A few years ago, a friend of mine recommended I check out “Day of War,” a book by Cliff Graham about David and the “mighty men.” He described it as a crazy mixture of Braveheart, 300, “Wild at Heart”, and the Bible. I was certainly intrigued but had enough on my plate already, so I didn’t think too much about it. Plus, I already knew all about David’s mighty men, so I figured there really wasn’t any need for me to read the book anyhow.
Here in Romania, I still have plenty to do, but it seemed like the right time to check out the book. I had the ebook version, so I “opened” it up and started reading.
I’d like to say the book is awesome. I really want to be able to say that. But in all honesty, it’s not. The story is awesome but the book itself leaves a lot to be wanting. The hard, honest truth is that Cliff Graham is at best a mediocre, predictable author, but at worst he’s downright confusing, has caricatures for characters, and fails to draw the reader’s heart into the story. I appreciate Cliff Graham’s attempt, but he would have been wise to co-author this book with someone more gifted in writing.
Still, the story carries the book with or without a gifted author. And there’s no doubt about it that Cliff Graham knows how to pick a great story. And he’s not afraid to show the hard, gritty, dirty, bloody story for what it is. He makes war dirty and warriors even more screwed up, and he blows that cartoonish, Sunday school picture of David out of our minds with a shotgun.