The moral discussion of David's character is always fascinating, but there's a distinct lack of his faith, except in odd chunks here and there. One might expect more of that element in a tale of his life, but...eh. Maybe it just makes it more accessible for non-religious historical fiction fans? But I still maintain, as I did while reading it, that the non-religious historical fans are probably not going to pick this one up easily, assuming it's religious, while the religious crowd that picks it up is going to be sorely disappointed because it's basically non-religious. Also, it's really, really violent. Like reading about the Borgias in Jerusalem instead of Rome. Good luck with that.