“The intriguing, action packed plot unfolds and moves quickly, full of surprises and suspense, compelling the reader to turn the page. The reader is swept up in the characters’ quests and adventures. As you engage with them, you are transported to a metaphysical realm where time and space become fluid dimensions.” -Amazon Reviewer
Kingdom of Ten Sentences
“If you loved me, you would come with me,” Beatrice, the wife of professor Shamus Riley, said.
Shamus gritted his teeth in despair. He had no idea what she meant, but when she goes missing, the police suspect him. A stroke leaves the distraught husband inert to the outside world, but able to search for his Beatrice in the hellish kingdom that has the veneer of Christianity. This metaphysical world, ruled by the mirror-masked Basileus, consists of circles formed by the “thou shalt not” of God, where evil has its peculiar existence.
Shamus meets a young woman who resembles his lost wife. This Beatrice is beautiful but hard-eyed, a recent arrival to the tenth circle. With the help of tutelary guides, they ascend the circles. Her struggle for identity entwines with his as they face zombies, liars, thieves, adulterers, murderers, and theological temptations. They fight off those who would steal their souls in the Kingdom of Ten Sentences.
About the Author
Robert Eric Ditmars, I am a retired systems analyst and spend my time writing and having fun with my grandchildren. I live in Howard, Ohio with my wife and best friend Patty. A scenic bike trail system is nearby, providing many miles of walking enjoyment with my dogs. We share the trail with Amish buggies, cyclists, and eagle watchers.
Originally titled “Kingdom of Ten Sentences,” this novel began as a memoir of my mother’s last year in an Alzheimer-Dementia ward. As she and other patients lost the ability to make this world intelligible, it seemed to me they gained intelligence for another world, which could be accessed by the word of God and imagination. I imagined a netherworld where the Ten Commandments shape the terrain.
Theological Fantasy is a sub-genre that explores what reality would be like if the figurative and literal were one. As Thomas Aquinas wrote, “… in God the abstract and the concrete do not differ.” When categories blur, we glimpse a wider reality.
2019 Overall Winner of the Phoenix Rattler (Christian Writers of the West) Writing Contest.
One of the top three entries in the Christian Speculative category of the 2017 ACFW’s First Impressions Contest.
Web site: http://theologicalfantasy.site/