Featuring King David in Covenant of War by Cliff Graham
The year is 993 BC. After years of bloody civil war, Eleazar son of Dodai, one of King David’s most elite warriors, wants nothing more than to finally live peacefully in the land. But on the plains near the Great Sea, a terrifying army of Philistines has mobilized to crush the Hebrew tribes once and for all. In the sun-drenched valleys and dark forests of the hill country, Eleazar and his warriors make their stand against Israel’s deadliest enemy. The fate of an entire nation rests on the courage of a small band of heroes known as the Mighty Men. In a land torn by conflict, depleted by drought and threatened by treachery, the horrors and heroism of the ancient battlefields come to life. Covenant of War is the second book in the Lion of War series—the intense, gritty, and stylistic portrayal of the Mighty Men of Israel, a rag-tag band of warriors who came to King David in his most desperate hour and fought with him while he claimed the throne he was destined to fill. Their legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11.
The Lion of War series continues with book 2, Covenant of War. David has been crowned king of Judah, but Israel hasn’t accepted him and the Philistines are closing in… Meanwhile, palace life and intrigue threaten David’s life from within as he succumbs to it’s corrupting influence. Book 1, Day of War, was a little bloody for me and I had trouble getting through it. But Covenant of War kept me spellbound. Cliff Graham is a great storyteller and Covenant of War reads more like a novelization of the movie 300 than the biblical fiction I’m used to. It’s still graphic and violent, but the dynamics between David and his “mighty men” were so interesting that I actually looked up the biblical account. I realized how little I knew about the battles David fought after he became king. There’s some pretty awesome action in there just waiting for someone to capitalize on it. Which Graham is totally doing. There’s going to be a movie and there’s also a motion comic. Highly recommended for guys who are fans of war stories or movies like 300 or Gladiator.