With corruption rampant in many of those in positions of authority, it was heartening to read the account of Lucius Aurelius Valens, a young Roman officer steeped in honor and bound by duty. He finds himself embroiled in the af This is unquestionably the best book I've read in some time. He finds himself embroiled in the aftermath of a strange murder of a Roman senator and his party including several Praetorian guards traveling on some sort of secret mission in Judea which takes place in the outskirts of the small town of Nazara.
The remaining guard blames the people of Nazara and wants to wipe them out, but Valens outranks him and furthermore doesn't believe any of the villagers were involved.
His sense of justice and honor doesn't allow room for an unjust massacre. He thinks that others are behind the murders and sets out to prove it at great personal cost. During the course of the tale, he meets several historic figures and his interactions with them were believable. The ending was well done and came as quite a surprise.
Jun 26, Ben rated it liked it Recommended to Ben by: Those who like religious fiction. Most of the important historical figures of the time are to be found in the story. Apparently, further installments will cover all the events of the Gospels, rather like Ben Hur, but told from Messala's viewpoint rather than Judah Ben-Hur. I won't outline the plot, you can read synopses elsewhere.
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The story is presented in a workmanlike manor so that the book is easy to read, maintaining the reader's interest, although surprises are not too surprising, and maybe a bit of a stretch. The military combat scenes are exciting, but brief, so as not to horrify anyone. There is some love interest, but nothing even faintly erotic.
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Summary: a workmanlike novel that gives the reader a taste of what it might have been like to be a young officered Judea just as earth-shaking events were about to occur. This historical novel with the main character being a roman soldier has it's setting in a region that would later be known as the holy land. Lucius Aurelius Valens is an honest courageous young man who discovers unspeakable corruption within the government he serves. Even his own supervisor proves to be complicit in the massacre of many innocent individuals all in the name of gaining more power. Central to the storyline are not only Lucius' adventures and battles but also a highly spiritual expe This historical novel with the main character being a roman soldier has it's setting in a region that would later be known as the holy land.
Central to the storyline are not only Lucius' adventures and battles but also a highly spiritual experience that leads a surprising ending of the book. Furthermore, Mr.
Larking weaves much period detail into his work to help the reader envision the lives and surroundings of those mentioned in the book. Apr 30, Linda rated it really liked it. Recommend I like this author and this book. It is set after the birth of Christ but before his crucifixion.
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The author alludes to several Biblical characters and a miracle or two, but the book is not 'preachy. The main character, Lucius, is a soldier of great importance to Rome and all the lands that are under Roman rule. Lucius travels from Rome to the Holy Land in carrying out his assignment from the powers that be, but he is a cowboy. Somehow, he Recommend I like this author and this book. Somehow, he turns his military orders into orders that he believes are more important to his cause.
When the book opened with the discovery of several dead bodies, I was hooked to the read. I think you will be very intrigued with the storyline and the way the author puts his words together. Thank you, Mr.
Larkin, for a good read. Sep 25, Lindsey rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , ancient-rome. This started out well for me-a Roman tribune dedicated to maintaining honor in a system that is becoming increasingly corrupt. The tribune Lucius Valens uncovers an extortion scheme run by his superiors out in Syria and, as a result, stumbles onto a murder of a high-ranking Roman senator. I enjoyed the military and investigative side of this story highlighting the corruption of the Roman Empire. I just lost interest when the story veered off into an introduction to Yeshua and his mother Miryam This started out well for me-a Roman tribune dedicated to maintaining honor in a system that is becoming increasingly corrupt.
I just lost interest when the story veered off into an introduction to Yeshua and his mother Miryam Jesus and Mary as Valens tried to protect a Jewish town from a vengeful destruction by Roman soldiers and Valens' miraculous healing. It was interesting to see how Yeshua and Miryam fit into the historical timeline but the detour into religious fiction just isn't my thing.
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I picked this book out for free from Amazon Prime Library mostly as research for a long short story I set in the same historical period. One of the two main characters in my story is a Roman commander in Anatolia, and the titular character of The Tribune is a Roman commander in Syria who gets transferred to Judea.
I thought I might glean some details of or at least a feeling for everyday life as a Roman soldier of the period in the provinces. I enjoyed the depiction of Roman military life as wel I picked this book out for free from Amazon Prime Library mostly as research for a long short story I set in the same historical period. I enjoyed the depiction of Roman military life as well as the unexpected murder mystery aspect of the book, but I could have done without all the New Testament characters.
Aug 05, Zoe rated it liked it Shelves: bought-on-kindle. Good when it's not clumsily and way-too-obviously trying to bring the Bible into the story. What could he possibly be getting at??
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The soldiering and story of the narrator are interesting, it's just annoying as the author hits you over the head with one Bible reference after another and they get more badly done as the story goes on. Expect modernization o Good when it's not clumsily and way-too-obviously trying to bring the Bible into the story. Expect modernization of terms, language, and expressions, which is an interesting way of making the soldiers feel more everyday to a modern audience.
May 08, Terry Erle Clayton rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. A highly satisfying read. One would expect nothing less than a highly satisfying read from an author of Larkin's caliber and he does not disappoint. The pace is steady and even the minor characters have depth. What sets this book apart from the usual Roman era soldier fare is the premise.
We have all heard the story of how Pontius Pilate washed his hands of any decision about the crucifixion of Jesus, but what was the Roman response to the rising popularity of this unlikely rebel? Larkin takes u A highly satisfying read. Larkin takes us to the very beginning of that story as told by one who might have been there, the Tribune. The outcome will delight you. This book is just as good and probably better since it includes the most important person who lived when Rome ruled the world.
From the time 12 year old Paul of Tarsus makes his appearance, I was hooked. Then along comes a shepherd with a lost lamb and finally a young carpenter named Yeshua.
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Plot twists lead to a superb ending. Where is Book 2? I'm jumping right into it next. Jun 10, Robert Jones rated it really liked it. I read this a couple of months ago and thought it was a really good book. Mr Larkin obviously knows his stuff and has a great eye for detail. Not a word is wasted; the writing is tight, neat and descriptive. My one niggle is that there was a perfect opportunity for a good sex scene between Lucius and Lady Marah and the whole thing was glossed over if though the author found the idea of his characters having sex just to embarrassing for words.
It was a glaring ommission and for that reason it is I read this a couple of months ago and thought it was a really good book. It was a glaring ommission and for that reason it is not quite an all round read as it could be but nevertheless, very well done. Nov 21, Denise rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. The main character is sent to Judea around the sea of Galilee and becomes involved with a tiny village called Nazara and a young carpenter living there with his mother, Miriam.
The plot got wilder when he spends the night at the estate of a young widow named Marah of Magdala who, by the way, sleeps with him that night. Not a bad book for a quick read but not one of my all-time favorites. Aug 25, liirogue rated it liked it. I really enjoyed this right up until the end. The characters are interesting and created well. The edges of the Roman empire are brought to life in fascinating detail.
Larkin did a good job with creating a character that I feel is fairly historically accurate as far as his beliefs, morals, and world view, yet a modern reader can still identify with him. The last few pages just seemed completely out of the blue and destroyed in some ways this character that I had come to really like. Jul 24, Laurentiu Lazar rated it liked it Shelves: I bought it as a freebie from amazon this summer and my belief is that the book is worthwhile, especially if you are addicted to Historical Fiction or the Roman period.
The writing isn't bad, but I often felt that the author didn't dwell enough on the events, as well as on the overall descriptions in terms of religion or politics.