Shadow of the Mountain: Exodusby Cliff Graham is a warrior book by a warrior. Exodus is a fictional account of what Caleb of the Bible's life might have been like before he appeared on the scene with Joshua in Numbers 13.
Mr. Graham succeeds in bringing to life the culture and times of Egypt before and during the Ten Plagues. His descriptions of battle are realistic and intense, likely from drawing on his own experiences in the United States Army. This book made me feel a little bit like watching an intense movie- wanting to know what happens, feeling a bit horrified at the experiences the people might have gone through and somewhat exhausted by the end.
All in all, this is a riveting book that brings to light possibilities of how things may have been. The plagues are described in photographic detail. The horrors and fascinations of living in a kingdom ruled by a god-king are realistic. This book leaves us wanting to hate the bad guys (the Egyptians) and yet give them compassion as the author shows us how they were real people, living common lives who suffered atrocities because of the whims and stubbornness of their pharaoh.
This book in graphic in its detail, but would be enjoyed by many teenage boys and their fathers. I also can't wait for the next one in the series.
"May it be written that my woman loved me, my children admired me, and the enemy feared me" -Caleb in Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
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