A questionable election produces an unlikely pope. With a church already in crisis, Vatican intrigue mounts. The new pope must deal with challenges to his legitimacy and ultimately, the threats of radicals to those dearest to him. He is compelled to choose between his love for his family and his duty as the Vicar of Christ.
This was actually my second completed novel. The first is in a drawer, filed away and safe from the light of day. I plan to keep it there.
Writing THE COLLEGE took over two years, largely because I was learning the craft and had to redo large parts of the story. Developing characters, structuring plots, establishing the stakes, both for the church and for the characters, learning the history and theology I never knew, all that took quite a bit of time. I'm still learning how to write a novel. I'd like to think I'm getting better at it, but ...
FINIS REPUBLICAE is historical fiction of ancient Rome. The story takes place 89-82 BC. It depicts the struggle of the Viatores family, rural plebeians, during the time leading up to and including the first civil war. Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla fought for control of the government and represented the deep economic divisions that were tearing the republic apart.
Marcus Viatores and his father, Titus, know that they must acquire more wealth and rise in class if they are to survive. In contrast, Horatio Emilius Paulus, Marcus's friend from childhood, is rejecting his patrician heritage and siding with the Populares faction against the Optimates.
INCEPTUM FINIS, The Beginning of the End The Roman army may have won the Third Punic War and given Rome control of the Mediterranean, but for Sempronius Viatores that’s not enough. Making a living in post-war Rome is getting tougher and tougher. Semper, as he’s known, doesn’t want to be a carpenter like his short-tempered father. He wants to buy a farm. Land is the secret of financial security. His father won’t hear of it.
Semper has to overcome his father’s angry stubbornness, the fallout from his own infatuation with a fickle young woman, and a physical handicap that has defined his life. Politics seems to be an answer and Semper joins the ranks of the charismatic Tiberius Gracchus who raises a plebeian challenge to the power of the patricians and the Senate. However, tying his fate to the fortunes of Tiberius endangers both Semper and his family.
The middle of the second century BCE was a turbulent time and a turning point in the history of the Roman Republic.