Biblical Historical Fiction

Shadow of the Mountain by Cliff Graham | Book Review


Caleb and Joshua Roar to Life in this High-Impact Old Testament Saga

Two men were brave enough to tell the truth about what awaited the Hebrews in Canaan. This is their story. From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God’s chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of growing older.

For the sake of his new God and his loyalty to his friend Joshua, Caleb will not spend his twilight years resting, but taking the battle to the enemies of God’s people until his dying breath. From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events that made Graham’s Lion of War series a hit. Shadow of the Mountain is sure to ignite a love for the Old Testament in popular culture.

My Thoughts

I read this entire book in one setting! As my flight from Vienna to Chicago took to the skies I was a captive audience to Cliff Graham’s Shadow of the Mountain. This book brought the Old Testament to life with action and vivid imagery – a must read!

While preparing to lay siege to another city in their promised inheritance, the Israelite army is stayed by rain. Seizing on this window of opportunity Othniel asks his uncle to recount how he got to Egypt, how he met Joshua, and what it was like to see Yahweh part the sea. Shadow of the Mountain is a first-person narrative about Caleb’s early adult life as well as the events of Exodus 7-14 and Joshua 15:14. The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 focuses on Caleb’s early life as a gentile and how he became a skilled warrior in the Pharaoh’s army. Part 2 details his life changing encounter with the God of the Hebrews. The former draws you in with action and near death escapes, while the later is an especially powerful testimony of God’s power as perceived by the eyes of the Egyptians.

If you gravitate towards biblical fiction like me because of it’s ability to inform as well as entertain, let me warn you that this title leans more towards entertaining. Keep in mind that very little about the protagonist of this story, Caleb, is written in the bible. For this reason, I was able to extend a fair amount of creative license to the author and enjoy his remarkable gift for storytelling. Furthermore, as a sister to 3 brothers, a former military medic, and mom to a boy, I am not put off by descriptive violence associate with combat. Whether the scene was tied to military training/skirmishes or the spiritual battle God wages against the Egyptian Pharaoh, Cliff Graham uses sound judgement in the amount of detail he allows to hit the page. That being said, this book will appeal men and women alike. 5-stars I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Favorite Quote

“Did they know that the desert god Yahweh had overrun their sky and earth driving out the weak and womanly gods of Egypt? did they comprehend that they were mere ask and dust in his hand? Did I, truly?”

About the Author

Cliff Graham is a former soldier and officer in the United States Army who now spends his time writing, speaking, and operating a growing series of media franchises. A graduate from Black Hills State University with degrees in political science and military science, he wrote his Lion of War series while working as a youth pastor. He currently lives in the mountains of Utah with his wife, Cassandra, and their children, and speaks to churches, men’s groups, and conferences all over the United States. He can be found online at

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