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The Soldier Who Killed a King: A True Retelling of the Passion

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A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Kregel Publications (first published November 2003)
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Lisa Johnson
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Soldier Who Killed a King
Author: David Kitz
Pages: 288
Year: 2017
Publisher: Kregel
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
This story is about Marcus Longinus, a Roman centurion in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. The last thing for this soldier who is tormented by his past to expect is for Jesus of Nazareth to enter Jerusalem on a donkey as a king and perform miracles. He heals the sick and the crippled, he raises the dead to life, and proclaims that the kingdom of heaven has come. While Marcus cannot deny the
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Jimmy
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I normally don’t read fiction (besides comics) but I made exception for this book and I’m glad I did. This is a powerful retelling of the last week of Jesus. It is narrated in the first person by the centurion who confessed that Jesus is the Son of God at the crucifixion in Matthew 27:54. The author gave the centurion the fictional name of Marcus Longinus. This story is shaped by the biblical account of the last week of Jesus. I have previously enjoyed the author’s prose in his book on the Psalm ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
When it comes to fiction books that are centered around Biblical times, it takes a really good author to hook me into the story line. Don't get me wrong, I love reading my Bible, however, not every author can create a story that brings the Biblical portion off the book pages and to the reader like a movie screen. David Kitz, however, truly hooked me with this book, and took me a first-class whirlwind ride through history. 

I absolutely felt every emotion of this book, watching, most often on the
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Michelle
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
`The Soldier Who Killed A King` is a Christian historical fiction book by author David Kitz. It is a one week journey through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the Roman centurion who oversaw the crucifixion of Jesus (pg# 9). The book includes a map of first-century Jerusalem to guide you as you read.

The miracles that Jesus performed during the Passover week are listed throughout the book. It also tells of Jesus righteous anger over the moneychangers in His church. Although Jesus did perform the mi
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"What would it have been like to live in the geopolitical center of the first-century world, when donkeys and camels were the cars and trucks, conversations over goblets of wine were the social media, and religious conflict influenced every facet of life? What would it have been like to live under pagan, political domination of Roman tyranny, while also under the oppressive ritualistic control of hypocritical religious bigots? What would it have been like to live in the very week that this dark, ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

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Julie Barrett
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz
Wasn't sure I could get into reading this but so glad I got a review copy.
What an awesome read. Starts out with Marcus and he's the Roman soldier in charge as life comes to the city for Passover week. Growing up Catholic I was able to follow so much of this story.
Some parts of the story really helped me understand what really happened during that week and the resurrection that is commerated as Easter Sunday.
Like following the solider around as things a
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Cath Mackay-wilson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an incredible journey into the days and people that bore witness to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. David Kitz offers a divine connection to Passion week in a deeper way that is an emotional road towards a better connection with the world of Jesus. Although it is deeply rooted in the scripture, David's storytelling of the life and struggles of the Soldier from a new perspective. He offers a view of the Romans' and the citizens that reflects the struggle that many people have to fi ...more
Sally Meadows
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It seems more than fitting that The Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed to God and was betrayed on the eve of His crucifixion, is the setting of the climax of "The Soldier Who Killed a King." Here, the protagonist finally meets the living God in a gut-wrenching, unforgettably powerful way that will change his life forever. David Kitz's narration draws us, throughout this book, into the complexity and brutality of New Testament times with such incredible detail that we can see, taste, feel, ...more
Annabel
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It’s good in so many ways.

The whole concept is brilliant, telling the story of the passion of Christ from the point of view of the Roman centurion who declared “Truly this was the son of God.” David Kitz fleshes out the stories we know from the Gospels about all that happened that week. Herod Antipas, Pilate and Caiaphas are all here, as “the Fox, the Badger and the Weasel,” all three kings in their own right in the complicated political arrangement that was Jerusalem at the t
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Kristin
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love reading Christian biblical fiction. It's a great way to read a story that we have read time and time again from a new perspective, to get new insights from it. And I love boots on the ground, inside the characters, Biblical stories, from a character on the other side. Seeing it from Marcus' point of view was a point of view that I haven't yet experienced. Being able to read about the political intrigues and see what perhaps j
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Sabrina Autumn
A first, the beginning of this novel took my mind back to the movie Risen. As I kept reading, the novel blossomed into so much more.


Kitz, excellent job staying super close to the biblical accounts surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of my Lord Jesus Christ. The fictional details of the ”what ifs” concerning not only the centurion, but also the many bystanders held me captivated. Those scenes were like coloring outside the lines. They gave the reader an additional piece of art without
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Janet Sketchley
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Remember in the account of the Crucifixion of Christ, the soldier at the foot of the Cross who declared, “Surely this man was the Son of God”? (Mark 15:39, NIV)

The Soldier Who Killed a King is this soldier’s story, told first-person, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Resurrection Sunday. One week in the life of an ordinary Roman centurion who was caught in the tumultuous events of Holy Week.

Well-written and with as little brutality as possible, this is a thought-provoking novel worthy to be
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Karen Meyer
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are back in Jerusalem during Passover week. We see the crowds welcome their Messiah as he rides in on a donkey. The head centurion must keep the peace, a difficult task with tensions running high. This book tells the Passion story with rich detail. The scene with Herod and Jesus is gripping, giving us a glimpse of why he acted as he did.
The author has researched and included many details of that time. His writing style is crisp, yet we can see the emotions of the main players.
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Soldier Who Killed a King
By David Kitz

A true retelling of the Passion

Marcus Longinus has lived for years in the Judean region doing his duty for Rome. But this year the Passover celebration in Jerusalem is unlike any he has before experienced. The city and the people seem to be on the verge of an uprising. A most unlikely man is being heralded as if he were a conquering king - a man who has a most disconcerting ability of appearing to see into the very core of a person.

But the favor this ma
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Glynis Belec
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 Loginus that helps me consider the internal battle the Centurion faces and wh
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Mark
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like it when an author takes a real historical person that not much is known about, and writes a book about them. We don't know much about the centurion who said "surely this man was the Son of God" when Jesus died, but David Kitz spins a story around the little we know to make a great and interesting read.

The book starts out before the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus, and goes a little beyond His resurrection. In between those pages, the author tells the true events while weaving into the s
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Kathy Chu
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was a very moving experience for me. It brought the story of the passion to life and I found myself thinking about it for weeks after reading it - I still do. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to know more about the meaning of Easter. I had never thought about the soldier in charge of the crucifixion and it was deeply moving to see his struggle and finally the realization of what he was a part of. It was good to re-live the story from a different point of view. So gla ...more
RACHEL
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In "The Soldier Who Killed a King" Kitz takes a good concept renders it quite powerfully.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
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Russell Fellows
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Here is my review of David Kitz’s book, The Soldier Who Killed a King.

Summary (from Amazon):

A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the
...more
Debbie
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, christian
"The Soldier Who Killed a King" is biblical fiction set during Jesus' triumphal entry to resurrection. Our point of view character is Marcus Longinus, a centurion in charge of a gate near the Temple but who ended up present at every significant event. He struggled with profound guilt over his part in Jesus' scourging and crucifixion.

The characters used modern phrases like "wow" and "yeah," and the main characters had modern sensibilities about the value of human life. The Romans clearly saw who
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Lila Diller
I don't know what to say about this book. My feelings are mixed.

It was graphic in places, but that was necessary to get the full impact of what Jesus suffered. It was depressing and gut-wrenching in places. But the beautiful ending made me tear up. I think the ending could have had a little more resolution, a little prolonging of the joy to help make up for so much tension built up through the entire book.

But it is a great reminder of the Passion Week's happenings and an imaginative fiction of
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Paulette Rose
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PRAISE TO THE SON OF GOD!!!!

What a tremendous story!! This may be fiction but it is very closely knit with Scriptural account of Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection. Oh, how my heart broke over the gruesome account of His crucifixion...I couldn't read some of the worst brutal parts..it was so very painful to think about and unbearable to read...I felt like I was actually right there observing every horrific detail! What our precious LORD underwent was an atrocity beyond words! The love of God f
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Anne Rightler
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz is an amazing fictional recounting of the passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of a centurion. I've had the book for quite a while and now having finished it, regret not reading it sooner so I could share it. What a remarkable book! The author brings a turbulent week in Jerusalem to life with compelling imagery and believable dialogue and action. The rereading of this last week before the crucifixion of Jesus was a moving reminder of what He suff ...more
Pat Gerbrandt
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I could hardly read fast enough to keep up with the Passion Week events. The scenes played out in slow motion as I was drawn into the captivating and often frightening account of Jesus' capture, mock trials, and crucifixion. Experiencing this historic event by shadowing Marcus, the Roman Centurian, demanded personal reflection on the significance of Christ's Passion. Glimpses of Marcus' family life allowed me to breathe between the heart-stopping scenes so well portrayed by David Kitz. Reading t ...more
Agnieszka
Great and historically acurate Easter story retelling in terms of the biblical account. There're some fictional sub-plots that are realistic and believable but were distracting for me. Still I loved this book and was even a few times to lough - despite the topic and very graphic descriptions of the events.

My favorite quote, that made me laugh:
It was empty! The stone slab lay empty. Actually, it was not entirely so. The death shroud had been rolled up, and the face covering was neatly folded and
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Karen Yaworski
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this story during Holy Week! I had started it last year (2019), but then restarted it again on Palm Sunday in 2020 reading each day as it would have happened. The viewpoint of the Roman Centurion made it even more special to read during the Holy Week as he was not a follower of Jesus. I enjoyed reading the story of the weeks events from the Centurion's point of view and how the events affected and changed him. It was very powerful to me. I actually would recommend this b ...more
Eva
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the classic, The Robe, but better

This book, like The Robe, tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus from the centurion's point of view.

This book is very effective in giving "flesh" to Jesus, seeing how the miracles he did felt to the ones he helped.

It is based on historical research and gives a feel also what it would have felt like to live during this time.

It also explores guilt, PTSD in the book from the soldier and shows how anyone with guilt can receive peace.

Excellent storytelling o
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Joyce Hum
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have read this book twice. It brings the final week of Jesus Christ before his death to a new level of understanding as you see it through the experiences of a Roman Centurion whose job is to carry out his orders in the crucifixion of Jesus. Very well written and a historical account that will change one's life. ...more
Hope
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I never read a book about this subject told in this way so it was an interesting read but that was all that it was. It lacked a certain something to me.
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David Kitz is a Bible dramatist, an award winning author, a convention speaker and a retired public school teacher. For over twenty-five years, he has served as an ordained minister with the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada.

David has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies, in addition to Bachelor’s degrees in both Arts and Education. His love for drama and storytelling is evident to all who have
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