Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
260 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2016
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Author Biography

Darryl was raised and educated on Queensland's Gold Coast but his education was cut short and at the age of 15 he left to work on a milk run. He later worked as a window cleaner, cocktail barman, wine waiter, clerk, car salesman and a guitarist/backing singer in a rather hopeless rock band. Eventually, he studied Law and at 28 owned his own law firm in Queensland’s far north. After nine years in the tropics he moved with his family to London where he practised for twenty years, specialising in commercial litigation, mostly at partner level in the City. In 2004 he returned to Queensland and now lives with his daughter in the Gold Coast hinterland.

As an author, Darryl has had a respectable number of paid articles published in British and international magazines. In 2009 he self-published his novel The Election, a political thriller. In 2012 he won a competition with one of his other manuscripts Calvus, and this led to a publishing contract with Morris Publishing Australia. With the demise of that publisher he has re-published that title himself.

Following that, Darryl signed with Custom Book Publications for the publication of three of his novels. Agnus Dei, a legal thriller was published in February 2014, Sleeping With Angels, another legal thriller followed in November 2014 and A Dragon In The Snow in October 2015. His latest release is Bounty published in July 2019.

Apart from writing, Darryl enjoys walking, swimming, travel, cinema and, of course, reading thrillers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Calvus by Darryl Greer is an amazing story spanning two thousand years and many miles. As a young legionary, Calvus experiences the crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem and is profoundly moved by the feelings of love and brotherhood he perceives as they join glances. Later in his own life as a centurion of Rome posted in the British outpost town of Verulamium, that same profound sense of calm pervades Calvus’ spirit as he is about to be crucified for treason against Rome, a charge brought against him by the camp commander jealous of his loving relationship with his wife. In modern day, Chris O’Rourke is a detective charged with solving the crucifixion murder of an unknown victim on the same hillside. With no way to identify the body and no evidence linking anyone to the crime, the case is scaled down and Chris is reassigned. In the meantime, an ancient coffin that can be dated back to the first century is uncovered in an excavation nearby, opening the door to many new questions. Can there be a relationship that joins the past and present?

A wonderful look into the life of Roman soldiers and citizens at the beginning of the Christian era, Calvus by Darryl Greer offers much, much more. The plot is intricately interwoven, combining past and present, with characters that truly come alive. This book offers a tremendous message about the corruption of power through greed and lust, and provides a reminder that love and brotherhood should be honored above all else. This story is amazing! The descriptions are vivid. The message is certainly timely as well.