From a reader's review at Amazon:
The Call of the Green Bird" is a story about very special, yet ordinary people. Familiar names from biblical literature appear on the fringes, are welcomed into the tale, and become real in ways never before imagined. Many current works of fiction, which address biblical topics are overtly doctrinaire and thus may repel some. "The Call of the Green Bird" is a story about everyone who is looking for the answer to the problem of death.
The story takes place in a Bedouin camp in the deserts of Syria, in 30 A. D. The portrayal of everyday life and practices of the people of the time-period is undoubtedly the product of painstaking research. No pertinent point is glossed over; no ends are left loose. The central character, a teenage boy named Mi'kal, has a yearning to conquer death, and he believes the secret to this lies in the pursuit of the fabled Phoenix, the "Green Bird" which rises from the ashes of its funeral pyre. When rumors of strange happenings in far-off Roman Palestine reach Mi'kal's ears, rumors of healing the sick and the dead, he decides to investigate. The adventures that follow are fast-paced, and intriguing. The story never stumbles.
This book definitely holds your attention! A great story from a different perspective of life during Jesus' time!