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Jalaam, a bastard son in first-century Judea, escapes the bullies in his village by becoming a stable boy with the Roman cavalry. On a journey far from his desert homeland to the forested world of Germania, he befriends Hannah, a beautiful Hebrew pleasure slave. Through grit and skill Jalaam rises to become an eques sapsarius (cavalry combat medic) and, ultimately, a celebrated gladiator in Pompeii. But Hannah, now a wealthy consort, believes that Jalaam was born for an altogether different destiny. NOTE: This book was previously published under the title "Bastard." BOOK OF THE YEAR 2012, Bronze Medal (ForeWord Reviews) "He uses solid research to create a wide-ranging vibrant world." - Kirkus Reviews "This novel has it all-bullies, forbidden romance, friendship, rivalries, brutal battles, gladiators and the triumph of good over evil." - Tallahassee Democrat
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  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 29.72mm | 684.92g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507687850
  • 9781507687857

About Mark Canter

-Former senior editor of Men's Health magazine. -Columnist for Romance Writers of America's monthly magazine. -Internationally published and anthologized short story author. -Debut novel, Ember from the Sun, published in 10 languages. -Second novel, Down to Heaven, published in four languages.
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