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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. The story of Jesus in a way you have never experienced it.Step back in time to the year of our Lord, Anno Domini, 30.
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)|
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.
"[A.D. 30] showcases the New York Times best-selling author's gift for immersing readers in ancient settings, believable characters, and high-octane story lines."Library Journal, starred review
"THE SANCTUARY may make you wonder if prisons manufacture more criminals than they rehabilitate. The vivid descriptions and drama are gripping, and the alternating POVs add depth to the characters and story. Dekker reminds us that we are all prisoners, though it may be our minds, vs. prison bars, holding us captive."RT Book Reviews on The Sanctuary, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK on The Sanctuary
"This is the kind of book the term "sweeping epic" was made for."Booklist
"A rich and engaging tale that captivates readers from the first page. The depth of insight and development into characters is outstanding....This is a must read."RT Book Reviews, top pick
"An Enjoyable read...Maviah's journey to redemption was very engaging and left me eager for the next installment."Jennifer Fleming, CBA Retailers and Resources
"Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real."Kirkus Reviews
"Dekker, the profilic best-selling author of more than 20 books including the "Book of Mortals" series and "The Circle" trilogy, draws on his exotic Indonesian childhood for his new thrilling adventure saga. . .Combining a rich visual portrait of a Stone Age civilization and a surprising spiritual redemption, this excellent book will engage suspense and historical fiction readers."Library Journal on Outlaw, starred review
Told with gritty realism to match The Hunger Games, Ted Dekker's Outlaw is an epic story of triumph over trial and the far-reaching power of great personal sacrifice.Novel Crossing on Outlaw
"Dekker's crossed a new threshold with OUTLAW. It's like nothing he's ever written, while at the same time, touching on the themes that made his previous works enjoyable. You can tell through the story that he's excited about the plot and the story and the message, and hopes that along the journey of reading, readers will go through just a bit of the journey he took when writing it. It's an astounding novel. But the most exciting part of this story is where it's going."Life Is Story on Outlaw
"Intricate and well thought out are Dekker's tales. Sovereign is heavily laced with religious parallels, but they only added extra life and depth to this book. I could mention there is plenty of action and interesting characters, but that would be an understatement. There is so much more here, material and ideas and concepts that made me think as well as enjoy the book...so be sure you take the time to delve into Sovereign. It's a different sword and fantasy novel, unlike anything out there. Which is good, because I didn't want to read another rehash of swords and magic. Dekker and Lee definitely set the bar a bit higher with Sovereign."Suspense Magazine on Sovereign
Cathy5 Stars Out Of 5A. D. 30March 11, 2016CathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book not only has an exciting storyline, but it also ministers to your spirit.
Rebekah MChicago, ILAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best historical novels I have come across by farOctober 19, 2015Rebekah MChicago, ILAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Maviah is the illegitimate daughter of Rami bin Malik, a powerful Bedouin ruler. As a child, she was outcasted and sold into slavery. Upon being returned home, Maviah still only knows shame and deceit. When a devastating attack reaches their walls, Maviah manages to escape with the help of two of her fathers warriors, Saba and Judah. The three set out to reach King Herod of the Jews and plead for help on behalf of the father and people who never loved her. But such an alliance proves to be deadly and fraught with treachery and betrayal. All seems hopeless, until Maviah meets a man named Yeshua who changes her life.
Wow. What a book. A.D. 30 gripped me from the very first sentence. Reaching only the end of the first chapter, all I could think was, how in the world have I not read this book before now? and then, this is going to be one of my favorite books ever. And it was. Wholly enthralling, richly suspenseful, powerfully told, and delightfully lengthyA.D. 30 is a biblical fiction masterpiece, filled with mind-blowing moments that gave me chills and enough action to make my heart skip a beat. I loved it.
Colorfully described to appeal to our humanness, Maviah is a character to behold. I so admired her strength in the midst of fear and despair; she radiated regality in spite of being enslaved and abused her entire life. Judah, the warrior who could read the stars, pulled at my heartstrings. I loved his yearning for something greater, and his always growing loyalty and love for Maviah was beyond sweet. Saba, oh Saba. Hes the perfect example of a man tough on the outside but a teddy bear at heart. Each and every person in this book was gold. And the story! There were so many riveting plot twists and heart-wrenching turns, all the time weaved in with inspiring truths. The way the author wrote the Yeshua scenes was admirable, making sure to keep His teachings prevalent and reachable, while quoting straight from the Bible.
One of the best historical novels I have come across by far. Rarely do you have a story that has you so fully engrossed and invested, where you forget to even eat or sleep because you have to see what happens. I havent read anything from Ted Dekker before now, but if this is an example of his writing and storytelling abilities bring on all the books! Highly recommended.
LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Epic, Epic, Epic!January 29, 2015LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Epic, epic, epic is all I can say about this one! This by far is one of the most gripping and heart-compelling novels I have ever read hands down.
The cover mentions "experience the way of Jesus as you never have" and I have to agree with that statement. The way that things are explained/broken down and then placed into action by the characters was truly eye-opening. I learned so much and had a new perspective on the teachings of Jesus when finish readings as well as how the people might have responded to Jesus' teachings during that time.
Maviah's story alone was excellent. This is some of the best writing I have read because its told in a fashion that is so honest and heart-wrenching that I can't help but feel and relate to her. She's passionate, fearful, bold, uncertain, and so many other things that make us human. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her journey in the upcoming novel "A.D. 33." I also really liked Judah and Saba. Both very compelling characters that stuck with me.
I very highly recommend this story to Biblical/historical readers and have plans to read this again in the future. I feel there is so much depth to this one that you can't fully comprehend everything in just one reading.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is why I am a Dekker fan.January 10, 2015JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set in the deserts of the ancient Near East, A.D. 30 follows Maviah, the daughter of a powerful Bedouin sheik. An outcast from birth, Maviah lives the life of a slave until her people are attacked by a vicious enemy, and she is called upon to protect them. On her journey she has Saba, a skilled warrior, and Judah, a Jew looking for the future king of his people.
His name is Yeshua.
I am a Dekker fan. Books like this are the reason. Ted makes you feel like you are really there, alongside Maviah and her companions. The characters are real. Relatable and flawed. The insertion of Maviahs journey into the historical events of Yeshuas life is brilliantly done.
It is quite possible to learn through fiction. After all, Yeshua himself taught with parables. Those teachings are used in this book, and I think we can really see how to put them into practice when combined with Maviahs story.
Dekker has created more than a story here. Its a learning experience. I havent been this moved by a novel since the Circle series also by Dekker.
SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing! I'm a new fan of Dekker's!January 5, 2015SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! I cant really find a better word to describe this story. Its as emotional as it is epic. I wasnt prepared for this book. Its one of those that leaves you feeling that it found you. And Im so glad that it did.
A.D. 30 is a book readers will not forget. It wont let you. The spiritual, physical, and emotional journey within its pages caught my heart and with it caught my breath. There were dark moments I was unprepared for. And there were beautiful moments that left me speechless. Both brought tears to my eyes.
I loved that it was in first person. I loved the questions and lessons each of the characters faced. I loved, most of all, every page that contained a word or a glimpse of Jesus, or Yeshua as He is called in the book. Ive never read anything like this. Even though so much of it was fiction, it all felt very real and very applicable to me. I have no doubt it will grip the hearts of many readers.
I wont say it was an easy read. I was surprised at many points along the way, but each of those difficult moments just left me that much more eager for when Jesus would walk onto the scene. And by the time He arrives in the book, I was about in tears. I was so happy to see Him. Yes, parts were fictionalized, of course, but the heart of Christ and his followers was still there, written beautifully to brighten the story and bless the reader.
I have never read any of Ted Dekkers books before this, but I will be looking him up in the future. A.D. 30 is a captivating tale of unconditional love and the way of salvation. I knew from the start that it would be a roller coaster of a read. And it did not disappoint. I closed the book with the same word on my lips that I had when I turned the first page. Wow.
Thank you to Center Street and Tiffany from Shelton Interactive for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.