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Holy War (The Saladin Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Jack Hight
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23 May 2013 The Saladin Trilogy

In HOLY WAR, the final book of the Saladin Trilogy, telling the story of the legendary war leader who united Arabia, Saladin recaptures Jerusalem from the Crusaders, and prepares for his ultimate battle against Richard the Lionheart. A full-blooded historical adventure novel for all fans of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, Anthony Riches, Ben Kane, Robyn Young and Simon Scarrow. While Saladin ruthlessly sets about uniting the whole of Arabia under his rule, the Kingdom of Jerusalem is torn apart by treachery and intrigue, and when the murderous knight Reynald of Chatillon raids a caravan heading from Damascus to Mecca and rapes Saladin's sister, the scene is set for war.

In June 1187, Saladin marches into the Kingdom with an army of over 24,000 and imposes a crushing defeat on the Crusader forces at the Horns of Hattin. It is only a matter of time before he marches on a panicked and demoralized Jerusalem.

But what about Saladin's longtime ally, the Saxon knight John of Tatewic? In the face of annihilation, is he friend or foe? It will take all John's knowledge of the man he calls his brother to negotiate a peaceful fate for Jerusalem - but this is not the end of the story. For in England the soon-to-be crowned King Richard has pledged revenge and a new Crusade . . .


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848545347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848545342
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cannot remember a time when I did not want to be a novelist, though for many years I thought it a rather unrealistic choice of careers. I have been smitten with historical fiction ever since my grandfather gave me one of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books to see me through a childhood illness. I started writing my first novel when I was 14. I got 30 pages in before I quite. I decided to try again shortly after graduating from college, and this time I made it through a 100 pages before I stalled out. The third time was a charm. I finished SIEGE in 2009 and have since completed the SALADIN TRILOGY. I am currently working on BASTARD, the first in a series that follows both young WIlliam and Harold in the years leading up to Hastings.

I am lucky enough to have a wonderful wife, two lovely daughters, and a very scruffy dog. I live in Washington, DC.

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'An ambitious book written on an ambitious scale . . . a fascinating picture of momentous events'

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The final book of the Saladin Trilogy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real five-star read 22 May 2013
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This volume is a splendid climax to the exciting and readable three-novel series covering the life of Saladin. The writing is detailed but entertaining, and carries the reader along.
The first section covers events up to the surrender of Jerusalem by Balian in 1187; readers may well find, as I did, images from the film 'Kingdom of Heaven' intruding into their thoughts as the same events unfold. In the second part, Richard the Lionheart makes his entrance. Both the political and family twists and turns, as well as the battle scenes, are very well done - I didn't skip anything, which is pretty unusual for me on a first reading. Congratulations to Mr Hight for a top-notch read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical adventure 21 Sep 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book of holy conflict in foreign lands, which I finished in three days. Historically accurate
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great episode 19 Aug 2013
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Good storytelling and accurate period setting. A good read if at times a bit implausible vis a vis the friendship/contact between the main protagonists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great conclusion to a great trilogy. 18 Aug 2013
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Using real and fictional characters to create a great story around real historical events. Great storytelling and rightly or wrongly, you feel you are getting an insight into one of histories great leaders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unexpected pleasure! 10 Aug 2013
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Loved this, so much so I went on to read the other two in the trilogy. Absorbing, loved the characters and descriptive writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 22 Mar 2014
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This tome makes for an excellent ending to an enthralling to trilogy that traces Saladdin’s life. The author seems to wrap himself in dialogue; he enjoys the interaction and word play between his characters. It is nice to see the way in which the interaction is being created. At over four hundred pages this novel does take some small commitment, I would not call it a 'light read'. That said it is readable and if you like your fiction with a heavy dose of History then this is the book for you. What is also nice, in-deed more helpful is the fact that more detail and background information is available on the internet, via the book’s website. So if you wanted to know why Muslim prayer is five times a day, the Author's web page explains some rather interesting facts about this, the eye opener for this reader was the fact that some early Christian prayer and tradition showed great similarity to the way Islam prayer is performed, I am just illustrating one small thread. You do not necessarily need all these bits of information, as the book carries itself well. From my perspective all these little nuggets of information made the novel that more interesting. All in all a good series of books, for my tastes the book rated a good five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best trilogies i've read 30 Oct 2013
By Martin
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I really enjoyed all 3 books in the Saladin trilogy, Mr Hight is a great writer and I've enjoyed his books as much as I have SJA Turney, Conn Iggulden and Ben Kane.

Thoroughly recommend this series on Saladin, a historical character who receives a lot less attention from writers than is deserved. Please feel free to correct me and recommend any other historical fiction based on this great leader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy War(Saladin Trilogy) 15 Sep 2013
By DC
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Tremendous read; finished the book easily within a week. A fascinating account of the war-planning/strategy/tactics, politics and man-management of soldiers and the various Kings and wanna-be(s) of that time and importantly also, friendship and loyalties. So many egos; typical of to-day as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy, well worth buying
I loved the Saladin Trilogy, all three books were highly enjoyable reads and give a different perspective to the time of the Crusades. Read more
Published 18 days ago by mrogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding story
it gives a account of two different sides of history.Saladin was a great man,but he needed John to teach him the ways of the Frank's.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Lacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Saladin
An all action novel, with some true historical facts about battles Saladin fought. The fiction of the story line keeps you reading.
Published 2 months ago by TP
5.0 out of 5 stars What a guy!
Brilliant final book of the Saladin Trilogy. Fact and fiction with a historical date-line. The battle scenes description excellent as are the characters and their daily lives. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nanna Sweetheart
4.0 out of 5 stars Gained more than just reading a book.
So finally the trilogy ends. In book one I met a young boy with courage honour and kindness. In book two a man who's honour had left him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by booboolina
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy War: Book Three of the Saladin Trilogy
I've really enjoyed all 3 of these books. I was especially pleased that I could download it onto my Kindle in seconds.
Published 6 months ago by G
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy War REview -
Disappointing Somewhat pedestrian...........with a predictable ending. The book is one paced with little light and shade in terms of plot
Published 6 months ago by Robert Scott-Biggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel
Currently reading the novel; however, it is already proving to be as good as the previous two novels in the series.
Published 6 months ago by Richard Channing
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saladin Trilogy
I loved all three books in the series. I was impressed particularly by the way that the author managed to maintain the quality of his narrative throughout the series of books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars History as Entertainment
This is the final book in the Saladin series & like the rest it doesn't disappoint,it must be difficult trying to make all of the battles scenes interesting but Mr Hight seems to... Read more
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