A powerful novel set in 1st Century Rome, imagining the story of Jesus's brother, Simon, and Pontius Pilate's daughter, Clodia, as they fight a world of evil and violence. It is a richly-imagined and fast-paced. Better than Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" in my view, in terms of character development and pace. Recommended.
Explores family relationships and shows how selfish motivations can affect loved ones. Sibling rivalry is one of the main themes running through the book. Meanwhile, Maria, the main character, gradually unravels the cause of her own abduction. Skillfully-written novel and well-worth the read.
The main theme of the book is friendship, especially between people who are completely different. Closely linked to this is the idea that we should not judge a person by their outward appearance. The reader is taken on a journey in which their opinion of the main character changes. Joe becomes more likeable as he is better understood. Good book for children.