Cape of Storms

Strange Theater

Book 2
Jonathan Malone
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After enduring a catastrophic storm off the Cape of Good Hope, which nearly wrecks the accursed two hundredth voyage of The Dutch East India Company, 1641; the youthful Jan Koenraadz must assume command of the Seahorse, one of the ships in the convoy. "The Cape of Storms," as Good Hope is also called, is more than just the turbulent confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, however. It is an inter-dimensional maelstrom fueled by Nemesis and Greed. Jan’s father, the seasoned captain of the Flying Dutchman, haunted by the demon of his bad conscience, is sucked into the dimensional storm. Soon afterward, mutineers commandeer the Golden Dragon, which is heavily laden with gold. But Jan is concerned about a far greater treasure on board that ship, the beautiful Marijse, daughter of a Calvinist missionary. The Flying Dutchman, now a ghost ship, tenaciously dogs the Dragon, having become itself a Fury haunting the greedy seas. When it drives the merchantman aground on a deserted island, Jan must engage the crazed mutineers who have started slaughtering passengers.
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Jonathan Malone pastors a small Baptist church in southern Arkansas. During an undergraduate degree in Art Education, he devoured Nietzsche, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Henry Miller. He went on to earn the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting. Afterward he taught in the public schools and on the university level, supplementing his income with carpentry and rental management. He also worked regularly as a freelance graphic artist and web designer. Now he is interested in Biblical prophecy, and has spent the last few years writing novels.

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Jonathan Malone
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Published on
Aug 28, 2018
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Pages
256
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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Fiction / Sea Stories
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Roman Night is the second novel in The Sebastian Cycle trilogy of the Blood of Martyrs series, which deals with the persecution of Christians during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The main character is the historical figure known in hagiographic literature as Saint Sebastian.


Historians suppose that Emperor Diocletian only visited Rome upon his accession in 284 and for the triumph of his Vicennalia (celebrating twenty years of reigning) in 303. This is incorrect. He was also there in 288 for a belated ceremony authorizing and commemorating Maximian co-emperor and Augustus.


This upcoming celebration occasions trouble for Sebastian, Chief of the Palace Security in Rome. During the emperor’s absence, Sebastian has been using the official residence to host clandestine meetings of Christians, one of whom is the beautiful Susanna. He cannot skirt the issue any longer. Has he been guilty of cowardice for keeping his Christianity secret?


As the emperors approach Rome, a false brother of the Church on the Palatine, a financial officer named Torquatus, begins laying the groundwork for betraying Sebastian and his friends. Although he is an informant for the pagan authorities, he hopes to eventually take over the church of Rome, foisting his own brand of heresy on it.


Two members of the Praetorian Guard are incarcerated first. Determined to overcome his fear, Sebastian refuses to disavow them. In an astonishing turnabout, some of the very officials charged with proscribing the Christians are converted by Sebastian’s bold preaching.

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