The Leper Messiah

The Leper Messiah

by R.M. L.


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Sometimes we just need a dark page-turner. The Leper Messiah is that book. This grand adventure follows one of the greatest heroes of the western world, David, and draws the reader deeply into the ancient world. The David Code: Unlock the ancient secrets of Egyptian mysticism and the Hebrew desert world. For the Ark of the Covenant, the powerful voice of the Rose, and King David's adventures as a young boy.....are all cloaked in the robes of the Leper Messiah.

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ISBN-13: 9781773022789
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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The Leper Messiah 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mike_Ball 6 months ago
A Dark and Brooding Look at the Life of King David I’ll admit it – I’m a Bible nerd. I’ve read it. I’ve read countless books and articles about it. I even watch bible movies. I feel like the stories in the Bible give us a series of vivid snapshots of the world at the birth of our modern civilization. And one of the most iconic characters in the Bible is David, the holy but deeply flawed King of the Israelites. So you have to know that Rob Levinson’s book, “The Leper Messiah,” is right up my alley. Levinson has gone into the realm of historical fiction to explore the childhood and ascent of David, from shepherd boy to arguably the first recorded example of a King ordained by God. The tone of the book is dark and often brooding, with an often sinister undertone of mysticism running throughout. Life is gritty and dangerous for David, Kings Saul, his brothers, and the rest of the Israelites and their enemies. The story of David and Goliath, possibly the most cliché laden story of all time, is told in a very different, startlingly raw and realistic context. I don’t believe “The Leper Messiah” is intended to necessarily be a religious work, but I think many religiously-inclined people will thoroughly enjoy it. If you want to walk a few miles in the sandals of a king who lived a thousand years before the birth of Christ, you will enjoy this book.
WriterJohn1960 10 months ago
Most school kids know the classic story of David and Goliath and how a young boy in ancient times slew the massive giant. But the greater, full story of David’s life is often ignored and has been mostly untold. In “The Leper Messiah”, author Rob Levinson probes deep into the life of David, a fascinating biblical and historical character who was born an outcast, but is destined from birth to rise from a simple shepherd to become King David, leader of the Israelites. In couplet prose that mimics the writing of Homer and The Bible, the author weaves a tale that is at times dark, mystical and mysterious, yet always compelling. Through simple parables and subsequent chapters, “The Leper Messiah” is a must read for fans of biblical and historical fiction. The book tells the story of David’s life, from the cradle to the crown, and reveals this iconic character in a fashion both human and magical. Rob Levinson digs deep into biblical lore to reimagine the life of King David on multiple levels. The author portrays David in his early years as a humble, ordinary young man struggling through a dangerous and challenging world a thousand years before the birth of Christ. “The Leper Messiah” is a retelling of David’s odyssey, his relationship to a strong mother named Nitzevet who champions David and stewards him through treacherous times. Levinson paints a portrait of this story’s hero that is thoroughly human and flawed, and at the same time messianic and all powerful. Despite his banishment by King Saul, David rises out of exile to eventually lead all the tribes of Israel. We also meet another strong woman, Rose, who is another protector of David, along with the cryptic and ubiquitous scorpions who serve as David’s everlasting guardians. Rob Levinson’s stream of consciousness style hypnotically transports us from one chapter to the next allowing the reader to drift seamlessly through this amazing saga. “The Leper Messiah” is endlessly suspenseful and thoroughly rewarding. The author succeeds tremendously is this portrayal of David’s life, not merely as the King he will become, but as an outcast and troubled young man on an unpredictable and inspiring journey through the dark into the light. This unique and largely untold story will leave you curious and wanting more.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I am not Christian—if anything, I’m agnostic—but I can honestly say that despite the subject matter, this book would easily capture the attention of anyone into dark, supernatural, historical, and/or biblical fiction. The writing is simple and easy to follow, most of the characters are well-developed and relatable, and the story itself is fascinating. It’s David—of David and Goliath fame and King of the Israelites—like you have probably never seen him before. David is an outcast, even within his own family. Something has always seemed off about the boy, causing most people—including his father and all but one of his brothers—to ostracize him and perhaps fear him as well. While lonely and longing for some sort of approval, David has not given up yet. In fact, he feels he is destined for something much greater than a farmer’s life and will do whatever it takes to prove himself right. But what will it take to get other people to see his worth? How will he get from David, the shepherd son of Jesse of Bethlehem, to King David of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah? Most importantly, what sort of relationships—human and divine—will he form along the way? Right away this book took a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. The author’s original fiction met the biblical canon in such a way that I almost never saw what was coming even with knowing how David’s story in the Bible ends, a rare and refreshing occurrence for me. I’ll admit that the book did confuse me at times. Mostly, transitions from one character’s section to another within a chapter were often rough and it would take me a few sentences to even realize who was involved in that part of the story. Regardless, Levinson’s simple writing style—almost a more engaging version of the style used in English translations of the Bible—always pulled me right back in, and it was almost as though the rhythm had never been broken in the first place. While the book is centered on David and his childhood—his whole life before he becomes a king—he is far from the only important player. Several other characters, such as The Scorpion and Arlemay, are also introduced and, at times, their stories were even more captivating than David’s. These characters emphasized the themes brought up by David’s main story, especially the need to pay heed to society’s outcasts, and brought new layers of meaning both to the story within The Leper Messiah and the original biblical text. It often took a while for these new characters to tie back into the main story, which might frustrate other readers, but the different threads do come together in the end and it’s worth seeing through to the end. All in all, this book is very entertaining and compelling. Biblical fiction lovers will definitely want to read it, and I think that fans of dark supernatural fiction will like it as well. Deep thinkers will also appreciate things such as the double-meaning of leper (i.e. someone with leprosy and a social/moral outcast) and the scorpion-fighting-snake metaphor which weaves its way throughout the novel. Historical fiction fans will probably like it as well but will also want to take everything with a grain of salt. Unless you’re offended by any Judeo-Christian-Islamic imagery, I think it’s worth a read for everyone.
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
The life of David, one of the most important people in Jewish religious history, revealed. The author, Rob Levinson was born in a Gypsy clan in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, unusually he was given up for adoption, however it was his adopted parents who raised him into a tradition of literature and encouraged is early writing talents. He was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to explore the world, and it was as a young man that his fascination with the story of David was born. From then on this interest evolved, culminating in his studying the writing of historical fiction. This amazing book is the result of his passion for David and his life, and in it he transports his reader back into ancient times, as he offers them his version of the life of David, one of the most important figures in Jewish religious history. The content is written as a fictional biography, containing some biblical references, however it is written very much as a historical fiction story, not a preachy biblical tomb. This wonderful tale grabbed my interest from the very first page, and kept it throughout. This was because of the author’s great ability to describe scenes and characters in such detail, and bring them to life before your very eyes. I quickly found myself settling into the story and taking up the author’s invitation to step with him into the past and get real feel for life in those far distant times. At each turn of the page more of David’s story is revealed, from his birth growing up through his childhood, his life as a shepherd, and his adventures until he became King of Israel. His journey was a hard one, very dark and twisted at times, however the insight it gives us into Old Testament life are priceless. Through his eyes we live through harsh living conditions, the dangers of travelling, and learn about the hard lives of the poor people living with the terrible disease leprosy. With him we experience desert sand storms, terrible battles, and much more. However, for David, as for us all, it is these life lessons which character build and formed him into the man he became, instilling in him important values, morals and strengthening his ideals. Whether you are interested in religion, history, geography or just like to read a thoroughly entertaining story by an author who has the ability to transport you to another time and place, you are sure to enjoy The Leper Messiah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
History, mysticism, power and love – this book has it all! R.M.L.’s story The Leper Messiah is a dark fantasy set in the ancient world of Biblical Old Testament times. Inspired by the story of David, king of ancient Israel, the saga explores the childhood of his character up through exile and into adulthood. While not Biblically based, the author, having worked in Israel and the around the areas where King Saul and Saul’s son died, does a fantastic job with the setting of his book. His descriptions bring the reader right into the moment with touch, taste, smell and food common to the times. The prose is written like scripture of that time, adding to the feel of the setting. It’s world-building at its best. The author, having grown up as an orphan, was long intrigued by David’s own mother, who is not mentioned in the Bible. Creating his vision of her helped him understand some of his own struggles as a child. The additional story he portrays of David is as old as time: the youngest of many brothers, wanting to stand out, to be loved and noticed by his father. To matter. Some of the author’s own personal adventures lend realism to David’s story, as he himself survived a scorpion bite in the Negev desert, and at one time won a camel-hair robe from a Bedouin in an arm-wrestling match. He also ran with the bulls in Spain, so is no stranger to adventure. The book is a dark read. Full of danger, intrigue, battles, love, and power, as well as mystics, dark spirits, and evil influences, it’s an adventure from page one until you reach the end.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
“A king unites the tribes and protects us from our enemies.” David stood up. “I will do that.” Rob Levinson steps into the historical fiction limelight with his debut novel THE LEPER MESSIAH. Not only has Rob crafted a deeply impressive novel about the birth and childhood of David, the slayer of Goliath and the eventual King of Israel, but he taps into historic tradition (the “Leper Messiah” being the two aspects of the Messiah – a sufferer and a conqueror) and a contemporary concept – of Metallica’s and David Bowie’s musical statements by that name. Rob Levinson offers his initiation as a writer in a manner that seduces the reader into this mystery – the birth and childhood and young adult aspects of David that resulted in his becoming the hero King of Israel. And yes, stories of David‘s slaying of Goliath and his adulterous affair with Bathsheba are well known as his triumphs as King, but Rob explores how this great man developed. Another reason this history works so well is Rob’s affinity for the beginnings of David: ‘I was adopted after being in an orphanage and did not know my mother’s name. I somehow felt a powerful connection with David’s mother, Nitzevet. Nitzy, my nickname for her, proved to be a hard taskmaster. After a few ill-written words, she came to me in a dream with grave misgivings. Her gaze shook me from my sleep; the eyes pierced my soul and demanded much more than my feeble words could bring to life. I vowed to honor her son David.’ The pleasures of Rob’s eloquent prose keep the reader involved in this ‘created biography’ – based on truth and biblical reference and conjecture and imagination. The development from the birth to the young lad status is shared in short sentences or paragraphs, much like reading the Bible. Example – ‘A few days later Nitzevet cradled David in the late afternoon shadow of an olive tree. She gently anointed his forehead with rose oil and whispered of her mother’s love through the rolling hill country of Hebron. “I am The Mystical Rose, the light of the burning bush that burns brighter than the sun. The light of The Rose will guide thee and the path of The Rose will lead you.’ Mysticism, raw reality, the introduction of the lineage/family, the Scorpion (‘The warrior priest who becomes David’s protector, the former thief who sold David to the slave trader, and the baby in the cave’), King Saul, Princess Rose - all add to the tension and fascination this creative novel brings to readers of every following. Highly Recommended for all audiences. This is a sign that a new and important author has joined the literary ranks. Grady Harp, October 18