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5.0 out of 5 stars Turney changes direction and did not dissapoint.
Simon Turney has produced another gripping story, This time about Istanbul in 1480. The story about two boys one forced to become a janissary the other absconds to become a thief really grabs the imagination,
The eventual plot that they become embroiled in carries one along at a fast pace and gives the reader a sense of the great changes that took place in the...
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Ray. Brown

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Not as good as the Marius' Mules serues
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale set in an unusual place and time, 24 Jun. 2013
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This novel is very engaging, and set in fifteenth century Istanbul, not long after the fall of Byzantium. The city is suffering an identity crisis, as the Ottoman Empire puts it's stamp on the city.
The story concerns the different paths chosen by two brothers who are conscripted into the janissaries, soldiers who are taken from Christian families, but converted to Islam.
The story is fairly straightforward, a tale of conspiracy and murder, but there are one or two interesting twists along the way, and the main character is very likeable.
As with his 'Marius mules' series, the author has a good sense of history and for the period.
Overall, a very readable tale.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true talent and a masterful book, 26 May 2013
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If you have never read any of Mr Turney's other books, why not? Seriously, you've been missing out. His books have a economy of words that other writers can only dream of. SJA Turney effortlessly places you in the middle of the Ottoman Empire without need to rely on over description or long winded explanations. His stories flow with an ease which allows the reader total access to the story.

This book follows two Greek brothers as they follow very different paths. They are thrown back together by murderous events. Forced to rely on each other to survive they find themselves in the middle of trouble and crossing the paths of powerful dangerous men.

You wont regret buying this or any other book by SJA Turney. You have my word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging tale., 10 May 2013
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I really enjoyed this book.

Having visited Istanbul it beautifully weaves a tantalising tale of intrigue, turmoil and underworld survival during a very interesting period in the post crusading era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story, 8 May 2013
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Very good story. Plenty of action and reflections abouttwists and turns of life.I recommend it to all concerned with the interface between Islam and Christianity -- but it contains no suggested answers, rather heightens conceDNS about prejudice
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thief's Tale, 24 April 2013
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I found this book different from others as it included history as well as a story and it was easy to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thief's Tale, 14 April 2013
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I found this book a quite fascinating read. The twists and turns in the story kept me interested right to the end..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read, 3 April 2013
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Enjoyed the story and as usual Turney has done his homework and knows in detail the history of the period helping provide a detailed picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and scary in places..., 1 April 2013
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I really enjoyed this book as the main character was not the typical, good at everything, strong morals, beats everyone who picks on him type. I can usually tell what's coming in these books, but I found the end of this really unexpected. Highly recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 18 Jun. 2015
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Not as good as the Marius' Mules serues
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 23 May 2015
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Very good for historical fiction
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The Thief's Tale: 1 (The Ottoman Cycle) by S. J. A. Turney (Paperback - 26 Feb. 2013)
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