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Rise to Power (The David Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 14, 2013
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★ At times startling, as times awe-inspiring, and at al times fine reading, this is a welcome addition to the library of one our more important writers. -Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer
★ A tale of madmen and kings, youth and old age, prison cells and freedom's ring. It's drawn from Biblical history, enjoyed through the eyes of modernity, and it vividly recreates character and place. -Sheila Deeth, Top 1000 Reviewer
From the Author
- I: Rise to Power
- II: A Peek at Bathsheba
- III: The Edge of Revolt
- I+II+III: The David Chronicles
Top Customer Reviews
"Rise to Power" chronicles exactly that: David's rise from obscurity to the throne of Israel. All the elements of the Biblical story are here, and the beautiful psalms and songs of David, but the author gives us a look behind them to the human beings who lived and struggled to create them. It's a fascinating approach, and it makes a distant age more accessible to modern readers.
Like her other works, the use of language in "Rise to Power" is simply beautiful - the author's artistic training shows through in the way she carefully uses words to paint images and draw forth emotion. It's simply a pleasure to read Uvi Poznansky's prose.
I'd highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to the next book - "A Peek at Bathsheba".
David explains his life and the creation of the legend that is David. So there are reveals, confessions and decisions leading to David himself just trying to survive.
Most people dont know David as young person formulating a plot and creating his ambitious life. David was not only a poet and writer but he was a musician.
, this time for her marvelous portrayal of the Biblical King David. Her David, although fictional, is not the perfect figure sculpted by Michelangelo. Nor is he strictly the David of the Bible. With his human failings, the David she has created is a bit of a departure from the legend.
I would say the book is also a modern tale. The way it is written in terminology that doesnt need a dictionary or interpreter. The author also adds to the story how women just adored David. He was pursued by many. In this time, David, had many wives as was the lifestyle.
As far as David’s alleged affairs, I was wondering how he kept up. He had twenty children with as many as weight wives. Shocking to me, by the way.
If you love history as a base with a modern flair PLEASE read this. I found it an excellent impression of all the is David. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
Uvi Poznansky's lyrical writing pulled me into this historic story with such power, realism, and poetry that I was immediately drawn into the scenes. I felt immersed in the battles and drenched in my enemies blood. I felt myself swagger over the battlefields in armor and helmet, carrying a spear, exultant in anticipated victory. But that was just one of the aspects of this tale. More than anything, I was deeply intrenched in David's mind and thought processes throughout the entire story. What a ride!
Frankly, I've never been interested in this type of story - historical, biblical, drama or epic tales. I am a passionate fan of mysteries and suspense, mostly in the current day. But when another book is written by this outstanding author, I would definitely read or listen again!
The author's insight is almost frightening. How she places herself in the mind of such a man astonishes me. Her ability to think and speak like a man -- and a man living many centuries ago -- was formidable. Ms. Poznansky portrayed David's inner thoughts better than most men of this generation could possibly have done. Kudos!
About the narrator: Mr. George was outstanding and on target. His voice changed and matured as the character aged. I loved his interpretation of each character, and his amazing range of voices was delightful. I'd listen to him read the newspaper, to tell the truth. Great job, Mr. George.Read more ›
Rise to Power is the biblical story of David and Goliath seen through the eyes of the young David. Ms. Poznansky views the world of David with the eyes of an artist, and describes what she sees with the words of a poet. David, a shepherd boy and young musician, makes his way to the Court of King Saul. What follows is a world of court intrigue where the powers that be struggle for even more influence. He becomes the favorite musician to the King and lives a privileged life. But then David finds himself on the Battlefield, in the Valley of Elah, confronted by the Giant Goliath, wearing full battle dress. With only his lyre and no weapons to defend himself, David fashions a slingshot out of a string from the lyre. He picks up a small pebble from the ground -- and kills the Giant with one shot to the head! The story then takes us through the young David’s years of fame for this incredible feat, and moves us through the time he spends at the Court of King Saul where he even marries one of the young Princesses. When the King finally turns against him, David takes up the sword. He creates an army of his own and bides his time until he can take the throne from King Saul. During this time he does his fair share of womanizing and takes two wives. I found this story extremely well written in the first person, from David’s point of view, it gives us a full and vivid picture of the times and the difficulties of simply surviving. I highly recommend this book to history buffs, biblical scholars and anyone who simply enjoys a good read. My compliments to the author for creating a David who is a real person with all the failings and foibles of a human being, and for helping us to see, through his eyes, the violence and terror in those Biblical times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't understand how you can write a quality book and leave out the most important part of a persons life. His faith in God colored all his decisions and actions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan York
King David was some guy. And Uvi Poznansky is some writer. Put their attributes together and you have a mindwhirling novel called Rise to Power. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Colm Herron
Uvi's take on the story of David is well done. An enjoyable read for sure! Great job, Uvi. Keep it up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kristin Kula
Very good except for occasional profanity. Strays a little too far from the Biblical account, especially in its descriptions of David's relationships with Michal and Jonathan, for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is supposedly David's thoughts about some events in his life. Having studied and taught the stories of David all my life, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cathy K
While I know the Biblical version, the author tries to put the story in a more modern context. However, that subtracted from the story line, I felt, with the author using cliques... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elaine E. Oswald
King David was a man. He was a man that most of the time walked very close to God. The writer went out of her way to scrub out David's relationship with God. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer