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Review of ‘The Edge of Revolt’

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King David is getting old, and must face the inevitability of his demise. His eldest son Amnon is next in line to the throne, but when he rapes his half-sister, Tamar, David, though shocked, remains silent. Then, Tamar’s brother, Absalom, lures Amnon to his death. David still remains silent, even though these events have rocked the kingdom. When Absalom moves to oust him from the throne, David is forced to flee, setting in motion a chain of events that will rock Israel to its roots.

The Edge of Revolt by Uvi Poznansky is the third book in the series about David, slayer of Goliath and king of the Israelites. In David’s own words, the story of palace intrigue and family betrayal is chillingly told. This one stands on its own.

I give it five stars.

Review of ‘A Peek at Bathsheba’

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A Peek at Bathsheba by Uvi Poznansky is the second book in the David’s Chronicles series. In this volume, David is besotted by Bathsheba, the wife of one of his faithful soldiers, Uriah. Consumed by his lust, he gets her pregnant, and in order to cover up the scandal, sends Uriah to his death.

Told in ‘his own words,’ this story explores David’s torment over his transgression and his desire for redemption. What he lacks, however, is the will to do what’s necessary to redeem himself. The author uses modern language, but the atmosphere of the place and time comes through clearly.

An interesting alternate history of one of the Bible’s most famous figures.

I give it five stars.

Review of ‘Dancing With Air’

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Lenny Kasminsky is a young Marine serving in England during WWII. His mind and heart, however, are with his only love, Natasha, waiting for him in New York. Lenny is recruited by the high command to write a series of bogus love letters designed to mislead the Nazis as to the actual site of the Allied invasion of Germany. When Natasha comes to London to be with him, he has to write the letters to another woman in order to maintain their credibility. After he’s injured in an explosion, and Natasha is tending him, she discovers one of the letters, setting their relationship back—but, only temporarily.

Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky is the fourth volume in her Still Life with Memories series, which tells the story of love in war through the various eyes of a unique family. This war romance, however, can be read as a stand-alone book, a story that deals with the vagaries of personal relationships in time of war and beyond as Lenny tells his story up to the present day, when he has to face an even greater challenge; his Natasha is slowly losing her memory and touch with reality, forcing him to remember his life and all the opportunities he missed.

A heart-warming story that moves from interpersonal relationships and traumas to the horror and uncertainty of war in a seamless manner. This is not your typical romance novel.

I give it four stars.

Review of ‘Rise to Power’

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The story of David, King of the Israelites, is one that has fascinated people for ages. The Songs of David rank among the classics of ancient literature. But, what did the slayer of Goliath think of himself? In Rise to Power, book one in the Chronicles of David, by Uvi Poznansky, we read the truth of David’s rise to power in his own words.

With his hands stained in blood, David chronicles his ascent to the throne in words that were not permitted of his biographers. Nearing the end of his life, he feels compelled to tell the ‘whole truth.’ Told in modern language, the reader is treated to a glimpse inside the tortured mind of a complex, driven man; driven by blind ambition that competes with a desire to be virtuous, forced to flee for his life from Saul, the first king, a man he both hates and loves in equal measure.

A story that once you start reading, you’ll be unable to put down. Readers who are turned off by less than obsequious treatment of biblical figures will find this novel disturbing, but the author’s deft touch with the language is compelling. I give it four stars.