Random Trilogy Snippets of Random Events That Lead to Climactic Events, Part One (from Battle of the Band)

Each of the three novels that make up The Prodigal Band Trilogy has at least one seemingly random or even somewhat meaningless event that would, likely at the conclusion of the novel, play a key role in the overall spiritual climax of the novel and the trilogy as a whole. The first snippet post in this topic comes from the first novel in the trilogy, Battle of the Band.

When I incorporated this event that just popped into my head, an event in Chapter Four that is somewhat based on the seemingly endless ‘war’ between British troops in Northern Ireland (aka Ulster) and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that pretty much concluded in the late 90s (or just went underground so to speak), I figured, before creating the final version of the novel in 1995 for publication in 1996, that it was just some random novel event that would not have broader implications as to the novel’s climax. But what makes up this snippet set does indeed play a key role at the climactic event ending the novel; while suffering a mild heart attack and in a state of physical coma yet spiritually existing in a void where good vs. evil reigns, the prodigal band’s bassist, Keith, is visited by two deceased ‘gang brothers’ who deliver to the bassist a powerful message.

Before I get to the snippets, let’s review what this Northern Ireland conflict was about. It was mostly nationalistic what with Ireland having separated as a Republic in the early 1920s from the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Ireland), but most Americans anyway were ‘told’ that it was mostly a Catholic vs. Protestant issue, which according to events summarized in this Wikipedia post, was not the main cause of the conflict. It wasn’t just Protestants that wanted to stay in the UK and it wasn’t just Catholics that wanted to join Ireland; mostly, it was nationalistic mixed with politics between the Irish Sinn Fein (Provisional IRA) and the Ulster pro-Britain political groups, while Catholics did tend to support the IRA and while Protestants tended to support the UK. The roots of this conflict go back to the early 1600s when mostly Scots from the southern portion of Scotland moved to northern Ireland and were given ‘plantation’ land rights, lands that may have been stolen from the native Irish (and these Scots eventually would make up what became known as the Scots-Irish, many of whom wound up in what would become the USA in the 1600s and 1700s as indentured servants (note: I am part Irish and part Scots-Irish, as well as part German). Oh, and I was once Catholic as well! Still, I didn’t really support one side or the other, for the most part. Starting in the late 1980s, both sides apparently tried to end the conflict, which didn’t end until the late 90s; cease-fires began to happen throughout the mid-90s.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode One-Politics

Welcome to the latest Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, Controversial Topics! In the previous post I mentioned two of the most controversial topics within the trilogy, evolution and indentured servitude, both topics relating to two of the prodigal band members. But I will begin the series with a topic that does not get a lot of play within the trilogy, politics.

Here is one definition of politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. (Source: Bing search engine)

I chose politics as the first in the series not only because of the mess regarding the recent presidential election in the US—and I did not vote for either Trump or Biden as I do not support either one, nor am I Republican or Democrat, nor am I left-wing or right-wing…and in my opinion what was defined as left- or right-wing back in the 60s and 70s has changed greatly over the last twenty or so years. In other words, I am apolitical. As for who will actually wind up in the White House next month, I have to hand it to George Wallace (his awful racism aside), who said this truth—“There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Republican and a Democrat.” (Note: Wallace was Democrat, which today would seem extremely contradictory since he really was racist and today’s Democrats act like “social justice warrior” types (but I still think they are closet racists…what exactly have they done for blacks other than keep them in poverty? The nation’s poorest blacks all live in Democrat-run cities like Baltimore and Detroit!).

Well, enough of “politics”! BTW, I hate politics! It’s all about power, after all.

No matter what definition I use for politics, it is the ‘ruler’ over the politics that remains hidden to most voters or otherwise. In some nations this ruler is the one with the most money, or rules over some dictator, or rules over some general, or is seemingly an oligarch or bankster or criminal even. Some nations are monarchies like the UK that have governing bodies like Parliaments and some are ruled by religious types or are backed by religious leaders (think Iran and Israel here). In my novels, the seeming ‘rulers’ are extremely wealthy bankers and oligarchs and aristocrats, within Britain (do I even mention the Royal Family? Hardly…but these books are fictional, after all).

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