Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. Her newest novel, Healer of Carthage, is the first in The Carthage Chronicles series. She is a professional acting coach, theatre director, and playwright with several full-length musicals and children’s theater curriculums to her credit. An inspirational speaker and dramatic performer, Lynne’s first love is spending time with family.
Dr. Lisbeth Hastings experiences a tragic accidental death of a small child under her care and the hospital places her on a forced two week probation. She uses this time to visit her father, Lawrence Hastings, who is an archeologist, at his current dig in Aquaba Pass in the Sahara Desert. This was the same location where her mother, who was a medical doctor, disappeared 23 years ago in the maze of underground caverns.
Investigating a particular cave called the Cave of the Swimmers, Lisbeth touches the glyphic red swimmers on the wall triggering the cave floor to open up under her feet dragging her down. Even though she leaps to grab hold of the edges, she continues to fall through the dark opening. As she tumbles downwards, she hears water thundering below. She awakens from the fall and does not recognize where she is. Being jerked upwards, Lisbeth realizes she is no longer in Aquaba Pass but in a slave block being sold as a slave. Somehow, Dr. Lisbeth Hastings has time warped to 300 A.D. Carthage. How will she survive in this time period and will she find a way back to the 21st century.
Lynne Gentry provides an entertaining look into the past. She creates the life settings of those who lived in Carthage in 300 A.D.; and skillfully depicts the immoralities, the misuse of power of those in Roman authority, the disregard of human life in the arenas, the hate for Christians and their beliefs, lack of medical knowledge to treat those suffering from the plague, and the inequality of women during that time.
I enjoyed reading “Healer of Carthage” and I look forward to reading more from The Carthage Chronicles series.