The Lighthouse

The Cyrenian, Book 1

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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2022

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Simon is a gifted physician who faces constant danger as a Jew in first-century Egypt under Roman rule.

When Meidias, an escaped convict, declares a “holy” war against Jews and abducts Simon’s sister, Simon’s search for her leads him on a treacherous journey to slave markets in Alexandria and to Jerusalem where a Roman soldier forces Simon to carry a crossbeam for a stranger. Simon is troubled by the stranger’s death but does not know that this moment will change the world forever.

Simon’s passion is Aurelia, inaccessible daughter of a Roman senator. His mission is revenge against the outlaw Meidias. His ambition is justice for his family and his people. His torment is the conflict between his Hippocratic oath and his vow to kill Meidias.


As his medical reputation grows, he comes face to face with prefects and emperors and the poor suffering masses of Alexandria and Rome. Overwhelmed by the plight of his people, he tries to stop what becomes the first pogrom in Alexandria.

THE LIGHTHOUSE moves between Egypt and Italy and back to Alexandria. It is a story about family love and loyalty, medical breakthroughs and heartbreaks, and one man’s quest for justice for his people.

Simon is a gifted physician who faces constant danger as a Jew in first-century Egypt under Roman rule.

When Meidias, an escaped convict, declares a “holy” war against Jews and abducts Simon’s sister...


A Note From the Publisher

Karin Ciholas was born in Virginia and grew up in Switzerland where she studied classical languages. The study of Latin and Greek led to her fascination with the ancient world and its history. She earned advanced degrees in languages and comparative literature at UNC Chapel Hill and enjoyed teaching modern languages and courses on the ancient world. She has won twelve awards for her short stories and plays. She lives in Sarasota with her husband, author and theologian Paul Ciholas.

Karin Ciholas was born in Virginia and grew up in Switzerland where she studied classical languages. The study of Latin and Greek led to her fascination with the ancient world and its history. She...


Advance Praise

"Whether she writes of love, death, or travesty, Ciholas creates a memorable saga that rests firmly on the hearts and minds of a diverse group of people moved by changing social and political influences. The beacon served up in The Lighthouse is highly recommended reading for any historical fiction library seeking powerful, memorable explorations of friends, enemies, and the forces that twist the two together."

-D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Whether she writes of love, death, or travesty, Ciholas creates a memorable saga that rests firmly on the hearts and minds of a diverse group of people moved by changing social and political...


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this was a great start to the Cyrenian series, it has a great historical feel to it. The characters does what I was hoping for when I read the description. It was a great concept and really does what I was hoping it would do. The characters area interesting and am glad that I got to know them. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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