The Religion

The Religion

Book - 2007
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Willocks, a novelist (Bad City Blues) and screenwriter (Sin), strikes gold with this epic account of the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565--the first of a planned trilogy featuring Mattias Tannhauser, the son of a Saxon blacksmith.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
ISBN: 9780374248659
Branch Call Number: WILLO
Characteristics: 618 p. : maps.


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Sep 28, 2014

I own a copy of "The Siege of Malta" which is an historic account of that great battle between the Knights of St. John and the Ottoman army in 1565. I have read and reread that book, which is a translation from the original French language account. This book creates a historic novel based on the details of that great epic battle.

The books seems to be faithful to the actual events… fact, it go deep into the actual happenings on a battlefield during that time history. Oh my, God….it is not to be read by the faint of heart….horrible!

The characters are vivid. This book almost impossible to put down….probably more of a book that would appeal to men...

Apr 29, 2010

This story line unfolds within the setting of the 16th century Turkish seige of Malta. I normally enjoy this type of book but I struggled a bit to get through this one. After 600 pages of continuous battle, the descriptions of horror and gore became tedious to me. Although this author has a beautiful way with words, there are still only so many ways you can describe a soldiers guts being blown from his body. In between the war scenes, there were sex scenes and I began to feel the same way about them as I did about the war scenes.(Not a good sign I think). Aside from the war itself, I thought the story line was a bit slow. In my opinion, this author is a beautiful writer, but perhaps not a great story teller and although I appreciate both talents, I found the exquisite writing did not compensate for the lack of story development in this novel. I certainly don't regret investing my time in this book but I am also quiet happy to move on from it.

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May 27, 2010

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