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1565: a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean stands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle, and bloodlust: the siege of Malta. Formed in the Holy Land in the 11th century, a small band of knights had long sought a home. Driven from their lands by Ottoman might, they came to rest in1565: a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean stands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle, and bloodlust: the siege of Malta. Formed in the Holy Land in the 11th century, a small band of knights had long sought a home. Driven from their lands by Ottoman might, they came to rest in Malta from where they watched the Turks and corsairs raid the Spanish empire. As word came from Constantinople that Malta was in the sights of the Ottoman Empire, all of Europe watched as a force of over 30,000 men besieged the island—itself only peopled by only 500 knights and a few thousand local soldiers. On that small rock an epic struggle will be played out—the story of individual men, warriors and slaves, but also the story of two worlds colliding....

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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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  • Olethros
    2019-01-02 11:18

    -Cambiamos el protagonismo en los eventos para acercarlo al mercado, ¿no, William?.-Género. Novela histórica.Lo que nos cuenta. En el libro Choque de imperios (publicación origjnal: Clash of Empires. The Great Siege, 2011) y el día de Nochebuena de 1522, los caballeros de la Orden Hospitalaria de San Juan de Jerusalén y los habitantes de Rodas abandonan la isla tras rendirse a las tropas del Imperio Otomano, aunque alguno de los jóvenes caballeros espera tener la oportunidad de luchar de nuevo con los turcos. Tendrá la ocasión años después, porque los caballeros se desplazan a Malta y en 1565 Solimán el Magnífico mandará a sus soldados para conquistar la isla.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...

  • Charles
    2019-01-15 07:10

    Today, there is no longer the clash of empires that has dominated history for about three millenniums or so. The culmination of World War 2 shattered all the remnants of imperial ambitions and empires, with one or two minor exceptions. Today, there is the phenomenon of the clash of cultures instead, especially with the rise of illegal immigration to the West. But at its roots, the Great Siege of 1565 on the tiny island fortress of Malta manifested a lot of the same thorny issues we are facing today, one of the most apparent being West, founded on Judeo-Christian concepts, Vs East. Napier provides an excellent summary of the fundamental historical facts which resulted in the Great Siege of Malta, described by the novelist James Jackson as "history's bloodiest siege." Suleiman, Napier hypothesizes in his novel, probably realized the strategic importance of capturing Malta, the gateway to the Mediterranean and to the West, and that it should result in the elimination of his old enemy, the Knight Order of St John, made it all the more savoury to his taste: "This barren rock is the key to the Western Mediterranean." AND"If Malta should fall, the balance of power in Europe will be for ever changed. Suleiman will have complete mastery of the sea. And he who rules the sea, rules the land." I agree that that was probably the cause of the Great Siege, otherwise what could have compelled Suleiman to invest such a huge proportion of his military might just to capture one small island? In terms of money, the siege must have emptied all of Suleiman's coffers. Just to transport the siege weapons from Turkey is a significant feat, let alone the thousands of troops along with them. Napier also highlights the differences between the two sides, from the chivalry of the Knights to the ruthlessness of the Turks, without being one-sided. There is a degree of fanaticism on both sides, for example, even if nothing compares to the fundamentalism of the crazed Bektasis, who, like the members of ISIS and so many other terrorist organizations, long to 'die' (killing as many as they can in the process) so they could join their prophet in paradise. With regards to the rest of the novel, its most redeeming quality is Napier's adherence to the historical sources, even if his protagonist, Nicholas Ingoldsby, is fictional. However, he spends too much time on that character, which detracts from the epic nature of the war. But I liked the humour interspersed throughout the novel, which serves as much-needed comic relief, and all of Napier's characters based on real figures. He breaths new life into them like few others can, especially of the young French knight Bridier de la Gordcamp, who is tragically cut down at Elmo. 'Clash of Empires', because of some minor defects, like certain glaring grammatical errors, is not a piece of classical literature. But I enjoyed Napier's story-telling, which exhibits a lot of potential, and I do recommend it for historical fiction afficionados.

  • Beorn
    2019-01-16 06:17

    This could and should have been so much more pleasurable a read. It is rich in detail, evocative and very well written, yet is let down by an almost tangible sense of aloof snootiness that prevents you from empathising with any of the characters. It's this snootiness combined with a plot that moves along so slowly it's practically tectonic that lets down what otherwise would have been an amazingly good read.As it is, it ranges from rare occasions of riveting to more common tedium and annoying pomp. There's also an annoying presumption that every reader will automatically know what specific warfare specific terms like 'reconnaitre' will mean as if it's as common a word as surveillance or such.Rather than march steadfastly along, it tends to more amble and meander sedately. Even when battle begins and blood is shed, you still find yourself almost frustrated as just how slow it feels. Ironically one of the traits the lead character supposedly has it that when he is in the middle of an attack is that the world around him slows down while he stays at normal speed, which is how it feels a great deal of the time reading this book with the setpieces seeming more like an strategist describing it rather than feeling it.Overall a good way of killing a few days/hours etc but far from essential reading.

  • Jason Blackwell
    2018-12-30 07:09

    A real surprise for me...Napier's previous books have been solid well researched historical fiction...but a little on the stodgy side...I found this a gripping page turner...Great setting and created a very evocative atmosphere...Obviously the flipside is the focus on a small group of English characters in what would primarily have been a Latin engagement...giving it a slightly less than realistic edge...but it did give it a more exotic feel as the characters themselves were outsiders in an unfamiliar environment coming to terms with the heat...the dust...the food...the culture...Good battle scenes, good characters and I felt I was "there"...All in all...keep me awake late at night as I read "just one more chapter"

  • James Sparks
    2019-01-09 06:00

    The title says it all for this book. Reading it felt like "one long great siege". That doesn't mean I didn't necessarily enjoy it though. It was a good read; it just felt like a long time was focussed on the siege itself and perhaps that's actually a true reflection? I felt it needed more of a sub plot.Characters were well formed and likeable. Nicholas, Smith, Stanley and La Valette all had good basis, background and interest to keep me entertained. I would consider picking up the next one in the series from Napier but it will need more variation in the story line to convince me to continue with the journey of Nicholas and Hodge. Overall, worth a read but be prepared to feel the weariness of siege towards the end.

  • Paco De la Peña
    2019-01-23 07:03

    Amazing book. I love history and this types of books are the best way to learn about it. It is an amazing story narrated by an amazing author

  • Robin Carter
    2019-01-23 09:18

    I bought this title with some trepidation, William Napier started what seemed like a great series about Attila the Hun, the first book was a breathlessly breakneck paced book With well written characters and a great plot, then it was followed up with book 2 of the series, that had a Tom bombadil effect of making me think he had been smoking weed when he wrote it, it oozed bizarre mysticism and spoiled the type of series it had started out as, it was like book one had miss advertised the series.Book 3 recovered it a bit but not totally.So Clash of empire....fantastic, well written, great plot, great pace and a subject that's not swamped right now in the genre. I loved it, and really recommend it i just hope this isn't going to be a repeat, lets keep it as is, blood guts action story and great writing.Well recommendedProduct Description (from back of Book)1565: a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean stands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle and bloodlust: the siege of Malta. Formed in the Holy Land in the 11th century, a small band of knights had long sought a home. Driven from their lands by Ottoman might, they came to rest in Malta from where they watched the Turks and corsairs raid the Spanish empire. As word came from Constantinople that Malta was in the sights of the Ottoman Empire, all of Europe watched as a force of over 30,000 men besieged the island - itself only peopled by only 500 knights and a few thousand local soldiers. On that small rock an epic struggle will be played out - the story of individual men, warriors and slaves, but also the story of two worlds colliding

  • Jo-anne Atkinson
    2018-12-24 08:55

    1565 and the great Sultan Suleiman, ruler of the vast and powerful Ottoman Empire has set his sights on conquering Western Europe. The gateway to the Western Mediterranean is the island of Malta with its excellent harbour. Malta is overseen by the Knights of St John, old enemies of Suleiman but he defeated them in Rhodes and can defeat them again, in order to make this happen he assembles the greatest war armada ever seen. Aware of the impending crisis the Knights send word across Europe asking for support and rallying their former allies and colleagues. In Protestant England the young Catholic Nicholas Ingoldsby has just seen his father killed and his family ruined but, finding that his father was a former Knight of St John, he travels to Malta to aid the cause.This is the second book I have read this year about the siege of Malta after Tim Willocks' 'The Religion', both are very much about war and battles rather than any engaging fictional narrative. In this case the plot (outside of historical fact) is clumsy, Nicholas abandons his sisters to the poor house, leaves the country and from then on there is no further mention of them. Similarly the 'romance' seems very contrived. In addition we are led to believe that Nicholas is a skilled fighter, outstanding swimmer and brilliant at picking up languages, straight from the get-go. However that's where my cynicism stops...as far as a contribution to the genre goes, this is a thrilling depiction of war and the triumph of the few over the many. A jolly escapist romp.

  • Nora
    2019-01-14 09:05

    readable, keeps the reader interested. It is obvious on which side the author sympathies are, even if both parties did the same - it is good dead if done by the Knights, evil dead if done by the Turks. However, I think it is unfair to describe the Turks as punch of cowards, if they run away from battles the way it is described in the book, Constantinople would have never been taken, and Ottoman Empire never existed. The book would had been more interesting if it was told from both poind of view.However, what irritated me was the "super hero" Nicolas - who first appeared as an unexperienced young boy, and couple of pages later he is a fierce fighter who learns new languages just by hearing them!!! and the best came in the end: he just disappeared in a tavern for a drink, and we do not know if he got back to England, proclaimed his father innocence, got back his property, collected his sisters from the orphanage,... why we had to go through all this if it was not closed in the end?Why does Western Civilization always need "super heroes" in books or movies? Heroic deeds are done by real people who have no supernatural talent, but have the courage to make the right decision at the right time. Malta did not defeat the Turks with super heroes, but with pure determination and willingness to die by the "normal" people and Knights.Too bad, the subject could had been handled in much better way.

  • Saam
    2019-01-15 04:58

    This historical fiction book tells the story of 40 thousand Ottomans attacking the small island of Malta which is under garrison by 400 to 500 knights. Nicholas's father was a knight of St John but was retired. An unfortunate accident happened and Nicholas's dies and he is left as an orphan with his sister and with his servant. He finds two other knights who are looking for volunteers to defend Malta. Nicholas and his servant join those two knights and they are trained by them on the way from England to Malta. Will Nicholas survive through the bloody war or will he die as a knight? I found this book very interesting because it is a mix of real history with a bit of fiction in it. It was a page turner; I couldn't let go of the book. It also has some suspense in it which made me impatient and skip a few pages to finally find out what had happened. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading historical books and readers who enjoy books about war. I do not recommend this to children because of some of the content inside it.

  • Aeseyman
    2018-12-29 08:19

    Historical fiction that grabs you and doesn't let you go until the last page. Forty-eight years after Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, Christianity, and Europe, is split between Protestants and Catholics, playing right into the hands of Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, who sets his sights on capturing the island of Malta that commands the major east-west Mediterranean shipping lanes. Oh, and, of course, Malta is where the ancient enemy of Islam, the order of the Knights of St. John who fought in the Crusades, relocated after being driven from the island of Rhodes earlier in Suleiman's career. The defenders of Malta are few, but mighty of heart. The slaughter is terrible, but they hold out far longer than expected. Napier deftly brings these knights to full life. The deep friendship between the duo of Stanley and Smith is particularly touching and delightful. I can't wait to read more of Napier's books.

  • Helene Harrison
    2019-01-18 10:54

    Review - My favourite element of this book was the characterisation: I thought Nicholas's frame of mind was very interesting and his development throughout the story was the centre point and cleverly done. It had some really good elements. The battles were described in just enough detail to be understood, without being overwhelming.Genre - Historical / Drama / Action / AdventureCharacters - Nicholas Inglesby / Francis Inglesby / Hodge / Stanley / Smith / La Valette / SulimannSetting - St Elmo & Birgu (Malta)Series - Last Crusaders #1Recommend - YesRating - 14/20

  • Chris F
    2019-01-05 06:52

    A great story well told. Starts a bit slow but really gets underway with the Seige of Malta. His two heros are young enough not to be compared with other more established stars of historical fiction and have plenty of promise for future outings. The action during the Seige is well written and brings out the horror of the fighting without being too gross, but worth remembering that this was a particularly nasty campaign. Overall well worth the read.

  • Richard West
    2019-01-16 04:20

    First of a trilogy. Not quite as good as his trilogy on Attila the Hun, but still enjoyable. Lots of battle action, lots of people dying at the siege of Malta. Especially meaningful perhaps since it concerns the Muslim attempt by Suleiman to take over Europe and the same thing seems to be happening today, only differently. Now, its on to Book Two!

  • Monica montejo torres
    2018-12-29 03:51

    Apasionante relato. Además de buena información .. Lo recomiendo para los amantes de la ficci histórica. A veces muy emotiva, pero se deja leer. Me ha dado muchas ganas de conocer Malta, y agradecer a ese pueblo y a sus históricos guerreros pues sin ellos es seguro que el mundo sería mayoritariamente musulmán

  • Jesús
    2018-12-25 05:03

    This great novel can be described as the "behind the scenes" of one of the most heroic defenses in modern history: the Great Siege of Malta. Lovable characters, tons of action and tough lessons. Such an enjoyable journey.

  • Lukas Nisztuk
    2019-01-16 12:00

    It's ok ,but strongly promoting english contribution ,to that glorious victory won mostly by Spanish and Italians and of course people of Malta.It's very good of the author, that he himself admited it in his ending note.

  • Karim Magdy
    2018-12-31 05:01

    great book can be summerised like this pure blood and pure war with some trajety of death butnot much events just the story of great war nothing else but over all i cant say its bad.

  • Travis Bird
    2018-12-28 07:52

    This is the style! A work which demonstrates the quality historical fiction can achieve if the author is dedicated to his craft.

  • Karen Braid
    2018-12-30 06:14

    Another cracking historical epic from Napier, super loved his Attila books so bought this series, not disappointed.

  • Thomas West
    2019-01-05 06:13

    Great historical fiction.

  • James Briar
    2019-01-04 04:19

    A breath-taking story, well written.

  • Francisco Jaimes
    2019-01-19 07:04

    Yo no sabía nada de Malta ni tampoco de los caballeros de San Juan. Este libro habla del sitio de Malta es una novela histórica caballeresca muy entretenida e interesante.

  • Justine Delaney
    2019-01-11 05:10

    Really enjoyed this book. Great tension. History combined with great fictional characters. Throughly enjoyed. Thanks W. Napier