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The Chief Centurion is an action packed novel about a First Century Roman Centurion named Claudius Lysias who makes his living in one of the hardest professions in the history of the world, that of a Roman soldier. You will march with him as he joins the Roman Army and does his basic training in Jerusalem before being posted to his first assignment in the remote village of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. There he comes in contact with the individual who will divide history between BC and AD, Jesus of Nazareth. Next you will travel with him as he sails to Gaul (modern day France), rises to the rank of centurion, and leads his men into battle against the Celts when Rome invades Britain in AD 43. He serves in the Second Legion Augusta, commanded by the future Emperor Vespasian and participates in all the major battles of that illustrious legion. Finally, you will travel with him back to Jerusalem in the twilight of his army career to become the Chief Centurion of the Fortress Antonia. There he falls in love with a beautiful woman, puts down a rebellion led by "The Egyptian," and is called upon to rescue the Apostle Paul from an angry mob. His life will never be the same! You will feel the weight of the armor and the sweat pouring off his body as he undergoes the rigors of Roman Army training and the daily grind of a soldier as he marches over the dusty hills of Judea. You will go with him into battle against Germans, Britons, and Jews as he fights those enemies of Rome. You will grieve with him as his only real friend in life dies in battle and his wife and children are killed by a plague. Finally, in the twilight of his army career, you will watch him as he falls in love again and tries to learn just what it means to be a Christian in first century Judea. The book contains real people in history that we know about from the Bible and the writers of ancient history such as Josephus, and Tacitus. Men like Pontius Pilate, Titus Vespasian, Procurator Felix, and the Apostle Paul. These men come alive and will leap off the pages as you follow Centurion Lysias from one adventure to another.
- XLIBRIS, October 2001
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