Title: Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus
Author: Cliff Graham
Publisher: Bethany House
“I am Caleb, the son of Jephunneh! I was there when Yahweh crushed the Egyptian armies with his fist and buried them in the sea! I will slaughter you all, man, women, and child!” the warrior vehemently declares in Cliff Graham’s novel, Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus.
Book One of the Shadow of the Mountain series, this three hundred and four page paperback targets those who enjoy an enhanced Biblical story of a man mentioned little in the Old Testament. Topics of graphic physical abuse, beatings, war, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Versions of the Holy Bible used are the KJV, NLT, and ESV. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The beginning contains a note to the reader and glossary while the ending includes author’s notes, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.
A former United States Army soldier and officer, author Graham writes and speaks at churches, conferences, and men’s groups. Living in Utah with his wife and children, he operates a number of media franchises.
In this story based on the Israelis’ exodus from Egypt in Scripture, only Joshua and Caleb were allowed by God to enter the Promise Land. Told from both first and third person perspectives, the life of Caleb is fictionalized from being a young boy from the Kenaz tribe to an eighty-five-year-old disciplined leader ardently conquering Hebron for his inheritance.
When one of Caleb’s soldiers asks the old man to explain what happened when he was in Egypt during the plagues God had Moses and Aaron control, Caleb reminisces his wartime thirst for blood, fame, and attention after receiving the prestigious Gold of Honor award by the Pharaoh.
Through multiple tortures, painful injuries, and arduous battles, the man not born of Hebrew tribal bloodlines climbs the Egyptian ranks of the Red Scorpion Army before he meets Moses and follows Yahweh’s people into the dessert.
Geared toward those who like violent Old Testament stories, the book informs readers about the giant Anakites, the Amalekites, Egyptian idols, its pharaoh, and the Pyramids as well as the debilitating Biblical plagues.
Having taken ample liberties from the few references noted in the Word of God, Graham’s tale is a plausible scenario that shows not only the violence of mankind but also the power of the Almighty in this engaging but gory read.
Thanks to Bethany House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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