Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Book Review: Jonathan’s Shield by Channing Turner

Jonathan’s Shield
By Channing Turner
Genre: Biblical Historical
Book Description:
Beral's only goal is to serve loyally as Jonathan's shield bearer and protect his prince through whatever battles may come.  But Jonathan needs a friend as well, a man he can trust while navigating the precarious footing of his father's court. Being that friend puts Beral's life in danger and stretches his loyalty to the breaking point.  For what Jonathan wants is to do Yahweh's will, whether that be through defying his increasingly paranoid father, King Saul, or supporting the aspirations of young David, whom Jonathan believes is the rightful heir to the throne.
As he competes with David for the hand of the king's daughter, Beral struggles to hold true to his loyalties, even while he watches King Saul descend into madness.
If Yahweh withdraws his protective hand, Beral and his men will be all that stand before their gathering enemies.  Only one thing is certain: Beral's fate, as well as the future of Israel, is tied to the virtue of their king, and Saul's honor has long since fled.
Book Review:
Jonathan's Shield is the first biblical fiction novel I have ever read. I am amazed with how much I liked this story. Mr. Turner does a fantastic job describing the time period, along with the attire, language and characteristics of each character.

Beral is an awesome guy. He is very loyal to Jonathan, Prince of Israel, and follows him through whatever battle that comes their way. There is also a love interest in this story for Beral and we continue to see the high morals that this man has.

I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction. Five stars!!

Author Bio:
A son of the South, Channing Turner grew up in Arkansas and Louisiana before graduating from Louisiana State University in Psychology. He did graduate work in marine biology and became an estuarine biologist along the Texas coast. After retiring from the petrochemical industry where he worked in Louisiana and Montana as a laboratory analyst, he managed the 2010 US Census in Montana and northern Wyoming. He now lives in eastern Washington with his wife, Barb.
Channing served in the army and was discharged as an Armor captain. Reading and writing are his sedentary pursuits, but he also enjoys riding his Tennessee Walker in the Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon.
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