A.D. 30: A Novel

A.D. 30: A Novel

by Ted Dekker


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A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.

A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.

Step back in time to the year of our Lord...A.D. 30.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors—Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.

But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people—and herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455578542
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: AD Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 168,534
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

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A.D. 30: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Ahh more Ted Dekker! This book was vastly different from anything else Ted Dekker has written, so I was excited to see how it turned out. You guys know how much I love my Biblical fiction, so I couldn't wait to see how my favorite Christian fiction author did with it. And it was amazing. The first thing that struck me was how well researched this was. To know the culture and customs of Maviah's Arabian tribe, as well as the Jews and the Romans, it's a lot to know. Yet it the differences between the different groups of people were so clear. I have always admired the amount of detail Dekker puts in his stories, making you really understand and feel what it's like. From the buildings to the people to the road, everything is described so well that you aren't confused. There was a lot of traveling in this book, but Dekker made sure that each place was different enough. Maviah was an interesting character. She was born the illegitimate daughter of the sheikh, sold in slavery, and was sent back home with a illegitimate son. All things to bring even more shame in a time when just being born a woman is shameful. But through it all, she is strong. Sure, there are moments when she doesn't think so, but I admired her. She was born in a time when women were oppressed, and although she was outspoken and more vocal than other women, she also knew when to step back and act submissive. She was smart, and cunning, and made for an interesting character. I will say, the other characters weren't too memorable. All the kings and queens seemed the same. Repeats of the same characters, almost. The politics that were involved did confuse me some, and I found myself skimming when it came to parts like that. Saba and Judah were more fleshed out, but I would have liked to see more from them. I will say, I like how he didn't try to "mortalize" Jesus. The words that He said were always direct quotes from the Scripture, which was interesting, but also kept Him true. The book does focus quite a bit on Jesus's teachings and the Scriptures. Judah is a Jew who wants nothing more than to meet his Yeshua. Meviah is a Gentile, "unclean" by the Jewish standards. Yet, Jesus came for the Jews and the Gentiles, and this really illustrated the differences in how His teachings were perceived by the different groups. Dekker brings a lot to think about, and points out Scriptures in new ways that will make you think about them and how you are really applying them to your life. This was a fascinating book. It was fast-paced and such an interesting story. But although fictional, it was also filled with eye-opening truths. It was a great read, one that I would definitely recommend.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I had never read a Ted Dekker novel before but I am now a huge fan! This story is set during the time when Jesus is at the height of his teaching and his name is known far and wide for his teaching, especially to the Jews. The novel follows the story of Maviah, a woman who has been rejected by her father and sold into slavery as a young girl. When she has a child of her own, she returns to her father's house where his wife takes her under her wing and protects her. Her marriage to Maviah's father also forms an alliance that protects them. When she dies, their household is attacked and her father turns to her to go to King Herod for help. She goes on this journey, across the dangerous desert, with the help of two of her father's trusted warriors, Saba and Judah. Judah is captivated by Maviah and calls her the queen of the desert. This touched Maviah's heart as she has always thought so little of herself because others always did. The story takes us across the desert, into the palaces, and on to the hillsides where Jesus is teaching. Truly, This story is so well written, you feel as though you are on the camels, trekking across the deserts and making your way through this story with Maviah. You feel the eyes of Yeshua and the words of his teachings truly touch your heart as you feel as though you are there at his feet. I can't say enough wonderful things about this book! The only thing that I didn't like was I was left wanting more of the story! Thankfully, Mr. Dekker is writing a second book to continue the story called A. D. 33. I devoured this book and had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a wonderful story full of action and beautiful relationships. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Shelton Interactive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Ted Dekker book will not disappoint! So good!
TREBORNOSNHOJ More than 1 year ago
you want to wade through the sermons. I would have appreciated knowing that I was being set up for a sequel, rather than discovering it at the end. I have nothing against a series of books, but I would like to know what I am buying. I think B&N owe me that in their reviews. The historical elements, the weaving in of the biblical settings, the obvious appreciation of Jeshua and the addition of the Beduoin perspective make for an interesting read. I did develop a habit of skimming over the looooooooooooong sermons.
Katescene91 More than 1 year ago
I have been a Dekker fan for quite some time now. My obsession began when I read - The Bride Collector - during Christmas break my last year of High School and it has only grown over the years. However, I have not been as thrilled with the last couple of books he's written but was very excited about A.D 30. I'll be honest, I reached a point where I was bored with the story and just wanted it to progress forward, preferably within the next few pages, or I was going to stop reading this book and move on to something else. I decided to trudge on through and boy am I glad I did. I loved this book. I loved the characters and the descriptions of the towns and cities they traveled through. My heart hurt for Maviah and soared with the excitement and adventure in Judah. This, by far, has been my favorite read on my 2015 book-list thus far and I cannot wait until A.D 33 comes out in October. Well done Mr. Dekker, well done. 
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Epic, epic, epic is all I can say about this one! This by far is one of the most gripping and heart-compelling novels I have ever read hands down. The cover mentions "experience the way of Jesus as you never have" and I have to agree with that statement. The way that things are explained/broken down and then placed into action by the characters was truly eye-opening. I learned so much and had a new perspective on the teachings of Jesus when finish readings as well as how the people might have responded to Jesus' teachings during that time. Maviah's story alone was excellent. This is some of the best writing I have read because its told in a fashion that is so honest and heart-wrenching that I can't help but feel and relate to her. She's passionate, fearful, bold, uncertain, and so many other things that make us human. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her jounrey in the upcoming novel "A.D. 33." I also really really liked Judah and Saba. Both very compelling characters that stuck with me. I very highly recommend this story to Biblical/historical readers and have plans to read this again in the future. I feel there is so much depth to this one that you can't fully comprehend everything in just one reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction books and this one was a very good read! I had a hard time putting it down and found myself finishing it within a week. I like that it jumps around between cultures and is historically accurate in its details and timeline at that time in history. I highly recommend this!
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
Set in the deserts of the ancient Near East, A.D. 30 follows Maviah, the daughter of a powerful Bedouin sheik.An outcast from birth, Maviah lives the life of a slave until her people are attacked by a vicious enemy, and she is called upon to protect them. On her journey she has Saba, a skilled warrior, and Judah, a Jew looking for the future king of his people. His name is Yeshua. I am a Dekker fan. Books like this are the reason. Ted makes you feel like you are really there, alongside Maviah and her companions. The characters are real. Relatable and flawed. The insertion of Maviah’s journey into the historical events of Yeshua’s life is brilliantly done. It is quite possible to learn through fiction. After all, Yeshua himself taught with parables. Those teachings are used in this book, and I think we can really see how to put them into practice when combined with Maviah’s story. Dekker has created more than a story here. It’s a learning experience. I haven’t been this moved by a novel since the Circle series… also by Dekker.
PamManners More than 1 year ago
A.D. 30 is a fictional novel set during the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. It’s the captivating story of Maviah, a young woman who is the illegitimate, outcast daughter of Rami bin Malik, a well-known and powerful sheik to the Bedouin people of Arabia. She, along with her infant son, live with her father, who has despised and rejected Maviah her entire life, and with her father’s Nabataen wife, Nashquya, the only one in the house who accepts and loves Maviah. After a series of sorrowful, life-changing occurrences and horrific, action-packed events take place in her desert hometown of Dumah, Maviah escapes the city under siege, and finds herself on a journey to Palestine, accompanied by two of her father’s best warriors, Saba and Judah. Once there, her mission is to find King Herod Antipas and form an alliance with him in order to save her father, who has been captured by an enemy tribe known as the Thamud, and the Bedouin people. But unexpectedly, Maviah also encounters another King along the way – and quite a different King at that, who speaks of a Kingdom that is a far cry from any Maviah has ever known. His name is Jesus, or Yeshua, the Hebrew name to which He is referred throughout this book. Each encounter she has with Yeshua, each incredible and radical teaching of His she hears, ach amazing miracle she is privy to, slowly begins to change Maviah’s life dramatically. And finally, it is her faith and trust in Yeshua and His Way that will ultimately heal her and help her to deal with the surprise twists and dangerous turns that occur as she seeks to accomplish her all-important mission.  I absolutely love when a book enables you to experience what the characters themselves are experiencing – the physical, the mental and the emotional. The external and the internal. And that happens for me here with A.D. 30, as Dekker paints an enormous linguistic mural, using a very fine, yet wonderfully detailed brush. His vivid, colorful descriptions and vast historical knowledge immediately swept me right into the times, the action, the excitement, the landscape and the emotions of this story.  For those of us who feel or who have ever felt like an outcast -- invisible, betrayed, forgotten, unloved and abused -- A.D. 30 is also a story of hope and healing, through faith in Yeshua, one that we may be surprised (or not) to find parallel to our own life stories, although the details will obviously be vastly different.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a powerfully engaging and inspiring novel to read, and accept Dekker's invitation to 'enter this story if you like and see if you can see what Maviah saw. It may change the way you understand your Father, your Master, yourself, and your world.'
kleeGA More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors. This book is a nice detour from his usual writing. I could actually imagine this really taking place at that time. I couldn't put it down. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like many historical fiction books, Ted Dekker places fictional characters into historical context and allows us to view real characters through a new pair of eyes. His retelling of Jesus’ ministry plays a small but central role in AD 30 and allows us to rethink our existing, petrified imaginings about the Jewish messiah in a new way that is both entertaining and enlightening. This is a highly enjoyable novel with three dimensional characters with whom you can identify. I can highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started out slow, I almost gave up on reading it, but I have read other books by Dekker and enjoyed them. It got better about 2/3 of the way through. I am glad I continued reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It beautifully combines a fictitious perspective of real events with an amazing emotional draw to it. I absolutely love how Ted Dekker combined the story of Jesus to a character I could relate to and learn from as she “learned” from her Savior.
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A life changing story. Both AD 30 amd AD 33 showed me how through all my 59 years I have been captive to all the fears, grievances, depression, and anger that Maviah and others have. I have learned that only through calling out to Yeshua, can I remove those mountains and planks, and receive the peace and love that God has for me. I have been in continual prayer since reading these books. Thank you, Father for leading me to these, and for empowering Mr. Dekker to erite them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I will read this book a second time, but I'm glad I read it once. There was much to learn about the life and times of people whom I knew nothing
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
My first book from Ted Dekker... and it was GREAT! I believe this book is much different than Dekker's usual suspense novels (I believe so, although I haven't read them yet). A.D. 30 stands alone in its poignancy and intimacy with Yeshua. I was met with action, history, deep emotion, love. And Jesus. So much Biblical information did I learn -- about the Bedouin and Thamud tribes living in Israel and Palestine -- about camels -- about the desert -- about Herod -- about how Jesus was perceived in the eyes of the people who flocked after him. This fictional book shows a Christian how little we think we know about the ancient stories of the Bible -- the culture of the peoples and how things appeared to them as the actual events took place. It's not always the same as how we in modern day remember an old Bible story. The drama builds as the pages whip by. As I neared the final chapters, I could hardly see how the story could come to a satisfactory end in what little remained. I fought for Maviah and willed her to continue on the journey her father requested of her -- even though fate seemed against her. The path to faith and forgiveness is showcased well. I've heard there is a sequel coming in late 2015, and I eagerly await its publication.
AsISeeItbyYvonne More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker never fails to affect the reader. Whether with allegory or with this moving historical fiction, one comes away from his writings with deep feelings and a need to reflect on life and beliefs. This beautifully written book brought out a myriad of emotions in this reader and I was able to see and imagine what the characters were seeing and experiencing and identify with so many of the situations, feelings, and human desires. I cried, smiled, cheered and felt despair with the characters and was encouraged by the strong beliefs. On reaching the end of this tome, I could only sit and reflect. And that, to me, is the epitome of an excellent novel...one which affects the reader deeply enough to require reflection and gives the reader the desire for so much more. Mr. Dekker is a true artist with words. He never disappoints.
Bekah_M More than 1 year ago
Maviah is the illegitimate daughter of Rami bin Malik, a powerful Bedouin ruler. As a child, she was outcasted and sold into slavery. Upon being returned home, Maviah still only knows shame and deceit. When a devastating attack reaches their walls, Maviah manages to escape with the help of two of her father’s warriors, Saba and Judah. The three set out to reach King Herod of the Jews and plead for help on behalf of the father and people who never loved her. But such an alliance proves to be deadly and fraught with treachery and betrayal. All seems hopeless, until Maviah meets a man named Yeshua who changes her life. Wow. What a book. A.D. 30 gripped me from the very first sentence. Reaching only the end of the first chapter, all I could think was, “how in the world have I not read this book before now?” and then, “this is going to be one of my favorite books ever.” And it was. Wholly enthralling, richly suspenseful, powerfully told, and delightfully lengthy–A.D. 30 is a biblical fiction masterpiece, filled with mind-blowing moments that gave me chills and enough action to make my heart skip a beat. I loved it. Colorfully described to appeal to our humanness, Maviah is a character to behold. I so admired her strength in the midst of fear and despair; she radiated regality in spite of being enslaved and abused her entire life. Judah, the warrior who could read the stars, pulled at my heartstrings. I loved his yearning for something greater, and his always growing loyalty and love for Maviah was beyond sweet. Saba, oh Saba. He’s the perfect example of a man tough on the outside but a teddy bear at heart. Each and every person in this book was gold. And the story! There were so many riveting plot twists and heart-wrenching turns, all the time weaved in with inspiring truths. The way the author wrote the Yeshua scenes was admirable, making sure to keep His teachings prevalent and reachable, while quoting straight from the Bible. One of the best historical novels I have come across by far. Rarely do you have a story that has you so fully engrossed and invested, where you forget to even eat or sleep because you have to see what happens. I haven’t read anything from Ted Dekker before now, but if this is an example of his writing and storytelling abilities bring on all the books! Highly recommended. http://www.willbakeforbooks.com/2015/10/review-a-d-30-by-ted-dekker/
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
“One cannot truly know my son and remained unchanged.” Whoa. This book makes you feel. Deeply. I know a big part of that is the subject matter, but the way Dekker is able to draw you in and completely captivate you definitely helps. You care about the characters, feel their pains and then encounter Jesus. So you bet I teared up in numerous places in this book. I’m not shocked at my reaction either. I still vividly remember Mr. Dekker reading one of his stories at a youth workers convention years ago. I remember everyone was utterly silent as he told his tale. This book is the same. The research of the people groups, how cultures were, the languages…it paints such a bigger picture of the world when Jesus walked on earth. And I loved it. Dekker’s writings captivates the heart and mind. There’s no other way to describe it. If you’re looking to dive deeper into the time Jesus walked on earth, I definitely recommend this one! Oh and the next one, A.D. 33, comes out next month. YES. What are some historical fiction stories about the time of Jesus you love? Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/09/23/a-d-30-by-ted-dekker-book-review/
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only was this a good story about redemption, the author has an amazing way of explaining Scripture and you will see the Savior as never before. Looking forward to his next book, A.D. 32.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. You should definitely read this. He was a sequel coming out in the fall and I can not wait to read it!!!! It takes you back about 2000 years into the past and sends you on an adventure with three unlikely friends and heroes.
BeachPatty More than 1 year ago
Although this is a very different style from what I was expecting from Dekker, it had a great way of drawing me in to the story. Understanding some of the characters, locations and events were not necessarily fact, they were close enough to scriptural to keep me interested.