Reviews

"The story line is strong, the writing is vivid, the characterisation is sharp – but the strength is in the detail. The knowledge of the intricacies of 16th century land and naval warfare and details of what seems to have gone on in the Mediterranean at that time is very wide and gives authenticity to the rest. It is also very visual, which makes me think it would be attractive to film makers.

I greatly enjoyed it."

James Montagu, London.
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"Pirates of Christ boils down to three love affairs: the aging romance between the English Knight Hospitaller, Sir Oliver Starkey, and the Maltese aristocrat, Theresa de Vasquez; the youthful romance between Diego de Nava, her son by a previous marriage, and Isabella Lentini, the daughter of a merchant corsair; and, finally, the adult romance between Isabella’s father, Marco, a corsair, and Anna Noto, an erstwhile prostitute. Each couple is tested in its own fashion by the violence of the siege of Malta and by the German Knight Hospitaller, Ritter von Kaetl, a psychopath and serial killer.

Their relationships grow and interweave, conveying the reader through the rich historical detailing of the novel.

A truly great read. I felt as if I was there!"

Sanjna Lovekin, Preston, Lancashire.
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"I don’t read novels, normally. I am in the investment business, so I tend to concentrate on economic and corporate research literature. The few books that I have read since college have been on current affairs, biography, history and popular science.

Pirates of Christ was nevertheless an excellent read, giving interesting insights into 16th century warfare and into the rivalry that still divides Christendom and Islam. Edward Lamond writes vividly, and his choice of medium, the historical novel, adds an intimacy denied to a mere history book.

His characters are engaging and credible, and I look forward to the next volume in the saga."

Howard Yates, New York.
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"Pirates of Christ delivers cinematic descriptiveness and driving prose. The violence, sex and historical data are relevant not self-indulgent. The heroes are human, not smug know-alls, the love affairs are touching, and the psychopath remains a true psychopath-- unredeemed and unredeemable.

Accurate time travel is the main point of a historical novel. Edward Lamond has achieved it.

A most compelling book."

Lizzie Fitzgerald, London and Jersey.
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