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A storyteller’s tapestry woven with threads of history and colored with hues of imagination to portray the dramatic struggle of good against evil.
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Journey of the Pearl

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Centurion Longinus was the soldier assigned to execute Jesus of Nazareth. Longinus had no idea that the task would catapult him into a whirlwind of events that would change the course of his life and history. As he struggles to forgive himself for executing Jesus, he must deal with his commanding officer’s mysterious and deadly vendetta.

Longinus also fears for those he loves, including Dulcibella, the daughter of his former commanding officer, Cornelius. He protects a unique blue pearl, the highest-prized object of the ancient world, given to him by a dying man in gratitude for the centurion’s act of courage and kindness.

A fictional tale based on people and events in the New Testament, this is a storyteller’s tapestry woven with threads of history and colored with hues of imagination to portray the dramatic struggle of beauty and pain, death and resurrection. 

If you're looking for well-told historical fiction that's decidedly not mainstream, The Journey of the Pearl is for you. You can request a physical or eBook copy for review—see below!

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Praise for Journey of the Pearl:

“From the opening pages, this book is beautifully written. The author has done her research and interweaves stories and characters into real history. If you enjoy a cliff-hanging mystery, you will enjoy this book.”
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“Do you ever long to get lost in a well-told story? Do you also enjoy fresh perspectives on well-trodden material? If so, Journey of the Pearl is for you. In these pages, AE Smith explores the long thread of unintended consequences —both unspeakably cruel and breathtakingly fruitful—that come from occupying a small-but-pivotal role in what billions would judge a hinge-point of history: the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. What’s next for a spear-bearing Centurion on the scene? How can he live with himself—and create a life worth living? Historical fiction at its finest, I highly recommend Journey of the Pearl.”
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“A.E. Smith re-imagines the crucifixion of Christ from the viewpoint of an eye-witness—the centurion who proclaimed, ‘This was the Son of God!’ Legend has it that the soldier was cursed to wander the earth for eternity, death ever eluding him. Bosh! Smith names him—Longinus—and crafts an entire back-story and subsequent events. How does one reconcile trying to do so much good and yet doing so much bad? Fast-paced yet thoughtful, well-researched yet not a lecture—damnation and redemption, deceit and tenderness, betrayal and hope—it’s all here.”
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“The characters are well developed and the action scenes are exciting and riveting. The book is well written and has a compelling storyline which follows close to actual history. The back stories are fully researched developed and drew me into the lives of the characters, as well as the events of the time. Bought a 2nd copy so I can share with others.”
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Journey of the Pearl has a historical story line tied with strings of imagination. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys strong biblical characters and with fictional backgrounds. Fans of the New Testament and history will love this journey.”
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About the Author

A. E. Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and a Master's degree from Northern Arizona University.

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