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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: Lion of War Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310331838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310331834
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By bgblackburn on May 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
With "Day of War," Cliff Graham has truly captured the brutality and masculine heroism of ancient Israel. He has taken the all-too-often overlooked story of King David the warlord and his Mighty Men and written the first installment of an epic tale on a scale which, when finished, should fall somewhere between the Illiad and Gladiator.

The book is a page-turner, that you won't be able to put down. It is deeply masculine, but not in a giant muscles, macho, dumb killing machine sort of way (Though it is a very violent book). Graham touches on the deeper part of manhood as the reader sees the main character, Benaiah, suffer through the insecurities, regrets, and frustration that every man battles during his life. The relationships between the main characters in the story evidence the fact that Graham has served in the military and understands the inexplicable bond of men who fight together.

It is a well-written book that remains as faithful to the biblical record which inspires it. Buy this book, and let it take you back to the beginnings of the Kingdom of Israel - to a world of turmoil and awe-inspiring acts of heroism. Benaiah, David, and the other Mighty Men are going to be the heroes of a new generation. It's about time.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on June 6, 2011
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Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, was one of David's thirty Mighty Men. The Bible speaks of his courage and his great deeds as well as his loyalty to David. However, there is no background given of his life prior to joining David's army, nor are there many details provided as to how he accomplished such great feats. This is where well-written speculative fiction can be so incredibly awesome. Day of War is an excellent speculative novel, which creates a realistic portrait of a man whose life is summed up in only eight verses of scripture.

I saw this book mentioned in Family Fiction's weekly newsletter and knew I had to read it. I have read 1 Samuel-2 Kings more than any other books in the Bible. The accounts of David's life are the scriptures that first captured my heart and started my love for God's word. What was it like to be around a man so fierce in battle but gentle in spirit? So when the opportunity arose to read what promised to be an authentic-look into the lives of those closest to David, I couldn't resist.

I was not at all disappointed by Day of War. Graham does a fantastic job of creating a highly believable backstory for Benaiah. I loved reading about his flawed character and gaining a little more insight into the mind of one who fought brutal battles with crudely constructed weapons. Passages of scriptures that are easy to acknowledge, but rarely considered were nicely blended into this book and the emotion of many verses were brought to the surface. There is a fantastic balance between fact and fiction and they are meshed together in a seamless fashion to create a truly remarkable speculative novel.

One of the strengths of this book is Graham's ability to create a story for Benaiah without neglecting David or overshadowing Benaiah.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Heath Sommer on February 21, 2010
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Review: Day of War is a special novel amid special novels. The only flaw with Day of War is that very few people may actually get what the author is trying to do, so compelling is the writing. If one--and the story is so fiercely driven and compelling that it would be very easy to do-- is distracted enough to be caught up merely in the characters swinging swords and bleeding bodies, they may miss the brilliantly composed dialectics bleeding through every carefully crafted page and chapter. They may miss, just as they might in the Bible itself, the real and true meaning of stories about war and painful descriptions of human suffering. The real story that speaks about paradigms, lifestyles, and above all the quest for ontology--literally what it means to be, who we are, and why we suffer along with triumphs.

The point is that this novel, while as white-knuckled, and testosterone producing as any blockbuster war epic, is really about people, not war. This novel is about parents and sons, women, and honor and righteousness. It is about the religiously supernatural, and the human traps we all must experience, and Graham's writing is so detailed and compelling that one would have to have a dormant heart to not feel the pain as one reads the perils of Jonathon, Saul, David, and Benaiah.

Finally, the story is really about conversion, and confusion of conversion. Graham doesn't paint a simplistic or unitary figure of who prophets and people are, but describes characters who are real--flawed, but heroic. You will respect what our ancestors have done in new and profound ways after reading DOW.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Shortridge on May 28, 2011
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From the first page, Graham had me hooked. What can I say about this book except I loved it. If you want the real stuff...the nitty gritty on David, the man after God's own heart, then this is for you! Often portrayed as a gentle musician, his brutal war persona is often overlooked. Cliff does a masterful job of giving us a great look into what David's life was really like. Get this for your husband...get it for your sons...get it for you! You won't regret it!
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