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Ironfire Audiobook

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

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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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    Amazon Customer Waco, GA, United States 05-23-16
    Amazon Customer Waco, GA, United States 05-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Overcoming a disability. Fascinated with the Bible.I love Jesus.Taught School for 21 years, married,4 kids. Enjoy Nature,Kites,Cycling.

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    "The Blood of East & West"

    A perfect telling of the last battle of the Crusades! From Suleiman, to the Knights of St. John, to Dragut the Pirate; each character comes to life again after almost 500 years. Excellent narration!

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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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    JoR S.F. Utah 01-08-13
    JoR S.F. Utah 01-08-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    alok Mira Loma, CA, United States 08-28-12
    alok Mira Loma, CA, United States 08-28-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent"
    What did you love best about Ironfire?

    The gripping story woven into the historical events.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fast paced story told in detail that just engrosses you.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall did an excellent job .. brought out the emotion and the mood of the moment..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes.. I nearly did except for the inevitable time that I had to sleep, work for a living etc..


    Any additional comments?

    What more can one say except that it is just wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Codefro Orange, CA United States 05-21-15
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    "Disgraceful"
    What disappointed you about Ironfire?

    One is led to believe that this story is about the Knights of Malta and their battle. Yet, the story is mostly about characters other than Knights. It is very misleading.


    What was most disappointing about David Ball’s story?

    The author depicting every religious figure, most especially the Christian ones as a power hungry, morally depraved, or cowardly.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mato Sappa Fennville, Michigan USA 02-09-15
    Mato Sappa Fennville, Michigan USA 02-09-15
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    "switching to reading the book instead of listening"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Mr Guidall didn't change his voice as the characters changed. To hear a grown man attempt to sound like a child or particularly a young girl distracted from the content and I reacted with embarrassment for him in how silly it sounded. The children and women in the story were to be admired and deserved empathy, but the narration made them sound like imbeciles. I'm still interested in the story, but will get the written book instead.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler St. Louis Park, MN, United States 01-23-12
    Tyler St. Louis Park, MN, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book for psychopaths"

    The history is great. There's good character development, the reading is adequate, the book is generally well written... Yet, the majority of the book is spent focusing on making life as miserable as possible for the protagonists you care about. Imagine your sister being raped then locked in a dungeon. Now imagine reading a story about it. You would have to be a psychopath to enjoy it, and that is what this book is like.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    SERDAR Houston, TX 03-01-12
    SERDAR Houston, TX 03-01-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Good build up but not a great finale, entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. History told balanced with fictional and entertaining characters


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The build up and the development of the characters were great, however, their influence on the finale failed a bit. I think that keeps this book from becoming an all time classic.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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