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Encounter King David – a man of many secrets who wishes to reveal all… David’s official history already appears in the Bible, but he wishes the "true story" of his life to be known. The Kingdom portrays King David as a real flesh and blood man: ambitious renegade and strategist, boundless lover, tormented father, politician, poet, and despot. Power, passion, love, and Encounter King David – a man of many secrets who wishes to reveal all… David’s official history already appears in the Bible, but he wishes the "true story" of his life to be known. The Kingdom portrays King David as a real flesh and blood man: ambitious renegade and strategist, boundless lover, tormented father, politician, poet, and despot. Power, passion, love, and adventure in a remarkable rendering of the biblical story It’s the 11th century BC, and David struggles to establish a Hebrew empire in what had been the Canaanite lands. Gods, men, kings, women, and heroes are thrown into a whirlpool of passion, adventure, and the struggle for power. Search your soul through this biting satire on contemporary reality Not only a historical novel, The Kingdom is also a satire on contemporary reality with a critical view of the Jewish national story. It offers a stinging inditement of modern Israeli politics. Scroll up to grab your copy of The Kingdom now!


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Encounter King David – a man of many secrets who wishes to reveal all… David’s official history already appears in the Bible, but he wishes the "true story" of his life to be known. The Kingdom portrays King David as a real flesh and blood man: ambitious renegade and strategist, boundless lover, tormented father, politician, poet, and despot. Power, passion, love, and Encounter King David – a man of many secrets who wishes to reveal all… David’s official history already appears in the Bible, but he wishes the "true story" of his life to be known. The Kingdom portrays King David as a real flesh and blood man: ambitious renegade and strategist, boundless lover, tormented father, politician, poet, and despot. Power, passion, love, and adventure in a remarkable rendering of the biblical story It’s the 11th century BC, and David struggles to establish a Hebrew empire in what had been the Canaanite lands. Gods, men, kings, women, and heroes are thrown into a whirlpool of passion, adventure, and the struggle for power. Search your soul through this biting satire on contemporary reality Not only a historical novel, The Kingdom is also a satire on contemporary reality with a critical view of the Jewish national story. It offers a stinging inditement of modern Israeli politics. Scroll up to grab your copy of The Kingdom now!

35 review for The Kingdom - Part One: The Runaway: A Historical Fiction Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Smith

    This was a very interesting book and one that I was not expecting. I was raised in the church, and have read all of the Biblical stories of the Old and New Testament numerous times. I love to read literary works and historical fiction books on the stories from the Bible because I find they give me great insight and new understanding of the old tales I have grown up with. As with any book written based on history, the absolute truth of details are often not given. That means the author has to use This was a very interesting book and one that I was not expecting. I was raised in the church, and have read all of the Biblical stories of the Old and New Testament numerous times. I love to read literary works and historical fiction books on the stories from the Bible because I find they give me great insight and new understanding of the old tales I have grown up with. As with any book written based on history, the absolute truth of details are often not given. That means the author has to use a little creativity to shape a story that is not only believable, but entertaining and historically accurate. It takes research of the times, an analytical look at other works related to the historical account, and sensitivity to the critics that are not doubt going to attack when it is published. And that is the case with this book. The author had to craft a story that fills in the blanks, give personality and attitude to names that evangelicals have come to almost idolize, and in the process has created a story that is based on the historical accounts we see in the Bible but which some die hards may find hard to accept. But it is a story that fascinated me and kept me entranced from page 1 through the end. I couldn't put it down. The style is easy to read. The characters are as well developed as the plot. Some of the things I read were hard for my mind to wrap around since they were contrary to the upbringing I had, but I reminded myself that this was a historical FICTION read and that some liberties have to be taken to create a ficitonal work like this. Once I got my mind wrapped around that concept, I loved the book and avidly devoured it page by page. This is definitely a good read and well worth the time. If you are a die hard religious person, you may find some things not to your liking. But if you can see that it is fiction and understand the need to embellish things, you may just surprise yourself and enjoy it. Give it a try and see for yourself!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Majanka

    Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/... Most of us know the story of King David from the Bible but author Amir Or gives the story an original spin in this book, The Kingdom, by portraying David as a flesh and blood man, with far more flaws than the biblical version has. He’s ambitious, he struggles as a father, he writes poetry, he’s ruthless in politics. He’s a man who appears as real as any other. You don’t want to stick to the bible version too much thou Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/... Most of us know the story of King David from the Bible but author Amir Or gives the story an original spin in this book, The Kingdom, by portraying David as a flesh and blood man, with far more flaws than the biblical version has. He’s ambitious, he struggles as a father, he writes poetry, he’s ruthless in politics. He’s a man who appears as real as any other. You don’t want to stick to the bible version too much though, or you might be offended by the liberties the book takes. However, if you get past that, it’s really an interesting story with a critical element in the form of satire on contemporary reality of modern Israeli politics. I also liked that element, how the history part of the book tied in with the contemporary, which proves that we keep on making the same mistakes as we did in the past (we as the entire human race) and that maybe we haven’t learned as much as we thought we had in the past two millennia. I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to fans of historical fiction with a thick skin who don’t mind the author having taking certain liberties with this biblical character.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cindi Florit

    What a waste This was a complete waste of time. So glad it was a free trial. Nothing but perverted imagination -- no character development or character at all. I kept reading thinking it had to get better sooner or later but it never did. Don't waste your time. What a waste This was a complete waste of time. So glad it was a free trial. Nothing but perverted imagination -- no character development or character at all. I kept reading thinking it had to get better sooner or later but it never did. Don't waste your time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    none

    Could not get into it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Selena

  6. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn Armstrong

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Moreno

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda Davis, Davis Clock & Watch Repair

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Jamali

  10. 5 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, The Kingdom is such a book. As a fan of Mel Br Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, The Kingdom is such a book. As a fan of Mel Brooks and Monty Python, I know both the Old and New Testaments make for excellent satirical fodder. Such spoofs typically retell Biblical stories in jarringly contemporary language, relate decidedly non-Biblical stories in faux-scriptural prose, or combine old and new into a jumble of anachronisms. The Kingdom - Part One: The Runaway will, in my humble opinion, eventually become one of those satirical classics. But we’ll have to give it a chance first to get ripped to shreds by the religiously sensitive amongst us! And that for me is a great pity, because after all, this is just a fictionalized take on a Biblical story. However, to paraphrase the author, both Christians and Jews alike will have to search their souls through this biting satire on contemporary reality. Not only is this an historical novel, The Kingdom is also a satire on contemporary reality with a critical view of the Jewish national story. It offers a stinging inditement of modern Israeli politics. The story itself had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book. A special mention here also to Anthony Berris who translated this work from the Hebrew and was copy-edited by Fiona Sampson. It’s not very often I mention such people, but the ease at which I read this book makes their work also very praiseworthy. This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey. It’s also sprinkled throughout with hilarious moments that had the tears running down my face! It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. And that’s exactly what I did. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader! If you are unfamiliar with this author, you don’t know what your missing out on! I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Amir Or in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jim Galford

  13. 5 out of 5

    CR

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Edwards

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Ballou

  18. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna Carmi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Walkden-Brown

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    Sheila

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan M. Cannata

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    Katie

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    Amy Linquist

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joe Defazio

  26. 5 out of 5

    louis mogel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Smith

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Cartwright

  30. 4 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

    Julie

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    Stav

  34. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  35. 5 out of 5

    sherry schmitt

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