across the marble surface in one swift motion, scattering the filled chalice and the ciborium with its sacred hosts across the sanctuary. Blood-red wine sloshed over the tiles while the communion wafers drifted down through the air like tiny wingless angels. (from page 11)

When a junior angel decides to move in with Brooklyn newspaper publisher Brooks Hennessey, his wife Rachael, his dog Reggie and Arcturus, his foul-mouthed parrot, strange things begin to happen.  His impulsive decision to take over the body of 82-year-old Kathleen Kelly at the moment of her sudden passing is cause for heavenly concern.

Sarius just arrived, but he doesn’t have permission to be here.  What can it mean?

Sarius begins his earthly tenure with a bang: by getting rid of the three hoodlums responsible for Mrs. Kelly’s death.  Over the next two days a series of wonderfully quirky incidents result from this intimate relationship with the angel, and great fun is had by all—until a messenger appears at the Hennessey’s gate in the middle of the night.

Ever met God?  Want to find out what heaven is like?  Even wonder what they do up there all day?

Shadow of Light is filled with poignant episodes that are both heart-wrenching and funny at the same time, an amazing story that will challenge any notions you may have had about where science leaves off and miracles begin.

Ever wonder what it’s like to play golf with an angel?

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Shadow of Light is a heady mix of metaphysics and astrophysics, theology and quantum science, end-of-the-world apocalypse and madcap comic romance, all served up in a great bouillabaisse that is part thriller, part science fiction, part mystery, but mostly good old-fashioned story telling. Mr. Power is aptly named: he casts a potent spell from the first page, and doesn’t break it until well past the last one.

—MARK BUCHANAN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF YOUR GOD IF TOO SAFE, SPIRITUAL RHYTHM AND MANY OTHERS.

After reading Rodney Christian Power’s book, I recognised that he is not only a master story teller, but a gifted craftsman who intuitively knows how to entertain and hold the reader’s attention from beginning to end. What a great read from an imaginative, talented writer.  Shadow of Light will make a great movie.

—SARAH NICHOLS, HOLLYWOOD SCREEN WRITER AND AUTHOR OF ONE STEP AT A TIME

Shadow of Light is a terrific story, one I will read again just for the joy of it.

—GORDON PINSENT, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, ACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT

The work of an emerging master who is sure to be soon hailed by all readers, Shadow of Light is rich with insight, challenge and texture. A rewarding read, no matter your literary tastes.

—ROBERT MACDONALD, AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rodney Christian Power grew up in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, joined the Canadian Corps of Engineers at an early age and entered the military survey school in Ottawa.  Upon returning to civilian life, he became a Professional Land Surveyor and established his consulting practice in Vernon, British Columbia. Years of international consulting saw Rod traverse much of the known (and parts of the unknown) world.  Those exciting and sometimes dangerous experiences (as in minutes away from being lynched in Qum, Iran) prompted Rod to record numerous details about his encounters with the locals.  See www.rodneychristianpower.com

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW SHADOW OF LIGHT CAME INTO BEING

The church that comes into play in Shadow of Light is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Brooklyn.  One Sunday morning Rod happened to be passing through the downtown area and stopped to attend Mass.  OLPH is an imposing structure, and five huge frescos high up behind the main altar made him feel just a touch uncomfortable with all those cold painted eyes bearing down on him.

One idea led to another, and over the course of the next few months, that initial thought worked its way into the beginning of the story that eventually became Shadow of Light.  Rod was always fond of the notion that angels play a role in our lives; that, combined with his background in astronomy and a long-standing interest in quantum physics, added sufficient gist to the creative force that was driving Shadow, so when the time finally came for him to put all this down on paper, the whole story simply unfolded in one long beautiful sequence.

Rod was fortunate indeed to have one of Canada’s foremost astronomers review his original draft, and he is most grateful to Dr. Ken Tapping for taking such an interest and doing his very best to keep Rod on track.  But, as indicted at the beginning of this story, science is science and miracles are miracles, and ne’er the twain shall meet.

Media contact: rcp2@shaw.ca

Website: www.rodneychristianpower.com

Publisher:  Sheaf House Publishers, LLC  Website: www.sheafhouse.com

Library of Congress Control Number: 2010938346

ISBN: 978-0-9824832-6-8

Format: electronic version.  Print version released November, 2011

Now available through Barnes & Noble at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/shadow-of-light?store=ebook

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