When Jesus breathed his last breath on the cross at
Golgotha, the skies turned stormy and driving rain poured
down on Palestine. Peter is drowning in self-contempt for
denying his Rabbi three times before the cock crowed.
Philip, who like Peter did not witness the crucifixion,
gets into a fight and is seriously injured. With the help
of Andrew and Thaddeus, who were also afraid to show up at
Golgotha because of the Roman soldiers, Peter is taken to
Aaron's home where the families await the return of their
men and will care for Peter..
The men are lost and afraid, starting to doubt Christ's
teachings, while the women are firm believers who will
risk death to spread their Rabbi's word. Peter's wife is
leaving him and taking their son with her. Peter gets
drunk at a cock fight awakening in a back alley where
Christ appears to him and talks to him. He learns from
Aaron and John that Thaddeus, Mary Magdalene, and Peter's
mother also saw him rise. Peter now believes and intends
to spread the word.
This fictionalized account of Peter's torment during the
three days following Christ's crucifixion is believable.
The disciple's angst as well as self-doubt now that the
one they followed is gone is understandable as well.
Amazingly the women remain steadfast and don't believe
that his death will stop the message from being spread
around the world. Their love for Christ is rooted in his
treatment of them as equal to men. D.S. Lliteras has
written a compelling and memorable tale that turns the
aftermath of the first end days into fascinating reading.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 8, 2003