Based upon the works of St. John of the Cross’ the Dark Night of the Soul, and St. Teresa of Avila’s work, the Interior Castle, Drumwall
is a science-fiction free-fall into a pristine, barbaric world where a
Carmelite priest’s faith is pitched against man, the elements, and his
own psyche. In it are contained echoes of the Book of Job and the Psalms.
This is truly a story for those who are familiar with all of these
works. For those who are not, it is still the thrill of a life-time,
never to be forgotten.

Drumwall is a mix of Carmelite Spirituality and the Old and New Testaments. This story is not just a step forward into the future, but a
monumental recall of the past. What was old is now new! This is an
exciting read for young and old alike, and an exciting step into the
supernatural realities of mysticism, prayer and their ultimate outcome in
the life of one man. Drumwall is now available at, websites with Kindle options, download, and paperback.

4.0 out of 5 stars DRUMWALL – Captivating!

By Katherine Maria Scott (Virginia USA) – view all of my reviews

is a captivating tale that thrusts an unsuspecting, confident priest
into an alien world, where the fabric of his faith is challenged. It
was just another assignment at an isolated colony on the planet
Cumaron. The mining colony Olgatec sat behind the fortress the colonist
call Drumwall; a fitting name for an edifice of cisterns. Father Andrew
soon discovers that the assumption that the prior Priest Menlo met with
unfortunate circumstance two years ago was in fact a mysterious
disappearance that prompted the departure of the Protestant minister to
a mental health facility and transfer requests for the remaining staff.
The Mother Superior and her nuns were the only religious staff left; a
fact that was not relayed to the Provincial.

Despite the
assurances from the Colony Administer that the colony was safe, Father
Andrew quickly becomes apprehensive in regards to a placement of a
garrison and the colonist Dr. Reed, who did not consider the native
people of Cumaron as equals. The neglectful treatment of a Mautlaut
women and her demise during childbirth is the first death to plague the
priest. His failure to protect the woman from a doctor filled with
anger and hate influenced his endeavor to remain true to God, his
faith, and his vows. Soon the Father makes it clear; he will not turn a
blind eye to cruelty and is determined to finish the work Father Menlo
began: translating the word of scripture to the Mautlaut language. A
coincidental find of ancient writings allows Father Andrew to master
the language of the Mautlaut quickly.

However, Father Andrew’s
undertakings were halted when a kindness he paid to a Mautlaut slave
boy who was stolen from the rival Danon tribe offended the tribal Lord
Banyon of the Mautlaut. Banyon was a man who acted in malice and
vengeance without considering the consequences. Thus began Father
Andrew’s many trials and trepidations, while the guilt of many souls
weighed heavily upon him. He experiences first hand the brutality of a
pagan culture, yet finds kindness from those he would not have thought
could posses such traits. He comes face to face with images of what he
may become if he falters in his faith and often wonders if he can
resist the temptations. His bewilderment of why he was allowed to live,
forced to live, after enduring such pain and lost slowly fades as he
realizes God has a plan. He and his visions were a necessary element to
that plan. He stands firm in his beliefs while growing into a stronger
man and realizes one man and his faith may change a world. This is a
tale that was well written and will be liked by those interested in
science fiction, particularly those who may ponder how religion will
fit into the worlds of tomorrow.

© Katherine Maria Scott, Scott Writing & Com. Design


new parish priest arrives at the mining colony on the planet Cumaro. He
soon discovers that his predecessor may have met a terrible fate, and
that soon he may meet the same fate!

barbaric locals test this priest’s faith and inadvertently push him
along the spiritual journey we are all meant for yet few take up with
any earnestness! While many (might) shy from this mighty novel, they will be the same who shy from the Cross of Christ! This is what Christian SF is meant to be!! I offer my highest recommendation!"

Vincent Malzahn, Catholic Writers’ Association

is the story of one man’s struggle to maintain faith in a resistant
society. Set in the future on another world, Drumwall is a story
relevant to today, a story to be treasured.”

Katherine Lively, Catholic Writers’ Association

“Rodriguez writes, ‘It
was as though a light had suddenly been turned off, and he was plunged
into darkness. In the midst of it all, what he feared most was that
because of his failure to protect the helpless, he had lost his way to

“A prophet amongst the nonbelievers, (Father) Zamora must hold on to his faith, even if it means his life. Maintaining faith in a faith-less civilization is Zamora’s test and Rodriguez pulls it off beautifully.

is a well-written tale of the humanity that exists in each person.
Rodriguez creatively and smoothly infuses religion, science fiction,
and discovery.”

Nicole Givens Kurtz, eBook Reviews Weekly

is a captivating tale that thrusts an unsuspecting, confident priest
into an alien world, where the fabric of his faith is challenged.”

Kassandra Washington, Timeless Tales Reviewer

The Story:
The mining colony at Drumwall Fortress on the planet of Cumaro was
the ideal assignment: pristine, wild, and beautiful; with but one
deadly flaw; Lord Banyon, the local tribal chieftain of the Mautlaut.
Two years prior to Father Andrew’s arrival, his predecessor, Father
Menlo, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. But now, a Mautlaut
runner has brought a message from Lord Banyon – written in faultless
English. Could Father Menlo still be alive?

But as Father Andrew
begins to solve the baffling disappearance of his predecessor, he is
haunted by yet another personal mystery. In discovering an ancient
Cumaron text in a long forgotten library at Drumwall, Father Andrew
begins experiencing visions. Are these visions of God, or are they a
split from reality and a further spiraling downward into madness?