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Truth and Honor (Light in the Empire)

By Carol Ashby


Is truth worth the price if it costs you everything?

For Tribune Glabrio, descended from three consuls of Rome and determined to be the fourth, commanding the troops policing Carthago appears ideal for hastening his political rise. Arriving from Rome with the secretly Christian Sartorus as his aide, Glabrio discovers the man he was to replace has vanished without a trace. Was the missing tribune too close to finding the counterfeiters Glabrio is now hunting? But no matter the cost, duty and honor require him to enforce Roman law.

Orphaned as a child and taken to live with her pagan grandfather, Martina met Jesus through her step-grandmother. Their faith was a well-kept secret, even from most of their family. With both grandparents now dead, her uncle helps Martina hide the faith he doesn’t share. But after a single dinner at her uncle’s, the new tribune is determined to get to know her. No matter what she does to discourage Glabrio, he won’t leave her alone. But if he discovers her faith, will it mean her death?

When Martina rescues Glabrio from the counterfeiter’s schemes, he learns the people who risked everything to save him share the faith that got his grandfather executed. Embracing that faith could cost him the future he planned on. As an officer of the empire, it’s his duty to reject it…but what if it’s true?

Book Takeaway:

Sometimes a friend is resistant to hearing about our faith because they’re afraid of what it might cost them to accept the truth about what Jesus did and then choose to follow him. But truth has a way of overcoming that resistance when believers share what we believe and make what we believe define how we live.

Why the author wrote this book:

Each story in my stand-alone series shares some characters with some of the other stories. There are often secondary characters in these adventures who leave readers asking what happened to them next. Clearly, they deserve a story of their own. So, I always ask readers to let me know which characters they would like to see again. When I finished What Matters Most, Glabrio, Manius, and Septimus were the most requested. I think what happens in Truth and Honor will please anyone who wondered what would happen to Glabrio after he became a man who valued truth above all. I brought back a few people from Rome and added many new characters in North Africa to make what I hope will be a new set of favorites who’ll need their own stories, too.


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