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Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Please use this forum to discuss historical fiction books. Common definitions define historical fiction as novels written at least 25-50 years after the book's setting.

Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#1 by ZenaLei7
» 28 May 2017, 16:53

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Gideon: The Sound and The Glory" by Joseph Ganci.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Gideon: The Sound and The Glory by Joseph Ganci is a fascinating novel that retells stories from the Old Testament of the Bible. Written in the third person perspective, the book alternates between various characters.

While the main story is about Gideon, the book is split between five parts and delves into the time before and after Gideon’s life. The first part is about Barak and his quest to get rid of Jabin, the king of Canaan. The second part is about Gideon and his quest in freeing Israel from the Midianites. The third part is about Abimelech, Gideon’s son, and his quest to become king. The fourth part is about Eli, the Ephod of Gold, and the Ark of the Covenant. The fifth part is about David and his life before he became the king of Israel.

Gideon is called by God from his life as a woodcutter to become the commander of the Israelite army. At first he is doubtful that he could ever drive the Midianites out, but his faith and trust in God allows him to grow more confident in his quest. Gideon creates an object, known as the Ephod of Gold, that brings misfortune and evil to those who misuse it. The Ephod of Gold is passed from Abimelech to Eli and from Eli to David. Each of these characters has a major role to play as they struggle between their will or God’s will.

Although the book takes stories from the Bible, particularly from the Book of Judges, the author does a great job in retelling them. Growing up as a Christian, I was familiar with most of characters and stories in the book, but they are so much more detailed than the ones in the Bible. I like how the author took a few stories from the Bible and expanded it into a more detailed account of each character. The characters were also well developed and realistic. Gideon’s progression from being doubtful to being confident made him one of the most relatable characters.

In the second part, it is mentioned that Gideon was the son of Joash, but in the first part it only mentioned that Joash had three sons and none of them were named Gideon. I was confused on why it wasn't mentioned in the first part that Joash had another son named Gideon.

I noticed a few grammatical errors, but they didn't detract from the book. The theme of good vs. evil is portrayed all throughout the novel. It was easy to see that the author is very knowledgeable about the Book of Judges. Even if you are not familiar with the Old Testament, it was easy to follow the stories from character to character.

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I throughly enjoyed reading this book. The author created a new and more detailed perspective of the Old Testament stories. The scenes leading up to the battle scenes made the book more suspenseful, and the amount of action was well mixed with the development of each character. I recommend this book to those who like to read historical fiction novels, especially novels based off of the Bible.

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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#2 by MarisaRose
» 02 Jun 2017, 12:55

This book sounds really interesting. I like that the author took stories directly from the Bible but expands upon them and really gives the characters life. Will have to put this one on my 'to read' shelf!
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#3 by ZenaLei7
» 02 Jun 2017, 13:07

MarisaRose wrote:This book sounds really interesting. I like that the author took stories directly from the Bible but expands upon them and really gives the characters life. Will have to put this one on my 'to read' shelf!


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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 02 Jun 2017, 15:03

It does sound like a pretty good book. It's nice to be able to figure out exactly how the characters lived in the Bible days. It sounds like the author does a good job of sticking to the original story though. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#5 by ZenaLei7
» 02 Jun 2017, 15:07

kandscreeley wrote:It does sound like a pretty good book. It's nice to be able to figure out exactly how the characters lived in the Bible days. It sounds like the author does a good job of sticking to the original story though. Thanks for the review.


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Post Number:#6 by Chrys Brobbey
» 02 Jun 2017, 16:23

I think this book will be to my liking to know more about biblical characters in expanded dimensions. Kudos for a good review.
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Post Number:#7 by Jaime Lync
» 02 Jun 2017, 17:39

I have read Judges a few times so this book sounds really appealing to me. Great review.
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#8 by ZenaLei7
» 02 Jun 2017, 18:28

Jaime Lync wrote:I have read Judges a few times so this book sounds really appealing to me. Great review.


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Chrys Brobbey wrote:I think this book will be to my liking to know more about biblical characters in expanded dimensions. Kudos for a good review.


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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#9 by Amagine
» 02 Jun 2017, 21:08

This sounds like a great book for religious readers who enjoy fictional stories! I like that the book is one even non religious readers can enjoy.

Great Review! 😁
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#10 by ZenaLei7
» 02 Jun 2017, 21:21

Amagine wrote:This sounds like a great book for religious readers who enjoy fictional stories! I like that the book is one even non religious readers can enjoy.

Great Review! 😁


It's a great book to read overall. Thanks for the comment!
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#11 by TheDeadReader
» 02 Jun 2017, 22:45

This is an thoughtful thing for God that makes us born bring foods and keep us alive even if it is a fictional genre this really deserve the perfect 4 stars it really can be enjoyed by readers
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#12 by ZenaLei7
» 02 Jun 2017, 23:04

TheDeadReader wrote:This is an thoughtful thing for God that makes us born bring foods and keep us alive even if it is a fictional genre this really deserve the perfect 4 stars it really can be enjoyed by readers


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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#13 by Chitopogi
» 03 Jun 2017, 02:25

The review is good and the book looks good. All it needs is for me to buy and read Gideon: The Sound and The Glory.
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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#14 by ZenaLei7
» 03 Jun 2017, 07:54

Chitopogi wrote:The review is good and the book looks good. All it needs is for me to buy and read Gideon: The Sound and The Glory.


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Re: Official Review: Gideon: The Sound and The Glory

Post Number:#15 by Mrsbellaz
» 13 Jun 2017, 15:10

I love it when an author takes a biblical story and brings it to life. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the awesome review!
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