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 : Sarah Crichton Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374248659
0374248656
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 618 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

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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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