Do you remember the success of Giant Killer some years back? And the perennial sales of Quo Vadis and of Ben-Hur, prove that a romantic novel built on a Bibilical character or theme has a sure appeal. This -- a recreating of the story of Abraham, is really thrilling reading. The period comes alive, with its pagan philosophy, its cruelty, lusts, superstitions, and yet with a strangely modern vigor and poignancy. Abraham is the dominant figure, an undercurrent of mysticism saves him from being wholly the opportunist, the ambitious, unscrupulous go-getter. From his boyhood, resenting his position as an outsider; through a turbulent, brilliant and disillusioning youth; to maturity, in which his strengths and his weaknesses are eternally at war, we follow his career, his loves and hates and passions. Not a book for the fundamentalist and conservative, but for anyone who likes a classical background and historical fiction. Promotion planned.