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, America’s most restless years, Konrad begins an endless journey in search of his own “manifest destiny”.  He embarks on a westward expedition with the famous explorer, John C. Fremont, and legendary mountain man, Kit Carson.  He roams the wild Texas frontier with the Texas Rangers, and fights in the bloody Battle of Monterrey under the command of General Zachary Taylor.  But the life of a restless wanderer is not an easy one as Konrad discovers when he falls in love with the beautiful and exciting, Anastasia Carriere, casting Konrad into a desperate battle to choose between his love for a woman and his love for adventure

- 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?”

  I nodded.

  “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 Britain to America. It hardly calls for such a gift.”

    “So, you plan to go home to New York and get a job, do you? Work with all of those rich friends of yours, hmm? No, I think not. You will not sit still for long. There is great adventure in America, and I know that you will seek it. I am giving you this sword for a reason. It belongs with an adventurer. Those days are over for me, but yours are just beginning. I know you will not disappoint me.”


"Only out a few weeks this novel is already getting rave reviews. You might want to give this one a shot."
- from BookTalk.org

"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.
Pacific Book Reviews

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