As I finished writing my last blog post about The Brotherhood, it struck me that some might be interested in a bit of a hint about what the series is about. So, without too much in the way of spoilers, I’ll try to give a bit of a tease.
Ted Dekker is about the closest I can come to an example for subject matter and style. If you’re not familiar with his work, my favorite is Thr3e. A psychological thriller about a man being terrorized by someone from his past. I just finished reading it again for inspiration polishing The Prophet of Death.
Digression: I wasn’t very pleased with his Circle, but Adam was pretty good. He co-wrote House with Frank Peretti, and that one was as good as Thr3e, IMHO. Very similar to Thr3e in being a psychological thriller.
So, more about The Brotherhood.
The Final Spell is about a man who wants desperately to become a wizard. He goes to extreme lengths to learn magik (not magic), and it’s not exactly what he thinks it is. The slug line is, “Some things are better left unknown, and others, unfinished.” That pretty much sums up the story.
The First Horseman is about an idealistic alderman who hires a political consultant who intends to use that politician. They are partnered through the years and up the political ladder. But when the politician starts exerting his own will, he’s no longer of any use to the consultant.
The Prophet of Death is an unknown astrologer who starts giving specific predictions – something they never do. “It’s too easy to get things wrong.” But Andy is getting them right! With people dying, he’s given the title Prophet of Death. When income from his web site starts climbing he’s called the Profit of Death.
Windowed the Soul is about multimillionaire Michael Grambic, owner of Grambic Tiles, the world’s largest manufacturer of acoustical tiles. He’s run afoul of a state supreme court justice, and the two clash while sailing in the Atlantic. Later they compete head-to-head in drag racing competition.
The final story, tentatively called Victory, should wrap up the entire series. The nature of the subject, however, lends itself to sequels, prequels, and parallel stories mostly unrelated. I’m not committing either way.
All this, of course, is subject to change.