Arc (NetGalley) Review: The Centurion By Ken Gire

Depicting the hero’s journey while accounting for both spirituality and physical hardships

Product Details:

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: River North (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080240894X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802408945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces


An ambitious Roman soldier. A stunning crucifixion. An unlikely romance. A long war and a chance reunion—the moving parts that make The Centurion a gripping story of love, duty, and sacrifice.

Lucius has always dreamed of military conquest and Roman glory. Little does he know how a routine crucifixion will change him forever.

Curious about this “King of the Jews,” Lucius seeks out His followers and falls for one Mary Magdalene. But all is interrupted when Lucius is called to lead military campaigns. There the hardships of war, year after year, wear him down to nearly nothing.

When Lucius finally returns to Rome, the city has lost its allure. A chance encounter tests his allegiances, and he must decide who he is, what is real, and what is worth dying for.

This work of historical fiction includes an extensive annotated list of sources.


As far as books about the Roman SPQR legion go, this one is enjoyable. Chances are the prospective reader would have played video games such as Rome: Total War, or even Ryse: Son of Rome and know a little about the Roman Empire. If not, not to worry! John Green has a crash course for world history on Khan Academy, however, the book is self explanatory so background research on the setting isn’t a must.

Readers fear not, Anthony & Cleopatra bears some similarity to this book in the sense that both asks the question: Should Love be Prioritized Over Duty?

We all know how that turned out for Prince Paris who chose Helen over Troy and Anthony who picked Cleopatra over a solid share in the Roman triumvirate. How will things go for a haggard Lucius who the war has been anything but kind to?

Ken Gire has blended history with fiction like many before him and made it an delightful read. It’s the ‘Age of Empires’, ‘Rise Of Nations’ or ‘Assassin’s Creed’ of books. Do yourself a favor and make some time for it.


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I received this book free of cost from the publisher through the NetGalley review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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