When You Hear A Snowflake Fall: The Gene That Created Religion
Gilbert Pielin, author
So, me darlins, when ye hear a snowflake fall, expect a miracle. In the mid-twenty-first century, the lives of six diverse characters become intertwined in the external conflict between good and evil. After the death of his fiance by a fanatical religious group, Edger is convinced all religions are evil, the cause of human suffering and death. While heading the genetic research facility at Gamelli Hospital, he discovers a means to switch off the religion gene, VMAT2. Motivated by his own personal demons, he is swept into the maelstrom of religious and political intrigue. Through a series of serendipitous events involving a U.N. ambassador and a holy relic, Edger manipulates five of the most powerful, yet corrupt, cardinals to make him pope. As Easter 2070 approaches, his plan to rid the world of religions curse seems to be coming to fruition. Sam, Edger’s lifelong and closest friend, also a geneticist at Gamelli, Mother Hedwig Peligia, a pharmacist at the hospital, and Joshua, a rabbinical scholar and archivist for the Vatican Library work to discover and thwart Edger’s plans. Simultaneously, they are drawn into another plot through Max Santiz, one of the corrupt cardinal’s secretaries. The dossier he kept on his boss leads him to the discovery of a secret society headquartered deep beneath the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The society is ruled by the sinister sorcerer Ahren, who schemes to restore the glory that was Atlantis and to subjugate the world to its power. Our heroes are left with two world-altering dilemmas: Can they save the physical world? Can they save the spiritual world?