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Sep 2011
Cascada Productions

Wayward Son

by Tom Pollack

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Wayward Son, written by Tom Pollack along with Jim Alves and John Loftus, is an intriguing story of God’s blessed forgiveness and the constant battle between right and wrong.

When Mt. Vesuvius erupted, it completely covered the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Many years later an earthquake in Herculaneum (now called Ercolano) split some rocks, disclosing a secret chamber. There is only one person who can break through the secret code and unlock these mysterious doors – Amanda James. After arriving in Ercolano, Amanda quickly breaks the code and enters the chamber. Upon entering she sees two forms covered in volcanic ash – locked in time. While examining the necklace of one of these men, she is invisibly transported to the beginning of time. She follows the life of Cain – the first biblical killer. God curses Cain with eternal youth; he can never die. This story is about his lifetime of wandering and the joys and struggles he faces.

Amanda James, an employee of the Getty Museum, loves to surf, but her true love lies in the romance of archaeology. Her longtime friend and love interest, Juan Carlos, invites her to explore a possible archaeological finding in Ercolano, Italy. He is convinced that she is the only one who can figure out this mystery. However, upon entering this secret chamber she discovers something that will alter the course of history. But, finding these treasures may come at a dangerous price.

Cain, most commonly known as the first murderer, has been given a curse to wander the earth for all eternity. This curse has given him the chance to live for thousands of years and experience key historical events, including the devastating flood, the influential writings of Homer, the tragic burning of Rome, and the miraculous life of Jesus of Nazareth. He is torn between following God or following Satan. Will he ever escape this unending curse he has found himself in?

Luc Renard, a very wealthy and influential man, has made Los Angeles, California his new home. He throws a welcome party at which a new painter shows his almost life-like paintings of historic events. Renard is extremely interested in a particular piece of land far way in the city of Ercolano, Italy. Why does he want this land so badly?

Although quite lengthy, this novel was very easy to read and understand. The ideas presented are new and exciting, but they also reflect strong biblical values. The main theme of this book is based on Joshua 24:15: “Choose this day whom who will serve.” My favorite part of the book is when Cain has an encounter with the resurrected Christ that could change his life forever. With each page a new adventure begins.

Wayward Son is a must-read for almost anyone. This story contains aspects of mystery, romance, suspense, drama, betrayal, grief, anger, and bitterness. The ending is spectacular and leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. Any young adult or older person could read this book and fully understand it. Anyone who enjoys history and captivating plots will thoroughly enjoy this saga! – Christina Ruth McCrorie,

Ed. Note – The Bible teaches that Cain died sometime before the flood of Noah, since the only survivors were Noah, his three sons, and their wives. In addition, Cain's curse was not eternal youth, but to wander and that the ground would no longer produce for him (Genesis 4:12). This novel is therefore based on biblical characters, but is not in itself biblical.

Book Jacket:

Buried near Italy’s Mount Vesuvius is a remarkable observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person—the Getty Museum’s Amanda James—can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber.

But once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover evidence left behind by a notorious Biblical killer—who long ago wandered off the pages of history.

When a strange relic unveils the miraculous truth about this villain, Amanda must battle sinister forces intent on suppressing her stunning revelation—before it alters the destiny of millions!