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The Fall and Rise

The Fall and Rise [Kindle Edition]

David Winter

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Servius had an uneasy feeling deep within, and it wasn’t due to his expected participation in the impending battle of two powerful Roman armies. His wife, Appia, looked forward to a reunion with her hero husband, yet loved her new-found freedom with friends. Gaius, her father, the Magistrate of Milan, mediated bothersome claims against Christians, and dealt with inept traitorous challenges plaguing him and his family. Their friends, Marcus and Vibia tried to maintain their own good fortune while helping Servius and Appia work through a destructive chain of events.

The characters’ choices, both impulsive and innocent, often proved harmful to loved ones. Yet, their intentional and sometimes unwanted help, also built up, and transformed those around them. These dynamics are examined through the lives of the five characters as they encountered one another, and others, on the battlefield; in the baths and villas of Milan; Como; Ilyria, and finally, the new Rome in Byzantium.

The challenges facing the characters are juxtaposed against a background of crisis and change in the 4th century Roman Empire. As Constantine, an emperor to be, converted to Christianity, and the persecution of Christians ended, the first instance of state involvement with the church occurred.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160830034X
  • Publisher: Aberdeen Bay; 1st edition (5 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466HE8U
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall and Rise 22 July 2010
By Sandra Ann Baxter - Published on
I just finished reading Fall and Rise. I enjoyed the way the history of this era, 4th Century Roman Empire, was intertwined with the battles, the growth of Christianity and the interplay of family that affected the outcome. The attention to detail of the battles let one picture how it would all work out. This is a great historical read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Winter rises above the standard with this book 28 July 2010
By Steve Bengtson - Published on
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For anyone who enjoys reading history and how it relates to their current lives, this historical fiction story will captivate their interest. David Winter develops key characters in such a believable way that everyone will see a little of themselves come to life. Lessons in history and human nature abound as choices are made by each character. The most important lesson....personal contentment comes when one accepts responsibility for choices made and then moves forward to hopefully make better ones. No matter your social, political, or spiritual preferences this is truly an enjoyable, informative read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall and Rise 27 July 2010
By Woody Johnson - Published on
This page-turner is remarkable in itself; but what is truly remarkable is that it is the author's first - we can only hope not his only - novel. It is set in 4th century Italy, during the time of a vast empire that was increasingly difficult to manage and showing signs of decay. The novel is true to the known history when Constantine the Great was to become emperor. It includes detailed battles, love, betrayal and redemption. Many religions and gods were tolerated leading up to this time, with the exception of Christianity. Constantine embraced this religion and credited it for his military success with the result that Christianity was proclaimed to be the official religion of the land. The novel culminates at the point of Constantine convening a council in Nicaea, with the signing of the Nicene Creed. I will look expectantly for this author's next novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read! 4 Oct 2010
By Tom Hays - Published on
I enjoyed the book. The subject was interesting, showing the interplay between the Romans with their traditional beliefs becoming more familiar with and eventually embracing the Christian way of life, and how it affected their lives and the decisions they made. The rise in Christianity, not surprisingly, was in most ways a result of the decline in Roman values and lifestyle choices, and the author captures the essence of the struggle in the personal and business lives of the characters in the story. I recommend the book to anyone looking to learn more about that period in history, or just looking for a good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fall and Rise 30 Sep 2010
By Jan - Published on
The 4th century Roman Empire comes to life through characters and events that cause the reader to "see, hear and feel" what it must've been like to live at that time.

Whether or not the you're a history junkie (I'm not!), this entertaining novel will make you wonder why you aren't. Both historically accurate and fictionalized events play out through characters as real as anyone you might know today, holding your interest as you turn each page. While there is plenty of action, it doesn't overwhelm the emotional and spiritual development of the characters.

Prepare yourself to become an eye witness to an exciting period in history, and grow to know and the love the characters as they live it.
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