Flames at Twilight
The Novel of St. Patrick and Ireland
About the Book
It is July 384 when Roman officer, Calpurnius Potitus, receives a script from the emperor of Rome that he must take one hundred men with him to Britannia to reinforce the Roman army and protect the population from hostile marauders, especially the Celts from Hibernia who frequently invade the coastlands to murder and capture citizens. After a stunned Calpurnius reluctantly notifies his wife and teenage son, Succat, of the impending upheaval in their lives, he gathers his men and begins a dangerous journey into Britannia where uncertainty awaits.
A year after their arrival, all seems surprisingly well until their world comes crashing down without warning. After the Celts invade, capture Succat, and transport him to Ireland to become a slave, Calpurnius’s son sets out on a valiant quest to survive that eventually leads him to a monastery on the island of Saint-Honorat. As Succat leaves his old live behind, the abbot assigns him a new name. While Pátraic becomes a man of God committed entirely to the will of the Most Holy Trinity, he rises up to accept his destiny to bring Christianity to the Emerald Isle.
Flames at Twilight shares a fascinating tale that celebrates the remarkable journey and life of Saint Patrick.
About the Author
Fachtna Joseph Harte was born in County Mayo, Ireland. Prior to his ordination as a Catholic priest, he was educated as a national teacher. He eventually immigrated from Ireland to the United States where he served in Yakima, Washington, and Orlando, Florida, earned two degrees, and taught in secondary schools. Now retired from active ministry, Father Harte lives in Orlando, Florida. This is his second book.