The Quest of the Thirteen
By John DeFilippis
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Life in the Kingdom of Mavinor was always lived according to "The Scrolls," a set of holy documents written by men but believed to be inspired by a deity known as "The Author." When the people of Mavinor were attacked by the army of a neighboring kingdom (Xamnon), every copy of The Scrolls was destroyed in the war. Despite countless hours of labor, the task of reproducing them remained far from complete, and their society slowly but surely began to unravel. King Onestus, childless and very ill, sees his kingdom crumbling before his very eyes but feels helpless to reverse the trend. In his darkest hour, he receives a sign...a breakthrough in The Scrolls achieved by the scribes. Believing it to be authentic, Onestus announces that he will assemble a group of thirteen men to undertake a prophesied quest to return a sacred medallion to the kingdom. The quest will ultimately decide his successor, the one whom The Author has chosen to rule Mavinor and lead it back to prosperity.
"The Quest of the Thirteen" is the story of how a select group of very different men learn to work together: experienced warriors, a scholar, a rich man, a fisherman, young men aspiring to make something of themselves...all thrown together against nearly impossible odds. They cross rugged terrain, battle mythical creatures, and experience death-defying adventures as their world expands further and further beyond the boundaries they once knew. Despite countless external threats, in the end it is the internal conflict they must master in order to achieve their goal and save Mavinor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. John DeFilippis was born on March 9, 1970 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He grew up in the Greenville section of Jersey City, graduating from Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School in 1984. In 1988 he graduated with high honors from Saint Peter’s Prep and went on to study at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. DeFilippis attended the School of Theology at Seton Hall University for three years, from 1993 to 1996. During this time he earned his master’s degree in theology and discerned a call to the Catholic priesthood. After ultimately deciding that he did not have a religious vocation, Dr. DeFilippis transitioned into the field of education. He taught for four years at both the elementary and secondary levels, and earned a second master’s degree in educational administration. In 2000 Dr. DeFilippis made yet another transition, this time accepting an offer to become an academic administrator at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City. He would spend the next seven years there, and in 2007 he completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Seton Hall University. After finishing his doctoral degree, he accepted an offer to become a director in the Division of Academic Affairs at New Jersey City University.
But through all the years of earning graduate degrees, teaching, and working in educational administration, Dr. DeFilippis never lost sight of his childhood dream. That dream was to become a published author. He loved writing, and he also loved fantasy stories as a child, especially those that contained courageous warriors, arch-villains, and fierce monsters. Inspired by epic stories such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia, Dr. DeFilippis began to use his free time to formulate ideas for his own series of fantasy novels. Over the course of several years, he developed detailed outlines and finally reached the point where he was ready to start writing. But balancing a full-time administrative position with part-time teaching and doctoral studies made it all but impossible to find the time. That all changed in July of 2010, when Dr. DeFilippis lost his job during the economic recession. Determined to turn a negative into a positive, he used his abundance of free time during his unemployment to focus on his novel. By April of 2011, the first draft of the book was complete. After having it edited for content, Dr. DeFilippis began marketing his novel to literary agents. But soon he discovered how cold, callous, and cut-throat the literary business could be. After enduring over 100 rejections, he refused to give up and started turning his attention toward smaller publishers. Finally David Niall Wilson of Crossroads Press decided to take a chance on The Quest of the Thirteen, and in 2012 the dream was finally fulfilled.
Today, Dr. DeFilippis resides in Nutley, New Jersey and works full-time as a school business administrator in the field of public education. He is a devout conservative Catholic, and an avid supporter of religious freedom in an age of growing secularism. In his spare time, Dr. DeFilippis enjoys working out at the gym, watching sports (especially his beloved New York Yankees, New York Giants, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish), fantasy football, taking walks in the park, going to the beach, playing blackjack, annual trips to Las Vegas, and of course, writing. Most of his free time these days is spent planning the sequels for The Quest of the Thirteen, the first of which will find Onestus’ successor striving to make peace with Mavinor’s enemies and bring the citizens of Mavinor closer to The Author and His truth. But as the king struggles to accomplish his goals, the perfect storm begins to brew. For there is a prophecy of a great evil that will be unleashed on the world if certain circumstances occur, an evil that will lead to the entire world being enveloped in the Age of Darkness…