The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2011
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A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people at Masada presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2011
ISBN: 9781442344563
1442344563
Characteristics: 16 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Dove keepers

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 15, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book about feminism. it was kindof neat timing for me as i'm also reading the old testament. (it takes place in the time period between the old and new testaments.) i love biblical fiction like this. it really fuels the imagination as you read your scriptures.

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Memawrayne
May 12, 2018

It would have been better if there wasn't so much repetition of religious practices and superstitions. The story and approach could have been much better with less of the of the silly practices and beliefs.

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Lotushead
Apr 08, 2018

Based on true history, four women manage to survive against all odds. There is both beauty and heartbreak in this story.

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fred98115
Jan 14, 2018

This harrowing tale of four women who are at Masada when it falls to the Romans is a tad tedious. Masada is a key event in Israeli history. Yet, the focus of the book is on their lives and transgressions before the last day. The book is overly long and gives short thrift to the climatic real life ending.

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Ghettostone
Dec 14, 2017

"Dove Keepers" by Alice Hoffman is one terrific adventure story based on historical accounts during ancient times in old Isreal. The "Dove Keepers" is a story about four heroic women, all different from each other, one is a warrior, one is a healer, one is a mystic, and one is leader. The Jewish people are on the run from the Roman army that has invaded and is now destroying the nation. The escape is lead by families who walk through the desert searching for a safe haven locate on top of a mountain. As the families settle in to their new surroundings each person assumes a position within the community that would add to their survival. The dove keepers are persons who care for birds. Doves lay eggs which provides food to help sustain the group. As time passes, relationships form, young girls become young women, hormones start to kick in and love blooms. The rules and traditions of Jewish Culture are less important when your on the run! "Dove Keepers" is an exciting story that keeps the reader entertained and riveted til the very end. Full of outstanding scenic descriptions, well developed characters you want to know more about and action that take your mind's eye into uncharted territory. A must read. Already a feature film I can't wait to read it again.

Highly recommended!

Ghettostone Publications Editor/Chief
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febechiarelli
Nov 12, 2017

Loved this book! In fact reading was ruined for me for a bit because this was so fascinating and captivating.

ArapahoeTatyana Jun 13, 2017

This novel is set in ancient Israel, when 900 Jews held Masada for months against Roman armies. The story is based on the tragic event when warriors for freedom fought against trained soldiers. it is a mesmerizing story of courage seen through the eyes of the four extraordinary women, each holding to their own secrets and beliefs. Alice Hoffman's masterpiece is a testament to the human spirit.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 05, 2017

An unforgettable novel! Powerful and dangerous women. The feminine aspect of God. Mysticism, destiny, history.

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darladoodles
Mar 18, 2017

An epic tale that is told through the eyes of four women who were seeking refuge at Masada. The book was fascinating read and well-researched. The journey of each woman shows their suffering as the Roman legions take over their homeland and how their stories intertwine even more than first realized.

There was much mixing of paganism i.e. Ashtoreth and other rituals with the practices of Judaism. God clearly told his people that such practices were forbidden and would bring judgment. At this same time in history, there were Jews who had been taken captive to Rome and were embracing the gospel message of the Messiah.

If you enjoyed this book, you may want to check out the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers.

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missm113
Sep 22, 2016

This book is wonderful and moving. I am not a crier but this book touched me.

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