Spring Tide   -     By: Mary Ray
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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. Spring Tide

Bethlehem Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Con, son of Aemilius, a centurion, and his friend Julius, son of Septimius, a merchant, find their lives inextricably entwined with that of the young stranger and his elderly companion. These are dangerous times for those who challenge the persecution of the Roman authorities against Christians, as the two boys learn to their cost. They are given unexpected help by a legionary, Aaron the Hebrew, as this exciting tale of courage and friendship reaches its climax at Isca, the base camp of the Roman legion.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Bethlehem Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN-13: 9781932350340
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It is A. D. 311 in West Britain and even in this far-flung province of the Roman Empire Christians are not safe from renewed imperial persecution. At Caer Taff modern-day Cardiff a brief skirmish against a marauding tribe, the Deisi, develops into a more dangerous struggle between the new religion and the dominant pagan culture of the local Roman fort. Two friends, Julius and Con, meet and befriend Brychan, a young Christian priest, who is later captured and imprisoned at the base camp of the legion. Torn between obedience to parental orders and the demands of friendship, the boys resolve to help him escape. Aided by Aaron the Hebrew, a Roman soldier who has secretly converted to Christianity after witnessing the martyrdom of St. Alban seven years earlier, they set out to rescue Brychan but with unexpectedly grave consequences. This thoughtful story highlights the boys' courage, which will impact on all the characters involved. It also plays its part in bringing about the "spring tide

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  1. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    EXCITING, WHOLESOME, HISTORICAL NOVEL FOR BOYS!
    July 24, 2012
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What a great book for young boys! My grandsons love stories filled with action and lots of exciting exploits, especially tales of military battles. This book fulfills all those conditions and has the added bonus of historical detail. I found it very educational and fascinating to be able step back into 311 A.D. and share in the experiences and challenges of life during that time. It isn't often you find a fiction book written about this time and even rarer for it to be a children's book.

    The story centers around two best friends, Con and Julius. Con's father serves as a centurion for the Roman government. Julius's father is a merchant. They live in a province on the fringes of Rome's vast empire. It is a time that Christians are in danger of severe persecution should they be found out.

    The boys inadvertently find themselves a part of a surprise attack in a nearby area. (I appreciated the fact that while the description of this battle was exciting and full of action, it was not gory or gruesome).

    At this skirmish, they meet a Christian priest, Brychan, and become fast friends. At first they are not aware he is a Christian, but find themselves fascinated by him. For reasons they cannot explain the have a strong desire to get to know him better and protect him. As their friendship grows he shares his faith and how it has changed his life.

    As the story unfolds, the boys' loyalty to Brychan has an enormous impact on their lives and that of their families. It costs them more than they could have ever imagined and takes them on a journey they could never have dreamed of.

    Their bravery and commitment to stand for what is right, no matter what the costs is a wonderful example to young readers. This book will not only appeal a boy's sense of adventure but also teach some important character lessons.

    I received this book free from Bethlehem Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 for the purpose of this review.
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