The year is A.D. 1523 and the
island of Rhodes has just fallen to the Turks. Those
sailing away in defeat from this captured bastion are
members of an anachronistic crusading order called the
Knights of St. John -- otherwise known as the
Hospitallers. Among the dejected company is a stalwart
young knight named Jean Parisot De La Valette. Were it
up to him, the order would have defended the island to
the bitter end.
Forty-two years later,
history has repeated itself. The Hospitallers are
again besieged by the teeming armies of the
relentless Turk. Their tiny island-fortress of Malta
is all that stands between the armies of Suleiman
and the very heart of Christendom. But this time the
scenario is different -- La Valette wears the Grand
Master's cape. Behind him stand the knights of his
faithful order: men of incredible valor ready to
"strike a blow for Christ" and sacrifice their lives
to halt the invading Turks at the gates of Europe.
What follows is an desperate struggle between East
and West, Cross and Koran, faith and despair.
Angels in Iron is
based on the actual events surrounding the Siege of
Malta in 1565. Nicholas C. Prata relates the tale in
riveting and graphic prose which brings the extreme
heroism of the knights and the unimaginable horror
of combat sharply into focus. Prepare yourself for an epic adventure!