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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
E.A. Rohrmoser’s Book Two of The Pentalogue presents Son of Abraham. With the same thought-provoking stories about gifted men and women struggling to grow through choice, purpose, and fate like his first offering, Sons of Adam, this book delves into the lineage of Abraham where music plays an important part. The story begins with Abraham, who earns a living as a musician. It is a talent that he uses with astounding cunning. Abraham enters into a covenant of leaving the kind of legacy that he wants for his children. Beginning with his voice and the voice of his children, and his children’s children, they will build great nations and hold his great name. He teaches his son, Isaac, that music is about choices and intention, and Isaac in turn would become a great talent in time. Isaac’s own children, Jacob and Esau, will quarrel over their father’s birthright and take diverging musical paths. In a time of conquest and repressions, the musical legacy of three generations will undergo the most rigid of challenges.
I have never read anything remotely approaching the intelligent reimagining of a biblical tale as that of Son of Abraham. The brilliancy with which it takes a new angle and update of this popular story from the Old Testament is so relevant and impressive. In a simple grand gesture, E. A. Rohrmoser takes the angle of music as the theme to create a thought-provoking story that puts the biblical character Abraham and his lineage in a new light, and his well-organized prose succeeds in doing this. It lures you into an engaging storyline that doesn’t lose that biblical feel. It has all the veins and arteries that supply the lifeblood coming from its literary roots. As music is a major factor in the plotline, Rohrmoser knows the words, the rhythm, and the meaning that must go into the context of his retelling. It is not often that you read a refreshing take on a beloved story, so I recommend that you invest time in reading this book.