I am finishing up the last few chapters of a three-book, four-year series entitled “The Champion.” My protagonist is a pastor who is called by God to accuse a corporation of wrong doing and thwart their efforts. In the process, he is tried and sentenced to prison as a terrorist, not once but twice. In between, he raises up an army of followers who continue the efforts while he is in prison. In this final book, he is in solitary confinement in prison, and confronted by the main bad guy. The bad guy tells him that he will die in 24 hours (or maybe 48, I haven’t decided). So the big question is, should he die?
On the side of letting him live, he has a wife (and now a son) who has been looking for him for 22 years. He has an army of followers who have been doing their best to find him during that time. And after a life of disappointment, it would be nice if he were rewarded.
On the side of killing him off, it would make a statement as to the plight of true heroes. It would be ironic that someone who has affected so many lives would die in secret, with no one there to see him die.
So what shall it be? Should I kill him off, or not? I welcome your comments, but rather than just voting for living or dying, please give me a reason.
His life is in your hands.