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The son of a Galilean concubine-a Jewess-and a Roman ambassador, Abenadar suffered disapproving stares in the village of Natzeret, but so did the boy Yeshua, son of Yosef and Miryam. Perhaps it wasn't unusual the two became fast friends.
As Abenadar rises through the ranks of the Roman Legion to assume the rank of Centurion, he finds love with Ruth, a woman he rescues from the streets of Jerusalem. She believes the prophet Jesus is the One-the Messiah-everyone has been waiting for. Abenadar is dubious. He's seen too many messiahs...and they all died on Roman crosses. But what if Jesus is telling the truth? As advisor to Procurator Pontius Pilate and a Roman, Abenadar has a duty to uphold...but it may cause him to lose everything.
L.D. Alford, an experimental test pilot with over 6000 hours in more than 60 different kinds of aircraft, also served in worldwide military operations as a member of three different operational combat squadrons. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the US Air Force Test Pilot School. He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe and Central America. He's the author of Centurion, and The Second Mission, as well as the other novels in The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox series and has published over 40 technical articles.
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Author: L. D. Alford
Located in: Wichita, KS
Submitted: March 07, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a student of history and languages. I speak German and English and study ancient Greek and Anglo-Saxon. Languages and history play important roles in all my writing. I am also a retired military officer. Much of my writing relates in some way back to my military training and experience. This is especially true of Centurion.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to answer a question: what was the Centurion who crucified Christ like. How did he live, and how did he become a Centurion? I also wanted to give my readers a sense of how people lived in the 1st Century.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This book is a great read on many levels. For the casual reader, you will find a fun novel with adventure, romance, and story you can sink your teeth in. For the historian--it's all there. For the seeker, this book puts into perspective a man who sees it all, but doesn't know what to believe.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book is for both secular and Christian readers. It is history and has embedded the history of the New Testament. Your non-Christian friends will find the work compelling. At the same time, the Gospel's historical account is not compromised as it is in The Robe or Ben Hur.
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