The Soldier Who Killed a King is not a light read that fills me with superficiality and indifference about something that happened in history. Instead I am transported to a place filled with conflict, violence, emotional turmoil, restlessness and intrigue via the powerful character of Marcus Longinus, the Centurion in charge of keeping law and order during a tumultuous time.
David Kitz has created a character in Marcus Longinus that helps me consider the internal battle the Centurion faces and what stirs in his heart to make the declaration that the Donkey King really is the Son of God.
The minor characters are relate-able in emotion, too, and I especially appreciate the insight Kitz gives about the tenderness of Marcus Longinus as is presented beautifully in his interaction with family. The Soldier Who Killed a King kept me riveted and even though I tried to put the book down (one has to sleep) I found myself having to turn just one more page.
Confrontation after confrontation; from the Passover crowd to the nail-scarred hands of the Man who was to change the course of history—I was fascinated, compelled to read it and moved sometimes, to tears. This is a book that doesn’t hold back, yet it is not gory nor does it contain gratuitous violence.
Even though this is a work of fiction, it contains accuracy as outlined in the Gospels. I appreciate the timeline and the steady pace of The Soldier Who Killed a King. I would recommend this book highly for it approaches the week of Christ’s suffering and resurrection from a unique and genuine viewpoint and offers a fresh look at forgiveness and Divine love unleashed.