Shadow of the Mountain: ExodusCliff Graham
From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God's chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of gro... Read More
From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events that made Graham's Lion of War series a hit. Shadow of the Mountain is sure to ignite a love for the Old Testament in popular culture.
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 5, 2015
- UPC: 9780764214752
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 304
- Publish Date: May 3, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764214756
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- Shadow Of The Mountain By: Cliff Graham by aussiegirl on 6/22/2015
Shadow of The Mountain: Exodus
By: Cliff Graham
The cover is really interesting. As it shows a Mountain and different sign behind the mountain while in front of the mountain is a man walking toward it. The color of the cover is captivating.
In the front of the book there's a Glossary of terms and Egyptian Gods, Concepts, and Misc. Terms. so it will help you understand the book better.
As you know Caleb is mentioned only a few times in the scriptures of the bible. So the Author Mr Graham takes his imagination and fills in the blanks where the Bible is silent. So Mr. Graham created a back story of Caleb so you get some events of Exodus, the wondering in the wilderness, and the Conquest he is on.
Once you start to read this book and Caleb journey you will want to keep turning the pages as fast as you can, it's a page turner for sure. This is a story that will grab you and pull you along the journey with him. This is a portrait of two of God's chosen people. It also shows meditation for the masculine people that were mentors and how growing older is a challenge even in those days.
This is the Mr. Graham's first book of Exodus in the Old Testament Saga. I can't wait for the next story to come out.
I recommend it highly especially if you love these types of books it is wonderful.
I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else's.
HAPPY READING!! Enjoy your journey with Caleb.
- Trusting God and taking Canaan at long last, Caleb's experience! by Jeri's Real Reviews on 5/30/2015
"Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are able to overcome it" Numbers 13:30. You know the rest; giants inhabited in the land and Israel let their fear keep them from trusting God to take the land of Canaan for them.
Joshua and Caleb were the only two original survivors left of those who made the journey of the Israelites exodus from Egypt. In this Biblical history novel, Cliff Graham tells the story of Caleb as he makes ready to attack the city that will be his inheritance. He is an old man, but refuses to sit idly by and let younger men take the city. This novel is written as Caleb would tell the story and I found it very engaging. The battle scenes are realistic and lend a genuine air to the book. The author does a good job of writing characters that are real to the time they in which they live. I felt like I was there watching this story take place rather than reading about it several thousand years later. That is a satisfying read.
This is a war story and it tells of Caleb's experiences and how his life was shaped by the wars he fought. It is somewhat graphic but I was able to grasp what the author was saying and lay aside the battle descriptions as I read. There is very little written about Caleb in the Bible and the author builds his life before meeting Yahweh in a manner that seems as it could have happened. This is an excellent story for a man to read, as well.
I won't divulge the details, you must read it. It's just good.
Cliff Graham is a former soldier and officer in the United States Army and he knows how to write about military maneuvers. He also knows how to write in that nugget of wisdom and knowledge that is gained by a life lived with much experience.
This is the first in Graham's Old Testament Saga. I will be looking forward to the upcoming volumes. I give Shadow of the Mountain five stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion.
- Great Storytelling Despite Some Graphic Scenes, by sara on 5/29/2015
Little is known about the Caleb of the Bible, though he is forever etched into Israelite history for his role in the Promised Land quest along with Joshua and Moses. Book one of Cliff Graham’s new series Shadow of the Mountain, Exodus takes on the personal history of the familiar ancient spy, and brings the reader into a new understanding of the times of the Israelite exodus.
The novel begins in a military camp, where 85-year old Caleb is commanding the armies of Israel against the Anakim giants. Here, the old man is prompted by his nephew, Othniel, to describe his experiences as a young man, in the times of the Hebrew Exodus. Caleb begins by telling of his pilgrimage to Egypt from his homeland of Kenaz, and his unlikely rise as a military hero. He was eventually appointed as a member of the Red Scorpions: the Pharaoh’s elite, illustrious military unit. He then chronicles his journey from “adopted” Egyptian to questioning the power of the Hebrew God, and becoming an “adopted” Israelite. Caleb experiences all the plagues firsthand, and offers such vivid descriptions that I have a new appreciation for the book of Exodus.
Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is written from the perspective of Caleb, and while the scenes change from memory to present day every few chapters, it is always very clear what is going on and when. Cliff Graham has managed to create a compelling, master storyteller feel, and I was quite impressed with both the writing and the consistency of Caleb throughout the book. I truly felt like I was in the times of Moses, and I could visualize each and every plague that hit through the descriptive narratives. While reading about the plague of darkness, I could feel the heaviness and panic one would have felt; in reading of the gnats, I felt a tickle in my nose.
Parts of the book were quite difficult to read…not for comprehension but for the graphic portrayal of violence and evil that Caleb encountered. I questioned whether or not such explicit descriptions were necessary, and was even prepared to lower my review of the book as a result. But, the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that even the graphic representations in the novel played a major role: first, to show what kind of culture Egypt truly was, and secondly (more importantly), because the book is being told in the voice of Caleb. The novel portrays him as a hardcore military man, best of the best in all of Egypt, a hardened man who had spent enough time in Egyptian society to absorb their fascination with their gods, the “glory” of death, and the afterlife. The graphic scenes I questioned affirmed the depth of character in Caleb. Overall, this book was a winner. I hope that book #2 comes out soon, because I would be honored to read it.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus by Amanda on 5/29/2015
While preparing to lay siege to another city in their promised inheritance, the Israelite army is stayed by rain. Seizing on this window of opportunity Othniel asks his uncle to recount how he got to Egypt, how he met Joshua, and what it was like to see Yahweh part the sea. Shadow of the Mountain is a first-person narrative about Caleb's early adult life as well as the events of Exodus 7-14 and Joshua 15:14. The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 focuses on Caleb's early life as a gentile and how he became a skilled warrior in the Pharaoh's army. Part 2 details his life changing encounter with the God of the Hebrews. The former draws you in with action and near death escapes, while the later is an especially powerful testimony of God's power as perceived by the eyes of the Egyptians.
If you gravitate towards biblical fiction like me because of it's ability to inform as well as entertain, let me warn you that this title leans more towards entertaining. Keep in mind that very little about the protagonist of this story, Caleb, is written in the bible. For this reason, I was able to extend a fair amount of creative license to the author and enjoy his remarkable gift for storytelling.
Furthermore, as a sister to 3 brothers, a former military medic, and mom to a boy, I am not put off by descriptive violence associate with combat. Whether the scene was tied to military training/skirmishes or the spiritual battle God wages against the Egyptian Pharaoh, Cliff Graham uses sound judgement in the amount of detail he allows to hit the page. That being said, this book will appeal men and women alike.
- Good Read! by Pamla on 5/28/2015
I love books that tell me about the times from an unexpected viewpoint, in this case the story is told by Caleb. I found it fascinating to see what the plagues of Egypt may have looked like from the side of the Egyptians. Caleb tells the story of the Israelites to his nephew so that the history can be passed along to future generations. First from the viewpoint of a high ranking Egyptian soldier, close to Pharaoh then as one of the Israelites. The story is authored by a solider and from a soldiers viewpoint. Great Stuff! I read it in 2 sittings and will be looking for more by the same author.
A free copy of this book was provided to my by Bethany House for review.
- This is a fictional story about the character Caleb from the book of Exodus from the Bible. by Jeanie on 5/11/2015
Original review posted at http://marydeesmeanderings.blogspot.com/2015/05/shadow-of-mountain-exodus.html.
- The Story of The Exodus from the Other Side by B.Prince on 5/6/2015
This is manly man's book.. There's lots of fighting, military techniques, description of violence and lots of blood and gore. There are chariots crashing into walls, torturous military training that leaves men dead and ambush attacks. This book is every man's dream...
I am not a man...
But guess what?
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!! The descriptions are far from over the top and aren't thrown in for shock value like many authors often try to do. Instead, they fit the context of the story perfectly and do not distract but add to the story. And what a story it is!
I have never read anything by Cliff Graham before. Honestly, prior to this review, I had never even heard of him but he is indeed on my radar now. The character development that he put into Caleb is probably some of the absolute best I have ever seen. I really got a feeling for Caleb, who he was and how his life made him who he was. Yes, Graham takes many, many liberties in order to weave a story around a very obscure character from the Scriptures but he does it in such a way that it is very believable and does not take away from what we know of him from the Bible. Caleb is not without his faults and is not the perfect hero which makes him that much more real.
Graham also weaves a wonderful character out of Pharaoh, from a young man wanting to prove himself as a warrior all the way through the story of Exodus. By making Caleb a member of Pharaoh's Royal Guard, The Red Scorpions, Graham allows us to view the story of the Exodus and each of the plagues from the viewpoint of the Egyptians rather than the Hebrews.
The entire time I was reading this, my teenage daughter, who had read the synopsis on the back cover, was bugging me to let her read it. No sooner had I finished it, it was in her hands and she was reading it. It's that good.
This book is the first of a new Series by Cliff Graham and I must say, I am looking forward to the second book.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own.