Who Shall Be God is a fictional account of the struggles between two families, the Stadists and the Libertas, who live in an east coast US city, north and south of the 38th parallel, respectively. Mandated Memoranda Publishing will release it on Amazon in late 2015 or early 2016.
Cincinnata Stadist is a central figure whom we experience as a rough and tumble seven-year old growing up through her teen years into a young adult. She witnesses much more than she can appreciate at the time. What will become of her?
Her father and mother arrive in town under clouded circumstances, already on a downward slide they cannot reverse. The Libertas arrive soon after, they’re risk-takers who create unique opportunities. Both families get embroiled in the town’s politics. Who wins, who loses?
Always in the background, making things happen. Feared by those who do his bidding. Respected by those who serve the town and despised by those who serve themselves. Everyone wonders what this mysterious man, Joshua, is up to. Is he responsible for what goes on in the town?
One of the novel’s thematic undercurrents follows from the Book of Isaiah, chapter 57, verses 1-2 and 20-21:
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart;
Devout men are taken away, while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace;
They rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness…
“…But the wicked are like the tossing sea;
For it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt.
There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
The cover is not finished, this is only a mock-up. The foreground characters and scenery need a lot of work. We thank all those who commented on the cover concept. Look for Mandated Memoranda Publishing’s logo in the book’s back matter.
At the moment, we’re studying how to be better story tellers. We’re also doing the research required to define our story’s milieu. Plotting work starts soon. We want this to be our best effort yet.
In the face of ten-cent per page books, Mandated Memoranda Publishing intends to sell this book at one or two cents per page. We hope Who Shall Be God accomplishes the goals for which it is offered to you, our dear readers.