What would you do to save your mother from slavery?
"Excellent, thrilling, full of surprises and suspense."
"If you like Historical Fiction, and you like Christian Fiction, this one will be right up your alley."
"I enjoyed the link of Christianity in the face of war. Well done!"
Suzanna ben Ya’ir is a slave to the king of Hatra, the indomitable fortress city. She dreams of escaping the harem and finding her way back to Rome to find her son, but she is held prisoner by the king’s soldiers, towering walls, and untold miles of murderous desert. To escape, she must earn coins as a healer among the common folk of the city and join forces with a Hatran guard who secretly loves her. But when the Roman legions arrive to besiege the city her hope of escape seems more unattainable than ever.
Theudas ben Ya’ir is a fierce warrior and a member of the Roman Emperor’s guard, but he also harbors a deadly secret – he is a Christian. Theudas longs to find his mother and rescue her from slavery, but the Emperor, his legions, and Plautianus – the ruthless leader of the Praetorians – are besieging the city where she is held captive. Now Theudas must break the Roman siege and infiltrate the hostile city, find his mother, and help her escape. But doing so will mean committing treason against the Emperor. Will his quest cost Theudas his new-found faith and the life of the woman he loves?
With Suzanna’s life hanging in the balance, can she and Theudas defy the odds and reunite? And if so, can they escape with their lives?
Here's what other readers are saying about The Healer:
"From beginning to end, this book captured my attention. The scenes came to life, the characters were unique and believable, and it was clear that the author did lots of detailed research. As a woman, I also appreciated the romantic aspect of the story, which I thought was well done."
"History geeks will appreciate the fact that the author has not only researched the history well, but has "colored within the lines" by telling his fictional tale in a way that is completely true to the historical record. And those who just love a good action tale will not be disappointed either The action is almost non-stop, with lots of tension throughout."
"Plot twists abound. There were several times I found myself thinking, "I didn't see THAT coming." It's not all swords and sandals, either; there are several romantic subplots to balance the action/adventure."
"Perhaps the most powerful of all is his compelling reach to the heart of the matter at hand; that of THE WAR WITHIN each and every one of our hearts. Regardless of the outward struggles, opposing forces that drive our lives, the true battle for us all is within our spirit, our motives, and our heart for God."
About the Author
Nathan D. Maki lives in Prescott, Ontario with his beautiful wife Rachel, his son Xander, and their two pugs, Pandora and Portia. Nathan graduated from Canada's prestigious Carleton University with a double major in History and Journalism. He loves bringing the ancient world to life through fiction, and has authored three other books in the War Within series (The Gladiator, The Legionnaire, and The Praetorian.) He pastors to touch souls, writes to touch hearts, and manages his own business to keep food on the table!