Follow a young English crusader named Beck as he sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. After an encounter with Richard the Lionheart in the Holy Land, Beck returns to England with two objectives: safeguard two pieces of the True Cross and battle the treachery of Prince John until King Richard returns from the Crusade. Complicated by Richard’s capture on the continent, Beck’s objectives prove to be both elusive and perilous, and Beck is forced to lay his life on the line, as well as the lives of those around him, if he is to succeed on his knight’s errand. Set on the sun-scorched plains of the Holy Land in the midst of the Third Crusade and in an unstable England facing treachery at the highest levels, Keeper of the Cross is an epic tale of a common man attempting uncommon feats against all odds.
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In addition to his debut novel, Keeper of the Cross, Nathan Barber has authored eight educational books in such areas as European history, reading, spelling, vocabulary development and test preparation; he has also written four Daily Spark Warm-up activity guides for classroom teachers. Barber has worked on several projects for Thomson Learning and Sparknotes. Barber teaches history and serves as Assistant Head of School at Vanguard College Preparatory School in Waco, Texas, where he lives with his wife and two children. A graduate of William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1994 with a degree in History and Social Science, Barber currently is enrolled in graduate school at Baylor University and is working on a masters degree in education.
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