Thank you very much for your interest in my story. I wrote this book as a thought experiment. To write about it, I devised a couple of ideas about how to frame the saga in epic form, especially from a metaphorical point of view. I wanted to tell a complex story in which reality is not what it appears to be on the surface. One of the main struggles for my protagonists was to be able to determine, first, that the reality they experienced was false, and then to see if they could wage an inquiry wherein truth could be determined in a lie.
The concept of nesting, or Matryoshka, dolls came to me, wherein a set of dolls of diminishing size are placed inside of one another. Thus an object within an object has a recursive feel to it, which is similar to my story as I see it containing multiple realities—a world superseded by another world, then another…. The book you are reading now is a time puzzle. The world of Pall Warren, John Savage, and Evangel Blessingvale is contextually resting in one that is ahead of and behind the current time.
I wanted to write a page turner for you where you directly witness through the characters in this book evil being unleashed and goodness embattled. I hope that you enjoy the quest Pall is on as it truly nests itself in the conflict between faith and disbelief, as well as how hope and cynicism clash against one another in the human spirit. In Pall’s pursuit of meaning, can virtue be used to combat and overcome evil?
I have a deep interest in learning about the nature of a spiritual journey, especially one that is couched within the riddle of a false reality and resonates with the echoes of a modern Pilgrim’s Progress. I hope you do, too, and you find that fascination alive and well in this book.
About the Author
Carreiro is an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Acting on his lifelong love of storytelling, Carreiro began writing The Immortality Wars series in 2014.
About the Book
THE PENITENT—PART III Completes the First Trilogy in The Immortality Wars Series as the Battle between Good and Evil Explodes onto Urban Terrain
In THE PENITENT—PART III, Pall Warren recovers from another bout of the suffering that has plagued his life by helping his friends bury their family members who were killed by a supernatural being with an insatiable appetite for humans. He travels to Gullswater, West Fündländ, in search of John Savage—the accomplished bowman—who was once his foe. The men forged their friendship in combat against Commander Gregor Mordant and his Marauders.
While Pall searches for his friend, Savage meets with his employer, Braucus Peredurus, the King’s minister of affairs, to report his observations of mystical events and otherworldly creatures and then reveals that he has been tracking Commander Mordant, who, as he learns from Peredurus, is a key member of the King’s intelligence service network.
Mordant is loyal to Kosem Mungadai, the respected head of the Church of Equity in the City of Seascale and a practitioner of the occult arts. Savage suspects Mordant is working against the King’s agenda and wants to detain the Commander, but Peredurus orders him not to; however, this command does not stop the bowman from surveilling Mordant. Meanwhile, Pall encounters Merek, a former member of the Marauders and crossbow expert. Merek suggests that Savage has gone to Seascale in search of Mordant.
As tensions rise in the city, Mordant, Mungadai, and Savage cull together fighters to engage in urban warfare during a torrential rainstorm. As the battle begins, Pall and Merek stealthily contribute to Savage’s efforts. While the warriors relentlessly brawl throughout the pitch-black night, Mungadai conjures a squad of supernatural beings to assault Savage and his warriors with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the kingdom and empowering the evil forces he serves.
In writing THE PENITENT—PART III, Carreiro’s goal was to create an epic story that brings Pall closer to fulfilling his destiny by posing the question, “In his quest for meaning, can virtue be used to combat and overcome evil?” For the reader, Carreiro hopes THE PENITENT—PART III offers a sense of “the mystery, wonder, and grandeur that is in this world and beyond that is available to us in the time we are placed here, despite the suffering and challenges each of us faces in our own lives.”