Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
The Hadassah Covenant
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Tommy Tenney , Mark Andrew Olsen
Class/Genre: Fiction Religious Fiction
Bethany, Nov 2005, $19.99
In Susa, Persia, Queen Regent Esther, the “Hadassah”, knows she is in trouble though her spouse King Artaxerxes has sat on the throne for two decades. The Queen Mother Amestris has returned to cause trouble and Commander Megabyzos secretly leads the rebellion. Concern in the empire over the Jews led by Nehemiah returning and rebuilding Jerusalem worry the Persians. Esther’s apprehensions turn true when her husband is murdered. The new monarch must select a new queen. Esther’s “sister in spirit” Leah feels she is heir apparent, but is stunned that the monarch clearly hates Jews; upon seeing the Star of David selects someone else as his is chosen one; Leah is relegated to the harem.
In modern times, the present Hadassah, the wife of the Israeli prime minister is stunned when her beloved “Poppa” is assassinated. Before he dies Kesselman tells his daughter that she must find the ancient documents that speak the truth of what happened in Persia to stop terrorists from killing Jews living incognito in Iraq. After sitting Shiva for eight days, she begins her quest.
This is an intriguing follow-up to the superb HADASSAH: ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING though too much has to be accepted as gospel this time around. Following up on what happens in Persia after Esther becomes the queen is cleverly handled so that the audience can sense the political uproar especially when Artaxerxes dies. The modern story line has it own intrigue, but plotted to enhance the past yet comes across disruptive of the follow up to Esther. Still this is a fine ancient biblical fiction that will please sub-genre fans.
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