In the year 1522 A.D., twenty-five-year-old Suleiman the Magnificent ruled the mighty Ottoman Empire, the largest military force in the world. Bent on annihilation, his army of more than 100,000 men set ashore on the tiny Greek island of Rhodes.
Inside the fortressed city, Philippe de LIsle Adam, the battle-hardened Grand Master of the Knights of St. John and his small band of five hundred European knights prepared to defend their home against the massive attack. Both men, leaders of their people and defenders of their faiths, prepared for battle, each aware that victory would require great sacrifice but unaware of just how great that sacrifice would be.
The Shadow of God is the true story of the clash between the Wests greatest cultures and religions on a battlefield that would test their courage and resolve. Anthony A. Goodmans masterful storytelling brings you into the center of the action as Suleimans Muslim army tries to force its way over, through and under the walls of Rhodes. Scimitars clash against broadswords and burning oil cascades down on advancing troops while days turn into weeks and months of fear, death and unshakeable faith.
This gripping saga comes to life through an unforgettable cast of historical characters, including Jean and Melina, forbidden lovers trying to protect their new family in the wake of the attack; Gabriele Tadini, the wily mercenary whose clever ploys hold off the invading army against all odds; two Jewish doctors caught on different sides of the fight; a furtive spy behind the knights walls; Philippe, the wise and determined leader of the Knights of St. John; and the great Sultan Suleiman, a young man struggling to live up to his title as the Shadow of God on Earth. An epic of bravery and courage, The Shadow of God weaves a tapestry of terror and triumph set in a forgotten time of brutality, loyalty and honor.
A good telling of a true story,readable, diverting, but not a standout.
....so vividly rendered that historical fiction fans and medieval history enthusiasts will be crossing their fingers for a follow-up.
Library Journal - Jean Langlais
Goodman's first novel is an engaging and well-written fictional account of the Ottoman Turks' 145-day siege of the Greek island of Rhodes ... highly recommended for all public libraries.
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fantastic -- reminded me of a real-life lord of the rings - two towers... but more vivid, dynamic, and emotional. super.
Epic in its narrative sweep, steeped in historical fact yet profoundly humane, and dazzlingly evocative in its emotional and sensual detail. This is de Bernières' first book since Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
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