Friday, February 24, 2012
Book Review: Day of War - Cliff Graham
Day of War is the first book in the Lion of War series by Cliff Graham. Graham takes the story of David and ancient Israel and sets it to life. Graham does a masterful job at capturing the brutality of the battles that David and his thirty mighty men while detailing their struggles. The men are faced with difficult choices in their allegiance to King Saul and David, the Lion of War. Besides warring with the Philistines and Amalekites, Benaiah, one of David's men also battles two Lions which thoroughly test the man's metal.
The story is graphic with it realistic depiction of the battles and the crude weapons of the period. A great deal of blood shed is detailed in the 362 pages. If a reader enjoyed the Patriot and Braveheart, it would be a safe bet, they will thoroughly enjoy this book. Although this book is fiction, it is written well based from historic research regarding battlefield strategies, tactics, weaponry, etc as well as details from the Bible. But again, this book is fiction as the author has relied on his own creativity for some details on weaponry and movement.
This book grabbed me from page one and held my attention until the very end. I could not set it down and read it cover to cover in one day. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that can stomach the details of ancient war. I am impatiently awaiting the release of the second book in the series, Covenant of War.