The War Dove

The War Dove

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THE WAR DOVE is conceived as an epic novel about Pontius Pilate, his beautiful wife Claudia Procula, and The Christ. Its drama is set chiefly in Rome and the land of Judea, amidst the might of the Twelfth Legion, vast marble edifices, and the tapestry of varied peoples, their customs and beliefs. The story opens with a prologue - the time: ancient Rome; the place; Campania, outside of Rome. The prologue concerns the appointment of Pontius Pilate as procurator of Judea before the aged Emperor Tiberius Caesar and the intrigues of Roman politics that have lead to the choice of Pilate. The scene moves from the west to Judea and the east; the year is A.D. 27. The administration of the fiery, haughty, Roman Pilate, is into its second year, Caesar, and the high priest Annas and Caiphas. Pilate capitulates to the will of the people, sentencing Christ to die on the cross. After the Passover and the death of Christ, Pilate returns to Caesarea to find that Claudia has been suddenly inflicted by an undiagnosed illness during his absence, but has begun to recover miraculously - a recovery that began about the same time Christ is believed to have risen from the dead. Pilate witnesses Claudia's gradual conversion to The Christ - a conversion he knows he cannot prevent. The procurator continues his arbitrary ways by sending two full cohorts of soldiers to put down what he believes - on the advice of subordinates - to be a planned uprising against Rome by an army of Samaritans on Mount Gerizim in Samaria. A battle results and many innocent people are killed. Pilate and Claudia are recalled to Rome by Tiberius Caesar - the procurator to answer for his conduct, Claudia for having committed an impious act. Succeeding chapters chronicle a series of dramatic and tragic events, which hurtle THE WAR DOVE to its spellbinding conclusion.
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  • Paperback | 446 pages
  • 190.5 x 234.95 x 25.65mm | 948g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507694482
  • 9781507694480