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Blood Rock

by James Jackson

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The last of the great Christian military orders, the legendary Hospitaller Knights of St John, have retreated to the small island of Malta. They alone stand against hte tide of Islam. Now the Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent wants them wiped off the map for ever, and dispatches the greatest armada that ever set sail to annihilate them. Time is running out. There is a traitor among the Knights. Malta's doom is sealed.… (more)
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The historical basis of the novel provides a solid basis for a story that provides an, at times, powerful insight into living through a siege. The characters are at times a bit thin and the Christian Hardy, the main character stretches belief by having a major role to play in every aspect of the siege defense.

It's an understandable twist of facts, but there's only so many close calls / heroic victories that a single person can go through before you feel that maybe, just maybe, things are being pushed a tad too far.

Even with the need for more solid character building and perhaps with more characters taking on some of the more core roles, Blood Rock is an entertaining read and well worth a go. ( )
  Ging | May 12, 2008 |
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The last of the great Christian military orders, the legendary Hospitaller Knights of St John, have retreated to the small island of Malta. They alone stand against hte tide of Islam. Now the Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent wants them wiped off the map for ever, and dispatches the greatest armada that ever set sail to annihilate them. Time is running out. There is a traitor among the Knights. Malta's doom is sealed.

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