The Centurion by Ken Gire
Little description:An ambitious Roman soldier. A stunning crucifixion. An unlikely romance. A long war and a chance reunion—the moving parts that make The Centurion a gripping story of love, duty, and sacrifice.
Lucius has always dreamed of military conquest and Roman glory. Little does he know how a routine crucifixion will change him forever.
Curious about this “King of the Jews,” Lucius seeks out His followers and falls for one named Mary Magdalene. But all is interrupted when Lucius is called to lead military campaigns. There the hardships of war, year after year, wear him down to nearly nothing.
When Lucius finally returns to Rome, the city has lost its allure. A chance encounter tests his allegiances, and he must decide who he is, what is real, and what is worth dying for.
Genre: Christian Fiction
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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5
Many point-of-views presented in this book, but through the mastery of the author, the transition was smooth and not confusing. The story laid on the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, the King of Jews, yet told from the Roman eyewitness. A great work of historical fiction.
One of the main characters was a centurion Lucius who witnessed the gruesome act of crucifixion- another day, another condemned man to die. But this time his heart put to rebellious thoughts that teared his mind into unsettling battle. What if the man on the cross was who he claimed to be? A Jew, a King, high deity. All Lucius knew that there were no such deities that would give, but only thirsty ones, demanding never-ending offerings and sacrifices for themselves. Who in the right mind would call the deity-Father, yet this Jesus was not like other victims of the cross. The last words He spoke was of forgiveness, and when He drew His last breath He simply said with a triumphant whisper: “IT IS FINISHED!” The land shook from the violent darkness, and suddenly the peace and light descend above the cross. For the rest, I bid you to read the story… His story, the centurion who was responsible for the crucifixion act to be done. He is the one who said: “Truly this man was Son of God”. What changed his mind to forget about the pantheon of the Roman gods and profess something like that in public?
The ending of the book has a source section, which I like. It describes a list of sources of book that I can look for, if I needed more information. In this section the author explained some passages and meaning behind the imagery through the story. He explained some Roman lifestyle and the important events that happened during the storytelling.
Provided by Moody Publishers as a complementary copy for my opinion and review.