Just finished this book in 2 days, damn good, could not put it down and I highly recommend it!:2c:
"'There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.' — from the ancient Hebrew scripture 2 Samuel 23:20 (New Living Translation)
1000 B.C. - In ancient Israel, at the crossroads of the great trading routes, a man named Benaiah is searching for a fresh start in life. He has joined a band of soldiers led by a warlord named David, seeking to bury the past that refuses to leave him. Their ragged army is disgruntled and full of reckless men. Some are loyal to David, but others are only with him for the promise of captured wealth.
While the ruthless and increasingly mad King Saul marches hopelessly against powerful Philistia, loyal son Jonathan in tow, the land of the Hebrew tribes has never been more despondent—and more in need of rescue. Over the course of ten days, from snowy mountain passes to sword-racked battlefields, Benaiah and his fellow mercenaries must call upon everything they have learned to survive...if they don't kill each other first.
Meticulously researched, unflinching, and relentlessly suspenseful, Day of War takes the reader into some of the bloodiest skirmishes recorded in the Hebrew scriptures.
Day of War is the first book in the Lion of War series. It is the never-before-told story of the Mighty Men, those who came to King David in his most desperate hour and fought with him while he established one of the greatest kingdoms of the ancient world.