The Bastard by Mark Canter
A Secret Never Told

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The Bastard is a thoroughly researched, action-driven, dark epic about the missing decades in the life of Jesus. The novel realistically portrays a human Jesus as an outcast character caught in a clash of cultures during an age of brutality and violence. In the novel, Jesus escapes his bullied childhood in Nazareth by becoming a stable boy who travels with the Roman cavalry to Germania. He rises to become a mounted medicus and, finally, a gladiator, before rejecting violence and returning to Judea as a healer. The love between Jesus and Mary Magdalene is central to this tale of awakening and redemption through the terrible path of hardship and bloodshed. The narrative illuminates the humanist theme of morality without mythology.

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Mark Canter was raisedáináKentucky hill country in a metropolis of 400 tobacco and hog farmers, where he belonged to the only Jewish family in theácosmos. In his dharma-bum youth, he hitchhiked and jumped trains across the Western States and Canadaáand wentáthrough jobs fromápizza chef to surgical orderly, massage therapist to rock-show stagehand. After getting a journalism degree, he wrote for a few Florida newspapers before landing the senior editor post atáMen's Health magazine. His non-fiction writing also has appeared ináThe Baltimore Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, Writer's Digestáand other periodicals. His short stories have been published nationally and his debut novel, Ember from the Sun, was published in 10 languages. He is a former adjunct instructor in the Department of Religion at Florida State University.
Published October 12, 2012 by Vita Brevis Books. 457 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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After the legion is defeated by native German tribes, Martis begins to believe that if he follows the example of Germania’s oppressed people, he could become the messiah—and free his own people from the thumb of Rome.

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