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As Sure as the Dawn: The Mark of the Lion, Book 3 | [Francine Rivers]

As Sure as the Dawn: The Mark of the Lion, Book 3

Atretes, a German barbarian who has won his freedom in the Roman arena, finds his life changed forever by an encounter with a young Christian woman. Atretes vows to move heaven and earth to find his son--the baby he thought was dead, and take him back to Germany. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, the Christian widow who has cared for the child since his birth.
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Atretes, a German barbarian who has won his freedom in the Roman arena, finds his life changed forever by an encounter with a young Christian woman. Atretes vows to move heaven and earth to find his son--the baby he thought was dead, and take him back to Germany. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, the Christian widow who has cared for the child since his birth.

©2002 Francine Rivers; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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    David Washington, IL, USA 10-20-09
    David Washington, IL, USA 10-20-09
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    "Why only the third book available?"

    I loved reading The Mark of the Lion series, so I purchased this audiobook. But I really don't understand why Book #1 and #2 aren't available for purchase from Audible. I'd like to listen to them in order, so PLEASE, Audible, make the first two books in the series available!

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Norm Florissant, CO, United States 03-16-10
    Norm Florissant, CO, United States 03-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I was riveted"

    This novel is obviously Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) inspired.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Berta Thomas Boise, ID USA 06-30-12
    Berta Thomas Boise, ID USA 06-30-12 Member Since 2010

    knitting fiend

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    "nauseatingly "God loving""

    I, actually, enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy much more than this last one. The story was so relentlessly preaching Christian values and worldview, overshadowing everything else. In the first two books, the story itself felt touching and believable. Universal values of freedom, love, humility and forgiveness were artfully addressed. I am a Jew, but I did enjoy learning about early Christians. However, "As sure as Dawn" is choke full of hard to believe miracles and even demonic possession. I became really tired of it quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    celeste Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-28-12
    celeste Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-28-12
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    "Loved! Great ending to the Trilogy!"
    Where does As Sure as the Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books in my favorite series!


    What other book might you compare As Sure as the Dawn to and why?

    Any other book in the Mark of the Lion series.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Definitely Rizpah, he managed to give off the feist and vulnerability she had even though the reader is a man.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Journey to the Land of Tiwoz


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Loudonville, OH, United States 02-24-12
    Linda Loudonville, OH, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story, great telling"

    Even though I started with the 3rd book of the series, Francine Rivers drew me into the story and made me want to get the first two books! You do not need to have read the previous books to understand this story line, but you want to.
    I enjoy historical fiction. The story stays true to historical facts and yet shows that human nature is the same whatever era. The characters are vibrant with both strengths and faults. I love the faith aspect. One more than one occasion I found myself asking if I also held to such foolish emotions despite having the benefit of God's word.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allyson Atlanta, GA, United States 05-21-11
    Allyson Atlanta, GA, United States 05-21-11

    Mom of three

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    "Good wrap up"

    This story was much like the other books in this trilogy. I appreciated the biblical references and spiritual encouragement. The narrator did an outstanding job creating distinct voices and bringing life to the story. I was not disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-07-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Story or sermon?"
    What did you like best about As Sure as the Dawn? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the messiness of charaters' lives. They are Christian but not perfect, and yet they are not demonized either. I didn't like the fact that all the Christians were perceived as "good" and the non-Christians as "bad." While that was not always overt, I was definitely left with that impression.

    I enjoyed Caleb's antics; they provided comic relief to an otherwise heavy series and trilogy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Francine Rivers? Why or why not?

    I have read other books from her, and have had both positive and negative experiences with them


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    He was able to catch the raw emotion of atretes in his pain, his anguish, and his anger.


    Was As Sure as the Dawn worth the listening time?

    Yes. The trilogy would not have been complete without it.


    Any additional comments?

    With the exception of the 1-hour sermon 2/3 of the way through the book, and the polarizing opposites of Christians and non-Christians, this book was a good read. It directly does point to Christ, but may be too heavy for those simply looking for a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Burgaw, NC, United States 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer Burgaw, NC, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Writer, Narrator, and Story!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of As Sure as the Dawn to be better than the print version?

    Yes ... only because the audio version is more convenient. I am an avid reader - but this, my first audio book has been very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of As Sure as the Dawn?

    When Rizbah was healed


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?


    Artretes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several: Feeling Artretes rage; how Artretes taunted Rizbah about Caleb.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hooked ... and have enjoyed every second of the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ila Douglasville, GA, United States 01-05-12
    Ila Douglasville, GA, United States 01-05-12
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    "Well worth the time & credit!!"

    This book conveyed a smooth transition from "A Voice in the Wind", and I choose this book because I wanted to re-visit the character Atretes; and the story-line kept me engaged throughout the entire reading. Of course the narration was WONDERFUL, and the narrator remained consistent with my recollection of the previous book (A Voice in the Wind). I'm somewhat disappointed that the author didn't provide a more graphic depiction of Atretes sexual exploits with the servant girl, and especially Rizpah; because it would have furthered 'colored' the possible depths of his barbarism. And the mounting sexual tension between Atretes and Rizpah, could only have been properly relieved with a detailed account of their wedding night and it's consummation; and, I needed confirmation of the emotional bond between Atretes and Rizpah that only DETAILS could provide.

    Otherwise.....loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kalama, WA, United States 01-05-12
    Amazon Customer Kalama, WA, United States 01-05-12
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    "Amazing!"

    Francine Rivers makes you feel as if you are living in the story! Her descriptions and details make all of the books in this series real and alive! When I read the Bible now, I have a greater knowledge and understanding due to River's research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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