Ward is able to take what is already a fascinating story and make it into a page turner. The characters in the Saul/Jonathan/David saga are larger than life figures, but Ward is able into their thoughts and dreams and give us real people, making the personal conflict among them very believable at a human level. But he doesn't neglect the spiritual aspects of the story, and especially how they view Yahweh, and the religious conflicts they experience. I was impressed with his ability to paint a vivid picture of the land and the local people, and especially his ability to bring ancient warfare to life. It's a tribute to his abilities that, even though we know how the story comes out, we want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.