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Summary

Six Giant Assassins.

Goliath Was Only the First.

Everyone knows the story of David. Or so you think. No one has heard it told this way before.

In the days of Samuel the Seer, the Philistines are at the climax of a long war with Israel over the land of Canaan. There are still giants in Philistia left from Joshua's search and destroy mission of holy war generations earlier. Their numbers have grown.

The young Philistine giant warrior Goliath steals the sacred ark of the covenant from Israel. But Yahweh's curse upon Goliath's people for that deed sets in motion an obsession of revenge and the creation of an elite warrior cult of giants, The Sons of Rapha, whose sole ambition is to kill the promised messiah king of Israel.

The only problem is, Israel's King Saul is not that chosen one, because he is possessed by the evil spirit of an ancient malevolent ruler who seeks to kill that same unknown and spiritually anointed king.

They both discover it is David, son of Jesse, a young insignificant shepherd musician who woos the girls, and who miraculously slays Goliath in a battle contest. But now David is running for his life from both family and foe, gathering outlaws as allies, and eventually hiding in the one place no one would ever dream of: Goliath's home town, the Philistine city of Gath.

With David in the Serpent's lair, the queen of Gath trying to seduce him, King Saul and the Philistine giants trying to assassinate him, and David's three wives all vying for his attention, this gritty romantic action adventure story will take you places in the Bible you've never seen before.

You think you know how it ends. But there is so much more to the story than you ever realized.

The War of the Seed continues with the Philistines vs. the Messiah King of Israel.

Part of the Biblical Fantasy Series Chronicles of the Nephilim

©2014 Brian Godawa (P)2015 Brian Godawa

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  • J Kennedy
  • 25-11-15

R RATED

If you could sum up David Ascendant in three words, what would they be?

gripping, adventurous, rivitng

What was most disappointing about Brian Godawa’s story?

It was way to graphic when it came to the sexual parts.

What about Brian Godawa’s performance did you like?

I love the creativity he uses- never knew where he was going

If you could take any character from David Ascendant out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jonathan

Any additional comments?

i can't recommend his books because of his explicit descriptions of sexual encounters. Way, way too much information.

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  • Cherri Rainer
  • 02-09-15

Couldn't finish the book

Would you try another book from Brian Godawa and/or Brian Godawa?

no

Any additional comments?

I listened to the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. I don't want to be a prude but this book had potential if it weren't for the (what I can only describe as) soft gay porn segments. I was taken aback by it, and although I think I know what the author was trying to convey, these segments were unnecessary and I believe he could have taken another route to convey the immorality of the Philistines. In three words...TOO MUCH INFORMATION. I didn't finish the book. Brian...Please keep in mind that if you are going to market a book as Christian fiction you may want to make the assumption that your reader base doesn't want strong references to gay sex and child rape.

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  • Caroline Falkenburg
  • 28-05-15

Great Job by Godawa

Brian Godawa does a great job of bringing to life the stories of the Torah. Some of the descriptions are gory, barbaric and lascivious not meant for the young or squeamish. I would give it a five if there was are more PG version but I am great full for Godawa's use of the Torah and other ancient texts such as the book of Jasher and the Zohar. I have followed the whole series and wait for the next one Jehoshua on audio.

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  • Charles
  • 14-04-17

Made it though the first 6 books, but had to stop

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Godawa's proliferation with creative and too frequent deviant sexual imagery. Yes, fallen angels had sexual relations with the daughters of men. So, there is sexual attraction. But the author's apparent obsession with bringing this lust into all aspects of the story, is disturbing. It refocuses the story from the biblical account to a particular audience that maybe prefers this abnormality. Which in my opinion is not the christian audience.

What could Brian Godawa have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less perverse sexual descriptions and imagery. The offending phases were carefully crafted to avoid the graphic language of the day, but ended up sophomoric. The obvious translations into today's speech were clear. A wolf in sheep's clothing became my primary thought through this book. I had read the first 6 books and this element was increasing as the books progressed. When David urinated on Goliath's head that was the last straw for me.

Did Brian Godawa do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, in books 1 - 3. But I won't go into those.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

His weaving of obscure bible places and probable causes for why the biblical stories unfolded. For example, why Goliath taunted the Israelites for so long was developed nicely.

Any additional comments?

An obsession with deviate sexual acts is perceived as an author's addiction. This seriously undermines his credibility to treat the biblical accounts and characters as holy.

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  • C. Cri
  • 09-04-15

David ascendant

i can definitely here things that were not so obvious in biblical texts that I believe took place in the past and are being kept very secretive to this day. ..even by the watchers

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  • Israel Murillo
  • 09-04-15

Too homosexual

I was not expecting such vivid portrayals of homosexuality. I think there could've been less of that and I would've given this a five star rating but because it appeals to those inside the faith that really try to avoid those types of images, I think the author should have done a better job of not being so vivid with those scenes.

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  • spicysharon
  • 06-08-18

A familiar story made into a Thriller

This is my favorite in the Chronicles of Nephillim series.We are familiar with the stories about King David in the Bible. This book enhances the stories we are already familiar with.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-05-18

David Ascendant

This is the 7 book in this series.If you are into ancient manuscripts,and the bible,with a twist of fantasy,this is a good series.I'm about to purchase the next one.I enjoyed this book.

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  • S.D.S.
  • 22-04-18

I am not for fictional books...BUT

Every Audio Book In This Series Is Incredible!!! Mr.Godawa Is The Only Author That Can Hold My Attention.

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  • Rounder
  • 21-07-17

Amazing Must Read for all

The story's in these books are an amazing read for anyone, but Christian's who want to learn more about the old testament should give these 9 books a read. The author does an amazing job of using a factual Biblical framework and logical storytelling to create an amazing series of books. I do advise you start with book one since the stories and characters build upon itself. Plus it will make the names and name changes much easier to follow. In the audio versions their are parts of the story that are so dramatic that it will get your heart rate up. The stories are so familiar but new in a exciting way. God truly gave the author a gift of storytelling.