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By Grayingchap on 02-13-16
Rare is the book that can take an historic personage and incarnate it with realistic flesh and blood. Brooks is a master of this art. As a clergyman I thought I knew the biblical David even with his ever so public flaws. Brooks has introduced a very human David...a man who can and does still inspire because he truly is a biblical 'Everyman'.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Brenda Bond Hawes on 05-30-16
Brooks at her best
Loved this book. Am a history buff and very interested in Biblical characters especially David. It is told by Nathan, David,s prophet. I know it is partially fiction but Brooks has a remarkable gift of filling in the blanks l.e.the thoughts and feelings of the characters and what could so logically could have happened. The narrator is fabulous. He uses the Hebrew pronunciation of all the names which can be confusing I went to 1&2 Samuel when I couldn't figure out the character I have a different attitude toward David now that I have read Brooks' insightful story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By susan on 01-31-16
A book well worth the adventure it describes
In the early section of this book I found it slow going. But when I got to know the man people I became glued to it. I soon found it difficult to put down . brooks choice to focus on a turbulent period in middle Eastern history which at times is bloody and at others shows a growing progressive state building I would strongly recommend it!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Kindle Customer on 12-01-15
good read mostly true to scripture , followed Davids life very well and added alot of emotion to the Bible narrative . I understand it's hard to stay100% true to scripture in a novel as there's alot of blanks to fill in .Hence it's fiction .
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Pamela Dolan on 12-14-15
I've never read a better work of fiction based on the Bible. Brooks is a gifted storyteller who respects her source material and her audience while still boldly imagining and reimagining many iconic characters and stories. Breathtaking.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful