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Deborah Calling: A Novel Inspired by the Bible Paperback – January 2, 2018
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"The story of this young woman has moved me emotionally, spiritually, and has inspired me. Highly Intriguing." Hollywood Book Reviews
"Deborah Rising is a perfect read for history enthusiasts. Riveting!" The US Review of Books
"Azrieli manages to vividly recreate the milieu of a story filled with biblical history, myths, fanaticism and sexism-Deborah, for all the tragedies she has endured, continues to survive while never losing faith. A seductive saga, peopled with a fascinating array of characters." Bookpleasures
"This enthralling story gives the reader an amazing insight into what life was really like for women at a fascinating time in history. I found this book absolutely absorbing!" The English Informer
"Azrieli sets down a captivating fictionalized life story for this incredible woman. Believable and engrossing-chronicling the life of one of the Bible's and history's greatest women." Pacific Book Review
"Rich description and engaging dialogue bring the story of Deborah to life. Though she lived long ago, her struggles will no doubt resonate with today's readers. The book is a page-turner, there are no lulls. Full of suspenseful adventure!" Oak Tree Reviews
"No story has ever hooked me right at the beginning quite like this one - Deborah's epic survival adventure as a Hebrew girl coming of age in biblical times. The character development was spot on, the descriptions of the sites and geography felt real and accurate, the action narration was vivid, involving all the senses within the imageries. It's entertaining, suspenseful, and heart wrenching - definitely a five-star captivating page-turner! Can't wait for the second book!" Susan Violante, The Reader Views
"A superior, heart-pounding and inspirational read--a thoroughly compelling saga that's hard to put down--not just drama, but an in-the-moment, you-are-there!" Midwest Book Review
"Deborah is strong, and her story is a compelling one. Azrieli does a masterful job at building up a tale that feels true to history. Realistic and vivid!" San Francisco Book Review
"Deborah Rising brings to light the injustice faced by women long ago and creates a strong female protagonist that is hard to come by. Well written!" Seattle Book Review
"Deborah Rising powerfully depicts the political, religious, and cultural landscapes of the Jewish people. The themes are as relevant today as they were many years ago -- sexism, misuse of power, effective leadership, and political repression. Azrieli has a powerful gift for plot and character and for making history come alive. A masterpiece!" Manhattan Book Review
"Vivid descriptions, intriguing twists. Readers are in for a real treat!" Midwest Book Review.
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While I did not see much resemblance to the Biblical Deborah, I am starting to see it here. Deborah is slowly learning how to become a leader and a warrior. I adored her because she is tough as nails. She reminds me a bit of Katniss Everdeen. I also like how Deborah is starting to learn to love herself and that she does not want to take the form of someone else. Deborah is becoming more self-confident and gathering more courage. Thus, I liked how her character has evolved from Deborah Rising, and I can’t wait to see how she is portrayed in the third book.
Overall, this book is about courage, faith, forgiveness, and self-identity. The message of the novel is to be proud of yourself. The world of ancient Israel seems very realistic, and I can see how the world was a harsh place for both men and women. Deborah Calling was very well-written and thought-provoking. While I loved Deborah Rising, I have to confess that Deborah Calling surpasses its predecessor. It has got me excited for book three, and I wish that it was already out now. In the meantime, I will definitely re-read the series again to satisfy my craving for the wait! Readers will love the Deborah series, not only because it is a fast-paced and adventurous historical tale, but it features a strong relatable heroine that embarks on a journey of faith.
(Note: This book was given to me as part of a blog tour. All opinions expressed are my own.)
I found the writing and character development are first rate and the action keeps the reader turning the pages. Much like the first installment of this series, the story goes in directions that, if you a familiar with biblical narratives, you wouldn't expect. The author successfully places his audience right in the scenes thanks to well crafted writing. In fact, I found this installment of the story to be a wonderful improvement over "Deborah Rising", and I very much enjoyed that book.
The bottom line here - don't miss this book. Do read each book in order though as I feel you would miss much if you just picked up this book first. My only criticism is that the book finishes with (and I don't feel I'm giving anything away here), " To Be Continued . . .". I do prefer books, even those as part of a series, to have more closure. Not what the publishers marketing department wants, for sure. Well, they've got me and I will definitely purchase the next in this series.
This is a marvelous book about an amazing, strong woman and her journey through life and the struggle to find her place and follow her calling. Well done Avraham Azrieli, another magnificent book.
One warning - don't start this book unless you have time to complete it in one sitting because it is difficult to drag yourself away once you start.
I recommend this book to all those who like adventure and great character studies. I would recommend any of Avraham Azrieli's books as he is a master storyteller.
Interestingly, Mr. Azrieli actually replied to an email I sent him thanking him for his great read of Deborah Rising. He then followed up last week with an email to me to alert me that this book was available.
Don't read this one until you read Deborah Rising! Too much backstory will be lost. Don't start this series if you are too impatient to wait for the next release in this series.
Top international reviews
The story continues as Deborah is desperately trying to become a man, certain that this is the only way that her father’s prophecy that she will become a great prophet can come true. She believes this is the only way she can succeed, as in her time women are at the mercy of their husbands, and it is not possible for them to own anything, so she is taking an elixir to become a male so she can succeed in bringing the word of her god, Yehweh, to the Hebrew people.
Her life has already been terribly traumatic, and fraught with danger, as she has been forced to flee her home Emanuel, and the anger of Seesya, her husband, the son of Judge Zifron their leader, and a cruel murderer.
The story commences at the tannery where Deborah has taken the male name of Borah. It is as Borah that her quest continues, and she helps Kassite the slave manager of the Tannery, and all the slaves escape, fulfilling promises she has made to those she has loved, and who have helped her on the way.
As she is forced to return to her past, she discovers that even in the guise of a male her journey is perilous, and she must confront her fears, and in order to survive carry out acts which are abhorrent to her, and against her faith. However, she is determined to follow the path she believes is her fate and is guided by her dreams, and the visions she sees in them, as she rides over the land on the back of an eagle.
As I read this powerful book I found myself constantly being amazed by Deborah’s strength and resilience, her absolute faith was very inspiring, and this just grew and grew as her story unfolded.
The people she meets on her travels, their stories, the actions of those around her, and the way they influenced her life, tested her, and then enabled her to go forward to pursue her true calling are wonderfully told by the author. Throughout the reader can only be humbled by her bravery and faith.
I found this story absolutely enthralling and couldn’t put the book down, and I would recommend it as fascinating read.