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Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David givesHere is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir. In an era of cruelty, when destroying the enemy is deemed a sacred directive, the slayer of Goliath finds a way to become larger than life. His search for a path to power leads him in ways that are, at times, scandalous. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind. How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?...

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Rise to Power Reviews

  • Jane Jago
    2019-03-22 15:50

    Kept thinking I was going to get to like this more as I got into it. Sadly I didn't.I think it was because I disliked all the characters and found it difficult to care what happened to them.Not a success for me. But that isn't to say this is not an interesting and well written book. It is.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-03-15 12:37

    "Rise to Power (The David Chronicles)" by Uvi Poznansky is another eye opening book, based on a biblical theme but written with a modern mind and perspective. Without corrupting the original historic-biblical story Poznansky takes us into the world and minds of well known biblical figures, such as the first King of Israel, his rivals and his lovers. A man of flesh and blood, with sexual urges, pride and huge powers of reflection and analysis David is a superb character, real, with bite and of the human race - quite different from the biblical myth that has been created around him.We see him as he slowly rises to power, from a small soldier to military leader, his military campaigns, his ambitions and the rivalry over the throne; we see the husband to Michal - his first wife and the sometimes strange 'renaissance' man. The novel is historical fiction, biblical fiction and simply excellent fiction.Wit, sharp-minded powers of observations and deep psychological undestanding of the human mind are amongst Poznansky's many strengths. Her characters and stories are powerful, her historic/biblical knowledge is sound. All through my reading of the story I was tempted to check on the internet for the biblical story behind this novel to remind myself of the exact details and to see if anything had been changed. I can vouch for the accuracy now as I can vouch for the entertaining and meaningful character of the story.I am still in awe just how much there is to the story of King David - this is the first book of a series and we are not all too far into the life of David.What a treat to have the story of David presented in such an intellectually stimulating manner, incorporating the historic more than the biblical aspect of the figure. This is by no means a Jewish manifesto. Religion and God play a secondary role in what is a modern adaptation of a very good story.I look forward to the next book in this original and intriguing series.

  • Sheila
    2019-03-18 15:37

    Uvi Poznansky’s Rise to Power is a tale of madmen and kings, youth and old age, prison cells and freedom’s ring. It’s drawn from Biblical history, enjoyed through the eyes of modernity, and it vividly recreates character and place as opposed to the more familiar caricature and reverence.This David’s music affords him rock-star status in court; his imagination offers the surprise of opportunity; and his ambition drives friends, wives and story toward the well-known tale that his well-chosen historians will tell. From the loneliness of historical irony to the lure of significance, the author’s vivid prose blends the haunting tones of harp with harping determination, quoting and personifying the Psalms, offering intriguing answers to history’s queries, and revealing the warrior poet as a master of pithy quotes and political choice. It’s an intriguing tale, told in an intriguing blend of old and new, with the weight of faith and history nicely balanced by the immediate self-centeredness of youth.Offering a tortuous course in court intrigue, and blending the violence of war with the music of influence, Rise to Power leads the immature and ambitious David to his throne, leaving the door open for growth in more Chronicles to come. I shall eagerly await them.Disclosure: I was lucky enough to notice when this was offered free.

  • Dianne
    2019-03-17 15:03

    Who would dare to take on a legendary Biblical figure and make him into a flawed mere mortal, enamored by power, beauty and a lust for life’s treasures and pleasures of the flesh? The answer is Uvi Poznansky in a trilogy starting with Rise to Power, a journey through the life, times, and mind of David, slayer of Goliath, King, poet and lover. Ms. Poznansky humanizes David by entering her David’s head, finding how his thought processes work and laying the foundation for a stunning read where one sees, feels and breathes the ancient air while never noticing the dialogue’s modern feel. We aren’t asked to translate meanings, Ms. Poznansky wants us to relate to and understand the man who mesmerized his world with his actions, good or bad. Sit back and get lost in a history that comes alive with her words.David reflects on his life as he becomes frail, going back to his youth, the time when he thought he could never die because life still held so many challenges for him to conquer. He relives his quest for power, his plans, his scheming and his artistic side. With a velvet tongue he causes listeners to swoon, with his thirst for sexual conquest, he takes what he wants, when he wants it and makes no apologies. The world is his; he can read people, decipher their intent and knows that only a fool would allow historians to paint a true picture of him. That said, what has Uvi Poznansky done? Has she placed a fictional blot on a man who represented victory and triumph in some many ways or has she put him in perspective? David was a man, no more, no less, but Ms. Poznansky gave him renewed flesh and bones, along with each character that crossed David’s path or impacted his life. David comes to life under her carefully guided hand without any religious leaning, just a wonderfully written tale of what David may have been, may have felt and may have done. The blending of fact and fiction is flawless, unlike our David. Again, Ms. Poznansky adds her distinctive signature to historical fiction as she dazzles the minds and imaginations of her readers.Series: The David Chronicles - Book 1Publication Date: January 8, 2014Publisher: UviartGenre: Historical FictionPrint Length: 256 pagesAvailable from: Amazon |  Barnes & NobleReviewed for:

  • Karl Wiggins
    2019-03-24 12:54

    What an absolutely cracking read this was!I started reading this book a week or so before I went away on holiday, and after just a few pages I decided to put it aside and wait to read while away. It is that good. We all know the story of David, the musician who became a hero by killing Goliath, but to view that event unroll through his own eyes is nothing short of magical. This was a book that I never wanted to end. David had been promised King Saul’s daughter, Merav, if he killed Goliath. Merav is lovely and bubbly with a bust that points to the stars,’ but instead of Merav, Saul takes the opportunity to offload his other daughter, Michal, whose chest is as flat as a board. “Who on earth would want a flat-chested, grumpy Jewish princess like her?” asks David, but it’s Michal he ends up with.Unsurprisingly, David’s imagination still conjures up visions of Merav, but her cleavage is even more revealing and her bust even riper, and so to compensate for having the flat-chested daughter dumped on him David starts sleeping around. And who can blame him?The story finishes off with the tale of Bathsheba, who by all accounts was well fit. For those who aren’t familiar with her tale, David spotted her bathing on the roof of her apartment, flashing a bit of this and that, and …. well, I’m sure you get my drift. David’s over there in a New York heartbeat, and before you know it Bathsheba’s pregnant. Well now, David’s in a bit of a tiz-woz because she’s actually married to one of his soldiers, Uriah the Hittite. So he’s obviously got to get rid of him. He sends him off to war with instructions to his generals that when the action hots up they’re all to leg it on out of there and leave old Uriah stranded, which they do. Uriah was a bit of a numbskull and when he was told to hold the fort on his own while they all pegged it to safety, he’s up for it. Not for long, of course, because before you know it they’re all on him, “Uriah, ye dobber, tak' 'at ye twat, an' 'at, ye Sasanach heathen. Kick his heed in! Chop ay his heed!” and it doesn’t take long before it’s the end of old Uriah.David gets beautiful Bathsheba, who gives birth Solomon, of all prophets.I’ve always loved the tale of Bathsheba but trust me when I tell you that Uvi Poznansky is a master storyteller and writes her narrative much eloquently than I ever could.All in all, this book (the first of three I believe) offers a unique insight into the early years of King David, and I absolutely loved it!

  • Yael Politis
    2019-03-26 08:03

    Reading Between the LinesThe stories of the Old Testament occasionally let us in on the characters’ thoughts and motivations, but for the most part only describe what those characters say and do and leave the interpretations to us. In Rise to Power Ms. Poznansky offers us her interpretation of the story of King David’s rise to power (First Samuel). She does not change the stories, so no need to worry about spoilers in a review - Goliath still loses. But she overcomes the lack of suspense about what’s going to happen next and keeps us turning pages by presuming to have privy to David’s emotions and mental processes. And it is a stunning accomplishment.There are some real gems. My favorites of young David’s musings: “So I make a mental note to myself: from now on, avoid talking to historians. Avoid it at all cost—unless, of course, they belong to me.”“Trust me: you must marry her,” he says, “because glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”“Knowing that her eyes have betrayed love, now her voice denies it.””And trapped in that skinny body, pounding there with palpable longing, is the heart of a woman, a proud woman, cursed with love.”“I can’t bring myself to kill her.” “Why not?” “I don’t love her that much.” ”If I obey my whim, if I kill Saul now and announce myself king in his place, how can I hope to be obeyed, when the sanctity of the crown is violated? How can I hold on to power, when I am the one to have defused its magic?””I take no one alive, man or woman, to be brought to Gath, not because I have any particular objections to slave labor—but because they have seen too much and have little to lose, so unlike the trusty historians, they may tell the truth about me.” ”Sometimes I wonder who came up with the bright idea of separation between religion and state. God knows he must be an idiot. Up to now, my men have regarded me as their military commander and political leader. Now I rise up higher in their eyes. Despite the fact that I do not walk with God, they think I can talk with Him.”“To my fighters, this may seem like a debatable decision. I do not mind it, really, because there is nothing better than controversy to increase my fame.”I think this book would be an ideal choice for a book club because it offers so much for discussion. In one of the quotes above David muses about the separation of religion and state. Had that concept been implemented anywhere on earth yet? I doubt it, but actually have no idea. But even if not, I don’t think of something like that as a mistake on the part of the author, but rather a statement that leads us to our own musings about the past. Another example of that is how quickly David’s fame as the slayer of Goliath spread and how many people seemed to recognize who he was without being told. How? Were flyers of his likeness distributed? The language of the book is another subject I would like to hear discussed. The only thing I didn’t like about Rise to Power was the frequent use of modern slang. I realize the author’s problem: she wants her characters to speak in the vernacular, but does anyone have a clue as to what that would have been? What kind of slang existed in Biblical times? And knowing that wouldn’t help in any case - since there was no English then, there is obviously no contemporary English equivalent to be had. So it is a problem that I don’t know how I would solve, though I feel there must be a better solution than using American teen slang adopted in the 1950s - such as “he goes” to mean “he says” or “out to lunch” to mean crazy or “nuts” to mean crazy (that’s actually recorded from 1846, but still modern for a story taking place in the first century BCE). The F-word (Amazon wouldn’t let me write it) is in a different category. It is a very old word - first recorded in print in the early 1500s and so should perhaps sound “old” enough to placate me. But considering how overused ad nauseam that word is, I think I would have preferred that the author simply make up some words. For me, words like the F one only pulled me out of the text and got me pondering about the language, rather than the story. If the whole book were written in that type of slang, that would be an entirely different experience - and not one I’m sure I would enjoy - but it is not. Most of the language sounds “King James-like” enough and “Alas” makes frequent appearances. So for me, the modern intrusions break the flow. Not enough, however, to make me stop reading. And as I stated above, this would be a great topic for a lively discussion, and I found myself willing to ignore this and some editing issues.When Ms. Poznansky gets it right, she gets it brilliantly right and despite its flaws I thought this was an exceptionable book. I highly recommend it.

  • Dolores Ayotte
    2019-03-07 15:53

    Rise to Power (The David Chronicles) by Author Uvi PoznanskyDavid, the would-be king, is playing his lyre in an audition before the mad King Saul...or is he really mad at all? The popular story of the young boy David slaying the giant Goliath comes to life with a unique and somewhat macabre twist in this familiar old Bible story.Gifted Author Uvi Poznansky is up to her usual finesse of taking a well-known Bible story and giving it a modern day perspective. Trust me...she does a darn good job of it! The Prologue actually explains where King David ends up. In essence...the beginning of the novel finds David a prisoner of sorts...actually a prisoner of his impotent self. David now has the occasion to reflect on his past life and he has every desire to share his story. In this fictional novel, David is speaking in the first person and is the narrator of his own past history and the events leading up to his present situation. The reader is then taken back in time with David to hear firsthand how this supposedly humble and simple boy started out.By his own admittance, he is not so innocent after all. Even though he has many brothers, he is to be King Saul's successor...hand selected by old Samuel the "king-maker...the one who anointed Saul all these years ago". In this provocative story, David definitely appears to be far more ambitious than one would have initially imagined and his "rise to power" more calculated and well-thought out than first perceived. However, King Saul is no fool and deep down he has his misgivings about David. Therefore, even in his madness, he looks for his enemy. Is it David? Jealousy of a potential rival has endless and brutal possibilities.In one of her previous novels, A Favorite Son... Ms. Poznansky utilizes the same technique now found in "Rise to Power (The David Chronicles)". She once again creatively and adeptly gets into the head of a familiar Bible character, and then subsequently brings him into the twenty-first century. In doing so, she manages to take her readers with her and they too are exposed to a vast array of human emotions, some more positive than others. One readily sees the ambition and calculative motives of the players and the ends they will go to achieve their own goals no matter the consequences or who they may cross in the process.The setting in this book is in the appropriate Biblical era but the characters have what appears to be a more modern day method of thinking. Or is this really an age old way of operating and not modern at all? Ms. Poznansky is merely saying it likes she sees it. The discerning reader soon realizes a more sinister plot may have taken place as she spurs us on to think outside the box and entertain all kinds of possibilities. I re-iterate that most of us are very familiar with this Bible story about the young boy David...however, I encourage you to read this version of his story. You will get an x-ray view of not only how David's mind possibly worked but also of the way Ms. Poznansky's mind captivatingly works in order to entice her reading audience. She does not leave a stone unturned in this intriguing Biblical story as David narrates his tale with and through the eyes of Ms. Poznansky. Watch David come alive with all his human faults, frailties, and fears as he diligently searches for his path to power. "Life in the shadow of death" it really that exciting after all? You be the judge.Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte

  • J.P. Lane
    2019-02-27 11:46

    Uvi Poznansky gets another five stars from me, this time for her marvelous portrayal of the Biblical King David. Her David, although fictional, is not the perfect figure sculpted by Michelangelo. Nor is he strictly the David of the Bible. With his human failings, the David she has created is a bit of a departure from the legend.This book is written as David’s memoir. In it, he tells us that all it took to make him the legend he became was twisting the historical facts to his advantage. David confesses that, in his youth, he was ambitious. He lusted after the crown of Judah, but soon realized a certain amount of clever public relations was required to get it, and hold on to it. He was also concerned with how he would go down in history. So in this fictional memoir, we see not just the musician, poet and youth who killed Goliath, but wily David, the master manipulator. Though David’s actions are motivated not only by ambition, but by the need to survive. For no good reason, the mad King Saul is out to kill him, forcing David to make some tough decisions. Uvi Poznansky uses modern language (with slang) to tell this story. David says things like hurry up already. At first, such modern terms being dropped into a mid-9th Century BC setting were, to me, a bit lacking in authenticity. The descriptions of some of the women’s clothes also didn’t seem true to the time. But somehow these unexpected elements work together to set the stage for a compelling character who keeps the reader spellbound. Ruthless soldier and commander, brilliant strategist, gifted musician and inspiring orator, David is also a stud. Every woman wants David who wants them in turn, yet he can hardly keep up with the domestic demands of his wives. No doubt about it, he’s a man who loves wine, women and song, a rogue I couldn’t help falling in love with.As far as David’s alleged philandering goes, Uvi Poznansky may not have strayed that far from what the Biblical records tell us. David did indeed have eight wives and ten concubines. He had 20 legitimate children and is said to have had even more children with his concubines. That would suggest he was the busy man Ms. Poznansky makes him out to be. Whatever impression the scriptures may have given you of David, you’ll find this book entertaining, thought-provoking, and, in some parts, very amusing. I’m very much looking forward to the sequel.

  • Linda Hays-Gibbs
    2019-03-09 12:45

    Title: Rise to Power, The Chronicles of David's LifeAuthor: Uvi PoznanskyGenre: Historical Religious FantasyReview Rating: Five StarsReviewer: Linda Hays-GibbsEngrossing, Perceptive, and Introspective This exceptional story opens at the end of David's life, when he is old and feeble. He is feeling he is a lunatic like Saul was. He is trying to put his life into some semblance of order and wants his legacy to be written down in his own memoirs. David is old, sick and feeling totally alone. He realizes that a crown is just a symbol of being a king and a kingdom is held by strength and powers which he thinks he has lost.Then the author takes you back to David's youth and how he felt when he first met Saul. It lets you see the insanity of Saul's reign. David is a child dodging spears from an insane King that believes David covets his throne.You hear David's thoughts as he wants to be a king and he memorizes every aspect of Saul's rule. David even chastises himself for coveting the kingdom of Saul.These are deep introspections of his whole life, goals, and motives. It us an inspiring perspective of the heart of a child. a poet, a shepard, a musician, a soldier, a fugitive, a killer and a king. It is so engrossing and and personable. A very different glimpse into what David's whole life could have felt like. His emotions, his mind and his life is laid bare.This is a refreshing viewpoint and a deeply poetic endeavor. I was inspired and captive by the author's incredible poetic license and inspired by her revelations into David's life.I enjoyed it and look forward to her future works. I gave her Five Stars for her ingenuity and introspection with exceptional probing into this iconic historical figure.It was just wonderful to see David as a person with all his trials and successes and even failures expressed so succinctly.Linda Hays-Gibbs

  • Julia
    2019-03-10 12:44

    I’ve been a fan of Uvi Poznansky for quite a while. Her books are beautifully written, emotionally engaging, educational – in a good way! – and always thought-provoking and very very interesting.This adaptation of a familiar story from the Old Testament is unique and feels very modern. From the very first line of the prologue, the story drew me in, partly because of the masterful use of the first person by the author, and partly because of her engaging writing style. The scene of King David as a prisoner trying to escape and tell his story to liberate his soul is compelling and highly readable.And then the story gets even better. Like all Uvi Poznansky’s books, this one has crisp and engaging dialogue, well-drawn characters and a unique plot. It was interesting for me to see the events from King David’s perspective and trace his journey from childhood to maturity and right into today’s time, making the story relevant and engaging for today’s readers. In this story, King David is not a mythical hero – he comes across as a real person, imperfect, flawed, and experiencing conflicting emotions – and that makes him so much more relatable, and his story – so much more compelling. A great read! Five stars.

  • Richard Bunning
    2019-03-23 09:52

    First thing: - Just in case anyone doesn't know, this isn't a biblical studies book. As such that it is, some may find religious offence in the free interpretation. This is a liberal historical fiction based on the authors private view of what just might have happened behind the brief scripture sentences. I am not conventionally religious, but even if I was I'm sure that I would still find this writing very entertaining. It is reasonable, though, to warn the religious scholar rather than reader of fiction as to the nature of the content.Second thing: - I felt cheated by getting such a short-changed version of the whole story. I felt that the author was more concerned about stretching commercial value than giving the reader a treat. I've been unable to throw off the feeling that I've been offered a half portion. This great read just stops, so demanding more money from those wishing to complete the journey.There simply isn't a great deal of factual stuff about David, even if one is religious enough to trust every biblical word, so getting a complete story in one volume seems anything but an unreasonable expectation. It isn't like this is a long read, that leaves one already exhausted, anyway.I did find some of the expressions rather clichéd, fashionable, rather than helpful, and I failed to see what the thin scatter of mildly offensive language did to help the read. I accept that the slang element may well lend realism, but when writing about what is to some people such sensitive material is its use really helpful. It isn't like our language is short of descriptive words.The rest of this opinion is only positive. Poznansky writes engaging and easily flowing prose. I haven't read anything else she has written. I am anything but put off doing so. This is a very entertaining book, and quite possibly a very good psychological assessment of a particular type of high achiever in any period of history. In the version I read there were one or two inconsistencies of grammar and even a few questionable uses of words, but few of either, and certainly not enough to upset my enjoyment.I am a fan of first person narrative such as this. Yes, this is first person narrative. Poznansky brings a very real flesh and blood David alive through over two and a half thousand years of intervening time. King Saul is wonderfully reinterpreted as well, as are a number of other personalities, not least of which is the detached head of Goliath.

  • Paul Lovell
    2019-03-20 08:06

    DELICIOUSWhen I began reading Rise to Power I was already reading two other books, both considered classics in the literary world. These gathered dust once I’d digested but a few lines of Uvi Poznansky’s alluring verse. I am so enamored with the sensual style and delicious delivery of this Old Testament story, that this review is a purely emotional response as I have just put it down. I feel like a devotee. I’ll steer my review away from the story itself, David, Goliath and a rise to power because it is Uvi Poznansky you are really buying into. An artist that sculpts, writes, paints such a realistic atmosphere, you can feel the desert sand sift through your fingers with each turn of the page. A couple of stone columns and a net curtain blowing in the wind would be more than enough garnish should these words ever make the stage. ----Favourite quote… “I understand what motivates them. Greed is such a universal thing, especially when combined with laziness.”---- I like religions, notice the plural, I like to pick ‘n’ mix the choice bits. I am not so big on displays of piety but do love an epic bible story. Uvi Poznansky replaces piety with poetry, and with panache, adds a splash of seduction. There is no gratuitous violence or scenes to upset the religiously sensitive. I suppose it is only as graphic as your own mind. I was never bored reading this and now it’s finished there is defiantly a void. Luckily for me there is more of Uvi Poznansky’s writing available, plus stuff on the way. Paul Douglas Lovell.

  • Mary Yarde
    2019-03-24 12:42

    There is a musical quality about this book. The words flow smoothly, and David is brought back to life in this interesting take on his life.The story is based very loosely on the 'Biblical" life of David. Poznansky portrays David as a showman more than a man touched by God, and in fact, she suggests that the whole 'God talking to David', was something David made up to increase his popularity and his claim to the throne. Umm?! The modern terminology of this book did throw me initially, and it is not the most historically accurate of stories — a little more time researching the era would have been appreciated by this reader! But the tale is an old one, and this is a modern twist that was actually very enjoyable.Told in the first person in the form of a memoir, Rise To Power is a compelling read. Initially, with the modern terminology, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it, but I persevered, and I am glad I did because for what it is, it is a wonderful story and I look forward to reading the sequel.

  • Seb
    2019-03-08 08:45

    The story of David, known by many only for the killing of Goliath, offers a rich source for mythological storytelling that has appealed to writers, poets, playwrights and filmmakers. Uvi Poznansky joins this select group by offering a new perspective, one infused with her acute artistic sensibility. Writing from the point of view of David himself, she presents a portrait of a man consumed by passions he will perhaps never be able to fully control and imagines in superb detail much that is absent from the historical record. This is not the expected picture of the biblical King but one that brings out the whole man, good and bad. ‘Rise To Power’, the first volume of a three book series, is an impressive achievement and one that leaves no doubt that the remaining books in the series will be at the top of your reading list.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-03-07 08:53

    Until yesterday I was convinced I have read and reviewed this book before. I started it and finished it in one sitting. The prose are truly like poetry in motion. Not at all the David I came to know from the Bible and at the same time exactly like the man that fathered nations and religions. I gasped in shock. Chuckled in guilty understanding and laughed out loud at life from the point of view of David. Not so much a hero here, much more a man. But then, hero's are created post life and this David is very much alive.

  • Brian Bigelow
    2019-03-15 07:53

    This is a really well written excursion through the mind of the character who was David. It really brought the stories about him in the Bible to life I felt. If you're interested in the man this would be a good thing to read.I received a copy for a fair review.

  • Susan
    2019-03-20 10:48

    The story opens with an old king, one who has had his claws and fangs pulled. Indeed, he is not a particularly impressive specimen. Through the course of one night, his memory flashes back to younger days. David started off as a court entertainer – a poet, a dancer, a harp player. But then one decision after another leads David down a road of tough choices, choices that often lead to blood. Set in the land of Israel in the 1st or 2nd century BC, we watch as David rises in power, watch as that power is snatched away, and then watch as David claws that power back.This story was new to me as I am not religious, though I am pretty certain that the life of David is chronicled in the Christian and Hebrew bibles. So some of you may already be familiar with many of the details of this story. Even I, who lives under a rock, had heard the tale of David versus Goliath. I have to admit that my overall ignorance of David and his deeds added to my pleasure in discovering this tale through this book. except for the David versus Goliath fight, I had no idea what would happen to David. So, yes I fretted over him.He started off so simple and care-free. He was a court entertainer and a bit of a ladies’ man. A young lad soon to be a man who had little a need to be noticed. Of course, the King (King Saul) offers him a daughter’s hand in marriage for defeating Goliath. This turns out to be a bit of a ruse and David ends up with another daughter. But don’t worry, later in the story he collects a few more wives. He has plenty of companionship in the bedroom. Just as he has plenty of conflict in the king’s court and later in the battlefield.David is a complicated guy. He starts off on a bit of a lark, off for adventure. Then marriage and court intrigue send him into a series of conflicts that bloody his hands. By the end of the book, we have a very different picture of David. I am not sure I like the man he turned into, even as I am sure that I am quite intrigued by him. The ending left me ready for the sequel in the series, wanting to know if David can redeem himself of his misdeeds, or if I am going to want to behead him.My few criticisms are small, as I quite enjoyed my time with this book. The first partly stems from my own cultural and (perhaps) historical ignorance. There is a scene where David must collect the foreskins of 100 Philistines. Now I assume that the only way to do that is to convert the uncut men to Judaism, and part of that conversion means the willing circumcision. The other option is to kill the Philistine men and then collect their foreskins. I can only imagine that would be a grisly task left to servants and they would probably do it quickly, so there might be a few extra tips thrown in with the foreskins. Ugh! Oh, and these were a wedding present. As you can see, I had to make some assumptions there as to why David would be tasked with foreskin collection duty.The other criticism is that the ladies are mostly wives and sex objects. We’re told one lady (Abigail, I think) is particularly clever, but in the few lines she had, I did not see it. The ladies don’t seem to have anything other than David to talk about, so I didn’t get a sense of their personalities.Still, with those in mind, I did enjoy this book, and I enjoyed learning a bit of history from it. David is a complex character that evolves through out the book and while I may not end up liking him and wanting to have him over for tea, I want to know more about him.The Narration: David George made a good David, scoffing and pouting and womanizing in all the right places. He also did a good job expressing incredulity (like the numerous times King Solomon has to throw his spear at someone in court). I especially liked his voice of the taunting David when certain items were liberated (quietly and sneakily) from an enemy’s camp. His female voices were rather similar, but as the women didn’t have major roles and didn’t chat with one another, it was easy to keep their characters apart.

  • Awesome Indies Reviewers
    2019-03-14 14:37

    Poznansky writes engaging and easily flowing prose. This is a very entertaining book, and quite possibly a very good psychological assessment of a particular type of high achiever in any period of history. Poznansky brings a very real flesh and blood David alive through over two and a half thousand years. King Saul is wonderfully reinterpreted as well, as are a number of other personalities, not least of which is the detached head of Goliath.This is a liberal historical fiction based on the authors private view of what just might have happened behind the brief scripture sentences. I am not conventionally religious, but even if I was I'm sure that I would still find this writing very entertaining. It is reasonable, though, to warn the religious scholar rather than reader of fiction as to the nature of the content.The formatting is good with no blatant errors but some little punctuation missteps. In the version I read there were a few inconsistencies of grammar and even a few questionable uses of words, but not enough to upset my enjoyment.Real history buffs, however, will cringe. For example, the author mentions cedar trees from Lebanon. Lebanon did not then exist. That cluster of city states where modern Lebanon sits was called Cannae and later Phoenicia by the Greeks or was referred to by each city state. And the author’s prose is filled with modern-day jargon. Simple modern English in novels of long ago is acceptable, but the writer must not use terms that would not have been known back then. Worse still, the usage is inconsistent, not sticking to either old or modern style.Examples of terms that would not have been known back then. "take a listen""larger than life""bard" (for poet)"your legacy""stuck in your shoes""the mind works" "all is lost""has-been""political statement""fixatives""Hell, I made sure of that."There's an occasional foolish sentence too. "At this point, the city has no history yet." How about just, "The city has no history."I also found some of the expressions rather clichéd, fashionable, rather than helpful, and I failed to see what the thin scatter of mildly offensive language did to help the read. I accept that the slang element may well lend realism, but when writing about what is to some people such sensitive material is its use really helpful. It isn't like our language is short of descriptive words.The book felt like a short-changed version of the whole story. There isn't a great deal of factual information about David, even if one is religious enough to trust every biblical word, so getting a complete story in one volume seems anything but an unreasonable expectation, especially as this isn’t a long read. I felt that the author was more concerned about stretching commercial value than giving the reader a treat. I've been unable to throw off the feeling that I've been offered a half portion. This great read just stops, so demanding more money from those wishing to complete the journey.I received this book free of charge from the author in return for an honest review.

  • Dave
    2019-03-16 14:47

    I finished this book a couple of months ago. It was a quick read that I enjoyed very much. My taste tends towards history, but I have generally avoided the genre called historical fiction for several decades. I'm not so much interested in a story as an understanding of how human society came to be what it is. I came across the author's website when I was randomly searching for graphic art. I was impressed by her paintings, found her bio interesting, and downloaded the 1st 2 volumes of her David series. As a child, I found the biblical portrayal of King David and his times fascinating, but not entirely rewarding. The raw material semed to be there: his strengths and weaknesses. But there was something missing. The story was too mythical, it didn't seem to reflect the sort of way a real person would think or act, nor did it describe David's physical and cultural environment in a plausible way. Reviews suggested Rise to Power would supply the missing dimensions. The reviews were on target. Uvi Poznansky's David is a real person.The narrator of Rise to Power is David himself. Throughout this volume he recounts the details of his relationship with his predecessor: why the old warrior-king puts up with him for a time and then recognizes that he's a threat to the crown. In the course of this tale we learn how Goliath happened to fall forward although struck in the middle of his forehead by David's slung rock. We are also treated to a depiction of the struggle between the Jews and Philistines (I understand that the term "Palestine" is simply the Latin form of "Philistine"). For a time David and his gang of bandits are allied with the Philistines against Saul, it's partiularly interesting to see the nature of that relationship.David eventually prevails over Saul. Had I stopped reading at that time, I'd probably have given the book 5 stars. The last several pages, however, adddress the beginning of the new King's decline after he sees Bathsheba. Personally, I don't need so much narration to understand that Dave was horny, he was the boss.One more thought, King David put me in mind of President Clinton. Both were terrific speakers, who were ultimately brought down from great power by their very human urges.

  • Catherine Cavendish
    2019-02-26 15:57

    'Rise To Power' is the first in a series of books charting the life and times of Kind David. Yes, the Biblical King David. But if you think this is going to be a religious, pious retelling of the story, you would be mistaken. This is the book's power, and what makes it so accessible to any reader, irrespective of their religion - or lack of it. The subject himself is well aware of the sycophantic scribblings of the official historians of his day. In this account, he attempts to set the record straight, and present himself, with all his failings, to the reader's scrutiny. In this first volume of his memoirs, we see the young, ambitious, ruthless David who will stop at virtually nothing to achieve his dreams of power and greatness. He will see King Saul off his throne - but will stop short of killing him, or of publicly condoning anyone else for doing so. He takes any woman he desires, even the married ones, and, as for Goliath...David knows all about creating a popular public image. He knows how to attract support, and when he needs to resist his natural urge to seize power. He's in it for the long game, and his understanding of what makes humans 'tick' is impressive. The author has presented King David as a seriously flawed character, but a fascinating one - perhaps because of that.An exciting read. I was hooked from the beginning. Others have mentioned the slightly controversial use of modern idiomatic language which maybe shouldn't have worked but, for me, it did. And it added a new dimension to this work. I look forward to part two and thoroughly recommend 'Rise To Power'

  • Renee
    2019-02-28 14:42

    Uvi Poznansky gets five big stars from me. I will do my best to explain and try to do justice to this marvelous book. You know David, the Biblical King David? Well if you dont you have to read this. Uvi's book reads like a piece of art. I think it is like taking the history that was written about David and creating a story resembling "A Real Hollywood Story" or "This is Your Life" David explains his life and the creation of the legend that is David. So there are reveals, confessions and decisions leading to David himself just trying to survive.Most people dont know David as young person formulating a plot and creating his ambitious life. David was not only a poet and writer but he was a musician., this time for her marvelous portrayal of the Biblical King David. Her David, although fictional, is not the perfect figure sculpted by Michelangelo. Nor is he strictly the David of the Bible. With his human failings, the David she has created is a bit of a departure from the legend.I would say the book is also a modern tale. The way it is written in terminology that doesnt need a dictionary or interpreter. The author also adds to the story how women just adored David. He was pursued by many. In this time, David, had many wives as was the lifestyle. As far as David’s alleged affairs, I was wondering how he kept up. He had twenty children with as many as weight wives. Shocking to me, by the way.If you love history as a base with a modern flair PLEASE read this. I found it an excellent impression of all the is David. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

  • Jennifer Garcia
    2019-03-11 16:07

    This is the second book of Uvi's I've read and I enjoyed it. First, I'd like to say that the audio version is incredible and the narrator excellent. He truly did a wonderful job telling this story. I am not well versed in the bible and did not really know the story of David. So this story was like reading any other historical fiction, but so much better. The story begins with David ill and dying. As he fades away, losing his kingdom, he tells the story of his life. It is an interesting and well told story. It was history told in a modern way, which made it so easy to understand. There were no complicated words to look up or try to understand. It was all very straight forward. It made the flow of the story seamless. David grew up with a struggle but a lot of smarts or luck on his side. As much trouble as he found, he seems to have weaseled his way out of it all. I was completely engrossed once David began to tell his story, and found his story telling to be personable and poetic. If you like historical fiction and great story telling, I recommend this book to you.Italian Brat's Obsessions

  • S.R. Mallery
    2019-03-15 07:59

    A TIME OLD TALE, TOLD WITH AN ASTUTE VOICEReading Uvi Pozansky is like dipping one's toe into a seemingly calm lake. At first it feels motionless, yet the deeper one goes, the more turbulent and complex the waters become. So it is with Mz. Pozansky's lovely, astute, and highly analytical writing.Of course, most of us have heard the story of David versus Goliath. But in "RISE TO POWER (Book of David), the author takes a different path. Much like the composer Salieri in "Amadeus" or the main protagonist, Benjamin Britten, she begins the book with an older, hopefully wiser King David, forced into quarantine and all the while ruminating about his life. A bountiful life filled with his beginnings as a court musician to King Saul, his private ambitions, and ultimately, his lust for power overriding everything.As the book progresses, we realize this is a great story about the young lying in wait for the old to decline--a time old tale, told this time as an ancient lore (albeit with a lot of modern phrasing), where Philistines, concubines, and battles reign supreme and human foibles are presented for what they are––man's weaknesses throughout time. VERY well told!

  • Wendy Steele
    2019-02-26 13:01

    This is the story of David of the Old Testament, his 'rise to power' from musician and poet to a ruthless, calculating leader of his people. I loved the concept of retelling these stories, though I always thought David was a shepherd! On the whole, additions of historical background and flowing, magical poetic words brought these stories to life. On the downside, I found much of the dialogue clunky and unrealistic at times, switching from old, biblical speak to modern while the prose has editing errors and too many clichés. The clever use of language, however, often painted such a vivid picture, that at times, I did become immersed in the story.I found some parts of the book disjointed and difficult to follow but, overall, I enjoyed reading about a boy growing up, realising the impact of his transformation from boy to man and how this would affect his future, especially once his hands were blood stained.So, NADGE – needs a damn good edit, but for the good bits, it's a 4* read from me.

  • J.J. DiBenedetto
    2019-03-15 09:58

    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".

  • Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer
    2019-03-24 12:51

    How does David see himself? His ambition, his strife to become king.Uvi Poznanaky had outdone herself. Brilliantly written, in the eyes of David. She is drawing us into its depths of his life. His thinking, his fears, his perspective to life, his ambition and gaining to power to become king.David was facing lots of dangers, like killing the Philistine Goliath, or even running away from Kind Soul, as he wants him dead. David could have killed him any time, but he, David refused to do so. Soul was anointed by God. And when Soul died in battle with the Philistines, David was devastated.I thought that was very good, as David said to his servant: “The purpose of all this was for me to realize my future and the future of my House. The House of David in the years and generation to come."Whether you are religious or not, you will enjoy this story about David, told in such a way, as if it just happen now, just another story. But is it?David, from a shepherds boy to a musician to sooth king Soul’s soul, until he himself becomes king.Brilliantly narrated

  • Brandt
    2019-03-27 15:43

    This is the kind of literary and poetic writing that is a pleasure to read. Rise to Power (The David Chronicles Book 1) by Uvi Poznansky takes us into the the story of David from a fresh perspective. We see through David’s eyes as the author attempts, quite competently, to allow him to share his thoughts, feelings and motivations. It gives us new insight into this great story. It’s exciting to learn details and discover the real drama of the events. I love the author’s writing style. The following excerpts give a hint of that, and the drama running through the entire book“So why turn into a fighter, all of a sudden? Beware of yourself. Beware of hasty moves in the wrong direction. War is a bloody game. Not for you!”“…Because I am desperate. My path to power has been blocked. Yet this I know: If the king’s throne topples, even a commoner can reach for the crown.”A lovely work by a gifted writer who should be read by a wider audience.

  • Dennis Waller
    2019-03-27 09:01

    Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky is an interesting twist on historical fiction that I found to be fascinating and entertaining. Wonderfully written, this is a great read with depth and emotion. While based on the biblical David, I would suggest remembering this is fictional tale using biblical history as the backdrop. I like how the author brings to life such an iconic figure like David with depth, making him human, almost in the sense that this is someone we might see in other people or someone we can relate to on some level. The focus of the book is in portraying David's rise from the shadows to power with the events and people along the way. Richly descriptive, it's an enthralling read as you immerse yourself into the story. Reading the works of Uvi Poznansky is an enjoyable experience and consider her to be in the top echelon of writers today. Overall, historical fiction at its finest.

  • William O'Brien
    2019-03-21 10:05

    Strength and beauty, style and eloquenceRise to Power (The David Chronicles Book 1) by Uvi PoznanskyYet another encapsulating piece of writing from Poznansky with the creation of Rise to Power.The uniqueness of this author is one to behold and in these times of mediocre passings of light - The David Chronicles radiates in the heavens.The strength and beauty, style and eloquence is magnificent throughout these pages. An accomplished writer with an original perception of life and spiritual wonderment.A true genius and lovingly devoted to her work, Poznansky know how to grasp the open-minded reader an lead them into sometimes unknown worlds of the once familiar. The pages of this work are full of descriptive imagery, well-developed characters and destiny.Perfection in the love of life 5*****

  • Helen Christmas
    2019-03-22 12:59

    This is an unusual book and not the type of story I would normally choose, yet I found this very intriguing and with a storyline which quickly engaged me with the characters and pulled me in. It is unusual, in so much as it is a story drawn from the Old Testament, yet written in the modern style. The whole concept of an ancient king, using modern day profanities jarred me a little - yet the writing style is elegant, descriptive, poetic and philosophical with many thought-provoking dilemmas. Nicely told, through the emotions of the character, it is a new take on the tale of David and Goliath - how a boy, David, starts from humble beginnings as a lowly minstrel and is gradually elevated in status to become a king. It was a book I found it slightly difficult to relate to, yet the beautiful use of language was a pleasure to read.