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
“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
Great story and narration. Ok, that is four words, but sums up the book
Empires of Sand. Also a great book by this dynamic duo! Similar reasons for greatness history made real.
His outstanding range , character differentiation, and his ability to enunciate in any language and make it believable he is a great talent
Both, there was humor and heart wrenching sadness, and awful brutality all in proper proportion
Well worth the time and credit
It goes like this. Islam is far better than Christianity (despite their constant capturing of slaves) and is benevolent to Christians and Jews. However, Christianity is evil and the only good Christians are those who are not really religious. This leads to rather flat caricatures in most supporting roles. The novel ends up being much about a love story and a sundered family (to give points of view on both sides of the siege).
Still, it never overcomes it's modernist politically correct viewpoints that are laughable to anyone with a pretty good knowledge of the true history of the crusades.
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.
The gripping story woven into the historical events.
The fast paced story told in detail that just engrosses you.
George Guidall did an excellent job .. brought out the emotion and the mood of the moment..
Oh yes.. I nearly did except for the inevitable time that I had to sleep, work for a living etc..
What more can one say except that it is just wonderful.
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.
The author depicting every religious figure, most especially the Christian ones as a power hungry, morally depraved, or cowardly.
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.
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.
Yes. History told balanced with fictional and entertaining characters
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.
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