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Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades | [David Ball]

Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades

Best-selling author David Ball has won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his sweeping novels, including Empires of Sand. With Ironfire Ball delivers a stirring historical epic of the Crusades. In the 16th century, only the Knights of Malta stand against the Ottoman Empire of Suleiman the Magnificent and his 40,000 brutal warriors.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author David Ball has won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his sweeping novels, including Empires of Sand. With Ironfire Ball delivers a stirring historical epic of the Crusades. In the 16th century, only the Knights of Malta stand against the Ottoman Empire of Suleiman the Magnificent and his 40,000 brutal warriors.

©2004 David Ball (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Ball brings the tail end of the Crusades to life in a substantial piece of historical fiction that sizzles with action, romance, and drama.” (Booklist

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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 02-29-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "Masterpiece !!!!"

    Look I read and review a lot of books on this site, when I decided to take a chance on Ironfire I had not idea it was going to be as outstanding a work as it was. I have never used this term in any of my reviews, however this novel is a MASTERPIECE ! In addition, the novel is also historically accurate, so your going to learn quite alot, while being entertained for 31 hours.Ironfire this book is a must buy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul T McCleary 09-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Phenomenal"

    The story is excellent. There are several characters that are well developed and transitions from one subplot to another is extremely clear. The story is told from the point of view of several people and each tale is extremely captivating. David Ball is an excellent writer and George Guidall...... well, you can't go wrong listening to ANYTHING that he reads.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    E. Simond 07-31-12
    E. Simond 07-31-12 Member Since 2014

    ellykat

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    "Will listen over and over"

    I wasn't expecting this to be one to be up there with the best when I first purchased, but what a nice surprise. The story is captivating, filled with accurate historical facts, and the narration was appealing. I hated for it to end. I know I will listen to this book many times. I put it up there with "Cutting For Stone" and "Shantaram" which were books I also wished would never end.
    If you've read/listened to Roger Crowley's "Empires of the Sea", you know just how horrible the seige at Malta was for it's inhabitants as well as the Knights of St. John when they were attacked by the fighters of the Ottoman Empire. They were nearly abandoned by the rest of Europe until it was almost too late, for many it was.
    If you like long, historical fiction with a great ending; a book you won't want to put down, this is it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrie H 05-16-12
    Lorrie H 05-16-12
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    "Exciting adventure into the past."

    Very well written chronicle of history of Malta and the Knights of St John. Wonderfully enjoyable history lesson! Love, despair, honor, courage, battles on sea and land, all combined to keep you enthralled throughout. Narration #1.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 02-19-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2013

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    "This is the 15th Century UGLY"

    War is truly ugly in the 21st century, it was even more terrible in the 15th. This David Ball did his research, This was a bloody brutal siege There were the families living on Malta that were crippled and destroyed. People were chattel for the "Church" whether it was the Christians or the Muslims. Fundamentalist fanatics only encourage bloodshed. Anyone who wishes to read another great Historical Novel about Malta at this time read "The Religion". Both this and "The Religion" made me realize how much the human race is dependent on "Religion" to function. Almost every war, through the ages was fraught for a secular cause. This was one of the most horrific battles of "The Crusades" at one point they used human heads for cannon balls. If you have a strong stomach, and want to understand the inhumanity, of war, read these books. Let's not forget the 20 century's Holocaust, and Joe Stalin who killed over 20 million of his own people. "The evil that men do.........." Knowledge will keep us from letting these things happen again. . .

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    Dain O'Connor 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    Excellent piece of historical fiction. The best tale I've read regarding the events of Malta, second only to Tim Willocks "The Religion" which is more engrossing in its battles scenes and its narrator is second to none. However, Ironfire has a broader scope of characters and fleshes out the world of the story slightly better.

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    Sally Filler 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "History come alive"
    If you could sum up Ironfire in three words, what would they be?

    Great story and narration. Ok, that is four words, but sums up the book


    What other book might you compare Ironfire to and why?

    Empires of Sand. Also a great book by this dynamic duo! Similar reasons for greatness history made real.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His outstanding range , character differentiation, and his ability to enunciate in any language and make it believable he is a great talent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, there was humor and heart wrenching sadness, and awful brutality all in proper proportion


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Hampstead, NC, USA 05-07-13
    James Hampstead, NC, USA 05-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Really enjoyable listen!"
    If you could sum up Ironfire in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, characters, and descriptions of the age. I haven't enjoyed a book this much since I finished Ken Follet's 'Pillars' saga. David Ball is now on my short list of favorite historical fiction writers. I highly recommend this book.


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    muscari Holland Michigan 01-14-13
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    "A MUST READ!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ironfire to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this book is extremely well read. I loved every minute. The story line never dragged.


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    JoR S.F. Utah 01-08-13
    JoR S.F. Utah 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Mostly a soap opera"

    There wasn't a whole lot of Knights of Malta in this story supposedly about them. The author seemed more concerned with soap operaish side stories. Save your money.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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