Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Shadow of The Mountain by Cliff Graham


First, I have to say I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing for an honest review. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! As someone who grew up in a Christian home, I heard a lot about Moses, the Exodus, and the plight of the Hebrews to try and escape the slavery of the Egyptians. This story does not focus on Moses, though. This story focuses on Caleb, who is not really mentioned very much in the Bible at all. It did not detract from a great story, though.

We open the story by meeting our main character, Caleb. He is a man who knows about the story of Moses and of the plight of the Hebrews. He is telling his story a long time after the Exodus, and the author makes it clear that much of his story is artistic in basis, not exactly taken from the stories in the Bible. We follow Caleb through his journey of life and some loss, all while fighting hard to keep those he cares about most alive. There are many bloody battles in this book, and while I usually do not like them saturating a story, I could get my mind around it for this story. The author gives a real face to a man that no one really knows anything about. I could almost see Caleb as I was reading his story.

This book only took me three days to read, and I almost could not put it down. The ending was a bit slower than the rest of the story, but overall, it was a well written book. I have never read this author before, but I would be happy to read another book by him soon. My only other complaint was that there were times that the story seemed a bit rushed as well, which could be why the pacing was good. I know it makes no sense to say that, but a story's pacing can be great while parts can feel rushed. Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to review this book for you and share my thoughts. I look forward to reading more soon. 4/5 Stars!