THE SUDARIUM TRILOGY
The epic story of a holy relic, an innocent girl, a diabolical experiment that threatens to rip society asunder. “The Sudarium Trilogy” is a thriller for our time.
THE SAVIOR: BOOK THREE
Three years have passed and the cult of the new savior has only increased by means of the Internet (where his existence was first revealed). Blogs devoted to sightings of him, as well as descriptions of the miracles that he has presumably performed, have flourished. Millions of people wait for him to emerge, raise high the standard and lead them into a golden age. But the young man is nowhere to be found.
Powerful people from across the globe fear his impact on the world should he choose to reveal himself. He must be found and bought off or forever silenced. A savior in spite of himself, he comes face to face with raw power, determined to preserve its privileges and eager to expose him as a fraud. Can he ever return to the life of normalcy he led as a child?
In THE SAVIOR, a thriller that raises profound spiritual questions, the fate of a man is linked inextricably to the survival of his soul. It combines the suspenseful elements of the high-tech adventure story with the equally riveting aspects of a spiritual quest. Underlying the trilogy and serving as its inspiration are the words of an elderly priest who, before dying, expresses his belief that “Every child born on earth has within him the power to save the world or destroy it.”
The SAVIOR is the account of one special man, coming dramatically to grips with that dual possibility in others and in himself.
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“ . . . an electrifying story . . .” – LA REVISTA IMPAR (Spain)
“Little by little, Foglia and Richards reveal the strands that make up the conspiracy. For that, they succeed in joining the latest developments in genetic experimentation with the moral and religious implications that arise from such an undertaking. A great deal of what they imagine could already be carried out in our times, while other things could easily be a reality in the near future. ’The Sudarium’ is a story that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, even when he has turned the final page, because if some questions are answered in the course of the book, others continue to stick in the mind of whoever picks up this disturbing work.” – LA REFORMA (MEXICO) An international bestseller published in Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Poland and Russia.
LEONARD FOGLIA is a theater and opera director as well as librettist. His work has been seen on Broadway, across the country as well as internationally. His theater credits include the original Broadway productions of MASTER CLASS (with Zoe Caldwell, Patti LuPone, Dixie Carter and Faye Dunaway), THURGOOD (with Laurence Fishburne) and THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE (with Donna Murphy) as well as the revivals of WAIT UNTIL DARK (with Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei) and ON GOLDEN POND (with James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams). Off Broadway as well as on tour he directed Anna Deavere Smith’s LET ME DOWN EASY. His opera credits include the premiers of three operas by Jake Heggie – MOBY DICK, THREE DECEMBERS and THE END OF THE AFFAIR. His production of Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING has been seen across the country.
As a librettist his opera CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA (To Cross the Face of the Moon) had it’s premier at Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and was performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in the fall of 2011.
DAVID RICHARDS, for more than thirty years, was theater critic for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Star. His articles have appeared in numerous publications in the United States. He is the author of PLAYED OUT: THE JEAN SEBERG STORY, a biography of the controversial American actress who vaulted to fame in France before committing suicide in 1979. Richards, who was born in Lexington, Massachusetts, holds Master’s degrees in French and Theater. He recently completed a third Masters degree at the University of Queretaro in Mexico, writing on the Mexican painter and caricaturist, Miguel Covarrubias. Richards lived in France and the Ivory Coast, where he taught English to African students as one of the first volunteers in the Peace Corps.
Foglia and Richards have written five books together:
RAGGED RIDGE ROAD, FACE DOWN IN THE PARK and THE SUDARIUM TRILOGY: THE SURROGATE, THE SON, THE SAVIOR.