Messala was chosen as CNIB audiobook of the month, July 2012.
The Return from Ruin — A Sequel to Ben-Hur
In the original novel of Ben-Hur, Messala is seriously injured in a chariot race with his boyhood friend, Ben-Hur — who had been imprisoned, based in part on Messala’s mistaken accusation that he had tried to assassinate the Roman procurator of Judaea.
Now, in this sequel by Lois Scouten — complete with another chariot race in a harrowing incident of road rage — we follow Messala, witnessing the collapse of his once-passionate romance with Iras the Egyptian, his subsequent journey to health, his fluctuating fortunes in Roman society, and his attraction to various Roman beauties before he finds marital contentment in a new love.
And we experience the tension Messala feels between loyalty his own Roman heritage and his growing interest in the new religion of Christianity.