It's weird. I know Barone is some kind of Arizona neo-con who dedicates his books to Bill O'Reilly and is merely a competent writer (as opposed to an actual good one) but I am completely hooked on this series. Maybe it's a dearth of decent, non-religious Bronze Age fiction but something about this book just grabbed me the first time I read it and wouldn't let go. I think I finished it in less than two days, which at the time was pretty rare for me. Basically, it's not a book I'd recommend unless you have an interest in ancient Mesopotamia, but if you are it might be just your thing. I'd also recommend [b:Like Mayflies in a Stream|6920419|Like Mayflies in a Stream|Shauna Roberts|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348091604s/6920419.jpg|7148474] and [b:The Last Days of Jericho|8551085|The Last Days of Jericho|Thomas Brookside|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328339870s/8551085.jpg|13419139], or if you like Egypt check out [a:Pauline Gedge|171184|Pauline Gedge|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1245671793p2/171184.jpg], in particular her outstanding Lord of the Two Lands series.