Huios 2030 - Book 1: The Kennedy Prince Returns, The Count of Monte Cristo Rises, and America Triumphs
A New Serialized Novel (Free to Read Online) — BETA VERSION UNTIL 3/21/19
they who have ears to hear, let them hear
Plot and Characters
Note: Before introducing the plot and characters, you may have noted the references to the Kennedy family. I happen to believe that JFK, Jr. staged his death in 1999, is still alive today, and will return to the public eye soon.
I believe my information on that is very reliable, but only time will tell. (It’s late December 2018 as I’m writing this.) You can also read my article on this topic called JFK, Jr. Returns, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Renewal of America: A True Story of Waiting and Hoping.
In real life, JFK, Jr. is like a modern day Count of Monte Cristo (as the Prologue in the story mentions briefly), and I believe the facts will bear that theory out in time. (I may be wrong, of course. It’s just a theory.)
My speculation about JFK, Jr. provides the general inspiration for the fictional “long lost prince” character named Edmond Dantes, Jr. in my story.
However, other than sharing the JFK, Jr. theory, my character Edmond is purely fictional and will certainly deviate in character and action from any actual historical person, living or dead.
I decided against putting the actual JFK, Jr. in this story. I didn’t want to encourage the perception I was creating a biographical account or a political commentary of real people and real situations. I need room for artistic license.
You can read more about the background behind this website and story in the About the Author section.
Without further delay, allow me to introduce you to the main characters and some of the primary settings of Huios 2030:
The Long Lost Prince and Princess Return
After a famous prince named Edmond Kennedy Dantes, Jr. and his wife Corrine reappear in public after mysteriously vanishing for 20 years, they become the talk of the world.
Edmond is the son of a king of the micro-nation Monte Cristo, a small island nation off the coast of Northern Ireland. After the king was cruelly assassinated in the 1960s, when Edmond was only three, his mother took him to America and raised him there.
Although he never held public office, he became such a beloved figure the newspapers nicknamed him “Son of America.”
In 1999, Edmond K. Dantes, Jr. faked his death using a plane crash and went into a witness protection program with the help of powerful friends in order to stay safe from potential assassination attempts.
During his 20 years of hiding, he and his friends and allies, with the help of the US military, worked on an incredibly intricate plan to fight against and expose the corrupt elements among the most powerful elite in America and the world.
These people who wanted him dead happened to be a part of the same international cabal who killed his father. They were also responsible for reaping unimaginable, horrific levels of corruption, murder, theft, and other acts of depravity in society—all done through their secret plots hatched behind closed doors of shadowy towers and carefully guarded castles away from the eyes of the public.
But now the new Count of Monte Cristo has come.
And the prince they thought they had conquered has returned.
The Beleaguered Reporter
In the months before the prince returns, a depressed, overworked reporter and columnist named Gordon has a wild theory: he believes Edmond staged his death in 1999 and is about to return. Although Gordon’s reluctant editor lets him publish columns about the topic, few people believe Gordon.
Before a flight to Ireland to do research about the Kennedy family and their connections to the historical King Arthur, Gordon gets terrible news.
His dad has died.
Gordon realizes he must perform a re-appearing act of his own: return to Goldberry, his little home town in rural America where he hasn’t been for over 17 years.
As he and his noble-hearted wife Rachel work on handling his father’s estate, raising a child, and caring for an ill cousin (all while trying to work full-time jobs), Gordon realizes something troubling. There are unresolved, painful issues from past relationships in Goldberry that he must finally face.
The Homeless Lawyer
Shortly after Gordon arrives in Goldberry, he meets a homeless man and former lawyer named Michael Puddleglum. Gordon tries to avoid Michael, but the eccentric (and possibly mentally ill) vagabond who claims to be a prophet follows Gordon around. Michael wants Gordon to help him conduct research so he can file a lawsuit against “the fallen angels” who ruined his life and killed his dog. Gordon tries to avoid Michael at all costs.
The Geeky Professor
In a large city named Haggardsville, about 20 minutes from Goldberry, an astronomy professor named Galilea Sanchez has developed an invention: a seven-handed clock that uses the paths of the sun, moon, and five luminous planets as clock hands (with Earth at the center in a geocentric configuration).
At first, she uses it as a simple device to better understand Kepler’s work and other subjects for her research. She has embarked on a lifelong mission to prove a radical and rather eccentric claim: the solar system actually revolves around the Earth, not the Sun; and Copernicus (and modern science) has been wrong all this time.
However, she begins to suspect that she might have stumbled on to something just as radical (if not more so).
A devoted Christian and Bible scholar and an expert on the Book of Revelation (she also has degrees in Biblical studies and ancient Biblical languages), she begins to suspect that her little invention may be able to predict when some (but not all) of the events of the Apocalypse depicted in the Book of Revelation will take place.
To her relief, such frightening events do not appear to be coming anytime soon (and likely not within her lifetime).
The Smooth-Talking Former President
While the global events related to the mysterious prince and princess unfold, a silver-tongued former President of the United States is indicted for a wide range of shocking crimes.
Before he is indicted, in a bizarre press conference, the former President goes on a tirade against the prince who has just re-appeared on the world stage. A strange tension exists between the two famous figures, but no one is sure why.
The next day when his indictment is unsealed, the former President is somehow able to evade arrest and escape the authorities with the help of a shadowy organization. He becomes the first former president to be a fugitive of justice.
The Enigma: Strider
It is a literary tradition for stories to contain enigmas. An enigmatic character has a history and purpose in the story that is not explained entirely by the author. There’s a bit of peculiarity and mystery to an enigma character, and they often seem out of place with the rest of the story.
In Lord of the Rings, for example, Tom Bombadil is the enigma character. Many scholars and LOTR fans today are still debating who or what Bombadil is in the broader scheme of Tolkien’s legendarium.
Strider is the enigma of Huios 2030.
In appearance, Strider is a cross between the short-haired, grungy Thor from Thor: Ragnarok from the Avengers films and a hooded, heavy booted ranger from Lord of the Rings—perhaps even sharing similarities (in appearance) with the Ring Wraiths, though he does not seem to have any evil purpose.
No one knows where he comes from, but he has a special interest in the town of Goldberry that no one fully understands.
He often appears without warning in the town riding a black horse with a large black hood. Like the black riders in LOTR, it is difficult to see his face in the hood’s shadows. When his face does become visible, people have reported seeing his eyes glow white like lightning and throb with electricity.
(And that’s when most people run away and call 911.)
Some believe he is a ghost. Some believe he is an angel. Others believe he is a devil. A few people believe he is alien, while others believe he is a mentally ill or mischievous person playing an elaborate prank on the town—perhaps a former town resident with some unknown grudge.
No one is really sure. He always evades the police and rarely speaks to anyone.
When Gordon returns to Goldberry, however, Strider’s behavior suddenly changes in an unexpected way, which puts the entire town on edge.
The Twist of Fate (How Gordon Learns He Was Correct About the Prince)
On a dark and stormy night, a small eucatastrophe occurs (the thing that people like to call “fate”). During a massive rainstorm, Galilea, Michael, and Gordon somehow end up in the same diner while taking refuge from the storm.
Over cups of steaming hot coffee, they strike up a conversation at the diner counter. As they hear each other’s life stories, walls begin to come down. Gordon begins to see the humanity in Michael and becomes more open to having a friendship with him.
Galilea, who isn’t particularly fond of men, begins to take a sisterly liking to the two odd strangers and feels pity because of the hardships they both have experienced.
At the same time, both Gordon and Michael are intrigued by Galilea’s theory about the solar system and her strange clock invention. The three strangers begin to notice odd coincidences and unexpected areas of common ground—little shared details in their lives—and they realize their meeting was not mere chance.
They talk for several hours.
As the rain stops, they grab their jackets and begin to say farewell. They discuss the possibility of meeting to talk again sometime.
Just before they part ways, a news flash interrupts the television’s football game that had been playing in the diner.
Their mouths drop open. Everyone in the diner stops what they’re doing. Several people gasp when they turn and see the screen.
The faces of Edmond Dantes, Jr. and his wife Corrine—both alive but now older—fill the screen. They have finally returned to the public spotlight. Earlier in the evening the couple held a dramatic, historic press conference in Washington.
The owner of the diner wasn’t paying attention to the news that day and kept the TV channel on football. Gordon missed the live broadcast because his phone didn’t have any signal in the storm. He never got the urgent text messages or calls from his editor.
“We’d better stay and talk some more,” says Galilea with an urgent, barely audible voice, her wide eyes still on the TV screen.
To begin reading the story, go to the page Read The Story where each installment will be added in a blog post format. The newest installments of the story will be at top and the oldest will be at bottom. Currently the only post is the Prologue.
they who have ears to hear, let them hear
We live in amazing times!
A note from the story’s narrator:
“Before stepping onto the ride, please make sure you are at least 144 cm in height and have a healthy heart that has properly absorbed the wisdom of Proverbs 3:34.
“Attention, Expedition Huios team members, once on board, secure all gear in the cargo pouch in front of you – then, pull down on the restraint. For your safety, remain seated and keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the train.
“¡Atención los miembros del equipo de Expedición Huios! Una vez a bordo, asegurar todas las artes en la sección de carga frente a usted. Entonces, baje el cinturón de seguridad. Para su seguridad, permanezca sentado con las manos, brazos, pies, y piernas dentro el tren. Gracias.”
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Publishing schedule is undetermined at this time. The author of this website is working on a private book project that is a higher priority and spare writing time will be going to that project instead. If this site proves to be useful in the future, a revised schedule may be determined at a later time. The title can also be considered as simply a numerical value rather than a year—just a thought.
May Heaven guard these words so they communicate the joy and hope of Christ, and may every portion of this website’s code be sealed by the atoning blood of Christ under the watchful protection of God according to the Lord’s sovereign will. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.
Song of Solomon 8:6:
“Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
The very flame of the Lord.”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith [in Jesus Christ]—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. “
News & Updates
No new updates. Just getting back to normal into a more relaxed, mellowed out routine.
1/22/19-1/24/19: Added a new page called Music.
The site was taken down briefly, then went live a second time a minute later at 12:53pm Eastern time and should remain live, Lord willing.
The website went live at 12:52pm Eastern time on 1/1/19. (Fun fact: Around the same time, during the Rose Parade, the float with the train called “Jupiter” caught on fire and had to be towed off. It was the first float to ever break down in a Rose Parade! Wow! And then the “Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come” float went by—what an awesome float! Perfect time to press “live” for this new website.)
The website is going live on 1/1/19 (Beta version). Happy New Year’s!
The period between 1/1/19 and 3/21/19 is a Beta/UX testing period. The official version of the website will be cemented and launch on 3/21/19 if all goes well. The first official chapter of the story will be published on 4/19/19.
Editing History (i.e. Record of Notable Changes Made to Website)
1/22/19: Added a new page called Music.
1/1/19: Slight alteration/clarification of previous note: the website will go live on 1/1/19, but the period between 1/1/19 and 3/21/19 will be a Beta version of the site. It may undergo significant structural changes and content revisions during this period as the website’s performance and UX is tested. The actual content of the story (the Prologue), however, will likely not undergo any changes. On 3/21/19 the final and official version of the site will be launched.
12/31/18: Launch date has been changed to 3/21/19. Too many unfinished and unresolved issues for doing a New Year’s launch as originally planned.
12/27/18: This website will be a living, breathing document that may undergo revisions at times (maybe design and web layout changes and occasional content changes without detracting from the story’s details, development, and integrity). The purpose of this section is to keep a (somewhat) orderly record of changes or new functions, features, and designs added to the site.
12/24/18: Officially began construction of website. Site not live. Tentative launch date set for 2019-2020.
Some Final Images, Sounds, and Words From Narnia
1/7. The Last Battle:
“And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
This quote above was added on 12/25/18. There may be more quotes added in the future.
2/6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
“I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.”
—quotes above added 12/25/18
3/5. Prince Caspian:
"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content."
"Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you'd never know which were which."
—quotes above added 12/25/18
4/4. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, ‘Courage, dear heart,’ and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face."
"Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons."
"My own plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world into some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise."
—quotes above added 12/25/18
5/3. The Magician’s Nephew
"Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had."
"Oh, Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!"
"But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?'
Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself.
'My son, my son,' said Aslan. 'I know. Grief is great."
—quotes above added 12/25/18
6/2. The Horse and His Boy
"If you run now, without a moment's rest, you will still be in time to warn King Lune."
Shasta's heart fainted at these words for he felt he had no strength left. And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one. But all he said out loud was:
"Where is the King?"
The Hermit turned and pointed with his staff. "Look," he said. "There is another gate, right opposite to the one you entered by. Open it and go straight ahead: always straight ahead, over level or steep, over smooth or rough, over dry or wet. I know by my art that you will find King Lune straight ahead. But run, run: always run."
"One of the drawbacks about adventures is that when you come to the most beautiful places you are often too anxious and hurried to appreciate them."
"When things go wrong, you'll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better."
"Child,' said the Lion, 'I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own."
"But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself."
"Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like."
"Your Majesty would have a perfect right to strike off his head," said Peridan. "Such an assault as he made puts him on a level with assassins."
"It is very true," said Edmund. "But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did." And he looked very thoughtful."
"Dearest Daughter. I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours."
"My good Horse," said the Hermit, who had approached them unnoticed because his bare feet made so little noise on that sweet, dewy grass. "My good Horse, you've lost nothing but your self-conceit. No, no, cousin. Don't put back your ears and shake your mane at me. If you are really so humbled as you sounded a minute ago, you must learn to listen to sense. You're not quite the great Horse you had come to think, from living among poor dumb horses. Of course you were braver and cleverer than them. You could hardly help being that. It doesn't follow that you'll be anyone very special in Narnia. But as long as you know you're nobody very special, you'll be a very decent sort of Horse, on the whole, and taking one thing with another."
"Who are you?” asked Shasta.
“Myself,” said the Voice, very deep and low so that the earth shook: and again “Myself,” loud and clear and joyful: and then the third time “Myself,” whispered so softly you could hardly hear it, and yet it seemed to come from all around you as if the leaves rustled with it."
"Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!"
—quotes above added 12/25/18 and 12/26/18
7/1. The Silver Chair
"But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs."
"Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do."
"‘Puddleglum,' they've said, 'You're altogether too full of bobance and bounce and high spirits. You've got to learn that life isn't all fricasseed frogs and eel pie. You want something to sober you down a bit. We're only saying it for your own good, Puddleglum.' That's what they say. Now a job like this—a journey up north just as winter's beginning looking for a prince that probably isn't there, by way of ruined city nobody's ever seen—will be just the thing. If that doesn't steady a chap, I don't know what will.’"
"I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."
"Aslan's instructions always work; there are no exceptions."
"Don't you mind," said Puddleglum. "There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant king caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them; including this." (emphasis mine)
"I have come," said a deep voice behind them. They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him."
—quotes above added 12/25/18
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