Gritty and real Jan 28, Amy Vorpagel rated it it was amazing. Taking Biblical history and extra biblical facts and combining them to create this EPIC battle saga was genius!
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It's a view of David's life through the eyes of his closest, and highest elite warriors, as he flees for his life from the current King Saul who is taken over by jealous rage of David's favor with the people. Filled with camaraderie, personal struggles, epic battles, shows of heroism, and a view into ancient war tactics and weaponry, this tale had me feeling all the feels!!
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Highly reco Taking Biblical history and extra biblical facts and combining them to create this EPIC battle saga was genius! Highly recommended!! Its amazing!! Jun 14, Chad Pettit rated it it was amazing. This was an absolutely fantastic book! Author Cliff Graham takes the vague portions of King David's story that most intrigue us and brings them to life in a thrilling read.
Detailed world building and a masterfully crafted plot suck you into the story, and endearing characters developed through believable dialogue keep you fully engaged from cover to cover. Jun 25, Kelli rated it it was amazing. Parts made me gasp out loud and other made me weep. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! Apr 06, Wesley Storks rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-fiction. This is a fiction based off of things that we actually do know. I love a good story, and this is a great one indeed. It is mature though and has quite a lot of violence, but it is an amazing story for mature Christian audiences.
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Interesting This was a good read if you like biblical historical fiction and our war stories. It is a bit gory, but you can skip over some of that if you so choose. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Jan 14, Craig Daniel rated it really liked it. I do only audiobooks. A good biblical "guys" read.
It is about David's time of war just as he has consolidated power between the North and South Kingdoms. War with the Philistines. Makes you think. I read this book first and haven't read the first one yet. Feb 07, Kevin Driskill rated it it was amazing Shelves: action-adventure , historical-fiction. Well researched and written. This is a great book in a great series. I love the real life detail that make these true stories come alive. Oct 05, Debbie rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction.
A lot of talking and planning, interspersed with gory fighting, just like real war. Hard to read, but as with Cliff Graham's other works, this book made me want to dig into the Bible to find the real story.
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Jan 04, Timothy Baldwin rated it really liked it. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I did get to a point where I began to consider whether I would continue in the series. The good. Overall, this story is fast-faced with a lot of action. Cliff Graham has done a wonderful job of capturing the emotion and drama related to the war years between the Hebrews and the Philistines immediately after his corronation.
Interestingly, the book doesn't recount the corronation, but alludes to it. I also enjoyed the focus this book had on Eleazar, Benaiah, Keth Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I did get to a point where I began to consider whether I would continue in the series. I also enjoyed the focus this book had on Eleazar, Benaiah, Keth, and Josheb.
It shows that the story is not just about King David, but also about the men who faithfully served him, fought with him, and looked out for his best interests, even when their interpretation of this didn't necessarily align with Yahweh's greater plan. In addition to capturing the relationship between David and his men, Graham also does a wonderful job of capturing the relationship between David and Yahweh and the struggle he must have gone through every day. He knew he was inadequate to lead his people, yet Yahweh also anointed the best man for this role in Israel's history.
He was a great man of faith, passion, and love, and also just a man who Yahweh worked through to bring about salvation for his people and eventually salvation for everyone. I love how the fictional narrative captures the passion of David as expressed through the Psalms. The "not great". I could have done without a lot of the flashbacks and dreams sequences. At times Eleazar had this and at other times David had this.
Even Ittai, the Philistine commander had this. This technique, when used right, can be very effective, but it seemed to come as an interruption to the story, rather than a way to advance the plot or shed some meaningful light on the character experiencing the flashback.
jomeqesigi.tk At one time Eleazar had a flashback right in the midst of fighting off a small army of Philistines simultaneously. Total momentum killer. Also, many of the descriptions were redundant. For example, if Graham mentioned once that the Hebrew men were eating dry, hard bread, that would have been enough. Once established, it doesn't have to be mentioned again. Other times, the description did little more than tell "A large, powerful-looking man was standing with his arms crossed at the edge of the forest behind David.
A "large, powerful-looking man"? Maybe describe some physical features beyond have "noble but hard features" and a stare that was "severe". Some telling is ok, but Graham could have been more descriptive with this "large, powerful-looking man" and description would have conveyed the power. Graham does this several other times in the book as well, but it doesn't completely take away from the story and it is not enough to keep me from reading the next book. So, overall, this book is a great read, especially if you want to enter more fully into the life of David through this fictional portrayal of a great man leading a young nation as it makes it's way in the world.
Mar 25, Ms. Mielke's Class Make sure you post how your sheets tell you to!!!! As David is crowned king of the nation of Israel, the Philistines have mustered the biggest fighting invasion that some men would ever know. While most of the solider are on leave, David has to make a choice. Will he take the small number of trained soldiers that are in the city and set out, or will he stay and wait to muster a larger force. The fate of the nation set on the shoulders of one man. Can he bare it? Jul 29, Jimmy rated it it was amazing. At the end of this section, the main character Eleazar, a mighty man of King David, goes to an Ammonite pleasure tent outside his city instead of returning home to his wife.
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He just returned from war and was looking for something to satisfy himself after seeing many men die, but he shouldn't be unfa Pg. He just returned from war and was looking for something to satisfy himself after seeing many men die, but he shouldn't be unfaithful to his wife. Each tribe had different duties, such as the tribe of Levi raising the nations priests, and the tribe of Benjamin making the nations archers.
This section begins with Joab and Abishai, two commanders in King David's army, who murder Abner, a general in David's army, for the death of their younger brother Asahel on the battle field during the times of civil war at the beginning of this book. They are punished for the murder of Abner, but are reinstated in the army because of David's need for them.
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They will be of much use in later books to come, though Joab in particular is untrustworthy. At this point in the book, a massive Philistine Army is en route to invade Israel, and David is mustering as many men as he possibly can. And on top of this, there is drought in the land, and water is scarce. This is a battle that will only be won with the Israelite God, Yahweh's help, as is the case with countless other wars won, described in the Bible. The Philistines had their own rituals to beg favor from their demon-fish-god Dagon. The Israelites beat the first Philistine garrison against impossible odds, Yahweh delivering them on the field of battle.
In the Israelite camp, Eleazar speaks with Ittai, a kidnapped Philistine commander, and the two talk of God. Eleazar claims that Yahweh is the only God, as He claims to be. Since the existence of multiple gods who contradict each other is illogical, it is safe to assume that one universal Truth exists regarding a higher power.
It is at the end of the book that as Eleazar questions his survival of a fatal wound, it is revealed that he didn't sleep with a prostitute at the Ammonite pleasure tents, choosing instead to flee to his home at the last minute. This event is the epitome of the theme in this book, if your courage holds in the small battles, it will hold in the big ones.
Mar 23, Rick Higginson rated it it was amazing. Cliff Graham does an excellent job of bringing to life events and stories that are told only briefly in the Bible. His books offer food for thought in what it might have really been like for not only the men of war around the time of Kings Saul and David, but for their families as well. That said, this book can also be a bit upsetting, because Graham does not sugarcoat the aspects of war in that day.
War has always been a violent, brutal process, for both the soldiers and for the people in a disp Cliff Graham does an excellent job of bringing to life events and stories that are told only briefly in the Bible.
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