This book is a work of pure fiction born in the aftermath of the greatest terrorist assault on American soil. The central figure is a self-effacing theoretical physicist, a scientist with a brilliant mind. He goes about his daily business intentionally oblivious of the world around him and stumbles into a global spotlight, partly through his own naivete. The contrivances of others who have predetermined his potential also lure him out of obscurity because of a techlogical breakthrough he has made. His life's companion is the mirror image of his persona. An historian with stellar talent, she is everything that he is t when it comes to deciphering the intent of others, especially a warped generation of fanatics, all because of her long study of the calamities that enveloped Europe and the Middle East from the rise of Christianity to modern times. The plot played out by the central characters is woven into actual historical events. The author has taken considerable license with the events and has manipulated them at his discretion to fit the story line. The plot expresses a conservative view of religious fascism, perhaps offensive to some, without apology. The author attempts to draw a sharp contrast between misguided fanaticism and adherents of other traditions or unabashed atheists.
Sebastian Costard writes with a distinctive spare style, adroitly adapted to time, place, and character. His authorship is neither imitative nor derivative. Characters include the intellectual, the dreamer, the pathetic, the sympathetic, the downtrodden, the eccentric, the daring, and the mentally unstable. His first collection of short stories, Silent Answers, received wide acclaim. In between other works in progress Costard collaborated with Fairfield Goodale to pen a thriller, The Tentative Assassin. Costard, a corresponding member of the Blue Toad Writer's Group, lives with his wife on a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina.