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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-01-11
    Paul Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2006

    I don't care what anyone says - When I say that I've read a book, even if I've listened to it, it's all the same.

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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    E. Simond Pontiac, MI 07-31-12
    E. Simond Pontiac, MI 07-31-12 Member Since 2007

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrie H NC USA 05-16-12
    Lorrie H NC USA 05-16-12 Member Since 2005
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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.

    2 of 2 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 2001

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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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    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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    alok Mira Loma, CA, United States 08-28-12
    alok Mira Loma, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.

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    JoR S.F. Utah 01-08-13
    JoR S.F. Utah 01-08-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

    2 of 5 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.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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