Sunday, July 5, 2015

THE CHOSEN Book I: The Youth By Shlomo Kalo Ebook Review


An Epic Novel Based on the Biblical story of Daniel
Separated from his family, his homeland and his childhood sweetheart, Daniel, a Judean youth of noble lineage, is exiled to Babylon, where his captors hope to use his talents at the Royal court.
What will eventually become of the youth - as he is subjected to grueling trials and tests - neither he nor his captors can even imagine...
Shlomo Kalo’s masterpiece of Biblical literature, THE CHOSEN, is being republished in three volumes. Kalo, one of the most prolific writers in Israel and a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, brings to new life the themes and spirit of the Biblical story of Daniel in this lively, dramatic epic novel. His masterwork of storytelling weaves together the themes of faith, friendship, betrayal, love stronger than death, and redemption.
˃˃˃ The first installment, Book 1 THE YOUTH
In THE YOUTH, Daniel and three friends are among those forcibly sent to Babylon to serve in court after the conquest of Jerusalem by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar. The long and tortuous journey from Jerusalem to Babylon is filled with danger, as well as reminiscences of his love since childhood, Nejeen, and his slain father, Prince Naimel.
Once in Babylon, the youths are educated in their roles in service of the King, learning the Chaldean language and the ways of the court. Daniel passes an early test, refusing to partake of non-kosher meat and wine, being allowed to eat what is their diet for ten days.
Daniel’s powers of prayer and healing, along with his excellence in studies and horseback riding, gain him great supporters in court, as well as jealousy and hostility from others in Babylon, leading to the first attempt on his life by his own compatriots.

This is the first time I've a read a novel based on a Biblical story and I was captivated by it. The Chosen Book 1: The Youth tells about the story of Daniel in his youth. In this first series, the novel focuses on Daniel and his 3 friends' journey from Jerusalem to Babylon. Their journey were full of danger and obstacles and I like that this novel didn't stray far from the original Bible Story. For those who are not familiar with the story of Daniel, the author did a good job in making The Chosen Book 1: Youth in telling Daniel's story in a way which is similar to adventure books and novels.

This is a nice read for young teens and the youth who likes to read something different.

You can purchase the ebook, The Chosen Book 1: The Youth HERE.

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