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Centurion Witness

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Josh Gaidrikh

In Ed Mitchell's "Centurion Witness," the reader is taken to a time in ancient Rome, where a conflict of governmental power and religious devotion are the main dramatic narrative of redemption and discovery. The author’s meticulous attention to historical truth bring this engrossing tale to life and engage the reader from the very first page. Centurion Calix, a seasoned warrior of Rome's frontier army, is at the heart of the narrative, haunted by his thoughts from previous conflicts. In his last assignments, he interacts with the governor of Judea and Pontius Pilate, and he meets Jesus. Calix becomes embroiled in a battle that will put not only his devotion to the empire to the test, but also his own moral sense. The tale features a diverse range of characters, from Pontius Pilate, The Roman governor of Judea, to Jesus of Nazareth, a man claiming to be the Son of God. Mitchell skillfully blends their tales together, giving the reader a varied picture of how life was back in ancient Judea and Rome. This book intertwines religion, forgiveness, and the search for purpose in a world full of instability and uncertainty through Calix's interactions. Mitchell's breathtaking images of ancient Rome, from Jerusalem's markets to Judea's adust plains, will captivate readers. 

Mitchell's work, whether describing the intensity of battle or quiet moments of contemplation, transports the readers back in time to experience the wonders of the ancient world. While "Centurion Witness" is deeply rooted in its historical context, its concerns go well beyond ancient Rome. 

As Calix struggles with his beliefs, readers will be inspired to consider their own path to self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Calix's journey takes readers through timeless themes such as religion, irony, and the search for meaning in a world filled with conflict and uncertainty. In conclusion, Centurion's Witness is a compelling and thought-provoking story that will appeal not only to fans of historical fiction, but also to those seeking a deeper understanding of human experience through time. Ed Mitchell's latest work, with its brilliantly drawn characters and vibrant setting, will leave an indelible impression on those who embark on this epic journey through ancient Rome

About the Author

Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell was a foster child who later graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He went on to be an Airborne Infantry Ranger, a RAND Corporation Fellow, an aerospace systems engineer, and a community activist fighting to protect water resources in California. By weaving his real-world experiences from foxhole to space into his adventure/thrillers. Ed's books have won numerous awards. Ed became a national award-winning author with his first book, Gold Lust, for Best Fiction. His second, Gold Raid won best adventure thriller. His latest, Centurion Witness, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller, first place winner for historical fiction in Chic Lit Cafe's book excellence awards, and Bronze winner of the Global Book Awards in self-published historical fiction. As a writer, he is proud of being a charter-founding member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.

From private to Lieutenant Colonel, Ed served in Airborne, Air Cavalry, Armor, and Mechanized Infantry units, including guarding the DMZ in Korea and protecting nuclear weapons. Prior to the 1st war in Iraq, as the Space-Ground Combat Analyst for U.S. Joint Space Command, Ed fought that war in a simulator and analyzed the results for the command before combat operations began in that theater of operations. Additionally, he spent years working on National Missile Defense and Homeland Security research and development. Ed helped develop the prototype command launch center for the Army’s Strategic Missile Defense units in Alaska and California. Later, as a civilian Payload Integration Manager, he helped develop and test NMD kill vehicles for Lockheed Martin and Boeing.


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