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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Don 07-23-14
    Don 07-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't Overcome It's PC Worldview"

    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.



    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Codefro Orange, CA United States 05-21-15
    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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