The Vanity Of Hope


A man’s search for the Light within binds him to a war for the Light of the Universe

1499 A.D. Thomas Ryder is a medieval gamekeeper with a lot on his mind. Where does he belong in the world of Nature? What hope for a lasting peace? When will the aliens make their final move?

Abducted from Alice Holt Forest, along with his fiancée, Sarra Chambers, he is taken to the planet of Heyre and trained by superior beings to be their great king against an undefeated destroyer of worlds.

As his knowledge grows beyond that of any human who has ever lived, his inner world becomes increasingly chaotic. The hyper-technologies of artificial intelligence, bio-machine integration, genetic engineering, and virtual reality unleash unsettling choices and force him to question his true nature. Risking his humanity, he must navigate ancient deceits and embrace the bewitching ways of his new world, or lose Sarra forever.

Inferior to all around him, he is fêted as a savior king by deed of his mysterious connection to a supernatural creature whose background influence points to a greater, more ancient war.

Can Thomas Ryder survive the Great War of mortals and fulfill his destiny as a true king in the apocalyptic war for the Light of the universe?