Apostle Book #1

A man’s search for the Light within destines him to lead a war for the Light of the universe.

A medieval man is trained by superior beings to be their great, savior king against an undefeated destroyer of worlds. As his knowledge grows beyond that of any human who has ever lived, he begins to question his true nature. In danger of losing his humanity to the bewitching power of hyper-technology, he must find a lasting peace of mind, and against all hope, fulfill his destiny as a true king in the ultimate war.

1499 A.D. Thomas Ryder is a medieval gamekeeper with a lot on his mind. Where does he belong in the world of Nature? What hope for a lasting peace? When will the aliens make their final move?

Abducted from Alice Holt Forest, along with his fiancée, Sarra Chambers, he is taken to the planet of Heyre and trained by superior beings to be their great king against an undefeated destroyer of worlds.

As his knowledge grows beyond that of any human who has ever lived, his inner world becomes increasingly chaotic. The hyper-technologies of artificial intelligence, bio-machine integration, genetic engineering, and virtual reality present unsettling choices and force him to question his true nature. Risking his humanity, he must navigate ancient deceits and embrace the bewitching ways of his new world, or lose Sarra forever.

Inferior to all around him, he is fêted as a savior king by deed of his mysterious connection to a supernatural creature whose background influence points to a greater, more ancient war.

Can Thomas Ryder survive the Great War of mortals and fulfill his destiny as a true king in the apocalyptic war for the Light of the universe?

Personal message from the author:
“From our animal drives to the Light within, we are a part of Nature. We cannot escape its grasp, no matter how high we soar, nor how much we delude ourselves that we are benevolent creators – gods. The Vanity of Hope is the first book in the 5-book Apostle series, a cautionary tale of the technological dangers we currently face. Ultimately, Apostle carries the hopeful message we can overcome our vanities and live in peace with Nature.

Twenty years in the making, Apostle is a very large story in every sense. I hope you like The Vanity of Hope enough to stick around to find out what unfolds.

I plan three more books following ‘The Vanity of Hope'. The next one's title will be ‘The Veins of God' ”
— GW Langdon

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