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Posted May 31, 2010
great historical fiction
The story, set in the 12th century before Christ when Deborah was judge in Israel, is about a Uriah, a thirteen-year-old Hittite youth, who is driven from his home when his family was killed by the invading Greeks, given aid by a Canaanite boy of Tyre and his family, flees to the Jews with an Israelite boy when they rescue a child who is to be sacrificed to Moloch, runs away from there to find a Canaanite friend of his father's at Harosheth, is forced to fight with the Canaanites against the Jews at Mt. Tabor when Deborah and Barak muster the Hebrews, and is finally received by the Israelites as a scribe. The author weaves into her narrative a great deal of accurate historical information about the important events, geography, and interactions among the nations of that time.
It is a gripping story. I had trouble putting the book down and finished its 28 chapters in less than a week. One of the things that I liked about it was that to those who are familiar with the account of Deborah and Barak in Judges chapter 4 it is interesting to come across the foreshadowings of that in the plot and to have that feeling that our older son Mark often expressed when I would be reading aloud some story with which he may be a little familiar, "Oh, I think I know where this is going." Also, the book emphasizes the importance of keeping promises and chronicles the changes in Uriah's life as he is influenced by the monotheistic teaching of the Israelites.
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Posted September 20, 2000
'...the hair rose on the back of my neck at the enormity of the sacrilege.'
Hittite Warrior tells about a Hittite boy, Uriah Tarhaund, and his adventures after his family is killed by the Greeks, or as they are referred to, the 'Sea People'. Told by his father, he promised to go to Siseria, a man in Canaan. He is brought to Tyre to be rewarded for saving a merchant from thieves. He is 'adopted' into the family. One of the servants of the merchants father, Ethbaal, saves a child from being sacrificed to their God, Moloch. Forced by the servant, Jotham, to come with him, he lives with Jotham's Hebrew tribe for a while. Keeping his promise, Uriah went to Siseria but was captured on the way. After being released he took part in defending Canaan from the Hebrews. He looses the battle and retreats across the river Kishon to Dor in the company of another soldier. He returns to Ethbaal to save his daughter, Mehitable, from the Philistines. The end of the story is very touching. I found the tale extremely intriguing. It had some facts regarding the structures of buildings, the chariots, etc... There is, for those of you who like war, a battle in the story. I find it a very good book for a person in their early teens.
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Posted February 10, 2011
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