All…you know the three main characters in my debut novel, Judas the Apostle, are Cloe, the monsignor and J.E. I have commented on Cloe and the monsignor. But what about J.E.? What’s he doing in the book? J.E. is Cloe’s son. He’s in his mid-twenties and is a military intelligence officer. His father was Evan, Cloe’s boyfriend- she had a ring but no date. They were mightily in love even though Thib, Cloe’s father, thought not so much of Evan and had forbidden Cloe to see him. At seventeen, Cloe and Evan planned to be married and had picked out a wedding band. Cloe knew her dad would go ballistic but she thought they could win him over in time. Unfortunately, Evan was killed in an accident on a vessel on which he worked.
Cloe had to tell her parents and eventually, when she got over the immediate shock and hurt, she did. Things were said that could not be recalled. Cloe ran off to Seattle where she had her baby and raised him to manhood. J.E. became a fine young man and an officer. For twenty-five years, Cloe and her father did not speak.
The J.E. character is a great example of the bond between a single mom and her son. They are completely devoted to each other. When Cloe gets the call that her dad has died and she must go back to Louisiana to bury him, J.E. says “we are going back to Madisonville” although he’s never been there.
J.E. is a born tactician and when Cloe and friends get into trouble he figures it out. He guards Cloe and plans the responses to the evil Kolektor. He will give his life for Cloe but she would give hers first for him.
While the international intrigue is unique to the novel, I think the family relationships are something most of us can identify with at different levels. The beauty of the characters is their “everyman” weaknesses, their loyalty and their bonding. Together they are unbeatable. Isn’t that the way we all are?