The Army of the Cross is a post-apocalyptic story that takes place in the aftermath of The Light Years War and serves as the connective tissue between that series and two novels in The Ancients series, Ancient Secrets and Ancient Powers. The genesis of the Army comes from current events and a simple idea: what if ISIS wasn’t an army of Muslims fighting half a world away, but of Christians right here in our back yard? It may be difficult to understand something that’s happening in a culture unfamiliar to us. There are times when the evening news feels like yet another bad television show full of senseless violence. We end up turning away in denial, refusing to believe that any human being is capable of such cruelty.
But what if it was all happening close to home, with a faith most of us grew up with? Here in America at least, our faith is such an integral part of our lives that translating the events in the Middle East to something more familiar drives home the horror and the outrage people in that part of the world must be experiencing right now.
What does all this have to do with the aftermath of an interstellar war? Simply put, The Light Years War isn’t really over. Not yet. The Enemy has destroyed our ships and our armies and our cities, but humanity itself has survived. Eventually, we’ll rebuild those cities and those armies, and the fighting will resume. The Enemy knows that something must be done to prevent that or the War will have been in vain. However, these aliens aren’t interested in genocide. They hold life in too high esteem to simply wipe us off the face of the Earth. But they fear us. They fear our culture and they fear our technology. They intend to reduce us to naked savages, and keep us there to the end of time. Only then will they feel safe. To accomplish their goal, they will use our own blind faith, along with our natural savagery, against us. Whether or not they succeed is in the hands of one old woman who travels the wilderness in search of an answer. But can she, all by herself, stop this Alien-led Army from destroying what’s left of civilization, or is it already too late?
By the way, as was mentioned in Cross Purposes (the first story in the series), the Army’s “Cross” isn’t a crucifix (which has gained special meaning in the last two thousand years) but an “X” shaped torture device used in Medieval times.
The story will continue in Cross Paths, the next episode in The Army of the Cross saga.
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