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The Bastard: A Secret Never Told

Canter, Mark

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ISBN 10: 1481066285 / ISBN 13: 9781481066280
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
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Title: The Bastard: A Secret Never Told

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2012

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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The Bastard is a thoroughly researched, action-driven, dark epic about the missing decades in the life of Jesus. The novel realistically portrays a human Jesus as an outcast character caught in a clash of cultures during an age of brutality and violence. In the novel, Jesus escapes his bullied childhood in Nazareth by becoming a stable boy who travels with the Roman cavalry to Germania. He rises to become a mounted medicus and, finally, a gladiator, before rejecting violence and returning to Judea as a healer. The love between Jesus and Mary Magdalene is central to this tale of awakening and redemption through the terrible path of hardship and bloodshed. The narrative illuminates the humanist theme of morality without mythology.

From the Author:

The Redemptive Power of Love 
I'm a true romantic. Each of my novels expresses the same moral theme: Love (not power) is the only force that can render us fearless.

This also is a central theme of so-called "Romanticism"--the artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that began in Europe at the end of the 18th century and peaked in the 19th century, and included the works of Whitman, Emerson, and Thoreau. Another recurring idea that drove the Romantic Era is the revelatory wisdom and beauty of nature. My novels always explore the wonder and wildness, bliss and terror of the human body within the natural world ("Eros" writ with a capital "E").

The Bastard is historical fiction. As with all historical novels, readers  expect an abundance of accurate detail, and I trust my extensive research will satisfy them generously. Furthermore, I am perfectly confident that no scholar will be able to dismiss my tale based on recorded or archaeological evidence from the missing years in the life of Jesus--simply because no trace of such biographical data exists. 

Therefore, The Bastard cannot be regarded as alternate history, the genre of fiction that diverges from known events (such as a tale about a far different post-war Europe after the Third Reich has defeated the Allies), since there are no recognized facts about the absent years of Jesus from which to diverge.

The gospel account skips 30 years in the 33-year life of, arguably, the world's most influential celebrity. Imagine the biography of any contemporary superstar--in music, sports, film, or politics--that omitted more than 90 percent of its subject's life. Readers would demand, "Where's the rest? What have you kept from us--and why have you not revealed it?" They would not rave that it is "the greatest story ever told;" on the contrary, they would demand a refund.

The Bastard does not wrestle with the gospel account of the three-year ministry of Jesus. Instead of rehashing what has been proclaimed, it offers a vivid take on all that was left out.

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