|Many years ago, in the back row of a Shaker Heights High School English class, "Crilon" was born as a comic hero in the notebook of author Donald Templeman. Unfortunately, when the proud 10th grade creator shared his work with classmates, "Crilon" was quickly ridiculed as a prospective spokesman for Krylon spray paint. So within weeks, "Crilon" became Crilen. The jokes ended and the adventures began.
In the early years, the Crilen character was more focused upon the anguish and rage of losing his wife and becoming alienated from his homeworld. Over the decades, he evolved into an unrelenting interstellar crusader who used his vast fire abilities to rescue civilizations from pagan idolatry, religious malpractice and myopic atheism. Unfortunately for Crilen in The Planet of Mortal Worship,, he learns that while he possesses the power of a living star, he finds himself "a soldier on a world which requires a surgeon."
Interestingly enough, the same origin for Crilen detailed in The Planet of Mortal Worship was first conceived in pencil drawings years ago in an Ohio University dorm room. This emotionally painful beginning provides a luscious framework for Crilen's complex relationship with the book's heroine, Panla Jen.
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|Early S.C. Versillee cover concept drawing|
"This Protagonist is Ingenious!"
The Planet of Mortal Worship by Donald I. Templeman is epic in scope, and the plot is intricate and original.
Although Christian apocalyptic fantasy is a popular genre, this novel has a unique and unusual protagonist. The author uses a great deal of creative license, fashioning characters not found in the Bible, but possessing spiritual abilities. The protagonist is likely the most atypical to be found in an adult novel, even of the fantasy genre. The imagery used to describe Crilen, an angelic sort of fire warrior, is vivid and captivating. Using fire as a tool of a heavenly being is an interesting choice, as a is putting Crilen under the temporary charge of a demon. This protagonist is ingenious.