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Deeply Reflective Work of Historical Fiction by Rev. Michael H. Lavery Gets Displayed at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2023

Rev. Michael H. Lavery is a man dedicated to his faith, but he also has a fondness for ancient Roman history, philosophy, and the lesser-known facts about its spirituality. All of this can be seen in his historical novel “Lucius: A Soldier’s Journey.” The book was recently displayed by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the 2023 HKBF, giving him the opportunity to engage Asian audiences with a deep message about one legionnaire’s struggle with the Pax Romana.

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“This is the story of a man, tormented from defending the very empire he had grown to find repulsive and unjust. Like his father before him, he searches for an answer he was not sure could be found.”

This year, the Hong Kong Book Fair chose children’s and young adult literature as its central theme. And as far as audiences go, young adult readers are certainly the ones Rev. Michael H. Lavery wants to reach with his historical fiction novel “Lucius: A Soldier’s Journey.” It was for that reason that he arranged to have the book exhibited at the book fair with the help of ReadersMagnet.

The titular Lucius of the novel is a grim and somewhat disillusioned soldier of the great Roman Empire. The era is supposedly that of the glorious Pax Romana, and yet Lucius has only seen this glory overshadowed by the price of bloodshed and slavery that haunted his life.

He hails from a prestigious military lineage, but that same lineage was what led his own father to his death in battle. It was also his father who secretly passed on his misgivings about the so-called supremacy of the Empire, leaving him with burning questions about the whole point of its conquests. If Rome was truly destined to rule the world, then why was there such constant recourse to violence and oppression?

Yet one day, a mysterious reassignment sets Lucius on the path to a truth that could both answer his burning questions and put his loyalty to the Empire to the ultimate test.

Many visitors to the Hong Kong Book Fair got a chance to join Lucius in his search for meaning. Those who want a copy of “Lucius: A Soldier’s Journey” by Rev. Michael H. Lavery can purchase it on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

“Lucius: A Soldier’s Journey”
Author | Rev. Michael H. Lavery
Published date | September 15, 2022
Publisher | Christian Faith Publishing
Genre | Historical Fiction

Author Bio
Rev. Michael H. Lavery is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist College, class of 79. In November of 79 he was voted in as Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Maywood Illinois, where he currently still Pastors.

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