Bloodlines is a historical novel set during the last thirty-seven years BCE. (Before the Christian era) It begins with Herod’s victorious siege of the Temple in Jerusalem and the capture and execution of the last Hasmonean king.
It brings to life Herod’s preoccupation with construction, his many wives, the court intrigue surrounding him, and the paranoia that he develops after an assassination attempt.You can almost smell the sea, and feel the bitter rain as it stings the faces of the combatants as the Battle of Actium rages between Octavian and Mark Antony.The victorious Octavian, now called Augustus’ and his general Agrippa hold unprecedented power and scheme to retain it. A tender love affair between Tiberius, Augustus’’ step son, and his wife Vipsania, Agrippa’s daughter, is ripped apart by the death of Agrippa. Augustus insists that Tiberius divorce, and marry his father-in-law’s unfaithful widow Julia, causing an irreparable rift between the Imperator and his adopted son and heir.
Maryam, the unknown daughter of the deposed King Antigonus, is raised secretly outside Jerusalem by a Temple priest named Zechariah. She falls in love with her childhood friend, Alphaeus but is ripped apart from him when her identity is discovered by Antipater, a son of Herod, who kidnaps her, impregnates her, and claims her as his bride. This is the first novel of The Tarsean Trinity series.
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About the Author
Alaskan author Al Green is a well known Northwest Jazz and Blues musician who has delighted his audiences with his unique style and abilities. Known mainly for his work on Trumpet and Saxophone. His professional affiliations include the American Federation of Musicians local 650 which represents the State of Alaska. He has been honored to serve as president of that organization for the past eight years.. An avid historian and genealogist, Mr. Green has traced his own lineage to many interesting and well known personages throughout history, supplying him with a wealth of characters for future creative endeavors. His first effort at writing was his family history documenting the life stories of many of these ancestors. (now at eighteen volumes consisting of thousands of pages). This huge project gave him the confidence and desire to tackle the novel format. “Writing an original story that is tied to a specific chronological set of historical events is rather like improvising a jazz solo over specific chord changes. Within that framework you can go anywhere your imagination takes you.” "The intent of my books is to engage my reader’s emotions while providing fodder for thoughtful discussion."