It is interesting to read individual perspectives on books. This is book where one of its themes is concerning two religious groups who were at war with each other. Some folks just do not want to understand that when you have one group trying to wipe another group of people off the face of the earth, violence will be front and center. This is a long book, but it really gives the writer an opportunity to develop the characters, setting, plot and the themes beyond war that are occuring in their lives; particularly that of the main character. This is not about about a war; this is a book about a man who was snared between two cultures and peoples, who was trained as a warrior in a time period of incredible transition for a huge segment of the European and Ottaman population. This is a book about this one man's life and his trainsitions. A good solid read.
I had a hard time following the story in the beginning, but the more I listened, the easier it got. In the end I came to appreciate how cleverly he wove a story around history or history around a story. Not for the squeamish. He could not have portrayed religion any better. Excellent.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book tape. It grabbed me from the beginning. The reader is fantastic and the characters are very well developed. I can't wait for the second book in the trilogy.
The ingredients are here for a first class read or listen.
The author knows how to use words, he has an interesting cast of characters, and an epic setting for his action. Simon Vance does a good job in presenting the book. Still, having listened to two of the three parts, I find I must subtract one star for lack of character development and one for verbosity.
Too much of the book fails to gel. The characters are interesting, but they never quite become people. The action and gore are certainly there, but the purpose seems to get lost. The background action rarely rises above two sets of fanatics bashing each other, although the author is capable of depicting each side in its absolute belief that it is the true champion of all that is right.
I think the author is a good writer, with a good grasp of the period, but he is not yet a good storyteller. A pity.
The book, characters, and story are among the best I've read recently. The narration by Simon Vance only made it a better experience. While it is very graphic in describing the scenes of war, it is an "eye opener" on what it was like to be on Malta during the siege in the 16th century.
I've listen to the story three times over the last several years. The characters are so awesome and Simon Vance is the best narrator ever!
Love to Bungee!!
I tend to shy away from 20+ hour books, but after reading the reviews of "The Religion", I decided to give it a try and I was not disappointed. I had previously read a history of the 1565 invasion of Malta and so, was familiar with the subject matter. The author's attention to detail is uncanny, the character development simple and easy to keep up with. For those who enjoy a good historical novel, this is one to sit back and enjoy. Yes, it could have been a bit shorter, but not by enough to make a difference. The narration was great. Highly recommend
EH, i have listend to the Audio more then i have read it. Originally i read it and later got the audio i have since listened to the audio probably 5 times. I spend a lot of time in the driving.
This is one of those books that i suggest to everyone. I enjoyed it more then the sequel which is 12 Children of Paris, however 12 Children.... is over like a 36 hour period where as the Religion takes a hundred plus days. I still am looking forward to 12 Children of Paris to be turned into an audio.
Regardless, the only thing i can say is this is a great book.
educational, interesting and Smart.
It was much like the works of Wilbur Smith and James Clavell.
He never distracted me from the story.