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Imperial Fire

by Robert Lyndon

Series: Vallon (2)

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A good story, well told but, as in life, we lose some of the characters we came to like in the first of the series. One wonders who will be left when the embassy returns to Constantinople in the, I hope, third book of the series. ( )
  WhitmelB | Oct 21, 2014 |
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AD 1081: Vast empires clamour for dominance. From the Normans in the north to the Byzantines in the south, battles rage across Europe and around its fringes. But in the east, an empire still mightier stirs, wielding a weapon to rule the world: gunpowder. Seeking the destructive might of this 'fire drug', the mercenary Vallon - a man made as of grit and earth as much of flesh and blood - is sent by the defeated Byzantine emperor on a secret and near-impossible quest to the far off land of Song Dynasty China. Alongside a squadron of highly trained soldiers, Vallon is accompanied by the learned physician Hero, Wayland the English hunter, and a young, ego-driven upstart named Lucas. All have their own reasons for going, all have secrets. It's a quest that will lead them across treacherous seas and broiling deserts and into the uncharted land of mountains and plains beyond the Silk Road. Many will die...but the rewards are unbelievable.… (more)

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