• David Ascendant

  • Chronicles of the Nephilim, Book 7
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)
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Publisher's summary

Six Giant Assassins. Goliath Was Only the First. 

Everyone thinks they know the story of David.    

No one has heard it told this way before.   

In the days of Samuel, Israel’s worst enemy is the Philistines: bloodthirsty worshippers of Dagon the fish god.   

Goliath is but one member of an elite warrior cult of six giants, The Sons of Rapha, whose sole ambition is to kill the promised messiah king of Israel.   

As David rises, he must flee the demon-possessed King Saul, avoid assassination, withstand the seduction of a Philistine queen, conquer the last of the giants in Israel, and overcome his own weakness for many wives.    

This gritty romantic action-adventure story will take you places in the Bible you’ve never seen before. There is so much more to the story than you ever realized.   

The War of the Seed continues.   

David Ascendant is the seventh book of the series Chronicles of the Nephilim, a biblical epic story of the fallen angelic Watchers and their offspring, the Nephilim giants of Genesis 6.   

Written by respected Christian and best-selling Biblical author, Brian Godawa.   

On the age appropriateness of the novels

This Biblical Fiction series is rated PG-13, appropriate for mature teens and above, similar to the Bible and The Lord of the Rings.   

©2014 Brian Godawa (P)2015 Brian Godawa

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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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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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Couldn't finish the book

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

no

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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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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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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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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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the parallels between the book and today's social upheaval.

this book was extremely well written. I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to the rest of Brian's books.if they are as good as the past books I will not be disappointed.

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Exciting Retelling of a Beloved Account

I thoroughly enjoyed the creativity and skill portrayed in this epic novel. It is refreshing to read a Biblical epic backed by so much research.

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Entertainment

I think this series is underrated. It is very well researched and has a solid reference appendix. The narration was top notch and it was only after finishing the audio book that I realized that it was narrated by the author. I wish the world was as fantastical today as historically described in this book. Myths and legends do have some truth as it’s kernel and we see similar deities as part of folklore across disparate parts of the world that had no ways to communication, transmission or intermingling, that does raise some curiosities in the mind of a thoughtful thinker.

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A real eye opener

As an audiobook I can’t praise it any higher accolades than I listened again 2 weeks later and it was still fresh.
Multidimensional, profound and well researched
Brian Godowa has become my favorite author, after Moses David and Yahweh.

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