Khefren of Alexandria, the reluctant hero narrator of "Wise Men," is thrust into the tumult of Roman Empire politics when he's sent to shadow a mysterious stranger on his way from Africa to Jewish Palestine. A familiar story gets turned on its head as Khefren finds himself allied with knife-in-the-boot emissaries from Rome's only rival, the hated Parthian Empire to the east. They've followed the emerging silk road to find out about ancient Jewish prophecies that have Palestine's Roman rulers worried. Battling Mediterranean pirates, Roman soldiers with hidden agendas, and eventually the very man he serves, Khefren finds himself pulled into events that will change both history and Khefren himself. After narrow escapes, political intrigue, and deadly betrayals, Khefren finds he's all that stands between a young Jewish girl -- convinced that she's pregnant with her people's messiah -- and Herod, the sadistic ruler who wants her dead ... and Khefren with her. Rousing historical fiction, set between the seats of Roman power and the back street hideouts of rebels and mystics, "Wise Men" delivers a a street level, human view of the the Three Musketeers of the Bible and gives us an alternative inside view of events too often told recounted as an empty pageant.
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