The date is April 7, AD 30. Centurion Cornelius is crucifying a little-known religious leader and two thieves. Suddenly an earthquake occurs, and Cornelius is thrown to the ground and hits his head. When he arises, he proclaims, “Truly, this man was the Son of God.” What if you could interview Centurion Cornelius and record his story? Lucinius, a slave, is assigned this task. What Lucinius learns will forever change him and alter the course of history of Rome … and of the world.
Casting Lots has met with great critical acclaim. Readers have rated it as five stars (*****) out of five stars on both Amazon.com and on Barnes & Noble.com. The Reviews of Casting Lots by Foreword/Clarion Review, Blue Ink, Kirkus, and Magic City Morning Star have described the book in glowing terms:
“I encourage the reader to embark upon this journey that will surely invite inquiry of a spiritual nature as well as broadening Biblical review.”-Laure McCourt Lopez-Magic City Morning Star
“Casting Lots has much to recommend it to fans of ancient historical fiction, and the message of faith at its heart is a pleasing bonus.”-Blue Ink
“Casting Lots is an archetypal novel of personal growth over the course of a long trip…For readers interested in the history and geography of the Roman Empire, the story proceeds literally, like a road map. It is an easy-to-follow, circular trek through a succession of ancient cities while discussing in intricate detail the course of Roman politics and happenings in the centuries leading up to the birth and death of Christ, …Casting Lots is, in the end, an inspirational tale about those whose lives were so transformed by even brief interactions with Christ that they committed the rest of their days to the work of spreading the Gospel. It will grab readers as the story of two lost men finding their way, together. Four out of five stars.-Foreword Reviews/Clarion Review
“A poignant reimagining of an important era in Christian history.”-Kirkus Review
You might also want to read Caledonia: A Song of Scotland, which is William D. McEachern’s second novel, and which is available from Amazon.com and BN.com.
“William D. McEachern has reached into history and brought it to life for the reader. CALEDONIA tells the fascinating story of the tumultuous formation of Great Britain, and will make you want more books from this talented author.” Robert N. Macomber Award-winning author of the Honor Series
Caledonia is the epic tale of Scotland’s struggle to become an independent nation. In the process, the story of Scotland is revealed in its people, the Picts, the Irish Missionaries, the Norsemen, and the Highland Clans. All the natural beauty and wonder that is Scotland are captured for the reader’s enjoyment, from the wind-swept Isle of Skye through the Highlands with its towering bens, riven with numerous waterfalls, across the moors, purple with heather, and dotted with sheep and the lowing, ruddy Highland cattle, to the reflecting waters of the lochs, some mysterious and mist-laden, like Loch Ness, or picturesque, like Loch Lomond. Told from the viewpoint of one clan-the MacDonalds of Clanranald-the reader is swept along through the major events in the history of Scotland, from the writing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Massacre at Glencoe by the Campbells, the MacDonalds greatest enemy, through the Rising of 1745 under Bonnie Prince Charles’ to the decisive defeat at Battle of Culloden and the bloody Highland Clearances under William, the Duke of Cumberland. Caledonia acquaints the reader with why so deeply ingrained in Scotland’s national psyche is its fight for freedom, both political and religious. Caledonia is the first novel in the series which will tell the story of the Scots not only in Scotland, but also in America.