The Secret Chord

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5 out of 5 stars
By Grayingchap on 02-13-16

Flawed Perfection

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'.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Nearleft on 11-26-15


I have always found David a fascinating character, so I was looking forward to this book. Listening to it makes me wish I had the King James Bible instead. The performance is terribly over done, so perhaps the novel would be better in print. But I don't feel I've learned anything from it, and writing sometimes reminds me of fan fiction.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By TSD in Fort Worth on 03-27-16

Another excellent novel

While March remains my favorite by this author, she never disappoints in the way she writes or knits a story together.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-01-15

loved it

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 .

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela Dolan on 12-14-15

Exquisite fiction

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.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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