A Biblical novel for readers of all faiths, Sons of Zeruiah: The Mighty Men of David is filled with action, drama, and adventure.
Drawing from his experiences as an Afghanistan veteran, martial artist, and Christian, as well as scriptural, historical, and cultural sources, Brian Lee Meyer has written a razor-sharp novel for readers of all faiths. The story centers around King David’s three nephews, Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, who were listed among David’s “mighty men” and had a turbulent relationship with their uncle. Years of studying middle eastern cultures led him to as the question: what if David called his nephews “sons of Zeruiah” (his sister), not because of his affection for her, but because they had no legitimate father?
This striking inference is what drives the main characters’ heroic exploits and troubling misdeeds. The result is characters who are complex and multifaceted, capable of extraordinary bravery, beautifully selfless sacrifice, and shocking brutality. Seeking neither to condemn nor condone, Meyer helps the reader to understand these tragic men and the barbarous age that shaped them.
Sticking scrupulously to the scriptural narrative and filling in the gaps with rabbinical traditions and archeological knowledge, Meyer paints a more complete picture of King David himself and does not shrink from morally questionable events in the biblical record. Viewing David, not at a three-thousand-year remove, but through the eyes of the men who served and fought for him, readers may find his characterization of David controversial. It is, however, unflinchingly honest but compassionate concerning the virtues and flaws of each character.
The story takes its characters from the cave at Adullum to David’s ascension to the throne as Israel’s second king in a breathtaking adventure. Shortly after, the characters face a devastating loss that leads them to the crime that initially strains their relationship with their uncle, the closest thing to a father figure they have. The story ends with the siege of Jerusalem, Joab’s attempt to redeem himself to the king and his greatest military accomplishment. After ending on a satisfying note, the epilogue warns the reader that the characters have greater adventures and tragedies ahead of them in the second book.
Sons of Zeruiah: The Mighty Men of King David is a great read for fans of historical thrillers, military history, and adventurous religious fiction, regardless of the individual’s religious creed. Even those who are familiar with King David’s story will find surprising twists along the way.
|Формат:||20.3cm x 12.7cm x 1.6cm|
|Тематика:||Детективы, боевики, триллеры|
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