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Review: The Dovekeepers

Posted by SuperMomSurveys on March 28, 2015 at 1:50 AM

The Dovekeepers

I was sent a free copy of The Dovekeepers book and DVD to review.  I have to be honest here...I didn't think I was going to be able to get into this one.  The summary did not do it justice, in my opinion.  I started to read and by the third page of the book, I couldn't put it down.  I flew through it!  The story grabbed me.  It progresses quickly, but I didn't feel like it left anything out. 

I waited til I finished reading the book to watch the DVD.  I am so glad I did!  It was great and follows the book wonderfully, but I love that I felt like I knew all the characters as they made their appearance on-screen.  I also think they did a wonderful job of casting the characters.  The faces, for the most part, matched what I had imagined for them.

Here's the summary of the book:

Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan, Kathryn Prescott, Diego Boneta and Sam Neill Star

Based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel About a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect In a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E.

CBS today announced THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”

THE DOVEKEEPERS will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, “The Voice”;), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature “Son of God.”

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.

THE DOVEKEEPERS is the first project from CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios’ Limited Series and Event Programming unit. It is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group.

I know what you're thinking...That's a pretty descriptive and in-depth description, right?

Yes, but I promise, it doesn't do it justice.  It doesn't give any indication to the mood that is set once you start reading.  There's a reason The Dovekeepers is a best-seller.

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Disclosure:  This was a sponsored post by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.  All opinions are my own.

Categories: Reviews, March 2015

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