Someday Everything Will Make Sense

event.jpgWhat a quinky dink: Northfield High School is about to start a new school year and here, during the first week of class, River City Books will host an event with an author who graduated from that very institution.

OK, so maybe that isn’t the example of stunning irony I had hoped it would be when I started typing this post. Writing is a process of discovery and I am comfortable enough in my feathers to admit that while scribbling the discovery I often make is that there are many thoughts inside this little head that are something short of coherent.

But I must continue … and didn’t someone say something about an author event? Right. Me. Here you go: Sean Patrick Little, author of The Centurion: The Balance of the Soul War (and the aforementioned former Raider), will read from and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at River City.

Yes, I realize that is during Defeat of Jesse James Days. Which is the point. You’ll be out and about already, eating a taco in a bag (save some for me), why not pop on over and learn about this new book?

Speaking of which, “The Centurion” is the story of Jerald C. McIntire, who is supposed to die in a grenade explosion in the Ardennes forest in World War II. He miraculously survives, but from that point on Jerry no longer needs to eat or sleep, he has no emotions, and he never ages. After several suicide attempts, Jerry discovers he can’t die. But how is this possible?

Nearly twenty years after his brush with death, Jerry learns that he somehow broke the realm of the natural order. Even God Himself isn’t sure how it happened, but Jerry is the only man ever born without a soul. The archangel Michael informs him that in the Soul War, good and evil are bound by certain laws and honor checks. Jerry, however, is bound by nothing and can therefore serve as the Master’s Centurion — an agent of God bestowed with the name Jericho.

Jericho roams the streets of New York City, keeping order between the agents of Heaven and Hell, the angelus and the demonata. When a rogue deity, an ancient Hittite dragon god, comes to Earth and begins preying on both angels and demons, Jericho must step in to maintain the balance. But he stumbles into a much larger plot — one that threatens to irreparably damage the Balance of the Soul War and end all things.

Says Fantastic Books: “Intelligent and fun reading. Deadpan noir mystery mixed with comic book style storytelling and a sense of mythology that fans of Neil Gaiman will love.”

The event is free and open to the public. 

The book is on sale for 15 percent off through the event. Remember: If you can’t make it to the event but would like a signed copy, e-mail jlee@acs.carleton.edu or call the store.

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