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Angels in Iron

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Angels in Iron Nicholas C. Prata The year is A.D. 1565 and the tiny island fortress of Malta, defended by an anachronistic crusading order called the Knights of St. John Hospitallers, is all that stands between the war machine of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the very heart of Christendom. Pitifully outmatched and against impossible odds, the indomitable Grand Master ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Arx Pub (first published November 1997)
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Frank Kelly
Dec 03, 2013 Frank Kelly rated it it was amazing
The Seige of Malta was one history's greatest battles. This is one of the greatest historical novels I've ever read on any topic. It captures the strategy, the tactics, the human factors that tilted the seige to victory for the the Knights of Malta. Third time I have read it -- and I love it everytime!" (
Connor Wilmot
Dec 03, 2013 Connor Wilmot rated it really liked it
This book was interesting. For someone who really enjoys learning about history, this was a good pick. It was very historically accurate. It focused mostly on the siege of Malta, and island just east of Sicily, which is in the mediterranean. It was a battle between the knights of St. John, otherwise known as the knights hospitaller, and the Ottoman Empire, which was centered around modern day Turkey. The reason why the Ottomans sieged it was becuase it was the "gateway" to Europe (they had alrea ...more
Kevin Bensema
Dec 03, 2013 Kevin Bensema rated it it was amazing
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Angels in Iron is a novelization of the defense of the Island of Malta by the Knights of St. John against the Turkish forces. It tells an inspiring, exciting, and at time gut-wrenching tale of the knights' stand against overwhelming numbers. The author creates a convincing, if fictionalized, narrative of the major players on the Christian and Ottoman sides. Dragut, Piala, and Mustapha debate strategy and plan their next attacks, while Oliver Starkey and Grand Master La Valette discuss the defens ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Ken rated it really liked it
It's good for those who like intense historical action. But I do wish it was better written. I found some characters a bit too flat, and felt that the scenes were rushed and needed further polishing.
What made it the worth for me however was the topic and some scenes were pretty intense.
Dec 03, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
This book was about the siege of Malta which was occupied by the Knights of Saint John. It was about 10 000 muslims against about 1000 knights. It was great. I now must go to Malta.

I recommend it for those also going to Rhodes in Greece.
Dec 03, 2013 Kevin rated it it was ok
An OK novelization of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Some of the characters seemed a bit one-dimensional. Ironically, Ernle Bradford's history of the siege, entitled the Great Siege, is a more riveting read.
John Hanscom
Dec 03, 2013 John Hanscom rated it it was amazing
Absolutely excellent book on the siege of Malta. Though their battles and mine in the Viet Nam Ear were certainly different, it read right.
Dec 03, 2013 Patrice rated it really liked it
Gory but moving. War is sad and ugly, but can bring out nobility in some people and the worst in others.
Dan Ragsdale
An excellent account detailing the defense of Malta.
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Great book. Even when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it.
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