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Clash of Empires: The Red Sea Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409105342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409105343
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two worlds locked in bloody conflict, two warriors far from home...

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William Napier was born in 1965 and educated in Cheltenham, Oxford and London. He lives in Wiltshire and travels widely.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2012
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This book is very similar to Volume 1 of Clash of Empires, which was centered on the siege of Malta by the Ottomans in 1565. It has the same cast of heroes, but six years afterwards, as the Ottomans attack Cyprus while the Christian powers squabble between themselves and dither. The climax is the Battle of Lepanto in October 1571.

The same qualities and problems are very much in the evidence in this book, although there are a bit less of the latter simply because our two young English heroes are now 22, instead of the very improbable 15-16 years old during the siege of Malta.

The descriptions of the two sieges (Nicosia and Famagusta) and of the naval battle of Lepanto are gripping, and shown in all their horror and terror. Just as in the Great Siege, the effects of the Turkish relentless bombardments during the sieges are particularly "realistic". So are the assaults and, more generally, the hand to hand fighting. The horrendous living conditions of slave galleys are also very well rendered.

The historical characters are also well drawn. This is particularly the case of Don Juan of Austria, the bastard half-brother of King Philip II of Spain. The latter's attitude in delaying the formation of the Holy League was partly due to the insurrection of the Moriscos in Southern Spain, partly because he was wary of giving his half-brother any chance to acquire glory and fame, as shown in the book, but also because he was facing rebellion on Flanders. The portraits of the governors of Nicosia and Famagusta "feel" real and what happened to them is historically accurate.

I did, however, have the same kind of problems with this book as with the Great Siege. At times, our heroes' deeds appear hardly credible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug 2012
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I love a good historical fiction title and if you want cracking action with gripping battle sequences the William does a cracking job of it. I love the way that the characters step up and keep me moving forward in the story as I learn more about the various sieges of the time period to which, if I'm honest, I was quite ignorant.

All in when you add solid prose, great pace and of course characters that you want to hang around then you're in for a treat especially when you add some in depth research that gives an authenticity to the whole piece. Great fun all round and for me a top notch new series that is living up to my expectations.
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By Andy T on 11 July 2014
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Excellent book, slow start but worth holding on to for the climatic finish which leaves you wanting more. Excellent read
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By david murphy on 25 April 2014
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William Napier has written another fantastic tale featuring all the great names of that age entwined in a heroic and endlessly seemingly outnumbered adventure but yet against all odds pulling through and being victorious.
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By stewart on 3 Feb 2013
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As with the battle of Malta I enjoyed the battle scenes but the story leading up was boring and I skipped most if it
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Yet another great novel by William Napier. Maintains his usual high standard. I am an avid collector of this man's work. A great storyteller.
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