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The Edge of Revolt (The David Chronicles) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 4, 2015
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- "How Ms. Poznansky created such a vivid, detailed, true-to-life account leaves me awestruck. It's as if she peered inside the Bible, spoke with the characters and witnesses who were there, and then created a realistic and moving portrait of David's life." - Aaron Paul Lazar, Author
- "At times startling, as times awe-inspiring, and at all times fine reading, this is a welcome addition to the growing library of one our more important writers." - Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer
- "I love this series for its convincing depiction of real people in ancient times, for its unflinching honesty, and for its vividly real characters. This David is no cardboard cutout to be filled in with bright crayoned colors. This Bathsheba is no plaything. And women will stand on the stage of history, will have their voice, and will cry out for love and hate and hope." - Sheila Deeth, Author, Amazon Top Reviewer, Vine Voice
- "The poignant presentation in the chronicles of King David as depicted by Author Uvi Poznansky and the endless possibilities of how he conducts the last years of his life, stand out in a very profound way. This talented author has both the skill and the courage to dig deeper into King David's psyche and portray his supposed indecisive character in a mesmerizing way." - Dolores Ayotte, Author
- "Uvi Poznansky captures David's character and writes empathetically about a man living with the consequences of his own flaws of character. Her writing is exquisite. The tale she tells is masterfully crafted and, as she fills in the details of the biblical account, she does so with insight and understanding of the human condition. I loved this book!" - Bill Cronin, Author
- "Uvi's poetic nature comes through the prose stronger than ever with this story as she pushes her character to his limits. David must navigate the tentative politics surrounding his leadership as drama unfolds around him. All the while, he faces the unrelenting mirror of his own mortality and the decisions he must make to stop a revolt and find his successor... This is a beautifully told story." - Michelle Bellon, Author
- "Once again Ms Poznansky doesn't disappoint. She has a wonderful grasp of language and that combined with clarity of vision and maturity of spirit shines throughout her writings." - John Holland, Author
- "This is historical fiction at its best. The characterization of David is extremely well-done. An epic work and one well worth reading." - Dianne Harman, Author
- "Quality above compare, this novel is written by a master wordsmith who knows how to tell a story... This one is up for one of the best for the year for fiction." - Dennis Waller, Author, Top 500 Reviewer
- "The writing is sharp and beautiful, the characters hard to forget." - Christoph Fischer, Author, Top 500 Reviewer
- "Ms. Poznansky gives voice to her characters, with rich emotions while etching their actions into our minds. Each scene is painted into existence by her words with a clarity that causes reality to fade." - Dii, Top 500 Reviewer
- "In David's own words, the story of palace intrigue and family betrayal is chillingly told. This one stands on its own." - Charles A. Ray, Author
- "Poznanski's poetic sensibility breathed life into every scene, so that I felt myself there. The story is old, but the very human feelings and conflicts are not." - Laurel Gord, Author
From the Author
The series The David Chronicles includes the following novels:
- I: Rise to Power
- II: A Peek at Bathsheba
- III: The Edge of Revolt
- I+II+III: The David Chronicles
- IV: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath
- V: Inspired by Art: Fall of a Giant
- VI: Inspired by Art: Rise to Power
- VII: Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba
- VIII: Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt
- IX: Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine
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In this volume, David struggles to balance the demands of family and and justice. You're with him through biblical events retold with a modern passion, you're there when Amnon rapes his daughter, Tamar; when Absalom lures Amnon to his death. You are inside the king's mind when he allows these comes to go unpunished,.
Even more fascinating than the biblical world Uvi draws are the changes undergone by David as he matures.
When David loses his throne and flees his own son, Abasalom, you feel the king's pain.
Let me make no bones about it: I adore this series -- not only the quality of the writing, but also the writer's ability to transport us into another mind, another time, another ethos that changes and solidifies as David matures. Read this book. Read this series. be waned that the tales have graphic language and painful moments. These are biblical tales, after all, told by a master interpreter who can make her characters breathe and love and hate and win and lose as they've never done before.
If you read nothing else this year, read The David Chronicles. Begin with The Edge of Revolt.
I have experienced the rare opportunity to get to really know a Bible character, warts and all. It would seem that King David had his fair share of them if one were to embrace this author's microscopic view of a powerful man's life in ancient times. In the author's own words..."It's amazing to be in the skin of the character from childhood to old age." My sentiments exactly...a great read indeed! I am an author myself and with each novel I read by Ms. Poznansky, she continues to inspire me to be a better one.
The Prologue sets the pace for the elderly and frail King David. Strongly advised by Bathsheba to choose an heir to the throne before the possibility of unnecessary rivalry results between his eldest living son Adoniah by Haggith, and his youngest son Solomon by Bathsheba, is a decision King David is slow to make. After all...he is still King as he proclaims to Bathsheba when she confronts him yet again.
The poignant presentation in the chronicles of King David as depicted by Author Uvi Poznansky and the endless possibilities of how he conducts the last years of his life, stand out in a very profound way. This talented author has both the skill and the courage to dig deeper into King David's psyche and portray his supposed indecisive character in a mesmerizing way. In doing so, Ms. Poznansky adeptly manages to give him a present day voice combined with a very human, and oftentimes, fragile persona. He seems to be a man with many weaknesses and numerous lustful cravings. This is clearly demonstrated by his several wives and his need for young concubines to frequent his bed and satisfy his sexual cravings. This, now much older King, does not compare to the young, down-to-earth, brave commoner that slayed Goliath. Uncomfortable with the knowledge that his eldest son Amnon follows in his path when it comes to his lustful nature, King David closes his mind to the rumors he hears. Now, emotionally torn by the rape of his daughter... virginal fourteen year old Tamar, defiled by half-brother Amnon, King David lacks the strength and wisdom to effectively deal with this heinous crime. Absalom, Tamar's full brother and Amnon's half-brother, is at his wits end and loses all respect for his father. After much deliberation, frustrating indecision and endless waiting, Absalom decides to take matters into his own hands...
"The Edge of Revolt" is the third and final installment in the Chronicle of David Series. As previously stated, I have read and reviewed the other two but Book 3 is my favorite thus far. It is penned by the same gifted author....well-written in Author Uvi Poznansky's unique and captivating style. However, it offers closure to the life and eventual death of King David. He has led a ponderous life, a gifted psalmist...filling up scroll after scroll, yet persecuted by the realization of his own humanity and need for redemption. Haunted by his love for Bathsheba, the taking of her when she was married to Uriah, and his subsequent act of perpetuating Uriah's murder on the battlefield clearly demonstrates one of the many reasons for the spiritual and emotional turmoil in King David's life. Will he ever find the peace of mind he so deeply desires before his death...?
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
I'm Not Perfect and It's Okay
This quote from Uvi's 3rd installment of The David Chronicles sums up the entire read eloquently. As with the other novels, Poznansky delivers rich, vibrant characters who speak to the reader in real time. Such an approach to these biblical renditions bring tales of old to life in a way that gives them a vivid and authentic tone allowing the reader to feel and see every scene.
Uvi's poetic nature comes through the prose stronger than ever with this story as she pushes her character to his limits. David must navigate the tentative politics surrounding his leadership as drama unfolds around him. All the while, he faces the unrelenting mirror of his own mortality and the decisions he must make to stop a revolt and find his successor.
This is a beautifully told story. I recommend it highly.