Lonon Smith worked for several years as a writer in the Hollywood film and television industry. He now lives in Sacramento, California. His play "Getaway Service Guaranteed" was produced in 2015.
Wise Menby Lonon Smith
No angels, no divine revelations, just the dusty back roads of an occupied country, a band of very dangerous men trying to do the right thing, and the spy sent to betray them. Magi from the rival empire to the east arrive in Roman occupied Palestine to discuss trade routes. Shabako, a diplomat from black Africa, sets out to meet these emissaries. Aquila, an
No angels, no divine revelations, just the dusty back roads of an occupied country, a band of very dangerous men trying to do the right thing, and the spy sent to betray them. Magi from the rival empire to the east arrive in Roman occupied Palestine to discuss trade routes. Shabako, a diplomat from black Africa, sets out to meet these emissaries. Aquila, an ambitious Roman official, demands that his reluctant scribe Khefren follow Shabako across the Mediterranean to this Palestinian rendezvous. Khefren is to find proof that the men from the east are part of a plot against Rome in a country of rebellious Jews. Or else.
A watery escape from Mediterranean pirates brings Khefren and Shabako closer. Khefren's allegiance blurs. On the run after battling Roman assassins, the two men lead the magi to Nazareth where they hear the story of a young Jewish girl who believes she is carrying her people's messiah. This teenage mother isn't the magi's problem, but fate tangles their stories together. Saving the young mother from the insane king who wants her dead becomes a matter of morality for these men all too familiar with treachery and death.
But Khefren's still a spy. He's expected to betray these men who have befriended him. His brutal Roman master holds the lives of Khefren's family in his hands, just when the newly courageous scribe has realized how much he loves the family - and the woman - he's left behind.
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I loved this book. The characters were well written and some easy to get attached to. As I got further and further into the story it became hard to put down. I loved the author's spin on the nativity story, the journey the wise men could have taken is not one commonly thought about or discussed. At 550+ pages it was a great value too! I would highly recommend this book and look forward to future posts by this author.
I for one am getting tired of all the alternant versions of Bible stories. The Holy Bible is truth, so it doesn't need someone to come along with a variaton. Shame on you, what is really saidso few people know truth from fiction, andnow you have made it even harder for people who are searching for the truth.
Very well written, great plot and wonderfully fleshed out characters
A lot going on. Some of it is believable. Very entertaining. Highly recomended.