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Ironfire

(2003)
(The Sword and the Scimitar)
A novel by

 
 
From the cruelty of the slave markets of Algiers to the majesty of Topkapi, the sultan's seraglio in Istanbul, to the convent of the noble Knights of St. John in Malta, this is a novel of the timeless struggle between the religions and cultures of the east and west. Nico and Maria, Maltese brother and sister, are separated when young Nico is abducted by Moorish slavers. Taken to Algiers to be the personal slave of a wealthy merchant, he becomes a pawn in household politics and sets out to escape. Extraordinary events lead him to the court of Suleiman, the magnificent Sultan of the Ottomans. Maria, stranded in Malta with unsympathetic parents, makes her own plans to escape the island and find her brother. She joins a group of Jews - forced by their Christian rulers to renounce their faith - who continue their rituals clandestinely. French aristocrat Christien de Vries yearns to prove himself as a surgeon in the Order of St John, to which he was pledged as an infant but joined only as a result of a life-altering oath. These unforgettable characters find themselves caught up in the sweep of history as the Ottomans confront the Knights in the historic Siege of Malta, and the fate of Europe hangs in the balance.

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"Crowded with events that both forecast and mirror the conflicts of today... Ball's wealth of realistic detail and depth of characterization bring to vivid life this exciting 16th-century historical adventure. I couldn't put it down, and thought about it for days later." - Jean Marie Auel

"An epic adventure with action, suspense, and romance. David Ball brings alive sultan's palaces, the world of corsairs and knights and the realities of 16th-century medicine and combat." - Phillip Margolin


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Hardback Editions

December 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades
Author(s): David Ball
ISBN: 0-385-33601-2 / 978-0-385-33601-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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December 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sword And The Scimitar
Author(s): David Ball
ISBN: 0-09-179941-4 / 978-0-09-179941-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ironfire: An Epic Novel of Love and War
Author(s): David Ball
ISBN: 0-385-33806-6 / 978-0-385-33806-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sword And The Scimitar
Author(s): David Ball
ISBN: 0-09-945795-4 / 978-0-09-945795-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sword And The Scimitar
Author(s): David Ball
ISBN: 0-09-180023-4 / 978-0-09-180023-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

December 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Ironfire
Author(s): David Ball
ISBN: 1-4025-1723-8 / 978-1-4025-1723-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ironfire: An Epic Novel of Love and War
Author(s): David Ball
Publisher: Delta
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