Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Fantastic Twist on a Familiar Biblical Tale

James DiBenedetto is the author of the Dream series, where he explores hs 'what if you can see someone else's dreams'  theme. I am thrilled to find his review for the audiobook edition of my novel, Rise to Power:
  • James D.Arlington, VA USA07-31-14

"A Fantastic Twist on a Familiar Biblical Tale"
What made the experience of listening to Rise to Power the most enjoyable?
Hearing Uvi's gorgeous prose read, with great depth and feeling by the narrator, David George

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise to Power?
David's introduction to King Saul, and his desperation to carve our a place for himself. It's very compelling.

What does David George bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He brings life and depth to the characters. It IS there on the page, but hearing it, with the emotions brought out, lends a whole new dimension to the story.

Who was the most memorable character of Rise to Power and why?
David himself. Seeing a completely different side to him from the David we know in the Bible was fascinating - but also completely believable.

Any additional comments?
This is my original review of the story:

Uvi Posnznsky's "Rise To Power" follows in the style of previous stories (her tale of Job's wife in "Twisted" and her retelling of the story of Jacob and Esau in "A Favorite Son"), taking a well-known Biblical tale and examining it through a modern lens. And like those previous stories, she has created a compelling book that can't be put down.

"Rise to Power" chronicles exactly that: David's rise from obscurity to the throne of Israel. All the elements of the Biblical story are here, and the beautiful psalms and songs of David, but the author gives us a look behind them to the human beings who lived and struggled to create them. It's a fascinating approach, and it makes a distant age more accessible to modern readers.

Like her other works, the use of language in "Rise to Power" is simply beautiful - the author's artistic training shows through in the way she carefully uses words to paint images and draw forth emotion. It's simply a pleasure to read Uvi Poznansky's prose.

I'd highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to the next book - "A Peek at Bathsheba".


  1. Wonderful review! I agree with you this was simply beautiful

    1. Thank you Renee! Means a lot coming from you :)