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on 8 October 2014
The third book in the 'Clash of Empire' series, sees our hero Nicholas Ingoldsby, aided by Smith, Stanley and Hodge. They are the survivors of books 1 & 2, where the Crusaders fought to repel the Ottoman Empire at Malta and Lepanto respectively. This time they are sent by Queen Elizabeth 1 to assist Ivan the Terrible against the Tatars. The siege of Malta is five stars and better, a superb book. Ivan is a poor conclusion (assuming this is the last of the series).
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William Napier is an author that has been on my list of trusted writers for quite some time. I love the way he brings the action of the period alongside cracking portrayal to give the reader not only an experience but adventure within the period in history.

Whilst a lot of historical authors tend to stay in one area, William can flit throughout cherry picking the times and people that have had historians fascinated for years and will do the same for the modern reader. Whilst some of the facts within the book have been adapted to make for a better reading experience, within this book, the madness of Ivan is clearly present.

As with William’s other work, the prose is sharp, the pace wonderful and when added to the authors clear love of his work all round gave me a cracking experience. Magic.
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on 15 August 2014
I enjoyed reading this but feel that perhaps the first two books in this series was the best, This did not quite grip me as the rest, the historical accuracy is impressive and Mr Napier does know his stuff.16th century Europe, Asia and Russia with good historical detail His portrayal of Ivan the Terrible as the completely manic ruler is excellent.
Although the Russian army, led by Prince Mikhail Vorotynsky, was half the size, of the Turks it was an experienced streltsi army, equipped with modern firearms and gulyay-gorods. (Which are not mentioned in the book) the battle takes a day in the book but was actually fought over a week.
Altogether a good robust story and I will look out for more from William Napier.
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on 30 January 2015
This book though well researched, falls way short of the expectation set by the earlier two books. The first book about the siege of Malta was by far the best. Even the second one based on Lepanto had some captivating battle descriptions and was very engaging.
This book kind of drags on .. maybe its because there really isnt much historical resources available about Russia in those times, and the Tatars as well ?
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on 10 August 2014
Great book. I have read a lot of William Napier's books. Love the characters. Great action. Recommended!
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on 12 August 2014
A gripping read from start to finish. A fast ride full of the passion, colours and aromas of 16th century Europe, Asia and Russia with just the right level of historical detail to paint a vivid picture without slowing the story's pace.
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on 8 August 2014
I purchased this item on Kindle as a pre-order. I am enjoying reading this but feel that perhaps the first book in this series was the best, the succeeding novels have a lot to live up to.
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on 20 January 2016
Oh dear, this is the last book in the series. I just hope Mr.Napier is going to write another series.
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on 12 December 2014
A great read from William Napier - well worth the read
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on 25 September 2015
Well up to his usual high standard. I loved it
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