The Last Disciple [NOOK Book]


First-century Rome is a perilous city as Nero stalks the political circles and huddled groups of believers. To be safe, Christians must remain invisible.

Gallus Sergius Vitas is the only man within Nero’s trusted circle willing to do what it takes to keep the empire together. He struggles to lessen Nero’s monstrosities against the people of Rome—especially the Christians. ...
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First-century Rome is a perilous city as Nero stalks the political circles and huddled groups of believers. To be safe, Christians must remain invisible.

Gallus Sergius Vitas is the only man within Nero’s trusted circle willing to do what it takes to keep the empire together. He struggles to lessen Nero’s monstrosities against the people of Rome—especially the Christians. But as three Greek letters are scrawled as graffiti throughout the city, Nero’s anger grows.

As the early church begins to experience the turbulence Christ prophesied as the beginning of the last days, an enemy seeks to find John’s letter, Revelation, and destroy it. Meanwhile the early Christians must decipher it and cling to the hope it provides as they face the greatest of all persecutions.
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Readers of the Left Behind series will be struck by this novel's very different interpretation of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. Christian radio host Hank Hanegraaff and novelist Sigmund Brouwer present the unfolding events through the experiences of Vitas, a first-century warrior hero.
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Tyndale House, the publisher of the Left Behind books, the megaselling Christian series about the end times, now presents a new series with a very different interpretation of biblical prophecy. Christian radio-show host Hanegraaff and bestselling CBA novelist Brouwer take readers back to the time of Nero in the first century. As the Roman Empire ruthlessly persecutes Christians, the novel's warrior-hero, Vitas, tries to defend them. But even Vitas can't prevent the destruction of the Jewish Temple-the historical event that sits at the center of this novel. Hanegraaff and Brouwer posit that the Book of Revelation, in code, predicted Roman persecution and the Temple's fall; subsequent novels in the series presumably will walk readers through the rest of Revelation, tying historical events to biblical prophecy. This is, to be sure, middle-brow genre fiction, and not an especially shining specimen thereof. The prose is plodding, with far too many dramatic sentence fragments and a conventional plot. The dialogue tends toward the unsubtly didactic ("`Jesus, then, uses this rich symbolism?' Darda nodded.... `You said John was obviously educated. Can you make any other guesses about him?' `John verges on genius.' ") Despite the series' many flaws, readers who are hungry for apocalyptic fiction may embrace it, though it remains to be seen whether they'll find a first-century apocalypse as gripping as Left Behind's 21st-century one. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781414323497
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Series: The Last Disciple , #1
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The Last Disciple

By Hank Hanegraaf Sigmund Brouwer

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2004 Hank Hanegraaf and Sigmund Brouwer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8423-8437-5

Chapter One


Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle ... And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear ... After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard ... After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.

In the royal gardens beneath a full moon, Vitas pursued the man he had once vowed to serve with loyalty or death. His emperor.

It was a night unnaturally still and hot, heavy with the unseen menace of a building storm, with the moon above Rome and the seven hills that guarded the city, a moon that bounced mercury light off the placid lake of the royal gardens into thinly spaced trees along its shore.

Nero was a fifty paces ahead of Vitas, lurching beneath an elaborate costume that impeded his progress. The costume had been pieced together from animals imported to the arenas to kill convicted criminals. Head to foot, Nero was draped in a leopard's skin. Two pairs of eagles wings were sewn onto the back of the costume. A lion's head from a massive male had been attached to the top, and Nero's head fit completely inside the skull, allowing him to see through the empty sockets. His arms and legs were covered by the skin from a bear's legs, which had also been sewn to the leopard skin that covered the bulk of Nero's body. In the quiet of the night, the bear claws rattled with each step of Nero's steps.

Another man walked beside Nero. Helius. Nero's secretary and confidante. Helius-along with a man named Tigellinus-had been a companion since Nero was a teenage emperor, when the three of them roamed the streets of Rome at night to bully and rob strangers as if they were common thugs.

Helius carried a dull iron chain in his right hand, and it dragged along the ground, rattling in odd unison with the bear claws of Nero's costume.

Because of the noise and their apparent focus on their destination, Vitas was not worried that his emperor would notice his pursuit. He was far more worried about Nero's intentions. There had been times when Nero dressed in wolf skins and attacked slaves chained to stakes, but that had been part of very public celebrations.

This was too different. Too eerie. Vitas needed to know why.

Vitas was the single man in Nero's inner circle that the Senate trusted. There were times that Vitas felt he was a thin string holding Senate and emperor from snapping apart, and if that happened, war between both sides would be disastrous for the empire. If Vitas lost his awareness of Nero's actions, he would lose the Senate trust that gave him such value to both sides. The string would snap.

Ahead of Vitas, the roar of a real lion thundered from the inside of a gardener's hut, roiling through the heat and stillness back towards the Nero's palace.

Vitas wondered if the echoes of the roar clawed into the dreams and nightmares of the slaves in their various quarters. If those who woke to the roar pretended sleep, or silently held their children and whispered prayers to their gods.

The slaves knew there was danger in the roar. But, like Vitas, it wasn't the lion they feared.

Helius had been instructed by Nero to make no noise when they reached the hut. Just outside the closed door, Helius nodded when Nero stopped and pointed at the chain that Helius carried.

Helius was a man of arrogance and certainty except in the presence of Nero; he hated himself for fumbling with the chain as he tentatively attached it to a collar around the neck of the animal costume. Bowed meekly when Nero slapped him once across the face for his clumsiness.

Nero pointed at the door of the hut.

Helius opened it, and by the chain, led Nero inside.

Two men and two women-were shackled to the stone of an interior wall, each sagging against the irons, each stripped to sackcloth rags.

They faced three cages. One held the lion. Another held a bear. And the third a leopard.

Helius stepped inside, leading the disguised Nero by the chain.

Helius jammed the torch into an iron band bolted to the wall for that purpose. He tied one end of the chain that held the beast to a bar of the lion cage.

Helius turned to the first man.

They were the same height, but obviously different ages. The first captive was nearing sixty; Helius in his twenties. Daylight would have shown the smooth and almost bronzed skin of Helius' features. His hair was luxuriously curly, his eyes a strange yellow, giving him a feral look that was rumored to hold great attraction for Nero. Helius wore a toga, and his fingers and wrists and neck were layered with jewelry of gold and rubies. There was something cat-like about his examination of the man captive in front of him.

Helius had a knife hidden in his toga. With deliberate slowness, he pulled it up and placed the edge of it against the man's face with sinister gentleness.

"The emperor wishes for you to bow down and worship the beast," Helius said. His fumbling fear was gone in service of Nero; temporary as it might be, with Nero in the costume, Helius was now the one in control.

"No," the man said quietly.


Helius moved to the woman beside the man. He drew the knife downward from her ear to her chin. A narrow line of blood followed the path of the knife and streamed onto her neck.

"Leave the woman alone," the first captive said. "Turn your attention to me." The captive's hair matched his beard-greasy with days of unwashed sweat in captivity, gray hair far outnumbering the remainder of black. His torso and arms were corded with muscle, suggesting a long life of physical labor.

"Then worship the beast," Helius answered.

"I cannot."

"Cannot?" Helius asked softly, waving the knife in front of the woman. "Or will not?"

"I will not betray my Master."

"Nor will I," said the woman. "I am not afraid."

"Listen to me you Jews," Helius said. "If you bow to the beast and worship him as divine, I have been given authority to spare you this."

With his knife, Helius cut a piece of the rags that covered the first captive. He turned to the woman and used the piece of cloth to wipe blood from her face.

Helius tossed the bloody rag into the lion's cage, and it savaged the cloth, pinning it with its mighty front paws and tearing at it with its teeth. Beside it in its cage, the bear roared its fury, and the agitated leopard paced back and forth.

Helius ignored the cages, letting his eyes caress the face of each captive, searching for fear. Because Helius knew fear so intimately in himself, he was an expert at finding it in others.

Helius smiled his hungry smile.

"Let me repeat. Nero wishes for you to worship the beast. Will you accept it as god? Or shall I let the beast loose to destroy you?"

The first man remained silent. Helius had expected the resistance. But it did not matter. Either way, Nero would be satisfied by a personal triumph over these Christians. They would worship him, hidden as he was beneath the costume of the beast, or he would take satisfaction in killing them as the beast. This symbolic victory would assure him that he truly was in control, that the widespread resistance to him from the Christians of Rome was meaningless.

Helius turned to the others, asking one by one if they were willing to bow down and worship the beast. None answered.

"Let me kill them!" The beast that was Nero spoke in a guttural, strangulated voice. "Let me tear their livers from their living bodies! Let me -"

"Silence!" Helius barked at the beast. These had been Nero's instructions. Play the role of the master of the beast, so that none of the captives would guess Nero himself was hidden beneath its costume.

To the captives, Helius said. "Look at the beast closely. Do you not see it is a bear. A lion. A leopard with wings? Does it mean anything to you?"

The beast began hissing again, a frenzy that ended only when Helius grabbed the torch and waved the fire beneath its head. As if it truly were beast, not man. Nero, the amateur actor, was widely known for playing his roles seriously.

After Helius calmed the beast, he spoke to the captives. Anger tinged his words. "I understand far more about you Jews than you realize. I know of your prophet named Daniel. Hundreds of years ago, he foretold that Rome would be the fourth beast, greater than the kingdoms of Babylon and Persia and Greece. And here is your fourth beast, ready to destroy you."

"Death cannot destroy us," the first captive said. "Through my Lord and Master, it is a fate that we can greet with peace. If you would believe in His love and-"

Helius slashed with his knife at that third captive, a slash of rage. This had not been part of Nero's instructions, but Helius was at heart at coward and could not resist the power he'd been given for this role. The blade flashed across the man's right bicep, instantly cutting through to muscle. Blood dripped down the man's elbow and onto the dirt floor.

"You refuse to worship the beast?" Helius jeered. "Then tonight, he will be the beast to destroy you! And in the next years, he will continue destroy all the followers until the very last disciple is wiped from this earth. The name of Christos will be forgotten, but Nero will be revered forever!"

Helius spun, taking hold of the chain that held the upright beast to the lion's cage.

"Ravage these men and women and destroy them," he spoke to the beast. "Leave their remains for the bear and the leopard and the lion!"

The beast howled.

"Yes," Helius told the beast. "Tonight you will sleep in peace knowing the power of the fourth beast is greater than the power of their God. You will triumph!"

Helius was forced to yell above the roars of the animals and the high-pitched screaming of Nero, dressed in the fur of a leopard sewn to a lion's head and the claws of a bear.

Then Helius froze as a lone man walked into the hut.

Gallus Sergius Vitas.

Vitas had heard enough from outside to decide to stop it. And how he would do so.

He'd made his decision to enter the hut based on well known story about Nero. During those years, when as a teenaged emperor, Nero dressed himself as a slave and had roamed the streets at night to loot shops and terrorize strangers, he and his friends, including Helius and Tigellinus, had attacked rich senator and his wife. The senator was unaware the Nero was among the hoodlums and fought well, landing several punches directly in Nero's face. Nero and his friends fled.

While Nero had recognized the man as a senator, he made no plans to take action against him, realizing the senator had been perfectly justified in protecting himself from a mere slave. Unfortunately, when someone told the senator whose eyes he had blacked, he sent Nero a letter of abject apology. Because Nero could no longer pretend he'd been an anonymous slave, and it was now publically known the senator had committed a treasonous act against the emperor, that senator was forced to open his veins in a suicide that prevented the trial and conviction that would have ruined his family.

Yes. Nero was first and foremost, an actor. Vitas counted on that.

Without hesitation, Vitas marched forward and yanked the chain from Helius.

"If the emperor knows you are involved in illegal torture," Vitas said, "he will have you destroyed!"

For Vitas, it was an all or nothing bluff, pretending he did not know Nero was inside the costume. Trusting that Nero would be too ashamed to admit it. Now. Or later.

Vitas shoved Helius hard toward the doorway of the small hut.

"Outside!" Vitas commanded. "Now!"

Without hesitation, Vitas wrapped one end of the chain around the bar of the lion cage, treating the man in the beast costume as lower than a slave.

"Don't move," he jerked the chain that held the beast. "I'll be back to deal with you."

Vitas forced himself to pretend outrage. But this was the moment. If Nero decided he would no longer play the role, Vitas was dead.

The beast snarled at him, a weird echo from inside the lion's skull. But the beast did nothing else. Vitas knew he was safe. Temporarily.

Vitas spun on his heels and marched outside to Helius.

"You feed his delusions," Vitas said to Helius.

The two of them stood outside the hut, in the shadows of an olive tree.

Helius shrugged, a smirk clear on his face in the moonlight.

Vitas had learned in battle in Brittania how to detach himself from the emotions of the moment. Yet it took immense willpower to restrain himself from withdrawing his short sword from his toga and charging at Helius. But it would not serve the empire for Helius to die, for Nero clung to the man with a neediness that barely kept Nero stable.

"Of course I feed his delusions." Helius continued smirking, unaware of how closely the ghost of his own murder had passed by. "That is the whole point. His power. And how I survive."

"How does this serve Nero?" Vitas demanded, pointing at the hut behind them.

Vitas was not particularly large, but tall and carried himself the way a man with solid compact muscles does. He was also cloaked with his family's well-documented patrician background of generations of Roman purity, cloaked by the stories, almost legendary, about his bravery in battles against the Iceni in Brittania. In daylight, his flat, almost black eyes made his thoughts unreadable to his opponents, and without a smile, his face was implacable, like unweathered stone. Here, his face hidden in the shadow cast by the moonlight, he was that much more intimidating. Much as Nero needed Helius, Nero revered Vitas. Only Vitas could speak to Helius in this way and not fear later punishment in the stealthy form of poison or an assassin.

"His nightmares," Helius said, finally sensing the deadly anger simmering beneath the calm of Vitas. "Nero wants to be rid of them."

"By this travesty of justice?"

Helius shrugged. "No worse than anything else Nero has desired in recent years."

Vitas could not argue that. "He is Caesar, the representative of our great empire. To protect the empire, the dignity of his position must be protected."

"Protect the empire?" Helius sneered.


Excerpted from The Last Disciple by Hank Hanegraaf Sigmund Brouwer Copyright © 2004 by Hank Hanegraaf and Sigmund Brouwer . Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Brings the New Testament to life

    The authors do a wonderful job of bringing Roman history and New Testament history together in historical context. Moving between scenes provides the reader with anticipation for what may lie ahead.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Fantastic Read

    This is a wonderful read. A historical novel that will open your eyes to much of what early Christians faced during Nero's reign.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Great book, deep story plots and characters.. only one question

    I loved this book, I loved how it seamlessly jumped between characters, keeping me engrossed in the plot. It was informative about what it was like to live during that time period. However.. this book is written by "biblical scholars?" The book takes place 65 CE... and it states that there existed physical copies of John, Luke, Mark and Matthew? However, John's gospel wasn't suspected to be written until ~90CE? I'm no scholar on the topic, but I've studies academically biblical history. I suppose my disappointment was that since it was written by content experts, I thought it would be more historically accurate to help me understand the history more. There were a few things that weren't consistant in recorded history, so "academic" buyer beware. But, the discrepancies in historical fact sure make for a great book! I can't wait to read the second one.. Make it into an eBook!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008


    Hank Hanegraaf's unigue style of filling in the blanks and creating back story is the perfect mix with Biblical history. He has long been an inpspiration to unleashing the imagination. I particularly enjoyed the mystery of The Last Disciple - not wanting to figure it out - just to see where Hank would take it, and me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Very good

    Its very interesting and I recommend all teens to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Amazing book

    This may be fiction but the author did so much research that it brings tha time period to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Great book

    This was a great book to help get an diffrent view of the book of revilations. In more personal understanding though because I see the story in a more humbling and relatable emotions and views of a christian believer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Love it

    Really good book. I like how it is related to Revelations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005


    I loved this book. Since I have been very interested in 'biblical fiction' (or perhaps 'interpretation'), this book jumped off the shelf at me. I was disappointed when I got to the end, and it did just that- Ended. Then I realized it was a series- what a relief!! The stories seemed little choppy a first but begin to smooth out as the story and the characters unfold, then it really becomes a great read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Bringing the New Testament to life

    Wow, what a way to learn your New Testament and be entertained at the same time. This book brings the Bible to life. It's one thing to hear how First Century Christians were persecuted for their beliefs but it takes on a new dimension when you meet these characters and follow their lives. The only dissapointment was that it ended with out the next book in the series out on the stands! If you've been reading the Left Behind Series, put them down and pick up the real story of the Tribulation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    WOW! What a concept!

    While the story gets a little choppy at times as it's the first in a series, it does provide a very thought provoking and interesting read. I first purchased it on audio for my spouse. The audio version is definitely better as it smoothly transitions from story to story. The book, however, was wonderful for someone (as myself) who enjoys letting their imagination form the story instead of a reader's words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    conventional plot?

    It is great to read a book that, while fiction, closely weaves the story with historical events and the cultural realities of the Roman Empire in the first century. In this way, it differs vastly from the interpretation of Revelation as presented in the Left Behind series, which is set in a highly speculative future. It's ironic then, when those who side with the eschatology of the Left Behind books object to the fictional aspects of Hanegraaff's book. Another irony is one of the criticisms in the above Publisher's Weekly review. Yes, on occasion the dialogue is didactic; how else explain some of what the book teaches? Fortunately, these pieces of conversation come in sporadic and short doses, and it would appear that as this was the same method used far more exhaustively in The Da Vinci Code, readers in general don't mind too much. The greater irony, however, is the Publisher's Weekly reviewer's assertion that the plot is 'conventional'. Readers of The Last Disciple should read through some of the writings of Josephus to see how that famous historian recounts the events in Judea in May of 66. (Josephus: The Wars of The Jews, Book 2, Chapters 14 &15.) The storyline of the book, with its high points in drama and twists and turns, mirror those same events so closely that calling the plot conventional is like calling an American Civil War novel conventional for remaining faithful to historical events. And in the case of The Last Disciple, there doesn't seem much conventional about the political twists and turns and the injustices that the Roman governor Florus inflicted upon the Jews in his attempt to force the Jews to start a war that would hide his bad administration from Rome. The reviewer's assertion that 'even Vitas can't prevent the destruction of the Jewish Temple' seems equally uninformed, for two reasons. The fictional Vitas does have a hand in turning Florus away from Jerusalem; in the fictional setting as in the historical setting, it appeared at the end of May 66 that the war had been successfully averted. Furthermore, and as a direct result of temporarily averting the war, the destruction of the Temple by Roman legions does not even occur within the book, and certainly not within the historical time frame of the Jewish Wars that the book covers. How can it be then, that in this novel Vitas 'can't prevent the destruction of the Jewish Temple' when it wasn't even destroyed? It's almost like the reviewer simply read the cover copy and then flipped through The Last Disciple to find some passages to criticize. As those of us know who used this method in elementary school to save time on book reports, this rarely fools anyone. So read it, and judge for yourself! You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    Time to study

    If nothing else, this book should wake those lulled by the Left Behind series. The co-authors of 'The Last Disciple' provided an interesting perspective on the lives of first century Christians. Not sure if many of us today would be bold enough to face the arena, or stand to be tarred and burned, yet secure enough to endure knowing that the faith professed was real. I never really thought about what it must have been like to read John's epistles, or Matthew's account within the first 100 years of Christ's first advent. I am sure they were eagerly looking for Him to return. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Until then, the studying continues!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    A wonderful read

    This book is great. I'm only 1/3 of the way through is and I can't put it down. Have any of us thought about 64AD before? We've heard the Christians were persecuted, but to read this authors account of it is horrifying and disturbing. Hank Hannegraaff is a wonderful Christian and truly has put together with Sigmund Brouwer a great masterpiece. Thanks to both of them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    A must read for seekers of the truth!

    I have alwys questioned the current Christian mainstream belief of the last days as described in the Book of the Revelation. This book has given me new insight. It makes more sense to me than the end times events as described in the Left Behind series. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Great job!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fascinating historical fiction

    In 65 AD Nero rules Rome with an iron fist; since the Great Fire he persecutes Christians who refuse to accept that he is divine blaming the inferno on them. Vilas, a trusted advisor, knows the emperor is mad, and does his best to curb the worst of the excesses. He especially tries to save Christians who Nero is about to kill. Believers of Christ think Nero is the Beast and this is the time of the tribulation.................... Vilas is sick of war and the blood on his hands so he goes to Jerusalem to report on the Roman in charge of Judea, who is thought to have committed crimes against the Empire. In Judea, Vilas asks Sophia, the former Jewish slave he freed, to marry him although she is Christian and he is part of Nero¿s inner circle. They agree to hide her religion when they return to Rome as a married couple. However, Vilas has enemies who see his wife as the instrument to destroy him. At the same time, John the Revelator who is the last living disciple is in danger as he comforts incarcerated Christians. John and Vilas meet as both flee the wrath of the Beast................. THE LAST DISCIPLE depicts Nero as the Beast of Revelations as he persecutes Christians. The period is when people still living can provide eye witness accounts about the miracles Jesus performed. Vilas is a terrific representative of the age as he tries to remain loyal to the Empire, but detests the ruler he believes is destroying it. Much historical information is included in this biblical thriller so that readers obtain a taste of life in the first decades following the crucifixion in Rome and Judea, which makes for an enthralling read.................... Harriet Klausner

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