A Parliament of Monsters is an intelligent thriller and first novel by Gail Caress.
Could Ireland spawn the beginning of the end? In 1999 the young Irish-American widow of a brilliant linguist stumbles into the center of a hellish scheme seeking to unite neo-Paganism with the ethereal domain of cyberspace. Claire O’Connell is wounded by grief and by infirmity, yet she must take her small and gifted son Patrick on a journey across countries, oceans and cultures, pursued and lured by ruthless enemies, betrayed by friends and helped by a mysterious man in black whose motives she cannot quite trust. From South Carolina to Chicago and on to a convent in backwoods Tennessee, from Dublin to a final larger-than-life showdown in the West of Ireland, A Parliament of Monsters weaves a modern-day mythic tale in which ordinary individuals and storied nations struggle to find their ordained significance.
“Those of us whose lives have been changed by reading such novelists as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael O’Brien and Madeleine L’Engle always hope against hope that there will be new writers to carry on the great tradition. I believe that Gail Caress’ A Parliament of Monsters is a fulfillment of that hope.”
—Ronda Chervin Author, Professor of Philosophy, International Speaker
“Well–my hat is way, way off to Gail Caress! A Parliament of Monsters is in a class with Charles Williams’s work… Every page is readable…[though] the reader has to do some tall and fancy thinking. He is not patronized.”
— Thomas Howard Author , Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, The Novels of Charles Williams
“Congratulations! I read it with pleasure. A Parliament of Monsters is ready [for submission] and any delay is culpable.”
—Ralph McInerny Author, The Father Dowling Mysteries