The Tribulation of Thomas by G. W Langdon

Tom Johnson cursed his over-abundance of talent, yet his misery would've been far greater had God revealed why He needed to bless him so.

Originating from beyond the stars, an inevitable reckoning comes our way.

To General Ruezk, Thomas is the key to acquiring the services of a protecting, eternal warrior. To Queen Lillia he is the prophesied returned King. To the Knight of the Ream he is destiny. To all righteous mortals, he is the one who stands between salvation and genetic subjugation.

To God, Thomas is the Talisman upon whom the fate of Creation depends.

Set against a theater of interstellar war, and filled with action, plot twists, memorable characters, and fantastic worlds, both real and imagined, The Tribulation of Thomas highlights the twin perils of genetic overreach and placing too much faith in technology to solve the affairs of the heart and mind.

Be entertained and enlightened because there are indeed more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in any philosophy.

NB: Chapters 1-14 match those from the book. Chapter 15(Authonomy) = 20 from book. Chapter 16 = 32, Chapter 17 = 42, Chapter 18 = 49, Chapter 19 = 51, Chapter 20 = 53, and Chapter 21 = 53

prefer to read SF, action, thriller, literary, crime, and fantasy

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted June 6, 2009
  • Last updated June 6, 2009
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  • Bob Steele's avatar
    Bob Steele wrote 5 years, 6 months ago

    The Tribulation of Thomas is a well crafted story that blends sci fi with the 15th century, and successfully evokes the idiom and environment of both genres. This makes it distinctive and therefore attractive to its target audience. Characters are well drawn, dialogue is crisp and natural, and the narrative pace is good with smooth transition from scene to scene. Backed.

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    Louise H. Pennington wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    You write well and your imagination takes you to places other writers wouldn't go. Not necessarily my scene, but should do well. Some great comments. On my shelf. And if you feel like deliving into a thriller, try BRICKS AND BONES, best of luck, Louise

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    Maria Luisa Lang [Retired] wrote 5 years, 7 months ago
    Dear G. W. Langdon, I can’t recall another book that has so much to offer. Indeed, you seem not just to be working in several genres, but to have created your own. On top of that, you write with skill, verve, and grace--the fast pace and quick shifts work beautifully to augment the sense of an impending apocalypse. This is clearly a case of great ambition having the requisite imagination and talent at its disposal. On my shelf. Maria, The ...
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  • soutexmex's avatar
    soutexmex wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    BACKING because Poppet did and I have always trusted her instincts, which is why she is my longtime friend. She's rather brilliant at finding good reads. Those pitches look perfect as well. Think you can make it to the Ed's desk.

    Do look forward to your comments on my book when you get a chance. Cheers!

    JC
    The Obergemau File

  • Cas P's avatar
    Cas P wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Hi GW. You have here a story on a truly epic scale. The small amount of time I was able to give it and the small sample I read were not enough to do it justice but still I will give you my thoughts. Mostly I was impressed by what I read. There is clear and complex world-building and you ground the reader well within this unfamiliar place. Among the many well-thought out technological terms -reClone, Imagene - etc, the ...
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  • GeekMaiella's avatar
    GeekMaiella wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Gee Dub- I was rolling magnificently through chapter one (well, the first real chapter). Great pace and tension, with the authority of an author who seems well acquainted with archery. A 15th century "Predator", if you will. Then what? I'm at Chapter 6? Space Pirates have snatched him? Where's the stuff in between? This jarred too heavily. I'd much prefer the interim chapters for a sense of how your story develops. Your first chapter grabbed me, but the four chapter ...
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  • Kim Jewell's avatar
    Kim Jewell wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    Hi GW!

    You've got a knack for combining thrill and intensity with entertainment! This is a very exciting read - your characters are filled with color and the dialogue and storyline you are weaving is utterly captivating! I'm shelving now and will return to read more!

    Kim
    Invisible Justice

  • Apostle's avatar
    Apostle Author wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    [QUOTE] A very mature piece of work, G.W. I personally preferred the space opera to the early pub scene, though that too had its fine points. I wonder at the precision of dates. Necessary? The action in the later sequences is excellently written, and begins to show the range of the book. At the moment it reads like a herd of wild horses - elegant, full of energy and style but with each individual horse going its own way. That ...
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  • scottkenny's avatar
    scottkenny wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    A very mature piece of work, G.W. I personally preferred the space opera to the early pub scene, though that too had its fine points. I wonder at the precision of dates. Necessary? The action in the later sequences is excellently written, and begins to show the range of the book. At the moment it reads like a herd of wild horses - elegant, full of energy and style but with each individual horse going its own way. That is ...
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  • setondan's avatar
    setondan wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    This is very imaginative and interesting. The plot, characters and writing are shaping up. I can sense you are tying it all together. Needs more polishing, but its potential and message is very wothwhile. Shelved for its promise.

  • Apostle's avatar
    Apostle Author wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    [QUOTE] OK, I got into the first chapter and was curious - what happened to Tom? The only clarification I wanted was his age. Taking her to church for five years - youngest of seven - a possible horse. Hmmm, I had to read more. But then I'm on a space ship 250 years in the future during a possible mutiny. And then there's the question - did the federation see a hoax or did the alien really kill everyone? ...
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    Apostle Author wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    [QUOTE] OK, I got into the first chapter and was curious - what happened to Tom? The only clarification I wanted was his age. Taking her to church for five years - youngest of seven - a possible horse. Hmmm, I had to read more. But then I'm on a space ship 250 years in the future during a possible mutiny. And then there's the question - did the federation see a hoax or did the alien really kill everyone? ...
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  • TheLoriC's avatar
    TheLoriC wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    I am entertained and intrigued by this work so far. Putting it on the shelf to come back and indulge in more later!

    L. Anne Carrington, "The Cruiserweight"

  • KJKron's avatar
    KJKron wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    OK, I got into the first chapter and was curious - what happened to Tom? The only clarification I wanted was his age. Taking her to church for five years - youngest of seven - a possible horse. Hmmm, I had to read more. But then I'm on a space ship 250 years in the future during a possible mutiny. And then there's the question - did the federation see a hoax or did the alien really kill everyone? You ...
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  • Simon Swift's avatar
    Simon Swift wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    Love it GR and putting it on the shelf right now! Will commnet more later!
    Simon (BLACK SHADOWS)

  • Apostle's avatar
    Apostle Author wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    I put in the place by date at start of prologue and changed "graffitied" to gouged as per yr suggestion the rest I'm happy with thanks for your comments hope u read some more - it takes a few chapters to build (chapt 10 before antagonist appears in "person") I shall have a look at your work today/2mrw cheers gwl [QUOTE] Some comments on your prologue: you give date time but no place. I wondered if 15th century alehouses had ...
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  • zenup's avatar
    zenup wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Some comments on your prologue: you give date time but no place. I wondered if 15th century alehouses had dirt floors (?). Graffiti is a modern word, I'd say 'knife gouged' or something like. Also, I've got a continuity problem, reading this. The three strangers/hunters enter & then the action/tension stops for a section of backstory (Bentley - star men, presumably not the 3 hunters just entered the room). Then a mention of Thomas Johnson, cut back to alehouse. The ...
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  • Apostle's avatar
    Apostle Author wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    I wouldn't get too excited about getting published as a result of authonomy - it would take a huge effort to get to the top 5. As well, Authonomy can be very time consuming I think I am best to keep writing and try me luck with agents and publishers could get lucky here though - but I doubt it gwl the tribulation of thomas [QUOTE] I'm getting worried about my own chances of publication with the amount of good ...
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    Zeta Pi [Retired] wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Very intriguing pitch and this is a tense opening. You hook the reader straight away with the exchange between Rachel and Spooky – great name btw. There’s a lot to get to grips with, but you manage to make it comprehendible in the main, and you finish the prologue in the same vein, keeping up the pace. The pace slows somewhat when we reach the first chapter – although this is to be expected. Some very good characterisation and dialogue ...
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  • andyroo's avatar
    andyroo wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    I'm getting worried about my own chances of publication with the amount of good sci fi on this site, and your work is (unfortunately!) no disappointment. Your writing is punchy and slick, with no flabby text cluttering it up. The story is told well, and you have a good command of the pace. I particularly like chapter 1, you capture the eerie silence of the wood and haunting glimpses of the alien very well. It reminds me of Predator a ...
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