T. William Phillips
His restless heart beat to a rhythm of its own - a rhythm that had once been so prevalent in the core of a man’s soul, but has long been lost under the thick layers of routine, expectation, and responsibility created by the quiet, civilized life. Konrad Quintero de Leon, a young American man, having just returned home to New York after his schooling at Oxford University, decides to venture west to rediscover that lost rhythm and peel off the layers that have muffled it for so long. Set in the 1840s,
- an excerpt from Restless Heart
Friedrich stopped before me but did not look up from his saber. He studied every inch of it from pommel to tip.
“I’ve had this sword for thirty years. My father had it made special and gave it to me when I joined the Lutzow Free Corps to fight Napoleon’s army. It is the greatest gift he has ever given me. You see the engraving here at the bottom of the blade? Justicia Per Deus. Verum Per Animus. Officium Per Pectus pectoris.”
“Justice by God. Truth by will. Duty by heart,” I repeated.
“Yes, and do you understand what it means?"
“Yes, I think so. What does it mean to you?”
Friedrich chuckled. “To me, it means to leave justice in the hands of God. Do not let the injustices of the people around you irritate your mood and fill you with anger. It means that you will find truth in your life by your strength and determination to seek it. And, finally, it means that your duty to man and to yourself comes from what your heart tells you is right. No man can know another man’s duty. Do you understand this?”
“Good. It is yours now.”
Friedrich held the saber out to me. It was lying across his open palms, glistening in the candlelight. The Latin engraving flashed in my eyes.
“My father gave me this sword as a gift before I left on the greatest journey of my life. He promised that it would guide my way. Now, I give it to you as you embark upon your greatest journey. It will guide you as it has guided me.”
I slowly took the sword from him and held it before my face. I eyed it up and down in awe. It felt so light and so natural in my hands. It was a perfect sword. I had never seen such craftsmanship.
“Uncle, my journey is on a boat from
“So, you plan to go home to
"Only out a few weeks this novel is already getting rave reviews. You might want to give this one a shot."
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"Phillips fills the reader's hearts with their own desire to rediscover something new and exciting in
their lives." - from Barnes & Noble reader review
"This book has it all...action and adventure, love and lust and voodoo and violence. It cost me many
hours of sleep as I could not put it down. A good read. I highly recommend it." - B&N reader review
T. William Phillips emerges on the literary stage of greatness with his destined-to-be-epic novel Restless Heart. “To thine own self be true,”
echoes from William Shakespeare, whereas “Justice by God. Truth by will. Duty by heart,” will be etched in the memory of the readers of
T. William Phillips’ exquisite novel.
This book should be required reading by English Literature courses and novelist’s workshops. Impeccable in presentation, T. William
Phillips is by all accounts destined to become renown in our day as a contemporary literary force and an inspiration to all writers.
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