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Title:
A.D. 30 : a novel
Author:
Dekker, Ted, 1962-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Center Street, 2014.
Physical Description:
x, 415 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Summary:
"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 his 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"--
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9781599954189
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

The son of missionaries, Ted Dekker grew up in the jungles of Indonesia. He returned to the United States to attend Evangel College, graduating with a religion and philosophy major. After several years in corporate marketing, he began writing books like Heaven's Wager. Ted and his wife live in the mountains of Colorado with their four children.

(Publisher Provided) Ted Dekker was born on October 24, 1962. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Evangel University, he entered the corporate world. After numerous successful years, he traded corporate life for a wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing. Eventually he decided to try his hand at writing. He writes spiritual thrillers, mainstream novels, and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore faith. His works include Black; Red; White; Thr3e; Blink; Showdown; Saint; Skin; Heaven's Wager; Obsessed; When Heaven Weeps; Thunder of Heaven; and A Martyr's Song. He also wrote The Slumber of Christianity, a non-fiction work about misplaced values in the post-modern church.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The title gives readers an idea of the story's parameters, but while there are many novels about the life of Jesus, this one adds a strong woman's story to the mix. Maviah, the illegitimate daughter of a powerful bedouin sheik, has not had an easy life, starting with rejection by her father. But when his kingdom is conquered, he entrusts her with a mission: travel to Israel, present herself to Herod, and secure his military support. Maviah is accompanied by Saba, a strong, silent African, and Judah, a bedouin Jew who seeks the mystic Yeshua and whom Maviah comes to love. This is the kind of book that the term sweeping epic was made for. The tribulations of crossing a desert, the palace intrigues, the brutalities Maviah endures all have a larger-than-life quality. Dekker's descriptive abilities set his panoramic stage well, and the choices his characters make are not always foreseen. The presence of Yeshua, changing the lives of those who respond to his message, adds to what is already a thrilling yet thoughtful read (though the emphasis on Jewish purity laws unfairly simplifies that religion). The ending's ambiguities will have readers anxious for the sequel.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The reigning king of Christian thrillers expands into biblical fiction to explore the time and teachings of Christ. Maviah, the illegitimate daughter of a Bedouin king, is sent to Egypt and enslaved. When she has a baby with a man her mistress loves, she is returned to her family in double shame. Raiding enemies kill Maviah's son and capture her father, so she journeys to seek an audience with King Herod in the hopes that he will avenge her son and rescue her father. Traveling with two of her father's male slaves, she crosses paths with another man, Yeshua, who has a more profound impact on their actions than Herod ever could. Maviah's viewpoint is used to narrate the action, including her meetings with Yeshua and long conversations that weave Christ's gospel teachings into the story in clever ways. The author paints vivid scenes of desert crossings on camels, aristocratic life in ancient Palestine, and the private doings of kings and queens. In this first of a pair of novels about Jesus, Dekker kicks down the door of biblical fiction. Agency: Creative Trust. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Maviah is the shunned daughter of Rami, a powerful Bedouin sheikh in Arabia. Only through the kindness of her stepmother, Nasha, is Maviah allowed to return home with her illegitimate son. When Nasha dies, Maviah's very existence is in danger when Nasha's father attacks Rami, seeking to conquer his kingdom. In a desperate attempt to save his realm, Rami asks Maviah to go to King Herod and beg for an alliance. But on her journey she meets a Yeshua, a teacher whose theology runs counter to the current thinking of the time and whose reputation as a powerful mystic begins to attract the notice of the ruling powers. This unusual man may be the only solution to her problems. VERDICT This first entry in a new series about the life of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) showcases the New York Times best-selling author's gift ("Circle" series) for immersing readers in ancient settings, believable characters, and high-octane story lines. An accessible and suspenseful tale reminiscent of novels by Tosca Lee and Anita Diamant, this is biblical fiction of the highest caliber. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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