"Destiny's Spear," a new historical novel by Briar Cliff University graduate Rodney Walker '86, revolves around Adolf Hitler, Gen. George Patton and the mythical power associated with the lance used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
It was the weapon that was wielded by Attila the Hun, the spear of choice of Charles the Great, the lance sought (but never found) by Napoleon, and an artifact reputedly stolen by Adolf Hitler.
Whoever possesses the Spear of Destiny, legend says, will rule the world.
"My [BCU] professors encouraged me to read great literature and to discover my own voice through writing ..."
— Author Rodney Walker '86
But whatever became of it? And could it have fallen into the hands of Gen. George S. Patton?
Those are some of the questions posed in author Rodney Walker's historical novel, "Destiny's Spear: From Hitler's Obsession to Patton's Possession" (2015, Tate Publishing).
A 1986 Briar Cliff University graduate now living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Walker said the Spear of Destiny (aka the Lance of Longinus) was the name of the weapon that pierced the side of Jesus Christ as he hung on the cross.
"The spear is thought to have taken on mythical powers," he said. "That's why warriors wanted to take it into battle."
A political science and critical thinking college instructor, Walker said he spent more than three years researching the topic.
"I've always been fascinated by World War II," he said. "It's interesting thinking that a Roman weapon used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ could be pursued by both Hitler and Patton. Both men believed in the legendary power behind 'Longinus.'"
With a background in journalism, politics and world history, Walker said he had always wanted to try his hand at writing historical fiction.
"I had previously written a novella ('Mr. Gunderson's Home Economics') but 'Destiny's Spear' is my first attempt at a full-length novel," he said.
Walker credited Briar Cliff professors for stoking his literary ambitions.
"My professors encouraged me to read great literature and to discover my own voice through writing," he said.