THE SPEAR OF LONGINUS: a gripping novel of faith and courage

Posted: February 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

My fascination with Ancient Rome and Biblical times always seems to have new reasons to grow. One of the Biblical figures that I find the most intriguing is the centurion who pierced the side of Jesus on the cross with a spear. Known in the Christian tradition as Longinus, the Roman warrior is the central character(and narrator) of an awesome historical novel by Mr. Reynold Levocz, called THE SPEAR OF LONGINUS, of which I had the honor of receiving a signed copy.

There’s a lot to like about this book. The language is beautifully rendered, making the descriptions and dialogue in the novel sound authentic without modernizing it for no reason. The manner in which the characters speak sounds true to the period, which is, in my view, crucial for any historical novel.

The plot is another superb achievement. Telling the story of a seemingly marginal character from the Bible is an undertaking that requires a great deal of creativity and a serious amount of research. The journey of Longinus, starting in what is nowadays known as Romania(the fact that Mr. Levocz enjoyed his research trip to my country enough to make Romania an important location in his novel is another reason for which I’m honored to have this book on my shelf), provides readers with an epic adventure,  in which faith, love and courage play crucial roles. Longinus himself is a complex and compelling character, and it is a pleasure to follow him on his way from a battle-hardened Roman soldier known for his staunch atheism(read the book to discover the tragic circumstances of that) to a devoted follower of Christ. He’s far from being that “spotless” type of hero. He’s very familiar with death and its impact. Yet, at the same time, he seems to have an innate perception of what is morally right. His belief in Christ does not just “poof” inside of him: one does not simply go from slaying Mongols to love and forgiveness, and I see this as being the reason for which this is such a beautifully written book: the journey towards belief is realistic and gritty, which makes it relatable. It’s a story that has something for everyone: adventure, battles, faith, love, impeccable research and complex characters, in a sprawling saga-like story. A truly masterful debut! Can’t wait for the sequel on Constantine the Great! As for the rating……Lloyd  Douglas would be proud!! 10 out of 5! Thank you, Mr. Levocz! Great job!

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