In The Bronze Bow, describe the first person Daniel recruits for his band of zealots.

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Nathan seems an ideal recruit for Daniel's merry band of zealots. He's a brave young man with the heart of a lion, feisty and fearless in equal measure. More than anything else, he feels he has something to prove. His father is a tax collector, a profession that makes him despised as a corrupt lackey of the Roman imperial regime. In turn, this leads to Nathan getting into fights with other boys; even his so-called friends beat him up.

Joining up with Daniel will give Nathan the chance to demonstrate that he puts loyalty to his people above loyalty to his family, and it's that kind of dedication to a higher cause that will be indispensable in the struggle against the Roman occupiers. Nathan may be raw and inexperienced, a little rough around the edges perhaps, but Daniel sees something in him straight away. He sees a fearless fighter, someone faithful and loyal: just the kind of man you'd want alongside you in the trenches.

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The first recruit that Daniel makes is in Chapter 12, when Nathan comes to his door. As he chats to Nathan, Nathan tells Daniel that his father has begun working for Shomer the tax collector. This would have been a huge embarrassment for him as tax collectors were wedded in the mind of Jews with the Roman occupiers. As a result, Nathan was being physically bullied by his friends, and Daniel is able to see how he handles himself when he accompanies the boy back through the village and they get ambushed by some of Nathan's "friends." In appearance, Nathan is described as follows:

He had a bony, weather-toughened face under a shock of straight hair, a defiant, touchy alertness, and a blackened eye that roused Daniel's curiosity.

Daniel is thus able to make his first recruit, and also to see that Nathan knows something about fighting rather than just talking about resisting Roman rule.

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