The Soul Collector
  
The Soul Collector
A Tale of Time
Published:
7/1/2012
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ISBN:
978-1-46890-867-1
From Rome’s Coliseum to the temples of ancient Egypt; with the fiery death of a Templar knight and the escape of concentration camp prisoners in Nazi Germany; Nefaste’s journal unveils the unseen battle of good and evil’s impact on history before Janis Koppel is drawn into its vortex. In the Soul Collector lesser known events in history become the canvass that unveils the battle for good and evil fought in the silent chambers of men’s souls. Nefaste, a disembodied warrior who serves in the legions engaged in this eternal conflict recounts his efforts to recruit those who would join him in serving the Prince of Darkness. Through the medium of the journal of a dead man, the rationalizations used to entice mortals to embrace evil are discussed as Nefaste recounts his involvement in the mysterious demise of Ahkenaten the heretic pharaoh and his queen Nefertiti. Manipulating human passions, Nefaste encourages the daughter of an emperor in an affair that ends with death in Rome’s Coliseum but places the son of a gladiator upon the imperial throne. In medieval Paris, an ambitious lawyer encouraged by Nefaste, becomes the catalyst for the fiery demise of the Knights Templar. A young German schoolboy in the forests of Nazi Germany under Nefaste’s influence participates in the hunt for escaped concentration camp prisoners with consequences for the young nurse reading the tale of Nefaste. The tale of the journal of Nefaste concludes with an unlikely tale of personal redemption. The journal serves as a canvas to unfold human weakness and discuss the never ending conflict that is the human condition.
The conflict between the gods and the forces of evil is explored through the eyes of one of the legions of evil spirits who surround men on earth. The diary begins with a justification of evil and how there are no absolutes in the choices men must make. Nefaste’s anthology begins in ancient Egypt, continues in the Coliseum of ancient Rome, beneath the towers of Notre Dame in Paris with the persecution of the last Templar Grand Master, and in the forests of Nazi Germany before ending in Janis Koppel’s apartment in Nimes. The first story involves the rise and fall of the Pharaoh Ahkenaten who attempted to establish a new unifying religion worshipping only the sun before the time of Moses. Nefaste influences the general of the armies of Egypt, Horemheb, to assassinate Ahkenaten and seize power under the context of preventing chaos in Egypt. The tale continues on the sands of the great Coliseum in Rome where gladiatorial combat is presented with historical accuracy. Brutus a gladiator and disavowed son of a senator is seduced by Faustina, wife of the Consul Marcus Aurelius who will soon become Emperor of Rome. With the Consul soon to return to Rome, Faustina plans to use the anonymous gladiator to father a child and through deception provide Marcus Aurelius with the son he has not been able to produce. The affair becomes much more than intended until the Consul returns and discovers his wife’s dalliance. Marcus Aurelius confronts Brutus and exacts his revenge never knowing that his wife is carrying a son fathered by a gladiator. The son will become the Emperor Commodus. On Friday October 13, 1307, King Phillip the Fair orders the arrest of every Templar in France including Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Order. The persecution is predicated upon France’s efforts to seize the vast wealth the Templars have accumulated. There is widespread speculation that the Templars while in Jerusalem had obtained some unknown knowledge or power that they have used to blackmail the Holy Church. Nefaste uses the French king’s chief lawyer, William de Nogaret, to destroy the Templars and their secret known as ‘the wisdom of the Baphomet’. Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master, after years of torture and imprisonment is burned as a heretic below the spires of Notre Dame in 1314, never divulging the Templar secret. The secret of the ‘Baphomet’ is disclosed in the story. The final story is the massacre of seventy Jewish prisoners who have escaped a from a train wreck while being shipped westward into Germany as the Russians advance on the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. The Jewish prisoners are hunted down and killed by a group of young boys from the Hitler Youth of Zoltow, a small village in Germany, under the leadership of an SS Colonel. Amongst the boys is a young man named Klaus Jahnke who Nefaste influences as the catalyst to commit the brutal murders. Young Klaus ends up in a nursing home in the South of France many years later under the name of LeBlanc, where a young nurse named Janis cares for him. In the Soul Collector lesser known events in history become the canvass that unveils the battle for good and evil fought in the silent chambers of men’s souls. Nefaste, a disembodied warrior who serves in the legions engaged in this eternal conflict recounts his efforts to recruit those who would join him in serving the Prince of Darkness. Through the medium of the journal of a dead man, the rationalizations used to entice mortals to embrace evil are discussed as Nefaste recounts his involvement in the mysterious demise of Ahkenaten the heretic pharaoh and his queen Nefertiti. Manipulating human passions, Nefaste encourages the daughter of an emperor in an affair that ends with death in Rome’s Coliseum but places the son of a gladiator upon the imperial throne. In medieval Paris, an ambitious lawyer encouraged by Nefaste, becomes the catalyst for the fiery demise of the Knights Templar. A young German schoolboy in the forests of Nazi Germany under Nefaste’s influence participates in the hunt for escaped concentration camp prisoners with consequences for the young nurse reading the tale of Nefaste. The tale of the journal of Nefaste concludes with an unlikely tale of personal redemption. The journal serves as a canvas to unfold human weakness and discuss the never ending conflict that is the human condition.
The author graduated from Brigham Young University receiving a B.S. in Soil Physics, and dual minors in French, and History. He then completed an MBA in Marketing. He lived in France for two years as a Latter-day Saint missionary, also traveling in Italy, Switzerland, and England. In his employment he publishes a monthly training bulletin for nuclear engineers and technicians. He and his wife are the parents of eight children and live in Southeastern Idaho. This is his first novel.
 
 


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