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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Action & Adventure
  • Language:English
  • Pages:245
  • eBook ISBN:9781618423382


The untold adventure of the men from the East (Expanded Edition)

by L. M. Meier

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Young Zebedeo is between boyhood and manhood when he and his father Majid are joined by Balthazar, a warrior-priest from Babylon, and Liu Shang, a Chinese mystic and astronomer from the east. The men travel across the desert to Jerusalem on the belief that their journey is a simple one, to follow a star-prophesy and worship a new king. Not long after, they meet the tyrannical King Herod who dispenses a warped idea of mercy to his subjects on a blood-soaked throne room floor. The military commander and captain of the elite guards Severo, serves as Herod's right hand and will stop at nothing in his quest for position and wealth--even if it means leading a slaughter of all the first born children in the region to appease his master. Zebedeo, Balthazar and the other Maji quickly learn that the real reason for their journey is to save the life of the new king, no matter the cost.
It is 4 BC in a time when local laws and customs governed a man's course in life. But it is also a time of change as more and more men seek to conquer new lands and travel the trade routes to distant places. Zebedeo of Tayma is a young man with dreams beyond his simple country life with a father Majid who insists that he follow in his footsteps by learning the ways of his ancestors, the great Zoroastrians and counselors to Kings. But Zebedeo has other plans; plans that involve his mentor, the warrior priest Balthazar. Zebedeo and Majid are soon joined by Balthazar of Babylon and Liu Shang of China as they witness the strange activity of a prophetic star known and the King Star, signifying a dynastic change in the nearby kingdom that could possibly impact the entire world. The men embark on a journey to Jerusalem to visit Majid's brother Gaspar a wealthy counselor and treasurer to King Herod the Great. But their journey is sidetracked by a band of bloodthirsty thieves led by the nefarious Kahim Rajim who threatens to rob them of their valuables and murder them at a rocky pass. After a vicious encounter, Balthazar and Zebedeo lead the caravan of the Maji to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem Zebedeo is approached by begging waifs near the roadside and enraptured by the delicate beauty of Rhia, a poor girl who shelters and cares for her orphaned siblings. Learning that Rhia has been abused and threatened by the treacherous Captain of the Guard Severo, Zebedeo makes it his personal mission to protect the young orphan girl and her siblings. In doing so, Zebedeo puts not only himself in danger but also the entire mission of the Ma-ji - to find and protect the newborn child king. As Herod the Great learns of the Ma-ji's mission, he plots to destroy the child king and execute the Maji for treason with the help of Captain Severo and his league of elite guards. Zebedeo must chose between protecting the future king from Herod’s butchers or save the orphan children and the young girl that he loves.
About the author
L.M. Meier graduated from the University of California Los Angeles and attended the USC Annenberg School for Communications to follow her passion for creative writing and its uses in film and entertainment. She has received honors for her writing in academic publications. In her spare time she writes poetry and music and plays video games. This is her first novel.
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