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Timaeus the Tracker

A romantic mystery adventure set in New Testament times

About the Book
When the most famous private investigator in the Roman Empire was asked by the acting governor of Judea to accomplish an assignment, the Tracker—as all such private investigators of the time were called—liked neither the assignment nor the man who made it.

For one thing, the poor shepherdess who saved his life and nursed him back to health, awaited him. Although he was immensely wealthy and his background that of the highest social class, he was going to ask her to marry him. Would she accept? She hated wealthy people. She just didn’t know he was wealthy.

But this assignment stood in the way. It didn’t help that the Zealot rebels thought he was working for Rome to defeat them. They wanted him dead. He believed that completion of the assignment would also mean death, so that the matter would remain secret.

The book weaves through the Roman machinations with the help both of the provinces most beautiful and popular prostitute, and of the Zealots who want him dead, and some biblical figures familiar to biblical scholars.

Though the story is set in the city that became Jesus’s home after leaving Nazareth, it takes place before his move to that city and he does not appear in the novel.

The novel is an action-filled adventure and romance.


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What do my readers say? 

This is a great fun mystery, a private investigator tale set in Roman-occupied Judea. What an interesting place and time, with the start of TIMAEUS THE TRACKER in the town of Capernaum beside Lake Tiberias on the River Jordan. Romans, Jews, Persians, Nubians, tax-evaders and everybody else passing through the area make for a varied cast. Tensions include rebellious Zealots, determined to regain control of the area conquered by Roman general Pompey; the wealthy in villas paying mercenaries to guard them against the impoverished and banditry; and of course the age-old family or tribal disputes.
I admit I usually avoid historical novels that take place during the time of the Roman Empire. That was such a long, long, long time ago, but I was compelled to read this murder mystery because the premise was especially creative and the cast of players make for strange bedfellows—so to speak.
Timaeus the Tracker by Larry Winebrenner is a well-crafted action-adventure tale focusing on the exploits of Aaron Bartimaeus. Fateful events in his life cause him to create an alter ego known as Timaeus the Tracker throughout the land of Judea. Word of his exploits reach the palace of Governor Marconius, who hires the Tracker for what Timaeus sees as a highly unusual assignment. He is concerned with what he perceived as certain treachery at the end of the trail, as well as the animosity of the Zealots who suspect the Tracker of being a Roman spy. Yet his success depends on the cooperation of Elizabeth and Lila, two women who play key roles in this intriguing novel.