Man at the Cross Road

The Gripping Tale of Christ’s Chief Executioner

by Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D.


Book Details

Man At The Cross Road

Man at the Cross Road is the gripping story of Marcus Casca, the exactor mortis who headed the death squad that crucified Jesus. After serving his army stint, the tough, desensitized legionary returns to Rome, where, unable to readjust to civilian life, he embarks on a twenty-year spree of debauchery and violent crime. His life is altered when, having fainted on the street from a fever, he is rescued by a Christian Jewish couple. Through them, he meets Church fathers Peter and Paul, Aquila and Priscilla, and other prominent figures in the early “Way” movement. Witnessing the Lord’s Supper, however, he suspects they are cannibals. Additionally convinced they practice sorcery and constitute a potential threat to Roman security, he becomes a government informer, infiltrating their ranks with the intent of gleaning enough evidence to have them arrested, tried, and executed. Little by little, however, the believers’ message of love and salvation works a change in the dissolute thug’s heart. But can he commit? Can he truly believe that Christ died for a despicable sinner like himself? And if so, can he ever dare disclose to his new brethren that it was he who crucified their Jesus? For years he wrestles with these questions. At the novel’s climax, he is offered the money he desperately needs to treat the life-threatening disease he has contracted if he reveals the group’s new secret meeting place, in the process condemning the only friends he has ever known to certain death. Marcus is at a cross roads and must decide once and for all whether he believes. One choice saves his life, the other, his immortal soul.


About the Author

Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D.

Award-winning artist, writer, lecturer and musical performer Jeanne Maxant Blanchet was born in Chicago. After graduating summa cum laude from Northwestern University, she was awarded a prestigious Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study. She earned an M.A. from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from Hawaii, spending five additional years in Japan pursuing post-doctoral research. Following a teaching career at various colleges and universities, she is at home in Arizona and Colorado. In her leisure she enjoys playing piano, duplicate bridge, traveling and volunteering. She was married to William Blanchet, an attorney, who passed away in the 1990s. Memberships include P.E.O., National League of American Pen Women, Phi Beta Kappa, Sun Health Foundation and the American Contract Bridge League. Her artwork appears in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her debut novel Terminators: a Saga of Lethal Mind Manipulation over Space and Time was published in April, 2016.

Also by Jeanne Blanchet, Ph.D.

Forger of Empire
The Iceman