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Centurion: Mark's Gospel as a Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Casey Waller
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In 2099 the United States is gone. In its place stands the most powerful government the world has ever seen: the Kingdom. Led by King Charles and his Centurion Guard, Americans live in fear of being abducted north in a train marked for death.

Deacon Larsen boarded a train three years ago to travel west, the only region where medicine is still taught. But after the Kingdom abducted his parents, he returned home to the South.

But Deacon hasn’t come home to put his parent’s affairs in order, as stated in his strictly controlled travel visa. No. He’s come back for the only thing he has left: revenge.

But waiting for Deacon are truths he never expected and a decision so impossible he may have to die to make it.

The life Deacon knew is gone. The ones Deacon loves are dead. The truth Deacon craves is out there. But can he find it?

Centurion is an imaginative retelling of Mark’s gospel as a dystopic thriller. It’s the greatest story ever told, as never before told.

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About the Author

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 or somewhere in the great city of Dallas.

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  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615902987
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Guy
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, exciting new take on a familiar story 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
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Centurion: Ryan's gospel as a Thriller 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Worth a read. But I found the story confusing and hard to follow
Published 1 month ago by Ross Gardner
1.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by the Gospel but the Hope is Missing
Disappointing. The title and the concept drew me in. The writing was strong. The story idea was amazing but the development was unfocussed, scattered and dark. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katrie
4.0 out of 5 stars strange
This was an interesting book. I found it strange I how it tried to convey the gospel in a futuristic way. Can't say it was bad. It was just very different.
Published 4 months ago by Renee Abernathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
Wonderfully retold of one of the beautiful stories of the Bible. Realistically blended to capture the depth and feeling and of the true essence of our Lord`s life message
Published 5 months ago by Beverly Royal
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action - great book
This was a great book, you really do not have to have any knowledge of the bible to enjoy it. It is not set in biblical times it is rather futuristic actually. Read more
Published 5 months ago by charlie
2.0 out of 5 stars The ending was better than the first half of the book
The ending was better than the first half of the book, primarily because it followed the original Biblical story.
Published 5 months ago by rebecca ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Abrupt Ending
It's an interesting book, fast-paced and hard to put down. I enjoyed reading it, but found the ending, which is rather sudden, to be disappointing.
Published 6 months ago by Carolina Moon
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting only at first
The book was entertaining at first, but then started to drag. And it continues the myth about "the True Religion" and "the One True God. Read more
Published 6 months ago by muffiemae
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a thriller
Anyone with a moderate knowledge of the gospel will recognize most elements of the story. I will admit the main character's role in the big picture was less obvious. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I highly recommend this book! Even though I am familiar with the gospel of Mark, I found myself constantly wondering what was coming next. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jstone
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