June 4, 2014
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This review is from: Rise to Power (The David Chronicles Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Uvi Poznansky gets inside the head and under the skin of the Biblical David in RISE TO POWER (The David Chronicles Book 1). While well- researched and relying on the well-known details of the Biblical story this book enters imaginatively into the thoughts and feelings of David, presenting in his own words the complex character in a new and engaging way. Traditionalists might object to the character as he emerges in all his ambitiousness, venality, ruthlessness - and yet tender sensitivity. This is a human portrait of an exceptional man in exceptional circumstances, and whether the reader is religious in an orthodox way or not he can relate to the humanity of this fascinating man as Poznansky had portrayed him. The story is rich in sensual description that reflects the writer's artistic talents (she is a painter, a sculptor, a poet - as well as a fiction writer); for me the most interesting use of language comes in the witty and sometimes anachronistic "modernization" of the narrative that draws the contemporary reader into the head of David himself. He becomes someone we think we can understand and relate to (I am trying to avoid that hated word "relatable") and, in his rich humanity, he reaches across the ages and teaches us something about ourselves.