It’s no secret I love Israel. Just this summer, I spent three months there and, among other places, I visited Tiberias, Acre, and Jerusalem. All three cities play a role in Ronie Kendig’s latest novel, Crown of Souls. While in the Old City, I actually went to the very cafe Cole and Haven go to and even ordered the same drink!! Purely by coincidence, I promise! I hadn’t read that scene yet, but you can imagine my excitement when I finally did.
I thought it would be fun to take a quick tour of the cities and learn some interesting facts about each one. So grab your passport!
- Built along the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) it sits 682 ft (208 m) below sea level.
- It is one of the four holy cities of Judaism along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed.
- Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, built the city in 17 BC, naming it in honor of the Roman emperor Tiberius.
- The city was erected in a beautiful location near natural mineral hot springs. However, it was also the site of an ancient cemetery. As such it was ritually unclean, and Jews refused to live there.
- With the Crusaders’ first conquest of the Holy Land in 1099, they demolished the ancient city of Tiberias and built a new one just a few kilometers to the north, the site of modern-day Tiberias.
- Acre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to Pharaoh Thutmose III.
- It manufactures iron and steel, chemicals, and textiles.
- Saladin conquered the city in 1187. Keep your eyes open, you just may meet him in Crown of Souls.
- The city holds significance in four religions: Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Bahai.
- Acre’s fort was converted into a jail. The same one from the notorious 1947 jail break carried out by the Irgun (dramatized in the Paul Newman film Exodus).
- The city has been conquered more than 40 times including by the Persians, the Romans, the Ottoman Turks, and the British Empire.
- More than 100 battles have been fought for control of Jerusalem over the course of its history.
- It has more than 2,000 archeological sites and 60 museums. That’s a lot of history!
- Jerusalem is the focal point of three Jewish holidays: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Pesach (Passover), and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost).
- In the days of Abraham, it was called Shalem.
About the Story:
Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.
Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating–he’s using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.
About the Author:
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs–a a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.