Deus Vult was a moving tale of one man’s journey – physical, emotional and spiritual – through the First Crusade. I found myself drawn into the story on two levels… – Amazon Review
November 1095. Pope Urban II ignited the passions of all the nobles throughout Europe with his fiery sermon and promise of a lifetime of penance in return for a holy war against the Saracen Turks. Inspired by this cause, Sir Rodrigo, a young knight from Castile, set out to join the armies being gathered by the Princes of Europe, as they sought to answer the Pope’s call and recapture the city of Jerusalem for Christendom.
An unexpected encounter with a stranger along his way challenges his beliefs about the Pope’s proclamation, leaving him troubled and determined to uncover the truth. Throughout his fateful journey he experiences the epic battles and triumphs along with the horrific tragedies and struggles of the First Crusade as they march toward Jerusalem. His unrelenting quest for truth will ultimately test his very faith in God when the crusaders reach their final goal.
About the Author
James Lopez is an author, educator, and a U.S. Army veteran whose personal experiences during the war in Iraq combined with his love of history and adventure were the inspiration for writing his first novel, Deus Vult, A Tale of the First Crusade. The tale is about one man’s search for truth and the struggles he faces which ultimately test his faith in God.
Trust and faith in God are two values which James believes have gotten him through some of the most difficult times in his life. When he’s not working or writing, James loves to scuba dive and travel to foreign countries to experience new cultures and learn about their history. One of his goals is to someday visit Jerusalem and the Holy Land and walk in those places that for now, only exist in his vivid imagination.