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Covenant of War (Lion of War Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Cliff Graham is an Army veteran and the author of the Lion of War Series, soon to be a major motion picture franchise from director David L. Cunningham (The Path to 9/11)and producer Grant Curtis (the Spider-Man films). He currently lives in the mountains of Utah with his wife and children.

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  • File Size: 2559 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00EJ25Z8W
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MQVH6S
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Cliff Graham is the author of the "Lion of War" series of novels based on King David's Mighty Men, soon to be a major motion picture franchise. He was an officer in the United States Army and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Cliff speaks around the country, and he and his wife Cassandra live in the mountains of Utah with their children.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Claudette H. Wood on April 14, 2012
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For any woman who thinks perhaps this set of stories might not interest her, I say don't listen to that voice! These books are completely satisfying for those women who wish to experience the Bible with fresh eyes and in vivid detail.

I read the first book in this series, Day of War, in two days and was captured by the story of Benaiah and the Mighty Men. Covenant of War took another two days. I was completely mesmerized and delighted in the effective way that Mr. Graham brought history to life in the telling.

Through the descriptions given and the story line, I SEE these guys--Keth/Uriah with his long braids and robes getting caught up in limbs as he runs toward the enemy; Benaiah, covered with scars from his battle with the lion, and always ready to fight and defend God's people; David's amber eyes and reddish hair and the reality of his struggles as a man who loves God and desires the blessings of God while struggling with his own humanity. And Eleazar--what a mighty warrior! If I were a guy, I'd have been shouting the war cry right along with Eleazar as he went into battle during his last stand. Whoo!It just took my breath away.

I recommend this book to anyone--male or female--as it gives gritty, honest life to the lives of those we read about in the Bible. With help from this series--and I realize that it is a novel and not every aspect of the lives of these men is known to us--we get a glimpse of what life may have been like for men of war in the days of David.

Thank you, Mr. Graham, for this series. I am eager to read book three when it is released.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2012
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David is on the run from King Saul, his rag tag army has been helping the Philistines while they bid their time. But now the Philistines are going to make their push to destroy Israel. Eleazar comes to the forefront of history at this point. All he wants is peace, but it doesn't appear that this will happen. War is brewing.

Cliff Graham's writing is absolutely superb. If you have studied your Bible and think you know these characters you are in for a treat. Yes, this is a novel, but the development of the characters is insightful and well researched. Do keep in mind this is one mans view of things, but it is masterfully done and will give you much to think about as you read. Keep your Bible handy and refresh your mind on these stories as you work through the novel.

One disclaimer that the author makes and I would agree with, this period of history was violent and Graham does not hold back. The book has violence and detail. If you are a sensitive reader or want to give this to your kids to read you need to take into account what they will experience. It is true to the history of the region and truth never hurts, but just be aware.

If you love historical Biblical Novels you will love this book and the entire series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. Kane VINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
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"Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty--an elite group among David's fighting men) went down to meet him there. David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem.

David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem." So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. "The Lord forbid that I should drink this!" he exclaimed. "This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me." So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three." 2 Samuel 23:13-17

No matter what your view of the Bible, one cannot help but be amazed at the names and exploits of Biblical characters such as The Thirty and The Three who were part King David's army during a time when the ancient Hebrews were fighting both one another and their mortal enemies, the Philistines. Such interesting and historical stories in the Old Testament books, such as 2 Samuel, add a flavor to Biblical history that leaves some wanting more and some wanting less.

The theological issues raised as one reads through such books have been the source of controversy for many years and decades if not centuries. "If God is love, then why did they kill in the name of God like they did?" "How can such things be done in God's name?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marine Corps Nomad VINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
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Covenant of War is the second book in the Lion of War series. I have a feeling that if I had read the first book the beginning of this book may have flowed a little better, but it was fairly easy to get into the book once you get past the opening chapter or so. The Israelites are fighting - brutally - among themselves as there is no one leader to bring them together. Not only are Hebrews fighting and killing other Hebrews, but they are also fighting their non-Israelite enemies. It's a horrible time in history. David has lost his way and grown complacent. He is not following Yahweh's commands; he is being horrible leader and example to his men. Drought plagues the land making battles all the more difficult.

This book is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. This was an absolutely brutal time in history, and the book reflects this in the story. Brutal killings, brutality towards women, blood, gore, detailed battle scenes... It's a book about war, so the subject matter is not easy.

The main focus of this book is David and his elite fighting force. The things they must do in the name of war ironically do not harden their hearts as would be expected. Instead, they long for a time when they will be able to have peace among all of the Hebrew brothers. The idea of killing their Hebrew brothers sickens them and grieves their hearts. At the same time, when they are not in battle they grow restless for the next battle. It's a crazy cycle which is experienced by many who know the adrenalin rush of war.

As for a couple of the reviews that brought up that they didn't like the "magical" elements... the covering of the Lord is Biblical. Here it was given a "face" so readers were able to recognize it.
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