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The Sword of David

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This is my first exposure to this author and it definitely did not disappoint! His well-developed characters and easy writing style make it an easy and pleasurable read. This is a well-written, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave you breathless at times in anticipation of the next twist in the plot. Don’t start reading this book if you are not prepared to stay up all night. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Permuted Press who provided me with a copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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This book is extremely well written and plotted. It reads seamlessly. The characters are interesting and likable (mostly). 

I want to thank NetGalley and Permuted For allowing me to read this action packed thriller
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Overall, I highly recommend this read. Though fictional, the author has clearly researched this topic and is well versed with the challenges between Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The book quickly takes off into action, has all the ups, downs and twists of a great thriller. The author sprinkles in great pearls through out of history with the fiction. 

Overall I greatly enjoyed and appreciated the author's main goal of recognizing the the roots of Christianity, Islam, Judaism are shared and demonstrating how they could come together with a common goal. 

I also greatly enjoyed how the author shares his interest, history and training in this topic during the epilogue. To any considering I highly recommend without reservation. 

NetGalley gave me this copy for free for an honest review. The comments above are mine without influence.
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The Sword of David is a very topical addition to the genre of archaeology thrillers.  Instead of putting a nameless group of good guys against an imaginary cabal of bad guys, the tension here is the fight between Muslim extremists and Israel and those Western nations that support it. The fight to end the violence perpetrated by the extremists will be aided by the ability of the Israel State to track down biblical artifacts.  The search for these artifacts leads us, a la Dan Brown, through Westminster Abbey, the famed Ethiopian Monastery, and the Vatican.  This book rings all the biblical archeology bells, and it was fun reading. However, I felt that the chapters told from the perspective of the Jihadists was perhaps too realistic for what I search for in my pleasure reading. It also seemed to glorify Israel and denigrate Islam.  I understand from the author’s note that he has a long history of penning books and articles on terrorists and terrorism and that he believes there can be change, but the story didn’t match that aspiration. Because of this,I can give it only 4 stars.
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The Sword of David tells the story of an Israeli commando traveling across the globe, following clues in search of a major biblical treasure that could change the destiny of the world. 

The book is a mix of Indiana jones, Da Vinci Code and the Gabriel Allon or Marcus Ryker series and I had a great time reading it. It's not only action-packed, thrilling and entertaining, it's also interesting, educating and very relevant. It's well-written with well developed characters and I really hope there will be more books about Chaim Klein. I highly recommend this book. 

Thanks to the author, Bombardier Books and NetGalley for this copy.
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I was recently provided with an ARC of Charles Lichtman's new book entitled "The Sword of David" (Bombardier Books) for review purposes.  I am pleased to be able to report that the book is both intriguing and entertaining.  The story revolves around an Israeli Special Forces operative with a background in archaeology.  As a series of increasingly important discoveries are made, it transpires that this particular Israeli soldier has a special destiny involving a number of lost Biblical artifacts.  His dramatic search for these artifacts, accompanied by a colorful group of characters drawn from diverse backgrounds, quickly develops into an international romp set against a looming Apocalypse for the Middle East and the world.  The pace is fast and the action is unrelenting. If I might be allowed a cinematic comparison, this book is like a mashup of Indiana Jones films together with "The Hunt for Red October" and "The DaVinci Code."  If you liked any of those, this book might be for you.
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A biblical story written in the style of tales encountered in the bible.  The settings and events are reminiscent of the writings of men that lived and worked in the days of the living bible.  Those readers not prepared for the writing style of Mr. Lichtman may find that the book is not for them and miss what is a well researched intriguing story. I did find the novel a good read and the ending one that follows the author's guidance. 
     Chaim Klein an officer of the Israeli Secret Service on an assignment to explore the area under the Dome of the Rock in Israel happens upon the "lost" Ark of the Covenant.  Immediately upon his discovery he is visited by the lady that is in charge of the Templars the warrior arm of the church that was disbanded about 700 years ago with its leaders burned at the stake. But smelling the Lost ark she appears and tells Klein that he must now initiate a search for the 10 Commandments.  No problem for Klein who as proof of his newly found skills has done a King Arthur and drawn out a sword (maybe) Excalibur from a rock from which no one else can.  All right, but remember this novel is done in the styling of the bible, where G-d talks to his adherents and all's well that ends well.
      There is an event happening in the background all this time in which all the major religions are at war with each other.  Klein somehow finds himself in a position to hunt down and stop those that are involved in the conflict.  With all his obligations Chaim manages to get involved with this one also and of course manages miracles.  Remember that the styling of the book follows living Bible practice.  A major meeting of those in charge of the different groups is set up to take place in Israel and as expected the bad guys line up to kill large segments of those groups attending.  How is it thwarted and a happy biblical ending arrived at - well just ask Chaim.   
     Yes it is a fun read in spite of all the miracles happening and nothing wrong with recreational reading from time to time.
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352 pages

5 stars

What a wonderful story! 

Chaim Klein, a a member of the Israeli Special Forces, is on special assignment. He and a small team are digging/investigating under the Dome of the Rock in Israel. He shockingly discovers the long lost the Ark of the Covenant. But something very important is missing from the collection. 

He is then chosen to look for the Ten Commandments. 

So begins a globe-hopping search for the lost tablets. The places he searches in his quest are absolutely great. I love it when a book takes me around the world. I felt like I was there with Chaim witnessing everything he heard and saw. All the countries were fabulous. The sights and smells immediately imprinted on my mind.  Along the way, Chaim comes across the awesome Sword of David. This sword is said to have mystical qualities. 

This is a fabulous book that searches the world for the lost tablets. Along the way, the reader meets several interesting people; all of whom believe they are right and good in their intentions. Some are terrorists, some are not, some are good and some are not. 

This book is extremely well written and plotted. It reads seamlessly. The characters are interesting and likable (mostly). 

I want to thank NetGalley and Permuted Press/Bombardier Books for forwarding to me a copy of this fantastic book for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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