The Gospel of Thomas
Binding 1: hardcover
Publication date: October 2011
Binding 2: paperback Pages: 288.
Publication date: October 2011
Imprint: Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers
BISAC subjects: FICTION / Political; FICTION /
Religious; FICTION / Literary; FICTION / Thrillers
About The Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Thomas is about an event in the Catholic Church that's affecting the world and causing conflicts involving the United States and China.
The President of the United States receives a message from a cardinal in Rome that obliges him to intervene in the Conclave of the Church that has assembled in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to choose the next pope.
The attorney general and operatives from various U.S. government agencies meet to carry out the president’s directive. Turf war and sexual competition erupt, bringing the president’s urgency in who the next pope should be to the attention of the Chinese government.
The Chinese have reasons to be concerned for the cardinal who has contacted
the president is their nemesis, Simon Cardinal Mulangu of the Congo, who has never let an opportunity pass to denounce the Chinese for the deficiency of their economic and human rights policies in Africa.
The Chinese set in motion a military precision crusade to counter the American
president's effort. They scour the Vatican and they search archives and everything else about the president that may help them prevent the Americans from successfully interfering in the affairs of the church.
They discover an extraordinary secret and the race for who will prevail is on.
Chapter One of The Gospel of Thomas
There was a sense of certainty about Thomas Bremanger, faith in the manner he made his way. You felt drawn by the energy like a bee to the bloom. To resist left many with an uneasy isolation that had the doomsday media clamoring, “That the rats were once again following the tune of the piper to an unknown abyss.”
On Madison Avenue, where he had several offices, Bremanger would walk from one on 23rd Street to another on 28th and it was as if Apollo had stepped off the Belvedere to march up the avenue. Pedestrians would stop to watch him pass by. And as America floundered and insecurity normed, some would follow him out of an instinct for protection. His stride was too long and most followers fell behind, watching him tower over the crowd, regretful they couldn’t keep up. It wasn’t his demeanor that caused such reactions. He wished for nothing better than self-effacement and put great stake in that quality in his associates. Nor was it his understated elegance; that if you copied him to the minute details you would still fall short.
The pope, with whom he had done business while Secretary of State, and, who envied the marbled handsomeness and intellectual vigor, identified the indescribable sensation many experienced in his presence as a state of grace.
The Gods may have favored Thomas Bremanger, but the naysayers would not overlook his dogmatic push to right the past and his leanings toward the poor. Fortunately, neither would they overlook the disaster around them. They were desperate.
Still, it took his wife’s death to make him president.
His wife, unbeknownst to the public, had been ill for some time. Chemotherapy had ravaged her body already frail from the surgery to remove her breasts, and she wanted to die.
She told him, never had she loved life more, not to remind him of the life they had made by referring to their favorite Puccini aria – since they were married, they had never failed to be in Milan on December 7, in La Scala’s third box on the right, in the first tier decorated in sea-green silk, for the season opener – but because she knew he too was embarking on a journey of no return and the thought of their diverging paths settled upon them.
So she begged his forgiveness and, as if on cue, did not awaken the morning of October 22. The negative ads that guarantee election victories in the United States reluctantly ceased, for even their take-no-prisoner sponsors sensed they would turn off the public as they shared his grief. The first Tuesday in November came crossing the line at a furious gallop, shouting enough already,” and leaving his challengers no time to recover from the public’s empathetic reaction to the loss of his perfect wife. That’s how a childless widower was elected president of the United States.
He had grown up in an orphanage and that was usually the first peculiarity people learned about him. Orphanage was on the pope’s mind too, when the Vatican congratulated him on his victory. The pope, caught up in the crusade to reunify the Christian world, sought to gain an advantage from the Bremanger election -- a Catholic home for boys could be the ticket to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and a giant step closer to influencing events and world leaders into embracing his cause. Indifferent to the pope’s aspiration, a new euphoria prevailed. 'After the rain the sunshine' tuned from an adage to an actuality, as Americans ushered in the era of a president the Gods seemed to favor.
The pope was correct in at least one aspect: Thomas Bremanger had no family of his own, no father to look up to or learn from; only the companionship of fellow orphans to assuage his loneliness. Detached from the familiar, he was free to create and follow his own footprints. [...]
Where does The Gospel of Thomas come from?
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, I worked at our embassy in Bucharest, Romania. One of my jobs was acquiring documents on the Holocaust from the Ministry of the Interior and the State Security for th Holocaust Museum in Washington.
I once came across a letter from the wartime president/dictator, Marshal Ion
Antonescu, to the State Security about a farmer named David. David’s picture
was attached with a paper clip. A poor farmer, he was in rags. Why would the
dictator of Romania write to inquire about one single poor farmer and his transportation status?
The Gospel of Thomas, owes a great deal to those files from the archives at the
Ministry of the Interior in Bucharest, Romania. The pictures above tell you why.
Christian Filostrat is the author of The
Beggars' Pursuit, book one of the Congo
Trilogy, a novel about a favorite dictator's reaction to the method the U.S. uses todiscard him at the end of the Cold War. And of Negritude Agonistes, a scholarly work on assimilation and nationalism in the French speaking Caribbean.
The Gospel of Thomas is the second book in the Congo Trilogy.