The Religion

The Religion

Audiobook CD - 2006
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May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion."   In Messina, Sicily, a French countess, Carla la Penautier, seeks a passage to Malta in a quest to find the son taken from her at his birth twelve years ago. The only man with the expertise and daring to help her is a Rabelaisian soldier of fortune, arms dealer, former janissary, and strapping Saxon adventurer by the name of Mattias Tannhauser. He agrees to accompany the lady to Malta, where, amidst the most spectacular siege in military history, they must try to find the boy - whose name they do not know and whose face they have never seen - and pluck him from the jaws of Holy War.   The Religion is Book One of The Tannhauser Triology, and from the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West, it is clear we are in the hands of a master. Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another place and time. Anne Rice transformed the vampire novel. Stephen King reinvented horror. Now, in a spectacular tale of heroism, tragedy, and passion, Tim Willocks revivifies historical fiction.
Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p2006.
ISBN: 9781427201003
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/WILLOCKS
Characteristics: 21 sound discs (25 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon


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Aug 15, 2015

After visiting Malta, I was looking for some historical fiction, to explain about the fortifications and story of the Knights Templar and crusaders who were based there. I found a story up to the level of Bernard Cornwell.
A great period piece, interesting characters and religious background. A little too much time spent on sexual escapades.

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...


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