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Centurion
     

Centurion

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by L.D. Alford
 
Hauntingly compelling, Centurion gives life to Abenadar, the man who was entrusted with the controversial and potentially explosive crucifixion of Christ.

A longing heart.
An unlikely friendship.
Love...and the bitterest of betrayals.

The son of a Galilean concubine-a Jewess-and a Roman ambassador, Abenadar suffered disapproving stares in the village of

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Hauntingly compelling, Centurion gives life to Abenadar, the man who was entrusted with the controversial and potentially explosive crucifixion of Christ.

A longing heart.
An unlikely friendship.
Love...and the bitterest of betrayals.

The son of a Galilean concubine-a Jewess-and a Roman ambassador, Abenadar suffered disapproving stares in the village of Natzeret, but so did the boy Yeshua, son of Yosef and Miryam. Perhaps it wasn't unusual the two became fast friends.
As Abenadar rises through the ranks of the Roman Legion to assume the rank of Centurion, he finds love with Ruth, a woman he rescues from the streets of Jerusalem. She believes the prophet Jesus is the One-the Messiah-everyone has been waiting for. Abenadar is dubious. He's seen too many messiahs.and they all died on Roman crosses. But what if Jesus is telling the truth? As advisor to Procurator Pontius Pilate and a Roman, Abenadar has a duty to uphold...but it may cause him to lose everything.

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ISBN-13:
9781602900127
Publisher:
OakTara
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
0.89(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Centurion 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Mike-Klaassen More than 1 year ago
My favorite novels tell a fascinating story while providing information about a turning point in history. Centurion, by L. D. Alford, is just such a book, told from the perspective of a Roman centurion in Judea during the time of Jesus. With skilled use of research, Alford combines history, military, religion, and romance into an intriguing tale. This is the kind of story that sticks with you long after you reach the end.
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DeborahGaliley More than 1 year ago
L.D. Alford has written a fascinating, historical account of a half-Roman, half-Jewish legionnaire from the time of Yeshua (Jesus). An enormous amount of information about the training and progress of a legionnaire is written in an entertaining and riveting fashion. We follow the life of Abenadar, a childhood friend of Yeshua, who ultimately plays an important role in the outplaying of the Gospel. This book had me interested until the very last page. I highly recommend it.
Old_Goat More than 1 year ago
I am never sure what to expect in historical fiction. Reality can be lost in the pursuit of a story line. Religious fiction is particularly challenging because the author must decide who his audience will be: believers, opponents, or people who just want a good yarn? Will the intended audience even pick up the book? Will a reader put it down half unread because he or she doesn't like the way the story is going? Having just drafted a piece of historical Christian fiction myself, I have become aware of these questions. My library includes several half-read but never-to-be-finished books. The premise of "Centurion", that Jesus and the centurion presiding over his crucifixion were friends from infancy, is not highly likely but is plausible. No violence is done to Biblical accounts, and the history is carefully researched. Historical context rounded out the various cultures to avoid demonizing or idealizing any particular group. Identification of names could be daunting to some but a fun puzzle for others. A glossary helped illustrate the setting. This is all fine, but it is more important that fiction be interesting. "Centurion" is entertaining and enlightening. It has history, romance without sappiness, warfare without unnecessary gore, an excellent story line, and interesting writing style. Christian readers may find their faith affirmed. Other readers may enjoy without being force-fed a sermon. There was one spot in the middle where I thought about stopping. The story seemed to be headed for a romantic/theological crisis that I didn't care to read about. I gritted my teeth, read on, and found that I had underestimated the author. Mr. Alford did not nosedive into bathos but kept the story believable and exciting.
BruceJ More than 1 year ago
Okay, now we're talkin'! I bet you all thought I'd gone soft with all the romance reviews. Well, my guy card raced gleefully back into my wallet with this one. L.D. Alford has outdone himself, in my estimation. Centurion has it all: captivating storyline, impeccable research, plenty of action, and a great balance between the harsh realities of 1st-century AD everyday life and the ideals of a radical fledgling faith. Oh, okay, and there's some romance, too, but it didn't intimidate me. Abenadar is a half-breed bastard (literally) of a Galilian mother and a Roman sire. I say "sire" instead of "father" because there's more to being a father than simply siring a child--and Abenadar had no father. His mother, an outcast living on the outskirts of Nazareth, finds her only friend in Mary, the mother of Christ--also an outcast. Abenadar and Yeshua become friends during their formative years. And before Abenadar leaves to seek his future as a Roman soldier, Yeshua exhorts him not to forget his God--Adonai. Abenadar finds his calling in the austere life of the Roman camp. His military acumen and prowess are quickly revealed--and tested. In battle after battle, Abenadar distinguishes himself, accumulating honors and accolades that advance him to the unexpected rank of Centurion--a position normally reserved for only those of full Roman blood. But inside, he is a man caught between two worlds; fully a Roman warrior, but fully a child of Galilee, who adheres to the precepts of his God, Adonai. He is posted to Jerusalem, where he rescues Ruth, a woman of the streets, from an abusive client. Captivated by her beauty, he seeks her out and rescues her from her life of forced harlotry. The stigma he carries as half-Roman, and hers as a Judean whore, bring them together against a world that accepts neither one of them fully . Yeshua enters the picture once again, and Abenadar's and Ruth's respective worlds collide in the draw of this unlikely prophet. How does the love of a Roman soldier, bound to his oath to Caesar, and a Jewess, bound to her faith in God and the promise of His Messiah, survive through the passion of the King of Kings? The answer lies in the pages of Centurion. L.D. Alford delivers an extremely well written and meticulously researched story that won't let you go. Steeped in Roman martial lore, you'll learn more about the Empire's military organization, weapons and battle tactics than you ever realized existed. But the learning never comes at the expense of the story. If fairness still exists anywhere in this world, Centurion is destined to become a classic in Christian literature--it's got to.
Marlayne More than 1 year ago
Centurion is a fascinating "behind the scenes" look into what could have been the life of one of the Gospels' most briefly mentioned characters: the Roman guard who crucified Christ. L.D. Alford sweeps the reader into first century Israel and fleshes out the Bible record with incredible attention to detail and a backstory that is both fascinating and compelling. The reader will find themselves marching in step with Abenader and experiencing the same rigors, sacrifice and discipline that turn an ordinary man into one of Rome's fighting elite: A Centurion. But it is Abenader's appointment with destiny that is the most fascinating aspect of the book as the reader wonders how he will choose between the life that he loves as a Centurion and the only boy who had ever been his friend in childhood. If you are a lover of ancient times and military action, this book is for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Centurion gave me a different perspective on the Roman empire at the time of Jesus¿ death. I appreciated the depth of the research as I learned the secret of the Roman army¿s success. Alford created a strong main character whose spiritual journey is convincing. The romantic angle was unusual and intriguing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with historically-accurate detail both in the story itself as well as the reference material in the back., The author¿s writing style makes one feel as if the reader is right there as a participant in each and every scene. This book is a very interesting read perfect for the history lover, those who love action, the inspiration/religious reader or even the fan of romance novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I found it quite interesting and full of facts about the Roman Army. I was particularly pleased how the author wove the death of Jesus into the story! I found it easy to read and the structure of the army & other facts in the back of the book very informative. I highly recommend it to all readers who enjoy a fact paced novel which includes historical information IT was an easy book to read. Cudo's to the author.