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Day of War (Lion of War Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Lion of War Series First Book 'Day of War'

998 B.C. I felt pleased and blessed when Zondervan sent me a copy of "Day of War," by Cliff Graham. Cliff has signed note read: Psalms 140:7 "O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle." Battle rage and battle weariness ...
998 B.C. I felt pleased and blessed when Zondervan sent me a copy of "Day of War," by Cliff Graham. Cliff has signed note read: Psalms 140:7 "O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle." Battle rage and battle weariness are continuous themes throughout the novel. Understanding how warriors actually fell under those conditions and what they depend on is one of the great achievements of this book. To know God's covering, praying for it during time of desperate need is an even greater achievement. The tale of David and his mighty men comes from two Bible sources; 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11 and have been a favorite of mine for 30 years. Graham has truly captured the brutality and male heroism of ancient Israel. He has taken the story of King David the warlord and his Mighty Men and written the first installment of an epic tale on a scale with, the valor of "The 300, a tale of the Spartans'" and hopefully will have greater impact at the box office. 2012 will see a major motion picture from David Cunningham (Path to 911) and Grant Curtis (Spiderman 1, 2, &3) with another sequel the following year. This is a page-turner, which I could not put down. It is deeply masculine, but not in sense of bulging muscles, macho, and blind killing machine sort of way, (it is a very violent book). Graham touches on the deeper part of manhood as the reader sees the main character, Benaiah, who suffers through the insecurities, guilt's, and frustrations that every man battles during his life. The relationships between the main characters in the story evidence the fact that Graham has served in the military and understands the inexplicable bond of men who fight together. I marvel at how well written the book is yet remains as faithful to the biblical record which inspires it. Benaiah, David, The Three along with the other Mighty Men are going to be the heroes of the next generation.

posted by Silverbill on June 25, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good but not great.

Good but not great. Thoroughly enjoyable but enthralling. Many scenes simply take too long with too much detail. Not in a Quintin Tarrintino sort of way building suspense. Just simply too long. I felt like the first third of the book was about the fight with the lion. N...
Good but not great. Thoroughly enjoyable but enthralling. Many scenes simply take too long with too much detail. Not in a Quintin Tarrintino sort of way building suspense. Just simply too long. I felt like the first third of the book was about the fight with the lion. Not enough story there to carry that much of the book.
On the positive side, the characters are very believable and the made up back stories connect the reader with them in a way that otherwise wouldn't happen. Would love to see this as a movie.

posted by 10064640 on October 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Good but not great.

    Good but not great. Thoroughly enjoyable but enthralling. Many scenes simply take too long with too much detail. Not in a Quintin Tarrintino sort of way building suspense. Just simply too long. I felt like the first third of the book was about the fight with the lion. Not enough story there to carry that much of the book.
    On the positive side, the characters are very believable and the made up back stories connect the reader with them in a way that otherwise wouldn't happen. Would love to see this as a movie.

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