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KARP - Book one

 17 - 77 AD



I actually 'saw' some of this book in a dream or vision way back in the 1980s. I was so excited that I went into a local Library and tried to find out if what I 'saw' actually happened. Imagine my surprise when I found out that not only was my hero real but that he actually did meet and befriend John the Apostle.  

Anyway, the rest of the adventure is for you to enjoy. 


Those that have proofread it tell me that it's a beautiful epic.  I set about wanting to recount a few of the extraordinary deeds of some of history's most ordinary men and women. Who, young and old fought through the most challenging circumstances of their very lives, renounced their fear, and became exemplary heroes. 

Set in late first-century Ephesus, the book ultimately revolves around a young man called Karp. It uses strong ties to reveal how the initially disparate life journey lessons of how he and a few individuals from varying classes can be woven together within a beautiful tapestry. 

The scene is set over 50 years after Jesus's crucifixion and Ascension, and as many of the characters have already enjoyed a footnote in history and are brought back into the light, I believe we are too are challenged as their lives unfold and interact in Christian lore and world mythology. 


Just read your script below and what can I say …


I was held absolutely riveted and hooked from the very first paragraph. Such accomplished prose, Warren - so beautifully written with such incredibly well-developed characters - the unnamed old man, John, Karp. Wonderful moments of humour (the names of the sheep, for example!) amidst the heart-wrenching descriptions of loss and despair, without ever being melodramatic - abandonment by the mother, the fire, the sand storm, cholera. Oh God, could it get any worse for the young boy? (I am wondering if Karp is the one being burnt in the Prologue in the future, by the way?)


You also have a truly lovely way of creating a sense of place. I was right there in each and every scene, experiencing the joy and elation, pain and suffering - feeling the heat of the flames, tasting the sand in my mouth, recoiling from the stinking flesh… It has such a filmic quality to it (reminding me of one of my all-time favourite films, Ben Hur!). 


At the end of each section, I wanted to move on quickly to find out what happens next, which is a skill in itself. Do persevere, I think you have written something deeply profound and moving as well as being a literary page-turner. Not many people can do that!

Paula Marvelly - Professional Book Reader