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As Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion #3) Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Atretes. German warrior. Revered gladiator. He won his freedom through his fierceness . . . but his life is about to change forever.
About the Author
Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.
Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren.
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I was really disappointed with this cover. Atretes is described as the most handsome man anyone had ever seen, but I didn’t find this true on the cover. Surely the graphic artist could have come up with a better picture than this. I’d liked him in the other books, as he struggled to survive. However, he is so cruel, unyielding, and contentious here, I didn’t like him at all. In fact, he made a better villain than hero. I could understand some of this, but I think it was overdone. The head-hopping continued, and I didn’t need the recounting of the entire Bible. A little would have sufficed, because I wanted to get on with the story. I was also disappointed with the ending here. It ended somewhat happily, but there was little emotion to satisfy the reader. Again, the last sentences just told what would happen in the future. However, I would still say the series as a whole is wonderful.
The fear of the unknown, the struggle with temptation, the danger offered by Rome, and those who would see Atretes back in the arena. I also am just heartbroken each time as it is made clear over and over that actions have consequences. Nobody gets off unscathed, least of all those who make decisions outside of God's will.
I read this book again just the other day, and there is a very good chance that I'll still be reading it 30 years from now. It is a timeless masterpiece of struggle and love, and it was just so beautifully written!
This author leaves me in such wonder and whether you're a man or woman, Christian or not, there is something there for everybody in these three books. If you are to "take a break from the three, my advice is read 1&2 back to back and a couple of days for the third one). You'll loose out on details.
It's not based religious rhetoric or fear (opposite) and especially fire and brim stone, but about the true message of "how" to live in this world with morals and if you are a Christian, the Way! Great wisdom to be had for people who seek to understand the Bible better, love stories and marriage realities not typically found in any book. Further,
this particular book may help men in manhood and women who struggle with men they love who are struggling with pride. Balance in love, not torture, but great delight.
I loved this series greater than anything I have ever read and I have read not just "Christian "books. Mainly, literary.
I'll be the first to admit that the Christian market needs help in the name of interesting books. You will not be lacking that in this series! Personally, I'm tired of The Amish, knitting Christian novels lacking vocabulary or higher intellectual writing and thought. However, this book/series will brand your mind long after the pages have been closed. Sadly because it's over!