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Rise to Power (The David Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 14, 2013
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★ 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
- 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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"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.
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.
"Rise to Power" incorporates all the elements you will know. David's rise from obscurity as a lowly shepherd, poet and musician, to one of the most highly acclaimed kings of biblical times. But it goes much further than that.
Using language that is as descriptive and elegant as it is powerful and punchy; Uvi Poznasky weaves a series of textured layers to those events that help you appreciate more about the man himself, the personal demons he had to contend with, and the hurdles he had to overcome in the fight to bring that transformation about.
I really enjoyed this intuitive and thought provoking journey, as it helps modern day readers reflect on what life must have really been like for those destined for greatness.
Bravo! A truly classic retelling of an age-old tale.