The Weight of Sin
A new novel by Simon Vincent
Written in a highly visual style, The Weight of Sin is the story of
four people. A man and woman from totally different countries and cultures, a
jilted wife who refuses to forgive and becomes an FBI agent, and a priest with a
sinful past who brings faith and healing to those in need.
A disillusioned young man, Alexander Garcia begins a life of crime after
his beloved father is murdered and his mother kills herself. Years later, he
visits their family home, terrorizes the new occupants, and leaves his wife,
disappearing into a world of conspiracy and terrorism.
Illapa, a young Peruvian woman, marches through the Andes with a group of
“Shining Path” guerrillas. She excels as a crack terrorist. She finds and comforts
her dying father. Her story is revealed in the words of her father. He is an army
colonel who fell in love with an Incan princess and kidnaps her, ultimately
marrying her. Politics and realities of power force him to abandon his family in
the Andes. The abandoned mother and daughter languish in despair and poverty,
drawing the young girl into the peasants’ struggle for a better life.
Meanwhile back in America Alexander joins a terrorist revolutionary group and
becomes involved in horrific acts: bombing the Disney Castle, sinking an oil
freighter in Venezuela and an assassination attempt on the President. Guilt weighs
heavily on his mind as he struggles with his new life; he saves the life of the
President. His life is a constant struggle to do right and still fight for a cause.
Ultimately he must flee to save his life. He faces the consequences of his brutal
past, a harrowing secret is revealed and he begins a new journey of awareness,
faith, and love in the mountains of South America. In this journey he is joined by
Illapa, who is also forced to flee for her life.
In the highlands they find each other and redemption with the help of a Priest.
Fr. Crewes’ painful and sinful past lead him to this place and time for the
purpose of saving his fellow man, as he was saved.
Linda Garcia-Vitale, abandoned wife and newly-minted FBI agent, pursues her target
zealously. When she finds him a totally different person, she has to make a
The story and the lives of the four people come into final focus in the Epilogue.
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