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Covenant of War

(Lion of War #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  703 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The year is 993 BC. After years of bloody civil war, Eleazar son of Dodai, one of King David’s most elite warriors, wants nothing more than to finally live peacefully in the land. But on the plains near the Great Sea, a terrifying army of Philistines has mobilized to crush the Hebrew tribes once and for all. In the sun-drenched valleys and dark forests of the hill country, ...more
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Published February 25th 2012 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2012)
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May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fiction
Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty—an elite group among David’s fighting men) went down to meet him there. David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem.

David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Phi
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book, and a great journey into historical Israel for my first Around the World in 80 Books challenge!

"The Lord your God never abandons you, even when you abandon Him." Wise words from a wise king, and a theme in Covenant of War , follow-up book to Cliff Graham's Day of War. The story continues to follow King David and his Mighty Men, and their battle to reclaim the land of Israel. Covenant is told from the perspective of Eleazar, one of David's Three elite warriors, Benaiah, another of
Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yet another masterpiece from Cliff Graham. I remember reading about David's Mighty Men as a kid and wanting to write a fictionalized version. Now I don't have to. Cliff nailed it.
Bill Tillman
The first book, Day of War was fabulous and so far this book is even better. Okay now that I have finished it.

What words describe valor? What phrase gives meaning to service? Dedication and sacrifice are they truly definable? I answer a resounding yes to all three questions. Cliff Graham has reached an even higher plateau than he did in 'Day of War'. Some characters have died since the first installment in this five part series 'Lion of War'. Next will be 'Song of War', Fires of War', and finall
Amy Vorpagel
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taking Biblical history and extra biblical facts and combining them to create this EPIC battle saga was genius! It's a view of David's life through the eyes of his closest, and highest elite warriors, as he flees for his life from the current King Saul who is taken over by jealous rage of David's favor with the people.
Filled with camaraderie, personal struggles, epic battles, shows of heroism, and a view into ancient war tactics and weaponry, this tale had me feeling all the feels!!
Highly reco
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“If your courage holds in the small battles, it will hold in the great ones.”

A slower start than Day of War but captured my heart, spirit and attention by the end. Parts made me gasp out loud and other made me weep.

“Yahweh uses broken men. I don’t know why he uses David, why he uses any of us.” Benaiah said quietly.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
Wesley Storks
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fiction based off of things that we actually do know. It’s not been written to be history, but a good story. I love a good story, and this is a great one indeed. It is mature though and has quite a lot of violence, but it is an amazing story for mature Christian audiences.
Craig Daniel
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do only audiobooks. A good biblical "guys" read. It is about David's time of war just as he has consolidated power between the North and South Kingdoms. War with the Philistines. Makes you think. I read this book first and haven't read the first one yet.
Elizabeth Flanagan

This was a good read if you like biblical historical fiction and our war stories. It is a bit gory, but you can skip over some of that if you so choose. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Theresa Wright
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Driskill
Well researched and written. This is a great book in a great series. I love the real life detail that make these true stories come alive.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
A lot of talking and planning, interspersed with gory fighting, just like real war. Hard to read, but as with Cliff Graham's other works, this book made me want to dig into the Bible to find the real story.
John W
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timothy R.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I did get to a point where I began to consider whether I would continue in the series.

The good.

Overall, this story is fast-faced with a lot of action. Cliff Graham has done a wonderful job of capturing the emotion and drama related to the war years between the Hebrews and the Philistines immediately after his corronation. Interestingly, the book doesn't recount the corronation, but alludes to it. I also enjoyed the focus this book had on Eleazar, Benaiah, Keth
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As David is crowned king of the nation of Israel, the Philistines have mustered the biggest fighting invasion that some men would ever know. While most of the solider are on leave, David has to make a choice. Will he take the small number of trained soldiers that are in the city and set out, or will he stay and wait to muster a larger force. The fate of the nation set on the shoulders of one man. Can he bare it?HHG

Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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During War, the Israelites had to wait for a priest to 'purify' them as well as their fallen brethren's bodies in order to become 'clean', something that is very important in Jewish culture.
At the end of this section, the main character Eleazar, a mighty man of King David, goes to an Ammonite pleasure tent outside his city instead of returning home to his wife. He just returned from war and was looking for something to satisfy himself after seeing many men die, but he shouldn't be unfa
Rick Higginson
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cliff Graham does an excellent job of bringing to life events and stories that are told only briefly in the Bible. His books offer food for thought in what it might have really been like for not only the men of war around the time of Kings Saul and David, but for their families as well.

That said, this book can also be a bit upsetting, because Graham does not sugarcoat the aspects of war in that day. War has always been a violent, brutal process, for both the soldiers and for the people in a disp
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The year is 993 BC. After years of bloody civil war, Eleazar son of Dodai, one of King David's most elite warriors, wants nothing more than to finally live peacefully in the land. But on the plains near the Great Sea, a terrifying army of Philistines has mobilized to crush the Hebrew tribes once and for all. In the sun-drenched valleys and dark forests of the hill country, Eleazar and his warriors make their stand against Israel's deadliest enemy. The fate of an entire nation rests on the coura ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Lion of War series continues with book 2, Covenant of War. David has been crowned king of Judah, but Israel hasn't accepted him and the Philistines are closing in... Meanwhile, palace life and intrigue threaten David's life from within as he succumbs to it's corrupting influence. Book 1, Day of War, was a little bloody for me and I had trouble getting through it. But Covenant of War kept me spellbound. Cliff Graham is a great storyteller and Covenant of War reads more like a novelization of ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Published by Zondervan in March of 2012
348 pages.

There have been plenty of historical fiction books written about ancient wars as of late. Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire about the Battle of Thermopylae or Conn Iggulden's Emperor Series about Julius Caesar come to mind. Bible-based historical fiction about war is pretty rare, however. Cliff Graham has chosen to write about the Old Testament's most complicated and best-documented warrior, David in the Lion of War Series.

In Covenant of War ,
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tagging along closely with Eleazar--one of the Three--the reader gets a glimpse into the spiritual turmoil that killing causes in a man’s mind. Covenant of War was another really good read to add to this series. Cliff Graham knows those war details. Who needs to watch a war movie, when you can read something like this?? The battles spring from the pages in vivid color--and enough to make you queasy!!

Graham writes in a very manly, masculine way that is sure to delight (and inspire) men…but probab
Elaine Littau
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction

Covenant of War by author Cliff Graham is well-written. While men will be the most to appreciate this book and the detail of hand-to-hand combat of 991 BC, women will benefit from reading it. The author was able to write into the pages bravery,courage, strategy, danger, brutal strength, loyalty, faith and a myriad of other words that evoke strong emotions and word pictures.

It is written as a fiction based on the biblicle accounts of David and his mighty men. Reading of the victories over the fo
Peter Krol
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, history
This novel about David's Mighty Men was as good as the first volume, Day of War. It kept me interested the whole way; I flew through it on my vacation week.

Graham has a strong writing style that defies my expectations for his genre. And the story kept making me want to go back to 2 Samuel to dig into the text of Scripture. The story certainly added details to the story that aren't present in Scripture; but it didn't change anything recorded there. Such changes would have distracted me from the n
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great 2nd book of Lion of War Series; excellent take by author on the what if's as well as setting up future stories and if you know the Bible then it's neat to see the possibilities that might happen? Good writing and nice graphics and war scenes; my only complaint is each character could be developed even more to truly make us fall in love with or hate them depending on sides etc..; still can't wait for 3rd book as well as am excited about the movie possibilities
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's only getting better! With Covenant of War, characters are explored deeper, you grow in your understanding of the battle styles while being exposed to new ones, and charge along biblical history with these men. Mr. Graham does a great job of continuing the energy, depth, and focus started in Day of War. New characters are introduced and veterans are lost while Scripture foreshadows it all. Thrilling and inspiring read.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2012
Excellent second book in the Lion of War series from Cliff Graham. I'm really enjoying the balance he strikes between adherence to the Biblical story lines and a creative, theological interpretation of some of the events related David's "Mighty Men." His use of the work of the Spirit ("The Covering") is very interesting. The concept of grace clearly shows up in this book in how Yahweh deals with the sins of some as well. Excited for the rest of this series.
Anna Hargett
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Cliff Graham. I was very pleased with this book (after reading Day of War) and it did not disappoint. Graham incorporates a lot of ancient military battlefield tactics in his books, and while one might think that would be boring, he does it in a way that keeps the reader interested, engaged, and feeling like they are right there on the battlefield with these Hebrew warriors. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good fictional book that expounds on what might have happened with King David and his might men. The book is filled with great action that is balanced with wonderfully intimate and believable drama. The relationships among the male characters in the text are beautifully simple but very deep and affectionate. You get an opportunity to see the grit, guts and gentleness of men in a way that I think is remarkable.
Terry Keaton
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of fiction but I'm glad I made an exception on this one. This is the story of David and his mighty men facing the army of Philistia. The author uses biblical characters to flesh out a compelling time-in-history accurate narrative. I will definitely look for and read the other books in the series.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-life-books
Wow, so incredible! This guy does an AMAZING job of filling in what might have really happened between/during Biblical account. It really brings the Bible to life. I hafta warn you though, it's not for the faint of heart. There is major battle gore involved. Its a major guy book. I REALLY like it though, hahaha.
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