Wise Men

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History - Biblical and otherwise - gets a hard scrabble, back alley retelling as Khefren, the reluctant hero of Lonon Smith's Wise Men, is thrust into the the political upheaval and religious tensions that mark the Roman Empire and Jewish Palestine.

Khefren, an Egyptian, would rather stay home in Roman occupied Alexandria and mope about life, the danger of loving anyone too much, and the bitter job of being a scribe to Aquila, a tyrannical aristocrat with plans to be the next ...

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Overview

History - Biblical and otherwise - gets a hard scrabble, back alley retelling as Khefren, the reluctant hero of Lonon Smith's Wise Men, is thrust into the the political upheaval and religious tensions that mark the Roman Empire and Jewish Palestine.

Khefren, an Egyptian, would rather stay home in Roman occupied Alexandria and mope about life, the danger of loving anyone too much, and the bitter job of being a scribe to Aquila, a tyrannical aristocrat with plans to be the next emperor. Life has other plans for him. Sent to Palestine to find proof of a plot against Rome, Khefren finds himself befriended by the charismatic African diplomat Shabako.

Scrambling to stay alive time and again, Khefren and Shabako join the very men Khefren is supposed to spy on - a caravan of magi out of Persia and beyond. Cold-eyed and as ruthless as required, with one eye on the stars and the other on their enemies, they have a lot to teach Khefren about honor, code or the lack of one. Khefren is thrust full blast into an unlikely search to explain a prophecy whose fulfillment some feuding groups think will vindicate them - and others will do anything to prevent.

Wise Men confronts Khefren with pirates, ruthless ambition, a lost boy looking for a home, a homicidal king named Herod - and, finally, with a young mother who swears she was impregnated by her god.

Sweeping in its scope, with Khefren's spiritual quest and the run-for-your-life action entwined like twin strands of DNA, Wise Men takes its self-deprecating narrator through a retelling of events that still fascinate us two thousand years later.

Until he comes face to face with the thing he fears the most. When all he wanted was to go home to the woman he didn't know he loved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453877883
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Lonon Smith worked for several years as a writer in the Hollywood film and television industry. He now lives in Sacramento, California, and Tucson, Arizona. "Wise Men" is his first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Great book!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Why can't you make a mockery of some other Holy Book?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Very good

    Very well written, great plot and wonderfully fleshed out characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    excellent!

    A lot going on. Some of it is believable. Very entertaining.
    Highly recomended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Great Book

    This book was wonderful and very entertaining. I loved the story and will probably re-read the novel again.

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    Posted October 27, 2012

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