The relationships that are built between the characters are much stronger in this book. The action is just as fast passed and graphic as ever with a couple extra special scenes. There is only one downfall and that is that the book ends with unfinished battles, so I NEEDED to buy the third book!
I couldn't put the book down. It is non-stop action from beginning to end. This book brings the bible story of David and His mighty men to life. Cliff Graham has done a masterful job of creating realistic battle scenes and filling in the gaps left in the historical text.
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.
Exploding with action, Covenant of War is the second book in the Lion of War series from Cliff Graham. The book continues the story of David and his band of 30 men as David battles to secure the throne of Israel that Yahweh has willed him to occupy. Just as David is struggling to unite a fractured Israel, he and his men must face the ultimate enemy - the powerful Philistines, who are determined to rape and plunder and subdue the Hebrew people. David, along with his elite warriors, must face impossible odds, a horrific drought, and their own discouragement to determine the fate of an entire nation.
As with the first book in the series, I was immediately swept into the story of David and the Mighty Men of Israel. The book is impossible to put down, and the scenes played like a vivid movie in my mind. The action is non-stop, and the writing sizzles with tension. If possible, I enjoyed this novel even more than the first! I find it amazing that the author can take passages from the Bible, as found in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11, and create a white-knuckle plot that held me captive! My favourite scenes are the ones that reveal David's heart and his incredible passion for God evidenced in his absolute remorse over his misdeeds! The supernatural visitations that occur in the book are, quite simply, fascinating to behold, and it made me long to be standing there witnessing such things occur.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I especially encourage men to pick up this book and meet David the warrior and David the priest, a man known for his passions in all areas of life, but especially towards God. Live and breathe the Word of God like never before with Covenant of War. 5 out of 5 stars.