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A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine
A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart
The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all

Step back in time to the year of our Lord … AD 30.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors—Saba, who speaks more with his sword than his voice, and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. 

But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man—an enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people—and herself.

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  • “The reigning king of Christian thrillers expands into biblical fiction to explore the time and teachings of Christ…The author paints vivid scenes of desert crossings on camels, aristocratic life in ancient Palestine, and the private doings of kings and queens. In this first of a pair of novels about Jesus, Dekker kicks down the door of biblical fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Dekker, the profilic best-selling author of more than 20 books including the "Book of Mortals" series and "The Circle" trilogy, draws on his exotic Indonesian childhood for his new thrilling adventure saga. . .Combining a rich visual portrait of a Stone Age civilization and a surprising spiritual redemption, this excellent book will engage suspense and historical fiction readers. Library Journal on Outlaw, starred review
  • Told with gritty realism to match The Hunger Games, Ted Dekker's Outlaw is an epic story of triumph over trial and the far-reaching power of great personal sacrifice.—Novel Crossing on Outlaw
  • Dekker's crossed a new threshold with OUTLAW. It's like nothing he's ever written, while at the same time, touching on the themes that made his previous works enjoyable. You can tell through the story that he's excited about the plot and the story and the message, and hopes that along the journey of reading, readers will go through just a bit of the journey he took when writing it. It's an astounding novel. But the most exciting part of this story is where it's going. Life Is Story on Outlaw
  • Intricate and well thought out are Dekker's tales. Sovereign is heavily laced with religious parallels, but they only added extra life and depth to this book. I could mention there is plenty of action and interesting characters, but that would be an understatement. There is so much more here, material and ideas and concepts that made me think as well as enjoy the book...so be sure you take the time to delve into Sovereign. It's a different sword and fantasy novel, unlike anything out there. Which is good, because I didn't want to read another rehash of swords and magic. Dekker and Lee definitely set the bar a bit higher with Sovereign. Suspense Magazine on Sovereign
  • THE SANCTUARY may make you wonder if prisons manufacture more criminals than they rehabilitate. The vivid descriptions and drama are gripping, and the alternating POVs add depth to the characters and story. Dekker reminds us that we are all prisoners, though it may be our minds, vs. prison bars, holding us captive. RT Book Reviews on The Sanctuary, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK on The Sanctuary
  • The reigning king of Christian thrillers...kicks down the door of biblical fiction. Publishers Weekly
  • [A.D. 30] showcases the New York Times best-selling author's gift for immersing readers in ancient settings, believable characters, and high-octane story lines. Library Journal, starred review
  • A rich and engaging tale that captivates readers from the first page. The depth of insight and development into characters is outstanding....This is a must read. RT Book Reviews, top pick
  • This is the kind of book the term "sweeping epic" was made for. Booklist
  • Dekker (Outlaw, 2013, etc.) makes the spiritual real...descriptions of the Nafud's dangers--think Lawrence of Arabia--are powerfully done, as are his portrayals of the perils posed by the clashing customs of Arabs, Jews and Romans. Kirkus Reviews
  • [A.D. 30] may be a genre unto itself: part historical fiction, part spiritual self-help. New York Times
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