“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Curtis Stewart, is a man seeking adoration. To be the centre of attention. He has lived his life feeling abandoned, by a mother who sought her own pleasure in life. Although she loved him, he was brought up in care for his own welfare. The monks of Upton Abbey were the catalyst that drove his religious fervour and laid the foundation of a path that shaped who he would become.
The lure of the city of Los Angeles in the times of free love, drugs and fame his preaching ground. A chance to gather a family of his own. To impart his own particular religion and vision, of a Utopian world where pleasure and love were the overriding factors.
A time of suspicion of subversive groups would cause the FBI to assign a young man, fresh from the Academy, to investigate this new emerging Preacher. Was he a threat to National security? Or just another deluded Cult Leader who was in it for the money?
That was the task given to Patrick Devlin. A devout Catholic and family man. What would he uncover on this first assignment? Would his faith hold strong or would he be like Peter from the Bible, and betray his teacher in the time of trial?
This story of love, ambition and a blind sense of duty to a charismatic man, will question your own faith and beliefs. Even if we do not profess to be religious, we live our lives by a certain dogma. Would you be ready to submit to someone’s twisted view of the world? Only because it promises depravity and self-gratification?
Tom E Shelby is a dark, erotic, romance author who will take you places you thought you would never go.