Corinth—full of wild sailors, temple prostitutes, wealthy investors. Crete—infamous for pirates, slave auctions, earthquakes. Dalmatia—with its barbarians, undead, and evil dragons.
Titus is an aristocrat, born of privilege, surrounded by luxury in the family palatio, and a graduate of the university at Pergamum. His father is the supreme judge of Antioch and Flamin of Apollo, while his mother is Flaminica of Apollo’s Muses.
His ambition is to become important like his father and qualify for the purple border on his own white toga. Then he meets the Apostle Paul and becomes a Christian. Paul sends him to places where he does not fit in to use his unique talent—arbitrate between arch enemies and impossible situations.
What does aristocrat Titus endure to carry out the apostle’s assignments?
(IF YOU LIKE DETECTIVE STORIES, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK. FULL OF SURPRISES.)
Read chapters 1 & 2
* * * * * – Five Stars – Kindle Customer
* * * * * – enjoyed – Alida T. Wasmuth
* * * * * – Not a Typical Novel – Roger Bruner
This is a tough book to review fairly. It is remarkably well researched and often fascinating, and the author has a definite way with words that other authors would do well to learn from.
It reminded me a little of reading a James Michener novel as it progressed not through periods of time, but through the various stages of Titus’s life. It sometimes seemed more like a fictitious biography than like a novel, especially considering the amount of detail included about life in biblical times.
I enjoyed and appreciated the fact that various characters appeared and reappeared in different parts of the story. The apostle Paul came alive to me in ways I’d never thought about before, and the ending was especially satisfying.
This book is–how should I describe it?–strong and compelling. It takes a daring look at the story behind the story (that is to say, beyond what we know of Titus from the Bible), and I’m glad I’ve read it. It has given me invaluable insights into life in New Testament times and the challenges facing the early Christians. Even if this book had no other merits–and it does–it deserves four stars for accomplishing that