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His Father's Command (Quest of Faith #1)

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Sir Arthur Gifford wants nothing more than to honor his beloved father by serving him as his helper on his Middle Eastern lands. But, one unexpected day, he is awakened to witness his father’s tragic death. In a plunge of life-changes, he is coroneted over the small, much-threatened lands.

Meanwhile, Sir Arthur’s young squire Rufus struggles with his duties. He dreams of gr
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Providence Press
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Alicia Willis
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Stars
13+ for violence.


Packed with action, this debut novel from Justus A. Platt is sure to delight those with a bent for classical historical-fiction. Written in the fast-paced style of Henty, this tale of honor, duty, and newly-found faith in a sovereign God will encourage young readers and give them a new appreciation for the deeper facets of his-story.


"Honorable men are Christian men."

Debut novels are tricky. One seldom knows what to expect. To my delight, His Father's
Kelsey Bryant
This was an exciting, fast-paced story with a strong sense of history and setting. You’re engrossed in wondering what will happen next. The growth of the characters is enjoyable to watch. You’re immersed in an unusual place—the Middle East of the Middle Ages. And not only that, you learn things from this story … whether it’s how battles were fought (I was amazed by the sharp detail of the author’s battle plans), customs of cultures far removed from you, or the inspiring story of Wycliff and the ...more
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I started this book but wasn't in the mood. I might come back to it someday. I think boys would like it a lot, there is a lot of action.
I was finding the writing a bit choppy, but perhaps that is my mood.
Angie Thompson
Wow--this was an extremely action-packed story! Seemed like a new enemy or battle every time I (or the characters) turned around, which made for a very exciting plot. The setting was really unique and probably my favorite aspect of the book; it made the story feel very different from anything I'd read before. And I don't know enough about Wycliffe's translation to be 100% sure that was the version used for the scripture quotes, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to find out that it was. However ...more
This is not an easy review for me to write, but as is my policy, I feel absolute honesty requires it. Justus Platt himself is a lovely guy, and very courageous for setting out to write independently published books at a relatively young age. Good on him.

At His Father’s Command could have been a great book. It really could, with the unusual setting- a fictional European Dukedom in late fourteenth century Turkey at the time of the rise of Tamerlane. It allowed for a mix of cultures and peoples wh
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Justus Platt is a home-school graduate and a passionate writer of historical literature. He hopes to obtain a degree in writing, which he desires to use for crafting God-glorifying, exciting books for young men. A book critic, amateur theologian, and trombonist, he and his family live in his native Arizona. The Quest of Faith Trilogy is his debut plunge into literature.

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“Sir Arthur stopped at the bottom of the hill and awaited the charging rider. The horseman halted in front of Sir Arthur and mud flew in all directions.

“Who are you?” demanded Sir Arthur. He stared into the masked face and turbaned head of an assassin.

Rufus's heart stopped. A gasp escaped his frozen lips and his legs wobbled.

Sir Arthur asked again, “Who are you?”

The man dismounted and drew from his golden sash a long scimitar. He approached Sir Arthur. The knight lifted his sword and the duel began.”
“Sir Arthur grimaced. He hated violence - perhaps his father ingrained that into him. But he still fought, for principle and for father's legacy. Now that legacy meant the protection of defenseless women. There were a few Persians in the way to execute that duty. He stabbed his blade into a Tatar's chest. Another one.” 0 likes
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