Philosophers, Ancient -- Fiction ; Christian inscriptions -- Fiction ; Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 -- Fiction ; Carthage (Extinct city) -- Fiction
It is A.D. 410 and Rome, the symbol of order and civilization, has fallen — sacked by an army of barbarians. Renowned pagan philosopher Lucius Crescentius struggles to make sense of it. Why had the gods allowed it? Could it be they are merely stone after all? Has everything he has known all his life — everything he has studies, believed, and worked for — been a lie? But as Lucius struggles to understand his world, he makes a startling discovery: a hidden and mysterious record written by a long-dead ancestor — a merchant explorer by the name of Malchus. Malchus' tale reveals a story of high adventure on the sea, of unexpected romance, and of barbarian ways in a strange, faraway land. He also tells of an even stranger story about a chance encounter with a man from Galilee that is destined to change his life forever.
In Rome, chants of death and destruction fill the streets. How can Lucius reconcile yesterday's Rome with the chaos of today? As Lucius struggles to make sense of a world turned upside down, he turns to the strange and exciting Book of Malchus, hoping that within those pages, he might discover a new path and new meaning for his life. (Publisher's website)