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By Dan DeLuca
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About this project

The story.

After the recent death of the last Pope a Vatican priest investigates the reported tampering of the burial shroud of Christ.  Meanwhile, twelve interdenominational religious leaders assemble in a remote town in Mexico and ordain themselves as the new twelve apostles. 

In his search for answers, the Investigator links up with a troubled young shroud scholar plagued with recurring biblical nightmares.  Each discovers insight into their lives while uncovering an effort to usurp the Vatican’s power, and to control the future of the world by cloning Christ.

If you are a fan of stories like "The DaVinci Code" this book is for you.

THE FIRST PERSON TO ORDER SHALL HAVE A NOTE IN THE BOOK THAT SAYS "THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK ISSUED OF HARVESTING GOD." WITH A SIGNATURE BY THE AUTHOR.

Why write this novel?

I think everyone out there has had the desire at one time to write a novel... of course I am no exception.   Also, it is festering in my head and is now an obsession that needs to be taken care of.

Mostly, this book is for my Father, who inspired it with endless discussions of Science, Politics, Religion, and my need to keep an open mind on all fronts. Sadly, he did not get to see the unedited manuscript of the novel, but thankfully, he had read the screenplay that proceeded it. 

He was the first to say "You need to make this into a book."    His words have been followed by dozen's of others clamoring for the same thing.  It is odd, yet encouraging, when I run into friends or acquaintances  who talk about the story having only having had heard about it from others.  Yet another reason I want to make this the best novel it can possibly be, and why it will indeed get done one way or another!

The process.

The idea for this novel came to me 10+ years ago while  I was living in Manhattan. I was watching The Boys from Brazil on television and later on that evening a special on the Shroud of Turin came on.  That was my eureka moment.  

I had seen the shroud with my family when I was 14 years old during a visit to Turin Italy.  Needless to say, it made quite an impression on me and over the years I would ravenously consume anything on the subject.  Soon after that eureka moment, I formulated a story in my head that would eventually lead to a screenplay and that has brought us to this point. 

Writing a novel as you might imagine is a daunting task, but a rewarding one as well.  I have spent countless hours researching the Vatican, the Shroud, and the traditions that have withstood 2,000 years of history. But more interesting is what I learned about the main characters and how they like us are seeking to find a place in this world.  They could be anyone of us with their imperfections, strengths, doubts and fears.

The book is meant to entertain, yes I said it, "entertain".  Of course I would love you to walk away from it with thought provoking insight on the world but the truth is,  like the characters in this book, I do not have all the answers but hopefully some thought provoking questions.  Intrigue, action, mystery, and suspense are what I am aiming for, with a little bit of history thrown in for good measure.  The history and locations referenced by the characters are all correct, as is the science behind the mystery at hand.  But it is a work of FICTION, meant to take you on a journey to new places and experiences.

The final steps.

So the years of research and rewrites have been done on this book, what is left is hiring an editor (a good one) and printing copies for you to read.

The video teaser is something I created in Photoshop, as is the cover art.  I would like to get a professionally done teaser with actual actors... instead of my picture! I would also like to get a professionally done book cover, or at the very least my book cover created at high resolution. 

Then remaining funds will go to getting the book converted for ebooks then printed in both hard back and paper back, to include shipping to each of the patrons. 

Here is a general breakdown:

Book Cover (print and e-book versions) $800  (I did my version but would like a real cover artist to do something a bit more professional)

Website: $1,500

Typesetting and e-Book development $1,500

ISBN $150

Limited Edition Hard Back print run $2,000

Initial Print Run  $4,500

Professional Edit $1,700

Book Webpage and Fees for e-bookstores $1,000

New Trailer $5,000

Total cost is estimated at:  $18,150

I am trying to raise a little bit more then half of that, the rest I can manage.

Thank you Kickstarter.

Thank you for all that you have done for the creative community.  You have truly made dreams come true for so many people and given patrons of the Arts a place to make a difference.

THE FIRST PERSON TO ORDER SHALL HAVE A NOTE IN THE BOOK THAT SAYS "THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK ISSUED OF HARVESTING GOD." WITH A SIGNATURE BY THE AUTHOR.

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