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Jericho Moon Mass Market Paperback – 26 May 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (26 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451456785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451456786
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,300,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The heroine of the Battle of Tyre, mercenary Barra the Pict, signs on for a rescue mission in the deserts of Canaan lured by the promise of rich rewards for the rescue of the Prince of Jebusai.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
JERICHO MOON takes advantage of an underused time and place to tell a story of swashbuckling theological adventure. The book is full of amusing touches such as the sudden surplus of mercenaries flooding the Ancient Near East after the Trojan War, and the author has plainly done his research in the vexed matter of the domestication of the camel. I was loaned JERICHO MOON, and enjoyed it so much I went out and bought the first book in this series, IRON DAWN. Fans of the Xena and Hercules shows should really enjoy this!
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By Magnus on 9 Dec. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I very much enjoyed this book.

It is a very inspirering tale and the author manage to produce a very intriguin heroine. The book really sucked me in and I was emerged into it and i read it in basixcally one go and I have re-read it three times thus far and I suspect I will re-read it again.

I can very much recommend it to anyone searching for a great adventure, an inspiring tale and good old fun.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Strikingly Different 28 Jan. 2000
By Rodney Meek - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have grown exceedingly weary of most contemporary fantasy novels. Seemingly all of them come prepackaged as five-volumes sets, telling the "epic saga" of the stable boy/orphaned princess who is a forgotten heir/prophesied one who must become a great warrior/mighty enchanter to overcome Ultimate Evil (and for some reason, this increasingly seems to involve the aid of telepathically linked horses/unicorns/cats/hawks).
It was a real delight, then, to read "Jericho Moon". The setting abided for the most part of the constraints of the known history of the time period in that region, and there was an exciting mix of cultures. The use of the "fighting mad" Old Testament God o' Wrath was rather daring and provocative, and the bad guys (the Hebrews) were depicted fairly sympathetically.
The alleged heroes, as well, were presented in an unbiased fashion, with all their quirks and flaws and drawbacks. Without clobbering the reader over the head, the author manages to establish intriguing backstories and plausible motivations for the characters, bringing them to life and making them real, warts and all.
I would agree that there's something of an RPG feel to them, but to me, that's not really a drawback, and I don't think it detracts from the story.
A strong effort, great characters, a unique twist on the historical period--a refreshing work indeed!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Bible-based sword and sorcery 23 Jun. 2002
By Terrell T. Gibbs - Published on
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I've often thought that a literal reading of the Old Testament would make great fodder for a sword and sorcery story, because the OT Yahweh is as much a nasty customer as any Lovecraftian Elder God--slaughering children, plagues, mass murder, etc. This is the first time I've ever seen it done. Barra, the hero, is a wonderful character, reminiscent of Xena but far more believable. The author has done his research and clearly has extensive knowledge of combat and warfare. The characters are engaging, the story is fast moving, and the final battle between Barra and Yahweh is intense.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fresh, thrilling -- and not for fundamentalists 16 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A daring look at the Hebrew invasion of Palestine from the losing side -- the characters are well-drawn and engaging (especially Barra, chosen hero of the Canaanite mother-goddess), and the image of the God of the Old Testament as the ultimate fantasy villain is surprisingly appropriate. A must-read for anyone tired of the endless Arthurian crap crowding the bookshelves.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Jericho Moon" and seeing Biblical events from a new perspective 16 May 2013
By L. Tatum - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Jericho Moon" is a novel with a startling original twist--instead of depicting Yahweh, the fall of Jericho, the Ark of the Covenant, Jerusalem, patriarchs like Joshua, and the "Holy" Land from the usual Judeo-Christian perspective, we experience these things and events from the other side, those threatened or destroyed by a rather vengeful, jealous -and petty god. A god who in turns cajoles and bullies his own reluctant people, the Habiru, and when that doesn't work to his monotheistic satisfaction, strikes them dead to teach them a lesson in faith. The story is told primarily from the viewpoint of Barra, a Pictish warrior and mercenary, who attempts with her two companions, the leader of the Jebusites (Agaz), and a variety of mercenary troops to protect the Jebusite (pre-Israelite) city of Jerusalem from this god.

Along with Stover's Caine series, I highly recommend both "Iron Dawn" and "Jericho Moon," novels set in the ancient world ten years after the fall of Troy. Either could be read as a stand-alone novel, but if you read one, you'll want to read both.

"Jericho Moon" is an original blend of historical fiction and fantasy. Its protagonist is a tough, resourceful Pictish warrior Barra and her two companions, an Athenian veteran of Troy, Leucas, and Kheperu, an exiled Egyptian ex-priest and con man. As a mercenary, Barra navigates the ancient Holy Land of Jebusi/ Jerusalem with cunning and hard-worn battle experience. This novel is a far cry, though, from the "mercenary with a heart of gold" types that litter the fantasy market. Instead, Barra is complicated, thorny, at times vicious, loyal, and always a warrior first. If you're looking for a read with a sentimental edge since the protagonist is a woman, look elsewhere. This is a brutal, violent novel, because it realistically depicts a time when life generally was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Barra does manage to rise above Hobbes' doctrine of human existence from time to time, but it's a constant struggle for her and her companions to do so when most around them (including the gods) are more than happy with maintaining the status quo of 1200 B.C.

If Barra's antagonist Joshua and his people were one-dimensional, though, the book wouldn't be the wonderful read that it is. Joshua is a great character, too, a flawed man too old to be going to war again, but struggling to obey his god in all things. His spiritual struggle is believable, as are those of his followers and the diverse tribes and peoples (usually simply and erroneously lumped together as the "Hebrews"). Part of Stover's narrative brilliance is that you find yourself wanting both Barra and Joshua to get their heart's desires (if not Joshua's god).

Besides his brilliant characterizations, Stover brings the ancient world to life in a rich way that few authors I've read have managed. Most depictions of the ancient world tend to be one-dimensional. If it's a novel of Ancient Egypt, well, Egypt is all you get. The same is true of Greece and even the Roman Empire. But Stover shows just how global and cosmopolitan the ancient Mediterranean world of roughly 3,200 years ago really was, a mix of peoples from as far away as the British Isles (like Barra) to continental Europe (Germanic and Iberian warriors and traders) to the Greek city-states to Troy (in what is today's Turkey) to Jerusalem & Jericho, to Egypt, to Persia and beyond. It's a fascinating, detailed and historically accurate world Stover creates, and that's just one major aspect that makes "Jericho Dawn" such a great read.

How "Iron Dawn" and its follow up "Jericho Moon" were not instant successes, I'll never know, but I think that Stover in 1997 simply may have been way ahead of the "strong women in historical/ fantasy" curve so prevalent today. But unlike a lot of what's being publishing today in this genre, Stover's Barra novels are GREAT, and she's more than a worthy predecessor to Caine. I found both novels in an omnibus edition that was published in 1998, "Heart of Bronze."

Do yourself a big favor and order both books together, or order "Heart of Bronze" if you can find it. Then please join me on my campaign to convince Amazon to republish both novels as e-books.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A breath of fresh air! 11 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading fantasy a la DragonLance for years, it's a relief to read a book like "Jericho Moon". It has the war and magic that keep you intrigued, but is firmly grounded in realism. Barra, Leucas and Kheperu might be warriors and strategists, but they get hungry, need medical attention and feel just as afraid, lonely and angry as the next person. And yet they're larger than life - if you don't believe me, read the edge-of-your-seat scene where Leucas takes on an invincible creature because he's given his word to protect a dying woman. Plus, the book has a very healthy attitude to the Israelite tribes and their customs; it will have you cracking up. A perfect addition to any library. Congratulations, Mr. Stover.
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