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Nichols turns his award-winning writing career to the greatest mystery of all time in The Third Dawn: From Bethlehem to Golgotha.

Accompanied by His lifelong friend, Nur, the young Jesus ventures throughout the towns and villages of Israel, Palestine, and across the sea to the port city of Ephesus. With Nur always at His side, Jesus experiences the joys and hardships of humanity—Jews and gentiles, rich and poor, believers and nonbelievers, freemen and slaves.

Nichols’s gifted storytelling brings forth this unique perspective on the life of the Messiah, providing a rare insight into His personal joys and suffering. The reader will experience the emotions of His power and authority when, on a mountaintop above Capernaum, He pronounces the future, and a spectacular miracle occurs in the city below.

The Third Dawn was initially published in 2011 but is now updated with new dialogue and more detailed settings.


Mr. Nichols draws upon his lifetime of faith and knowledge of the Scripture to bring the journey of Jesus the Messiah to life. It covers many of Jesus’s travels throughout the early Mediterranean world, citing many stories from the New Testament, yet begins with Mary. Detailed descriptions of the life and times of the people allow readers to feel a part of those times. Aspects of the food, travel, homes, and family are portrayed with vivid colors, sounds, and religious beliefs of the time. Though not depicted in scripture, it is fascinating to consider Jesus with childhood friends as brothers before the Apostles. Mary’s bond with Jesus was through perfect faith and obedience rather than simply her blood relationship.

Nur is introduced early as an orphan sent to help protect the family of the Messiah. The young lad is helpful, insightful, respectful of Joseph and Mary, and a lifelong servant of Jesus. The kindness of people toward family and strangers begins early in The Third Dawn and extends to every cited event where Jesus delivered his message to the masses. Nur’s devotion is an emotional and moving experience that feels feasible within the confines of this Inspirational Religious Fiction.

The writing by Thomas Nichols is excellent. His foundational beliefs are presented in the novel as complementary to the teachings of the Bible Christians know. The story shares a different perspective that is believable and realistic, even if not captured in Scripture. Readers will enjoy the positive message and work to place it within their personal frame of reference. A well-written, moving story fans of historical fiction won’t want to miss.

Thomas J. (Tom) Nichols’s law enforcement career ranged from patrol, detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, and Chief of Police. spanning the era of the growth of the Mexican drug cartels and war on drugs. He has written seven novels and three short stories with themes of the border wars, espionage, international intrigue, and the supernatural.

Tom’s latest work is The Third Dawn, an inspirational retelling of the early life of Jesus galvanized by his devotion to local and international church affairs. His ideas were brought to life while traveling with Gwen, his wife who also serves as his editor, to experience of the Holy Land—the Church of the Nativity, the Holy Sepulcher, The Annunciation, the Mount of Olives, the River Jordan, Capernaum, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, and Ephesus.


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    4 replies to "The Third Dawn"

    • Kristine Anne Hall

      Great review, Rox. I like how it sounds like this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys religious or historical fiction.

      • RoxBurkey

        I agree, Kristine. It is well written. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Tom Nichols

      I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments regarding my book, The Third Dawn: Bethlehem to Golgotha.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Tom, I am honored you came to my blog. I appreciate your attention to detail and taking a family direction with this story. Thank you.

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