John Kerry – “Learn Russian.” So, check into Holy Fool, Holy Father – and get a lesson or two!

John Kerry told Harvard graduates to “Buy Rosetta Stone and learn Russian” May 24th. Good for you, John!

But hey, check out my novel, now in its second (2016) edition, Holy Fool, Holy Father, and you’ll learn a LOT of Russian – and more! Follow an action adventure piece of Christian fiction – with liberal doses of romance, historical fiction and ecclesiastical politics thrown in – the book’s website will whet your appetite:

Happy reading – and you may want to buy that Rosetta stone product as well, all said and done! God bless.

Russia and U.S. at Crossroads -where fiction and truth may embrace

At this critical moment in time and history, the United States and Russia may be either entering a time of meaningful rapprochement after decades of lost opportunities, or what could be the “final act” that seals our mutual doom.

I agree with Dr. Williams Jeynes, a Harvard scholar and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute, that what we have today is not “our grandfather’s Russia.” My own visit to both St. Petersburg and Moscow in the summer of 2013 convinced me that a genuine spiritual revival is occurring there – because, and NOT in spite of, the actions and policies of the Russian Federation and its leaders.

And my 2014/2016 (2nd ed.) novel, Holy Fool, Holy Father, tells a story of a young Russian living  in Kazakhstan who participates in the early revival of Russian Orthodoxy – and more! – with the special companionship of a young woman who becomes his lifetime soul-mate. Together, they will serve an entire world destined to experience unprecedented global catastrophe.

It may be fiction – or is it? Truly life often imitates art. Check out the book – its twists and turns will delight (and challenge) you!

In Chicago for the BEA 2016? Come to my Book Signing

Book Expo America is coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place after a decade of exhibiting in New York, and I will be on hand Thursday, May 12th, between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 at Table IPS B, Booth #941 (The Ingram Suites) to sign the new edition of my novel, Holy Fool, Holy Father (Carpenter’s Son Publishing, January 2016).

Come on out and get yours!


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Pope Francis and Patriarch Kyrill to meeting in Havana -when fiction becomes reality!

When I began writing my first novel, Holy Fool, Holy Father back in early 2011, Emeritus Pope Benedict was still occupying the See of Peter, and I was writing a book about a future Russian pope helping to coalesce the Christian world in the face of a global dystopic scenario.

And now, tomorrow, February 12th, an Argentinian pope with an Italian background is meeting for the first time in history with the spiritual leader of over 100 million Russian Orthodox Christians in Havana, on the eve of a Pan-Orthodox Synod. Not since the Great Schism that cut off the Catholic and Orthodox worlds and the subsequent founding of the Russian Orthodox Church has anything like this happened, although many popes in the 20th century had prayed and worked for such an occasion.

Holy Fool, Holy Father was conceived with this very theme in mind, and I invite serious readers interested in this topic to investigate this title, which also incorporates gender relationships, spiritual mentoring, and the Orthodox tradition of the Holy Fools. Available on Amazon, and wherever fine books are sold, proudly distributed via the Carpenter’s Son imprint through STL and Ingram.


Obama Administration concerned about threat of extreme Geomagnetic storms

In an AccuWeather, Inc. release dated Armistice Day, November 11, 2015, reference was made to “a new multi-agency initiative launched by the Obama Administration to help prepare the country for the looming threat of extreme geomagnetic storms.”

The extensive devastation potential of even a relatively recent (in long terms) recorded geomagnetic event from the 19th century would thrust entire nations and modern civilizations back into the pre-Industrial Age; or worse. It is this very real potential that pulses throughout the story of Holy Fool, Holy Father, as our co-protagonist, Misha, eventually takes over the directorship of the Vatican Observatory. His300x140_solar_flare_screen-shot-am

Front Cover of Holy Fool, Holy Father, published November 1, 2104
Front Cover of Holy Fool, Holy Father, published November 1, 2104

preparations for and response to a live event in the course of the plot constitute the Omega point for the novel.

Have a look at the book’s website,, and consider buying the book, available on Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.