John retired from the US Air Force after 25 years of active duty service as an F-16 Fighter Pilot and Squadron Commander. His post-military career has taken him from West Africa to Afghanistan. John was born and raised in France, during which time he gained a keen interest in the affects of the Roman Empire on our modern Western culture.
October 28th, 312 A.D., Emperor Constantine defeats his tyrannical rival, Maxentius, in an epic battle at the Milvian Bridge on the doorstep of Rome. He could never have prevailed without the assistance of a former child slave turned soldier, a disturbed Lithuanian Rabi, a mystical Sufi Muslim from war-torn Iraq and a devout Black woman from Southern Louisiana.
From across the folds of time, two series of events are bound by one small act of Commission, to Love thy Neighbor, pitted against mankind's ubiquitous act of Omission, Apathy.
Marcus is a child slave turned soldier in the army of Emperor Constantine, A.D. 312. His heroism earns him an important assignment to Carthage, where he is unwittingly embroiled in the tensions growing amongst the Christians of Africa and Numidia following the Edict of Milan. There he is cast into the Horrors of captivity and torture, from which is born the greatest love story of antiquity
‘Ishmael’s Burden’ chronicles the journey of Marcus in the year 312 A.D., a slave turned soldier in Roman Emperor Constantine’s invasion of Italia, and the pivotal role he plays in the Emperor’s divine vision of the Chi-Rho in the heavens on the eve of battle with his rival, Emperor Maxentius, at the Milvian Bridge outside of Rome.