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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Willocks Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the The Hounds of Hell. The Knights call themselves The Religion.

In Messina, Sicily, a French countess, Carla la Penautier, seeks a passage to Malta in a quest to find the son taken from her at his birth 12 years ago. The only man with the expertise and daring to help her is a Rabelaisian soldier of fortune, arms dealer, former janissary, and strapping Saxon adventurer by the name of Mattias Tannhauser. He agrees to accompany the lady to Malta, where, amidst the most spectacular siege in military history, they must try to find the boy - whose name they do not know and whose face they have never seen - and pluck him from the jaws of Holy War.

The Religion is Book One of The Tannhauser Triology, and from the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West, it is clear we are in the hands of a master. Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another place and time. Anne Rice transformed the vampire novel. Stephen King reinvented horror. Now, in a spectacular tale of heroism, tragedy, and passion, Tim Willocks revivifies historical fiction. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anothermattking | 2/17/2014

    " Blood, sex and more blood. Cripes. Great stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam | 2/17/2014

    " A departure from the only other one of his books that I have read (Green River Rising - set in a modern day prison), this book is historical fiction whose backdrop is the 1565 siege of Malta. Quite possibly that century's Stalingrad. The main story is good with lively characters. Willocks has a style that is easy to read. Highly recommended, this book has inspired me to delve deeper into this siege. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ina | 2/13/2014

    " gave up trying to read this book - absolutely uninteresting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/30/2014

    " Just terrific story about the Knights of St. John's defense of Malta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting tale (plenty of swords and sex) around the siege of Malta in 1565. Knights of St. John the Baptist verses the Ottoman Turks as well as the Inquisition lurking. The siege marks the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Empire and foreshadows the end of the Renaissance in Catholic Europe with the ascendence of the Inquisition in Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsi | 1/21/2014

    " Outstanding. I'm impatiently awaiting publication of the next book in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 1/4/2014

    " it was a good story and well written but littered with too many graphic violent and sexual descriptions for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 1/1/2014

    " Most excellent book. Of special interest to Knights Templar and companions of the York Rite of Masonry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Platt | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book. Beautiful, evocative prose with a strong story. ...still awaiting the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Sanders | 12/12/2013

    " A great read. Excellent coverage of the seige of Malta, with a down right decent plot. Passed it on to my son, he loved it too. The only downside is that it is suppose to be a trilogy and we have been waiting too long for Willocks next installment and nothing as yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 9/5/2013

    " One of the best books of historical fiction I have ever read. Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 8/27/2013

    " Romance set during the seige of Malta in the 1500s. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 6/13/2013

    " His description of close in fighting was amazing. I thought I was in there sparring with them. Great story, a lot of resonance to today's wars over who's God is the best God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/8/2013

    " Very violent and gory, but the DETAILS! It's just so well-written and the characters so fully-formed, it's impossible not to get pulled into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowan | 1/4/2013

    " bit of a big lad's wet dream, but v enjoyable for all that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 2/23/2012

    " I stopped reading this one after a graphic rape scene early on. I guess I'm losing my taste for violence. I'm hoping someone else has read this and can tell me it's not full of blood and guts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alina | 12/5/2011

    " I didn't make it very far into this book before the blood and gore started. I had to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eiríkr | 9/7/2011

    " A brilliant piece of historical fiction. One of my faves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 2/20/2011

    " good fiction based on history novel; reminded me a bit of "Kingdom of Heaven" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/23/2011

    " I loved the story and the historical content. Lots of blood and gore, so must love war books to enjoy. Not usually what I read, but may continue the trilogy...if I can find the books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/10/2011

    " I loved this book. Beautiful, evocative prose with a strong story. ...still awaiting the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacodi | 8/8/2010

    " Ein sehr beeindruckendes Buch. Er holt bei den Beschreibungen manchmal etwas weit aus, es fesselt einen bis zum Schluss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 7/31/2010

    " This book by Tim Willocks is not my normal book to read. However, once I started reading the book I was captivated by it and had to keep going until I finished it. A Good read.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 7/2/2010

    " This is a long historical book which reveals something of the worst in both Christianity and Islam. It reminds us we have never trusted each other and it will take a lot before we ever do.
    It also is a book about the grace which comes through suffering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimmy-jimmy | 6/5/2010

    " exelent book about midevil italy the charecters were rich ,this is a wonderful story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsi | 5/28/2010

    " Outstanding. I'm impatiently awaiting publication of the next book in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 3/28/2010

    "
    I didn't get to finish the book...found It ok but not my kind of read really. In It's favor I find Tim Willocks a very accomplished writer. I found his earlier work, Green River Rising far, far better. "

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About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.