Mirrors Darkly Launch
November 16, 2020
By Don Wellington
Hi friends, over the next several weeks before Christmas I’m going to be releasing a novel online several chapters at a time. I wrote Mirrors Darkly about ten years ago. I think it has stood the test of time pretty well. A friend described it as "The DaVinci Code Meets Al Qaeda." It was one of my late wife's favorite books, but I think she may have been a little biased.
As a disclaimer, the characters are all entirely fictional. Any resemblance they bear to actual people (living or dead) is entirely coincidental. As with most works of fiction, the characters live in a world parallel to ours. While that world may resemble ours, it is not real! There are many themes – love, friendship, devotion, faith, overcoming intolerance – that reflect my personal views. But the twist in this novel is for dramatic effect. Again, it’s not real! It’s purpose is primarily to entertain and maybe to get you to wrestle with a new thought or two.
The one exception to the “no resemblance” disclaimer is a childhood friend, Jimmy Moran. Jimmy died tragically the summer after we graduated from high school. I remember celebrating Jimmy’s birthday as a kid and it’s one of those things where when that day comes around each year now, I still remember it. I sometimes think about the person Jimmy would have become. Smart as a whip (especially in math), I think he would have found his way. His namesake is not a major character in the novel, but I hope I’ve honored him a little bit. As the old saying goes, a man dies twice – once when the last breath leaves his body, and again when his name is spoken for the last time.
No charge for the novel. These are tough times for everyone, and we could all use a little entertainment. But I do hope you enjoy it. If you do, I’m going to set up a chance for you to make a donation that will help out causes that are dear to me including disabled veteran causes, breast cancer research and the renovation of a 155-year-old farm in the Thumb of Michigan. If you don’t enjoy the novel, that’s totally fine too. Make a larger donation and maybe I won’t publish a sequel! Peace and love.