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Kevin Rush masterfully interweaves fact with fiction in this romance novel set during the time of Christ’s ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection. He artfully takes peripheral historic figures from the Bible and imaginatively creates a fictional love story between the Centurion whose lance penetrated the side of Christ on the cross with “Veronica,” the young lady who gave a cloth to Christ to wipe his face as He processed to Mount Calvary with His cross. I was hooked from the beginning, and loved reading every page of this book. What will Kevin Rush write next? Whatever it is, I can’t wait to read it!
An excellent effort! Intelligent, well-written and entertaining, this serves as a fine example of what historical fiction can be. Give a copy to a Dan Brown fan you know to show them what can be done by a writer who combines well-researched historical facts with a plausible story to produce something so much better than the write-by-numbers schlock popular today.
Great read; couldn't put the book down. Kevin brought to life characters I yawned over in history and religion classes in school. Glad to revisit this time in history and have the opportunity to become absorbed in the brutality and compassion of that time while witnessing the complex emergence of faith and deceit. Kevin possesses a great craft that weaves themes within a context which moves forward and provokes our thoughts and feelings.
Great read and a lot of fun reading this fictional tale during an historical time! Kudos to the author for a creative mix of historical context and character development. Have recommended to book clubs and readers I talk to. Highly recommend!
The Lance and The Veil crafts a fictional overlay on old historical traditions concerning Veronica, her iconic veil, and the lance used to pierce the side of the Crucified Christ. Well-researched yet well-paced, Rush follows the patrician Veronica on a journey taking her from the political intrigue of Rome into the seething caldron of Judea, where Zealots hide in the hills and wage an increasingly aggressive guerilla war against their Roman masters. Weaving history, (chaste) romance, culture, and theology, Rush has authored an excellent tale deserving of accolades from both Christians and historical fiction aficionados alike. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Kevin Rush's novel, The Lance and the Veil: an adventure in the time of Christ is a must read for every book club! Rush masterfully tells the story of patrician Veronica, forced to flee the political intrigue of Imperial Rome for Judea, where her cousin's husband, Pontius Pilate ruthlessly rules. Mistakenly thinking that Judea will bring her sanctuary, Veronica experiences unforeseen adventure and danger, inexplicable love, and an encounter with Jesus Christ as he is lead to his crucifixion, which shape the faith and life of Veronica, her love Longinus, and all that come in contact with both. Rush has deftly developed a depth to his characters, kept the pace of the book remarkably quick, and engaged his reader on several levels. This is an exceptional novel for those readers who enjoy well researched and written historical fiction. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!