An interesting fictional story/take on the "minor characters" around when Jesus was crucified.
I'm really particular with the Biblical fiction I read, however, given that the story revolves around characters we are told very little about in scripture I decided to give it a shot. I was impressed with The Thief. It isn't a favorite, but I appreciated the story weaving Landsem executed. The whole story is definitely an intriguing one.
When I think about it, I believe I liked Longinus better than Nissa. His character, in my opinion, was just more likable. That being said, Nissa's character is one I'm sure more people could relate to. I couldn't, so maybe that's why I liked Longinus better. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the two of them on their separate paths come together.
I thought there was something a little off about the ending, but I can't put my finger on it. It was probably a bit rushed. In the big picture though, this isn't too big a deal and it is likely just me. I loved the way Landsem incorporated the last months of Jesus's life in the story. I won't elaborate too much on this, because I'd hate to give it all away. You'll have to read it for yourself. ;-)
The book itself is fairly clean with a couple of gruesome details given and mention of brothels. However, said details are very true to the time period. For this reason I'd recommend this book to readers fifteen and older and especially to those who regularly enjoy Biblical fiction.
I received an ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.
Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he'll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.
Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.
When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.
Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and
Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?
The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.
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Best-selling author Tosca Lee had this to say of the book: Filled with memorable characters, The Thief is a tale of hopelessness turned to hope, of high stakes made higher, and ultimate love. What happens when a character at the lowest rung of society crosses paths with the most well-known figure in history? The story of The Thief. I couldn't stop reading.
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