- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: DayRay Literary Press; 2 edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771431717
- ISBN-13: 978-1771431712
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bathsheba Deadline: An Original Novel 2nd Edition
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Reading his book feels like participating in a grand black and white movie - no special effects. Such would not be needed, since
"... as we, in our pages, keep a running tab of all the crimes, sins, betrayals, misdeeds, atrocities, genocides worthy of a headline, local, regional, national, international. There's never a pause, never a lull, it keeps on coming...
Indeed, it also keeps coming for managing editor, Jay Garfield, journalist Phil Crawford, and his wife Lyla Crawford, book review editor at the same paper. Lyla and Phil's marriage has drifted apart. Since she has always had a crush on Jay she starts an affair with Jay. He does not resist. Things get more complicated when Phil not only wants to become a foreign correspondent, reporting from location in the Middle East, but also converts to Islam. Lyla does not appreciate either idea.
Since too many journalists have gotten killed in the field, nobody really wants Phil to go, though Jay understands his thinking and philosophy:
"... There's nothing truer to journalism than covering a war. If the war is there and you're here - what are you, and if not now, when?..."
The more complicated the love triangle Jay, Lyla, and Phil gets, the more Jay warms up to the idea to let Phil go. It is the story of King David, Uriah and Bathsheba all over again. (When Uriah gets killed, King David can have Bathsheba for himself.)
In `The Bathsheba Deadline' both men will end up in the Middle East; only one will return alive.
As with all of Engelhard's books this is not all. Engelhard's vast knowledge about religion, literature, thoroughbred racing, boxing, and history is woven into the book. In fact, Jack Engelhard the philosopher of life, shines through on every page.
"... I wanted him ( jockey Walter Blum) to take me through a race paragraph by paragraph. Blum says: "What is a paragraph?" I'm thinking, this man can't be that stupid. Then he agrees to take me through a race furling by furlong and I say, "What is a furlong?" He must be thinking, this man can't be that stupid..."
"... We're born against our will. We live against our will. We die against our will. Other than that, life is good."
"... Somewhere out there, perhaps in the Green Room of CNN or Fox, sits the Messiah. Heck, isn't that why we all keep watching and waiting, waiting and watching? This word just in: The Messiah has arrived. The bad stuff's all over...."
Thinking back, I don't know whether I felt more under suspense trying to figure whether Jay or Phil would make it, or if I simply indulged in the many intelligent thoughts and concepts. I also tried to examine my memory, if ever I had read a richer novel; I could not come up with any. `The Bathsheba Deadline' is brilliant. I am going to read it again just for pleasure. That will be a first, in a long time.
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
I won't give away too much about the plot, but I will say that the historical reference to the title rang loud and clear. There was just one statement in the book I'd like to address. The main character in the book, Jay Garfield, a newspaper editor, talked about novels and how they shouldn't run over 500 pages. I would love to read at least 500 pages of this story and 500 more. The only bad thing about Jack Engelhard books is that they end.
I believe Jack is the Ben Hecht of our modern day society. His writing style and sense of sarcasm echoes Hecht's style. Irony, humor, intelligence, romance, moral dilemmas--all of this is in this one book. Get it when you want to enhance your reading life. I did! And the book did just that--made me think what I would do if I were in a similar situation. Like his book Indecent Proposal, this book will keep you wondering about how human raw temptation changes the course of life events.