Book Blog and Review: The Third Dawn by Thomas J. Nichols


Thomas J. Nichols

Inspirational Religious Fiction / Historical Fiction
Publisher: Nicholson Books
Page Count: 212 pages
Publication Date: September 14, 2023
Updated version with new dialogue and more detailed descriptions

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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.


Thank you to author Thomas Nichols for a review copy.  

The Short Story: Beautifully told story of the life of Jesus. 

As we rush pell mell toward the Christmas season, it's good to take time to reflect on the reason Christians celebrate December 25th. A great way to do this would be a read of The Third Dawn. This is a beautiful accounting of the life of Jesus. Author Nichols pulls the basic story of Jesus from the biblical accounts but fleshes out the narrative in this fictional account. The family of Mary and Joseph come to life. A new addition to the well-known story is the boy, Nur. Nur, an orphan, is adopted by Joseph and Mary just prior to the birth of their son. Nur is special, God speaks to him, gives his directions and seems to have sent him to help the family, especially Mary. The journey of Jesus and Nur to Ephesus is especially interesting as Jesus prepares to begin his ministry. He states, "No one accepts a prophet in his own land." 

The story of Mary, mother of Jesus, is told with reverent tenderness as she guides the new Apostles in their life after the death of her son. Her constant companion is Athena, wife of a Greek ship captain who crossed paths with and was inspired by Jesus on his journey.  

Nichols gives his readers a taste for life in Jesus' time, the first century AD. Describing the lives, living conditions, customs and social norms, of the people who inhabited the Holy Land. 

A beautiful story, well told, the faith of the author shines through his work. I recommend this book to people of faith, or readers interested in knowing more about what life might have been like in biblical times. 



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.

First Prize:
Signed copy of THE THIRD DAWN + $25 Amazon gift card 
Second & Third Prizes: signed copy.
(US only; ends midnight, CST, 11/24/23)


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  1. I love that it seems the additional character provides a likely peek into Jesus' hidden years that the bible doesn't reveal. Thanks for the great review.

  2. A sincere thanks for the time and effort you took to reivew my book.


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