It is the first century of the Common Era. Imperial Rome is at the height of its power, with an empire stretching from the moors of Scotland to the sands of Arabia. It is at this time that in Judea, a remote backwater of the empire, Marcus Valerianus of the tenth legion, is sent on a scouting mission seeking Jewish rebels. Instead, he encounters a young boy from nearby Nazareth, wandering in the desert. The boy talks of a “Father” who rules over all, and how he is doing his “Father’s work.” Thus begins the Tale of The Centurion, and the startling secret that will change his life forever.
From the Judean desert to the precincts of Imperial Rome, Marcus’ world will change as a perceived alien religion gains dominance in the existing political order. And he will encounter a whirlwind of events over which he has no control, and which will ultimately change humanity.
The Centurion gives a new perspective on an epoch replete with wars, assassinations, political upheaval and social turmoil. It is a vivid drama infused with intrigue, family rivalries, and passion. Along the way, readers will encounter men and women who must come to terms with a society on the precipice, with new ideals and ancient hatreds; and all the human needs and contradictions—love, faith, betrayal, ambition, and redemption.