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Ryan Casey Waller was born and raised in Texas, and educated at the University of Southern California, Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and Dedman School of Law at SMU. You can find him at www.ryancaseywaller.com or somewhere in the great city of Dallas.

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  • File Size: 1429 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615902987
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  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
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  • Language: English
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Guy on March 2, 2014
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Centurion – Mark’s Gospel as a Thriller - by Ryan Casey Waller
Genre: Inspirational Fiction / Thriller
Published 2013
Reviews From A Guy

Centurion by Ryan Waller is exactly what it claims to be, a literal replaying out of the Gospel of Mark as a Thriller set in an apocalyptic world setting of the modern era that bears an uncanny similarity to the Biblical narrative. This book is at least two things. It is masterfully written and it is one of the best books that I have ever read.

With any work of fiction that plays off of a Biblical narrative I have to say that I am wary of it at first. In short I do not want to see the Biblical account given to us by the Holy Spirit corrupted by man, but this is not the case with this book. There is no corruption of the core elements of the greatest story ever told laid down for us to read in the four Gospels of the New Testament. To say this book is a thrilling adventure to read is an understatement. Even though the outcome of the story is known I found that Ryan in his recreation of the events as we know them has transposed them over into a modern setting that has helped me experience all over again the all consuming love of my Savior for me. That is a powerful thing for any author to achieve with a reader of his fictional work in that it transcends the words written on the page and become a living emotion that resonates with the core of another human’s spiritual identity of belief.

If you read this book and I highly recommend that you do I can promise that at least three things will occur. One, you’ve found another great author to invest your hard earned money in as well as a great book to add to your shelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Russell on February 5, 2014
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Regardless of your faith, this unique and fictional take on a well-known and well-worn text, makes readers reexamine what we think we know, may never know, and what we would be willing to fight for.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann Montgomery on January 27, 2014
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Really enjoyed this book and read it in nearly one sitting. Centurion made me grapple with who Christ truly was during his life in such a real, tangible way that I honestly don't think I'd been able to do before. Can't wait to read the sequel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fiery on June 8, 2014
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I read this book mainly, because I wanted to see Mark’s gospel from a different perspective. Book is well written, fast paced and keeps reader's attention. Initially, I really liked the book, but somewhere at the 80% I was on the edge to stop reading it. Finally, some crucial points put the weight on the dislike scale. Here are some of them:

1. The plot is based on a single verse: " Now at that feast he released to them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.". Now, move this verse from first century Israel to the end of 21 century South (US) which is under the cruel control of England, and you will get the idea how stretched this retelling has gone. On the positive scale I can imagine that some Americans may better understand what it means to live in Israel under Roman control.

2. To avoid spoilers, I won't tell when the "committed murder in the insurrection" takes place in this book, but along with the massacre that follows, somehow this distorts the judgment trial that we read in Mark's gospel. Also, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under 16 years old.

3. The Teacher puts the following very questionable dilemma to the protagonist, that moves the whole story (note that the Teacher has already reconciled Maria and her husband): "Like I said, you need to choose between love or war. Don't drag Maria into anything you'll regret.".

4. Unrestricted drinking of wine like in this example: "We quietly discuss the events of the day for another hour, and then, when we're full with meat and wine, the Teacher departs for the evening.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Murphy on March 17, 2014
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Waller did a lot very well with this book. The first thing that strikes you is the setting - by setting this in a future America where we have fallen and are conquered by an all-powerful government which does not value us, it really brings home the world of Israel and those of Jewish faith in the time when Jesus came. It was a well done insight that provided depth to my own perspective.

Also, he gets inside the public psyche well. Due to the prophecies in Daniel, the Israelites knew the Messiah was due, but they had widely differing views on who the Messiah would be due to two apparently contradictory sets of prophecies. Jesus neatly explained this with the promise of the second coming, but at the time there must have been a lot of debate and disagreement as Jesus miraculously fulfilled an impossible number of prophecies and yet did not seem to satisfy all of them. Waller highlights the debate and uncertainty as people wrestle with this, in a way the Gospels lightly gloss over. It is well done.

As for the portrayal of Jesus, it is never bad. He lifts almost every interaction and most dialogue directly from scripture and so stays on pretty safe ground. In the later parts of the book, most notably the first couple of days in Jerusalem, he really brings these stories to life. By setting one against another, placing them in the geography of the city and the timeline of Holy Week, and bringing out the cultural and political plots surrounding Jesus's stories and actions, he adds some depth and context that enriches the events of the Gospel. In other places, it's just a rehash of the Gospel story (which isn't a problem. It's the Gospel!) or an awkward or cheesy retelling of the story.
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