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Beyond the Desert Gate

Author(s): Ray, Mary Pages: 160
Publisher: Faber Date of Publication: 1977
Reading Level: YA Genre:
Setting: Philadelphia (Jordan) Period: 67-69 AD (Code: 7c2)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Three brothers and their father during TitusÕ command of Jerusalem. The father rescues a crypto-Christian from execution by the Romans and is then killed on a trading expedition. The boys split up, the oldest becoming a Roman auxiliary, the second joining the Jews in their fight against the Romans and the youngest working first as an interpreter for the Romans and then deserting to become a trader like his father. (RB)
Unique Qualities: vol 3 of series. Sequel to Ides of April & Sword Sleep.What makes it pertinent?
Rating: Well written and fast-paced. Characters well-drawn and believable, and the end, while sad, is true to the story. Worth reading. (RB)

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