Beyond the Desert Gate

Beyond the Desert Gate

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Paperback: 167 pages    by Mary Ray (Author)

I have learned to enjoy historical fiction through years of homeschooling, so when I find a book by an author we read and enjoyed years ago, I jump to read it. This one (sequel to "The Ides of April") was one such. The feeling of oppression begins from page one, as you sense that living under Roman dominion had its drawbacks. Although the Romans were not portrayed as all bad, you could see the hardship of living as oppressed peoples. There was violence in the story, but there was also a corresponding hope and some amazing "luck" that helped out the main characters. This was not as fast-paced as "The Ides of April", but I was so interested in the characters that I had a hard time to put it down. Mary Ray gradually drew out the story, so you only learned the final details of the plot at the end... well-written.

I was excited to find that there were FIVE books in Mary Ray's series, although I can only find 2 or 3 in Amazon (they're all available in "Barnes & Noble"). I would recommend this as a young adult book because of the violence; however, it is not gratuitous, just depicted a rough time to live in.
Palestine 70 A.D.