Serious Injury Leads to New Thriller

A serious tennis injury leads a would-be author to write his long-planned first novel. "Until I Return: Dawn of the Shining Darkness" is a spiritual thriller based on modern headlines and little-known prophecies of saints.
Until I Return: Dawn of the Shining Darkness
Until I Return: Dawn of the Shining Darkness
Dec. 7, 2010 - PRLog -- Serious Injury Leads to New Thriller

For most people, nothing important gets accomplished until they get off their duffs. For author Ken Nowell, however, the novel he had thought about for over a decade was never to be written until he landed flat on his.
Eighteen months ago, Nowell was playing tennis with three friends. When a ball was softly returned to him, Nowell sprung forward.  “I heard and felt a ‘pop’ in my ankle, and immediately went down, hard,” he recalled. “I thought my partner had slammed his racket on my Achilles tendon. I’m embarrassed to say that weeks later I learned I had kicked myself while lunging.”

The tendon had severed completely in one place and shredded in another. So, Nowell’s active lifestyle came to a crashing halt. After stressful decades in a variety of careers –including practicing law, serving in a state legislature, and owning a variety of businesses – Nowell had managed to retire in Vero Beach, Florida, by the age of 52. He had hoped to slow down, knowing a more leisurely pace would add years to his life. But not this slow!

Convalescing in bed, day after day, it wasn’t long before Nowell realized he had too much time on his hands. He longed for a way to rekindle the excitement that sports, sailing and exotic, international travels had offered him in the past. He considered diving into the spiritual thriller he had been thinking about for years. With the encouragement of his wife, Betsy, and after briefly meeting best-selling author, Daniel Silva, Nowell decided to take the plunge.

For the next year, his new outlet for excitement would become an intellectual, rather than physical, exercise.
“My injury was a blessing,” the author now claims. “The decks were cleared of my many distractions. Finally, I was able to dedicate long stretches of quiet time to the creative process.”

The pain and effort paid off with the release of Nowell’s new spiritual thriller that promises to be a great read for anyone, of any faith, who is spiritually curious. “Until I Return: Dawn of the Shining Darkness”  takes the reader around the world and through the centuries, weaving fascinating strands of Christian history into today’s headlines. This thought-provoking, fictional tale is packed with historically accurate references that are documented in endnotes. It is enticing, both spiritually and intellectually. Yet, the story still manages to surprise at every turn and tug at a full range of emotions.  The video book trailer can be viewed at or the publisher's website at

Now that the author is back on his feet, again, and encouraged by the response he has received, Nowell says he has a follow up book in the works. He adds, “I just hope I won’t have to contribute another leg to speed up the process.”

Until I Return: Dawn of the Shining Darkness
420 pages
Available from
major bookstores,,,

The prophecies
you don’t know…
The warning
you should never forget.

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Vero House publishes Christian books with a Catholic perspective. It seeks to revitalize America's long lost love for Catholic fiction.
Source:Kenneth E. Nowell, Vero House Publishing
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