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Anno Domina Paperback – July 11, 2012
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"Faith may be many things, including heretical. Anno Domina is a novel set in the near future, where a cult leader faces execution in Arizona. Although the public calls for blood, the Governor is faced with a difficult decision, as those around him advise against capital punishment.... Anno Domina is an intriguing exploration of faith and how far does one believe." - The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Patrick S. Lafferty is currently the creative director and senior copywriter for a small marketing communications firm just outside of Milwaukee, Wis. For the last twenty years he has spent his days creating persuasive ad copy and informative brochure copy, writing trade publication feature articles and press releases, and otherwise developing myriad other marketing materials. For the last twenty years he has spent his nights writing fiction, typically mainstream fiction with a genre bending twist. Before becoming a copywriter, he spent 18 years sitting through the lesson plans of the nuns, priests, brothers and laypersons employed by the various Catholic schools he attended, the final six years resulting in a BFA in Commercial Design from the University of Dayton and an MA in Advertising Copywriting from Marquette University. It was from these institutions that the foundation for Anno Domina was laid … and subsequently cracked. Patrick is a member of the Milwaukee Writer’s Circle and the Milwaukee Writer’s Workshop (MWW). He, his beautiful, supportive wife, and his two exhausting boys graciously share their home in the Milwaukee suburbs with their oddball dog, Macie.
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Lafferty has taken a fascinating approach to his story. This novel is not about Estephania Rodriguez. She shows up only briefly. Most of what She says is relayed by other characters. This book is about the people who surround Her. In the process Lafferty made me think about the ones who surrounded Jesus at the time of His death. It is amazing how well his story covers that complicated subject.
There are similarities to the events leading up to the execution of Jesus throughout the book. Damien Driver, the governor who has the power to pardon Estephania Rodriguez, cuts his hand while preparing an avocado and has to wash off the blood. A reporter who is following the events is named Luke. The adherentes (the followers of la Hermana) abandon her. And the church officials (represented by Bishop DeMarco) hold the politics of the situation above all other considerations.
Anno Domina grabbed me and didn't let me go until I reached the end. But there were also moments when Lafferty touched on various interesting topics. My favorite of these was when Felipe Martinez and Father Joe compared their understanding of the way God communicates with them. Felipe said, "I think it's what other people call their instinct, their gut feeling. It's that little voice in the back of your head that tells you something is really, really right or something is really, really, wrong." Father Joe responded by saying, "It's as if God is all around me, like an ocean and I'm floating along with His every ebb and flow. And even though I feel like I know where I'm going and what I'm doing, the tack I take sailing through life, I'm merely pushed along by His gentle breezes and tidal waters." I loved the way those two perceptions were similar, but different and I loved the fact that Lafferty took the time to share the subtle differences.
Steve Lindahl - author of Motherless Soul