Shadow of the Mountain (Shadow of the Mountain Book #1): Exodus

Shadow of the Mountain (Shadow of the Mountain Book #1): Exodus

by Cliff Graham

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Caleb and Joshua Roar to Life in this High-Impact Old Testament Saga

Two men were brave enough to tell the truth about what awaited the Hebrews in Canaan. This is their story. From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God's chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of growing older.

For the sake of his new God and his loyalty to his friend Joshua, Caleb will not spend his twilight years resting, but taking the battle to the enemies of God's people until his dying breath. From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events that made Graham's Lion of War series a hit. Shadow of the Mountain is sure to ignite a love for the Old Testament in popular culture.

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ISBN-13: 9781441228550
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Shadow of the Mountain , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 143,579
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cliff Graham is a former soldier and officer in the United States Army who now spends his time writing, speaking, and operating a growing series of media franchises. A graduate from Black Hills State University with degrees in political science and military science, he wrote his Lion of War series while working as a youth pastor. He currently lives in the mountains of Utah with his wife, Cassandra, and their children, and speaks to churches, men's groups, and conferences all over the United States. He can be found online at
Cliff Graham is a former soldier and officer in the United States Army who now spends his time writing, speaking, and operating a growing series of media franchises. A graduate from Black Hills State University with degrees in political science and military science, he wrote his Lion of War series while working as a youth pastor, and he now speaks to churches, men's groups, and conferences everywhere. He lives in Utah with his family. Learn more at

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Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out awesome. Learned a lot about the elite of pharoah. Graham created a 3D experience with plagues, but then rushed some of the wilderness. Anticlimatic and sorry if there isn't another book to finish it.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
The Biblical account of the Exodus and desert wanderings does not mention Caleb much in terms of life history. Very little is known about this courageous warrior. This is where Graham comes in and dramatizes the life of Caleb with fascinating back-stories. The author is careful to note that much of what is written in his book is purely fiction to help readers understand the culture of ancient Egypt and soldiering. The book currently has Caleb as an old man. The story of life in Egypt, the plagues, and so forth is set up as a series of flashbacks. Caleb's nephew asks his uncle about his past during a rainy day, and so the tale begins. Where the Biblical account is sufficient, it is quoted directly as Caleb says something along the lines of "read what Moses has already written." Since the author is a veteran, the battle scenes tend to be graphic. They are not vomit-inducing descriptions, but I will say they give more detail than one may be comfortable with. That being said, I do think this book would be a good gift for men. Many biblical fiction books are geared towards women, and this book shows the aspect of warfare that men may enjoy better.
summerjet More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this. A neat look at ancient Egypt.
Writer4God More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It was fast moving and action-packed, which is what I often crave in novels. The story takes place in two different settings, that of the elderly Caleb telling the story of his youth to his nephew as they prepare for battle, and the actual story he tells. With Caleb not being mentioned much in the bible, Graham wove his own tale of how his life might have been, and the result was a captivating tale. At the end of the book Graham states: My purpose is not to invent an elaborate backstory because I felt the Bible was insufficient; it is to create a way for the reader to encounter the events of Exodus as the Egyptians themselves might have known them. His story is well-written and will keep you wanting to read more. I was especially taken in by the part with the plagues of Egypt. The whole book was written vividly and it was easy to imagine everything as it was explained, without being overly descriptive. Some of the battles were a little long for my taste, but that's about it. It was also extremely gory, so I would not recommend it for those who can't handle blood and strong violence. It even made me cringe at a few parts, and I have a pretty high tolerance for that sort of stuff. But overall a very good read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction and can handle the gore. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Mountain (Exodus) is an imaginative account that creates a story, filling in what the Bible does not tell. Graham’s story focuses on Caleb about whom little is known concerning his early years. The author vividly relates the events of Exodus, the wilderness wanderings, and conquests. This novel supplies a believable backstory for Caleb—a mercenary in Pharoah’s Egypt who witnessed the Hebrews’ trials and sufferings and their deliverance by the great God, Yahweh. The exciting battle action and graphic descriptive scenes of the plagues in Egypt bring history to life. The portrayal of Caleb is a satisfying interpretation of what might have been his life. Glimpses into palace life in Egypt, harsh military training in those times, and the Hebrews’ encampment lend authenticity to the story. I enjoyed this first book in the Shadow of the Mountain series and plan to check out the Lion of War series about King David’s Mighty Men. I recommend this novel that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Biblical fiction has always been a personal favorite of mine. Some of the best stories I’ve ever heard are Bible stories and are still influencing literature today. I personally feel, however, that some of the realness and grittiness of these stories is overlooked or intentionally toned down. Cliff Graham’s Exodus was like a breath of fresh air. His writing was realistic, deliberate and engrossing. I was thoroughly captivated and cannot wait for the rest of the series. I enjoyed the strong male voice with which Graham told his story. Narrated by an aging Caleb recounting his story to his nephew on the eve of a battle, it was exciting to imagine the life of a character that we really now so little about. With so little to go on it was evident that the author did his research and he masterfully wove together fact and fiction. I am looking forward to meeting Joshua and seeing more of this story unfold. This author is new to me but, much to my excitement, he has another several other books already publisher about great warriors of the Bible that I plan to look into to. I would recommend this author to any that are fans of exciting biblical fiction that do not mind a little violence. There is nothing too gory but these were dangerous times and the writing stayed wonderfully true to that. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Exodus is a very compelling story! Cliff Graham has shared an imaginative, fictional account of the life of Caleb. Steeped in vivid imagery and ancient history, this gripping tale kept me up late turning the pages. I was immediately drawn into Graham’s story world and fascinated by all he shared. Please note: Battle scenes and other events in this book are graphically depicted. Graham shares the following in his author’s note, “I have fictionalized those early years in the extreme. My purpose is not to invent an elaborate backstory because I felt the Bible was insufficient; it is to create a way for the reader to encounter the events of Exodus as the Egyptians themselves might have known them.” I enjoyed this encounter with the events of Exodus and look forward to forthcoming stories in the Shadow of the Mountain series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
To be very honest, I wasn’t sure I’d like this book but found my hesitation quickly put to rest. Exodus, Book one in the Shadow of the Mountain Series is a great read that takes a real man from the Bible, Caleb, and tells his story with the author’s creative liberties. Caleb’s story isn’t widely known or one that we get into great depth when reading the bible. Exodus, Book one in the Shadow of the Mountain Series is an interesting account told from Caleb’s nephew, Othneil. I enjoyed drawing my own conclusions of the similarities during Caleb’s life. I especially enjoyed the way he served and sacrificed for his ‘leader/Lord’ as shown by his service as charioteer in Pharaoh’s Red Scorpion Regiment in the Egyptian army. Mr. Graham does a great job of describing the training that Caleb had to endure to become a member of the Red Scorpions. His descriptions were so good that at times, I felt like I was going through the training as well. The sacrifices he had to make, and the pain he had to endure to achieve the position, are honorable. I also liked that Caleb is protected by God without him even knowing it. The trials and treatment by the master instructors was intense, but gives you a sense of God’s mercy and protection. Caleb’s witness accounts of the plagues and the battles fought were intriguing. As a self-confessed, non-Egyptian, Caleb still lived the life of a hero Egyptian soldier. He was also a recipient of the Gold of Honor (an award) for saving Pharaoh’s life while under attack. The scene where Caleb “meets” the two Hebrews during the darkness plague is uplifting because of how Moses and Aaron accept him. As the plagues progress and Caleb witnesses the Angel of Death, he is drawn to become one with the Israelites and leaves his service to the Pharaoh. Caleb displays a humble attitude as he attempts to find comfort and friendship within the Israelites. When the Egyptian army is destroyed and Caleb is all alone while watching a family encampment, he decides to ask for mercy and requests permission to travel with them. Caleb shows humility and deferment to the husband by tossing his Gold of Honor plate deep into the sea. The husband says “we have nothing promised to us but our inheritance, we must go and fight for it, are you prepared?” (pg. 261) Caleb replies, “I am prepared…I will fight for whatever life your god delivers to me.” (pg. 261) To me, this is the best part of the book! The husband responds “If you are to win victories, he must become your God as well.” (pg. 261) How cool is that! He is our God, all we have to do is acknowledge that we are His! It turns out that Caleb was talking to and ends up becoming, life long friends with Joshua. The battles that he wages and the losses that Caleb suffers are mind numbing! Losing your wife and child during battle is beyond heartbreaking, but he maintains his faith. The leadership style that Caleb uses is similar to Jesus’ style, a servant leadership. This leadership style can pay huge dividends and is accomplished with an act as small as taking a shift on the perimeter that motivates those under him. Exodus, Book one in the Shadow of the Mountain Series is a very good read and I would recommend this to anyone that likes fictional biblical battles. I received this book from the Book Club Network and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is a fictional portrayal of events in the life of Caleb, one of only two Israelites who left Egypt when over the age of 20 and actually entered the Promised Land after 40 years of wilderness wandering. In his “Note to the Reader”, author Cliff Graham acknowledges that he has “taken a considerable amount of license” as well as having “taken the liberty of creating a backstory” for Caleb. (7) Mr. Graham also reminds the reader that his book “is a work of fiction. Please treat it as such.” (8) Caleb’s story is primarily told through events he relates to Othniel, his nephew, who has finally gathered the courage to ask questions regarding the Exodus and other portions of Caleb’s life. The book is well-written and action-packed. There are excellent, albeit occasionally graphic, descriptions. Although the book is a work of fiction, there are life lessons throughout. Caleb acknowledges the need for knowing how to fight various enemies, even when not currently at war with them. “But one day you may find yourself on the plains grappling with the Sea People, and if you do, you must know how to fight them, for they are chariot masters of the first order.” (90) Caleb also believes “[a] man needs an allegiance. He must have a cause and an identity that lays claim over him and compels him to pick up a plow to cultivate it or a sword to defend it.” (219) Caleb proved his bravery multiple times throughout the story yet acknowledges that “[a] man can be brave and accomplish much, but his fate is only ever in the hand of Yahweh.” (236) There isn’t much information in the Bible about Caleb, and although we may wish we had more details about events in the Bible, God only inspired a certain amount to be written. At one point in Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus, Caleb asks Othniel to read from scripture (a scroll) about the plagues because “I wish to hear it from the hand of Moses, for that is how Yahweh wanted it to be heard.” (206) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it is a work of fiction, there is also truth that can be gleaned from its pages. I would definitely recommend it to those readers who do not have a weak stomach when reading graphic descriptions of war battles. The entire story penned by Mr. Graham was believable and captivating. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness! Incredible book! Cliff Graham is a fabulous story teller and you will not regret picking up this book! Little is known about Caleb in the Old Testament story so Mr. Graham has woven a wonderful story about him which gives real depth to the Egyptians, the horror of the 10 plagues God brought them through Moses, and the difficulty the Israelites had in taking hold of the Promised Land. In the note to the reader at the beginning of the book the author states that “This is a work of fiction. Please treat it as such.” But how he brings to life history and the brutalities of the Egyptian culture. The style of writing by the author I found to be very easy to follow. Caleb, an old man, but still commander in the army, tells his story to Othniel, a young 20 year old leader and his nephew. Othniel wants to know how Caleb ended up in Egypt (his birth clan is the Kenaz – not Egyptian yet also not a descendant of Jacob), how he met Joshua, and more. So Caleb tells his story to Othniel as they wait for the weather to clear before they battle once again for the land. I really enjoyed this story. I found Mr. Graham to be a wonderful storyteller and I could not put this book down! I highly recommend the book! I received this book from in return for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This story is a spell-binding fictional account of the life and times of Caleb of the Old Testament. He was one of the two surviving Israelite spies who had scoped out the Promise Land and returned with a positive report for Moses. Though the book does not recount the spy adventure, it does describe what life was like in Egypt during its glory years (slave years for the Jewish people). The research that went into creating this story keeps the reader sitting on the edge of his or her seat - not wanting to put the book down. Mr. Graham provides marvelous word pictures throughout the entire story. There are graphic descriptions of the training of the elite of the Egyptian army as well as the fierce detailed action of battles and skirmishes. In addition, the author does a masterful job of introducing this man Caleb to the reader as a man set apart by Jehovah, though he does not realize it in his early life. As the character of Caleb is developed, the reader begins to see how the author has provided a path so we can follow his life through to the time at age 85 when he makes claim on the mountain country of the new Israeli homeland after the Exodus. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read other works from this author. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting biblical novel. I started this book with the understanding that there isn’t much in the bible about Caleb. With that in mind I knew that the author was going to have to build a large part of the story from research done on the nation of Egypt during the time period and understanding the culture of the day. I did have some trouble with the amount of the story that was built with Caleb not being a part of the Hebrew nation. This departure from what I have always believed about Caleb did open up the way for more information about what life would have been like for the Egyptian military and within the court of Pharaoh. When Caleb reached the point of his story where Moses came on the scene I was absolutely fascinated. I have always read the biblical account of the plagues with a, “That must have been horrible” mindset, but I have never taken the time to really try and understand the full measure of terror that the Egyptians would have faced during them. Cliff Graham has done an incredible job of taking me to that point in his writing of it from Caleb’s viewpoint as depicted in this novel. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the fiction work Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus, Cliff Graham tells a creative story about the life of Caleb, a man in the Old Testament with unknown origins. The setting of Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is easily identifiable by anyone familiar with the stories of Exodus in the Bible. But, readers are invited to view the well-known events of Hebrew slavery, the ten plagues, and the exodus through the eyes of Caleb. This opportunity provides a unique, though graphic, experience. To be fair, Graham includes a note to his readers that issues a warning regarding the graphic details included in Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus. However, the explicit descriptions of violence would certainly not be appropriate for some readers, including children or adolescents. In my opinion, the inclusion of graphic descriptions of battle and revenge, though perhaps realistic, did not contribute to any lessons that might be garnered from Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus. Though graphic, Graham’s writing is captivating and Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is mostly well-written. Scenes are described thoroughly, allowing the reader to feel present in Egypt. But, the conclusion was abrupt, seemed rushed, and did not bring resolution. While this builds interest in a sequel or series, I think there should have been more resolution to the plot line unique to Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus. Readers must also remember that this work is fiction. It is easy to think that the events described are accurate or biblical. But, Graham readily states there are liberties taken and creativity used when writing about who Caleb might have been. For these reasons, I would be hesitant to recommend this book. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is a wonderfully plausible account of a briefly mentioned man from Biblical history. Caleb the warrior, Caleb the stone carver. Not an Israelite and yet a leader of the Chosen People. Lured in his youth by the beauty and gold of Egypt, Caleb begins a journey that will take him to a life he never dreamed of. Cliff Graham brings to his readers an easily imaginable tale of that often desperate and lonely journey. A tale that is filled with torturous military training and battles to save a Pharoah and to conquer the cities given to the Israelites by Yahweh. The reader is given vivid descriptions of the beauty of Egypt and the horrendous reality of battle. Graham tells of the suffering and decimation that Yahweh brought through the Ten Plagues, as well as the amazing miracles God performed to aid the Israelites as they left Egypt. Caleb is a highly principled man who is seen as being stretched through the various circumstances of life to learn of and be captivated by Yahweh. The message of his life and conveyed well to the reader is of the need to trust God utterly and completely because He loves to show His power to His people. Highly recommended to lovers of historical fiction. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble,,,, and GoodReads.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Years before Moses ever came to rescue the Israelites from Egypt, Caleb was making his way up the ladder of the Egyptian army. He may have been a foreigner, but that did not stop him from earning position, honor, and wealth through his military exploits and his skill with carving. Yet, when Moses brought Yahweh’s plagues to the country, Caleb had to rethink his dedication to Egypt and its gods. Exodus, by Cliff Graham, was a wonderful Biblical fiction. Little is known about the Biblical Caleb; he was one of the two spies (along with Joshua) sent into Canaan after the Exodus from Egypt who brought back reports filled with faith in God and subsequently the only two who survived the forty years in the desert. He also became a military leader in Israel. Therefore, Graham used his imagination with the Biblical facts and research on the time period to create this wonderful retelling of The Exodus. Caleb’s story came to life in this book. The story is told from the frame of Caleb’s older self, telling of his past to his nephew so that his nephew and others might grow wise and grow closer to God through Caleb’s testimony. Several times, Caleb’s recollections are broken as the events of the present take precedence. Through this, readers see that Caleb’s good character has only grown since his youth. The way that Exodus portrays Caleb’s life is as though God put him in a position to learn all he would need in order to make Israel’s military the best that I could be while still softening him to believe in God when the time came. Caleb had just about everything a man could want, yet he eventually saw it as worthless in light of following God. Readers experience a rich description of what Egypt might have looked like so many thousands of years ago. Gold and statues pervaded the cities, The Pharoah held a god-like position over his subjects. Yet, the character, Caleb, in his retelling to his nephew, also mentioned that he hated to look back and know he had viewed it as so beautiful when he now knew how sinful the country was. The viewpoint certainly puts things into perspective. I most appreciated Caleb’s description of the plagues. Because it is told from the perspective of an Egyptian, it takes on a different aspect than when it is told from an Israelite’s or a modern-day Christian’s perspective. In either case, God is declared as powerful and merciful. Yet, to the Egyptians, God was vengeful, causing extreme pain or death to many people. Exodus shows this perspective through Caleb while still declaring that God is merciful. In conclusion, Exodus was a fantastic book, bringing a rather unknown Biblical story to life and illuminating a different perspective than that which The Exodus is usually told. I would highly recommend this book to Christians who do not mind a little action and some imagination brought into a Biblical tale. I received a free copy of Exodus from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This book is a fictional back-story of the Biblical character Caleb. Caleb relays the story about how he came to be connected to the Hebrew nation to his nephew, Othniel. There are two parts to this narrative. The first is Caleb’s life prior to joining the Hebrews. In this section he tells of his journey in becoming a Red Scorpion (an elite combat force) and being part of the Egyptian army. The second section is an account about how Caleb meets both Moses and his brother Aaron, when they come to Egypt to ask the Pharaoh to release the Jews.   This exodus story is told from the perspective of the Egyptians. I thought the story was creative and I appreciated the unique perspective from which it was written. It seemed the author had done his research about the period and made the action accurate to the time. Most of the book describes battles and rather graphically. Here are a couple lines from the book describing two of those scenes. “They were locked together, Caleb’s fingers in the Anakite’s eyes, the paralyzed Anakite choking Caleb with both hands and tearing his finger to shreds with his teeth.” Here is another example: “They screamed in pain, their blood spraying our faces from the arteries severed.” There are also scenes describing encounters with prostitutes, these were not as graphic but made clear through implications. The narrative was presented like a sequence of events one after the other and lacked character development. I didn’t feel connected to the characters or wishing for a certain outcome for them. Finally, the conclusion of the story was abrupt with no sense of closure. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
I read this entire book in one setting! As my flight from Vienna to Chicago took to the skies I was a captive audience to Cliff Graham's Shadow of the Mountain. This book brought the Old Testament to life with action and vivid imagery - a must read! While preparing to lay siege to another city in their promised inheritance, the Israelite army is stayed by rain. Seizing on this window of opportunity Othniel asks his uncle to recount how he got to Egypt, how he met Joshua, and what it was like to see Yahweh part the sea. Shadow of the Mountain is a first-person narrative about Caleb's early adult life as well as the events of Exodus 7-14 and Joshua 15:14. The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 focuses on Caleb's early life as a gentile and how he became a skilled warrior in the Pharaoh's army. Part 2 details his life changing encounter with the God of the Hebrews. The former draws you in with action and near death escapes, while the later is an especially powerful testimony of God's power as perceived by the eyes of the Egyptians. If you gravitate towards biblical fiction like me because of it's ability to inform as well as entertain, let me warn you that this title leans more towards entertaining. Keep in mind that very little about the protagonist of this story, Caleb, is written in the bible. For this reason, I was able to extend a fair amount of creative license to the author and enjoy his remarkable gift for storytelling. Furthermore, as a sister to 3 brothers, a former military medic, and mom to a boy, I am not put off by descriptive violence associate with combat. Whether the scene was tied to military training/skirmishes or the spiritual battle God wages against the Egyptian Pharaoh, Cliff Graham uses sound judgement in the amount of detail he allows to hit the page. That being said, this book will appeal men and women alike. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
PamlaK More than 1 year ago
I love books that tell me about the times from an unexpected viewpoint, in this case the story is told by Caleb.  I found it fascinating to see what the plagues of Egypt may have looked like from the side of the Egyptians. Caleb tells the story of the Israelites to his nephew so that the history can be passed along to future generations. First from the viewpoint of a high ranking Egyptian soldier, close to Pharaoh then as one of the Israelites. The story is authored by a solider and from a soldiers viewpoint.  Great Stuff!  I read it in 2 sittings and will be looking for more by the same author. A free copy of this book was provided to my by Bethany House for review.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN EXODUS By Cliff Graham Cliff Graham fictionalized the early years of Caleb in Egypt. Cliff admits in the beginning of the book that he has taken a considerable amount of license with the life of Caleb. He shares a life that Caleb may have lived and how he, Caleb, became a warrior and a part of the Exodus. Cliff also shows a new view of the Exodus, which may have been how the Egyptians might have seen it. The book starts with Caleb, as an older man in his eighty and he is leading a large army in a battle. There is some downtime due to rainy weather and a relative asks Caleb to tell about his earlier life. Cliff writes a very believable story about the early years and the story will hold your interest. Cliff holds on to the Biblical story of the Exodus, making a great story combining fiction and non-fiction. The story is very action oriented and should satisfy the action lover and the excitement seeker. The book is a part of a series that the author is writing and should peak your interest to read his other works. I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I read this in one sitting last night. It's AWESOME. The book of Exodus is full of great material and Graham knows how to use it. Caleb starts out as a mercenary in Pharaoh's army, loyal to Egypt, completely unaware of the Hebrews and their God. He doesn't see the plagues from the safe haven of Goshen, he lives through them. The battles are intense, the plagues are terrifying, and Caleb himself is a compelling character. We see him as a young man, a seasoned soldier, and a wily, aging general that still commands his troops with an iron fist. Caleb harshly punishes his troops for failing to care for a widow in the camp. When she protests that she is not worth their humiliation, he tells her, "Good lady, the reputations of a million men are worth nothing when compared to a single command from Yahweh. Many of the songs of victory that we sing are about the Lord our protector. None need his protection like the widow, and he joyfully defends her." Graham's gritty, no-holds-barred style is a bit of a risk for the more conservative Bethany House, but epic stories like this one are what most of the Old Testament is about and we need writers like Graham who are willing take us into the fire of God's wrath and show that His love shines as brightly there as it does in the manger of Bethlehem. One last quote.  "A man's bloodline does not matter. Only his heart. Yahweh gives his own bloodline to those who worship him."
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
I just finished Shadow of the Mountain by Cliff Graham. It is the story of Caleb of the Old Testament, but since the Bible doesn't give us the backstory of Caleb, the author was free to write his own backstory. He leads the reader through the days of Egypt through the eyes of the great warrior, Caleb. It is enthralling. It should be noted that the author does not shy away from realistic (and bloody) detail in his battle stories. It should also be noted that although I do not traditionally enjoy reading of battles, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrative is sweeping and compelling. As the elderly Caleb tells his story to his nephew, we see the lands of the bible in a more personal way. I love that the author lets Caleb show the humanity of the Egyptian people. I was also happy to see that he put the exodus of Moses and the Israelites during the reign of Thutmosis III, which most people wouldn't care about but is a timeline that makes sense to me. (Yes, you are seeing some of my history nerd tendencies here!) Overall, this book is well-written and engaging. It flows from the time of Caleb's youth to his old age as commander of the Hebrew army quite easily. This is the first book in a series, and as such, the book has a conclusion but not a complete ending (which means that I'm going to have to read the next one when it comes out). The author actually also includes some women in the narrative, and although none are main characters, they are important characters. Often women are left out of stories like this, so I was pleased with the inclusion. I recommend this book highly. I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but the opinions are my own.