Have just finished Eagle – fantastic. Can't wait for the next one in the trilogy. Have just downloaded Siege on to my ebook and am looking forward to reading it.
Where in the US can I purchase your books.
Hi Jack, I just wanted to say that Eagle is a great read, so good that I've ordered Siege as well. I'm a great fan of historical novels after the Roman era the Crusades and all that went with them are next. Yusuf and John are great characters that fit perfectly into the book. I look forward to the next instalment and future books. Keep it up!
I've just finished "Eagle" and I really enjoyed reading it!!!!! I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book of the trilogy in 2012!!!! I try to be patient 😉 xxx Lena
Enjoyed Eagle so much, just bought Siege to read next and then the excited wait for Kingdom… definitely my kind of novel! Thank you for making it so interesting… felt like I was there. Thank you very much for your hard work…
Jack, Just had Eagle bought for my birthday, can't put it down, a great read and already looking forward to the Kingdom, looks like that is going to be ready for my next birthday
James and Duncan – thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad that you've both enjoyed EAGLE. Don't worry: I'll keep producing books with which to fill your shelves. I'm hard at work on KINGDOM, the second book in the Saladin Trilogy. It will be out in March 2012.
Hi Jack, Have just finished reading Eagle and found it to be a very fun and interesting novel to read! I had previously read your first novel Siege, and loved it, so I was overjoyed to hear you were writing about the Crusades as it is one of my favourite periods in history. Really liked the characters and found the story moved at the perfect pace. Have read many novels from various authors on historical fiction and am happy to say your efforts are right up there with the best. I am hopeful that the second instalment in the trilogy is out soon!
We work hard most days of the week and as I have just handed in my last essay, I wanted to treat myself with something rare… a good new hardback and the time to read and enjoy it. My local bookshop suggested you as a fairly new author in historical fiction. Have read three chapter in eagle and the characters are just drawing me in… can't wait to buy siege… think you are to form a permanent fixture on my bookshelf for successive visitation. Thank you for taking thee time to pen this great story. Look forward to many more. Duncan
Loved your info on your blog about William and Henry's exploits. They are somehow our ancestors if we have family who come from the British Isles, and it always amazes to remember how hard they fought to keep their territory.
Lena, vielen Dank fÃ¼r Ihre freundliche Nachricht. Ich bin froh, dass du das Buch gefallen hat. Ich werde einer Karte auf meiner Website fÃ¼r meine deutschen Leser anschlagen. – Jack
Hi, even if this might have been written a hundred times, I've got the urgent longing to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book "siege"!!! Although I am attached to historical fiction, this is the first book since ages I read through within two days. I liked all of the stories, but since I am a girl, especially those of "Longo" and "Sofia". 🙂 What I missed was a map of the places. I like knowing where the places are, at least an overview. I mean, I was able to find it out myself, but it would have been easier just to flip to the front of the book. And I am very glad that the German cover is different to the original, because otherwise I wouldn't have bought it (stupid female behaviour). For me, the original looks to dark and to fantasy-like (same goes for this page). Well, I am really looking forward to read another book from you! Greetings from the other side of the big pond, Lena
I THANK YOU A LOT FOR YOUR KIND REPLY. THE SIEGE IS ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I HAVE READ SO FAR ON OTTOMAN HISTORY. I HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK AND TOMORROW I WILL GIVE IT TO A FRIEND AND THEN TO ANOTHER FRIEND. ALSO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READ SALADIN. I WISH YOU THE CONTINUATION OF YOUR SUCCESS. BEST REGARDS FROM ATHENS.
Thanks to everyone for your feedback. Yes, Sam, I have read Robyn Young's brethren series, and I enjoyed it very much. Shirley, thanks for persevering and making it all the way to the bottom shelf! And finally, Ilhan, thank you for your detailed feedback. The points you raise are all true, but with one exception, I was aware of them when I wrote the book and intentionally diverged from the historic record for dramatic purposes. Yes, Murad led the Ottoman army at Kosovo, but I wanted to establish Mehmed's character and capture the (historically accurate) tensions between Mehmed and Murad, without going into too much back story. Putting Mehmed in Kosovo and leaving Murad in Edirne is how I accomplished this. I don't believe I stated that Halil Pasha started the devshirme system, but only that he took briefly part in rounding up children (although that, too, is a bit of a stretch). Naturally, Mehmed did not kill Ladislas himself, but it makes for a very nice dramatic moment. I could add many other "inaccuracies" to your (thankfully) short list. There are many schools of thought regarding the need for absolute historical accuracy in historical fiction. For my opinion, take a look at my blog entry, "History or Fiction?" I am myself a professional historian, and perhaps paradoxically, this has led me to be more liberal than some when it comes to adjusting history for dramatic purposes. I do, however, endeavor to faithfully reconstruct the important events and the texture of the past. In SIEGE, the basic chronology of the siege, the characters involved, and even some of the more spectacular events (the ships overland or tunnels under the wall) are based in fact. That said, I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that yes, Mehmed could not have been declared sultan in the Eyub Sultan Mosque, which, as you rightly point out, is in Istanbul. This ceremony would most likely have taken place in the Eski Cami or the ÃœÃ§ Serefeli Mosque. Alas, even historians sometimes make mistakes.
First of all congratulations for the very fluent novel. However I wanna share some of my critics. I have found too many historical mistakes. Let me share. 1. In the war of Kosovo the Ottoman army was commanded by Murad the Second. He was not in his palace in Edirne. 2. Mehmed the Second got the title Fatih (Conqueror) only after he conquered Constantinople, not after the Kosovo War, actually even in the book his father questions why they call him Conqueror. 3. Of course Sehzade Mehmet did not kill Ladislas himself, how can it be possible, come on… 4. You mention that Halil Pasha started the devshirme system upon the order by Murad. Surprisingly the names are correct, but it was the grandfather Kara Halil Pasha, and the order given by Murad the First, not our Murad, the father of Fatih. 5. And the biggest mistake. From the book: â€ 1451 Edirne – Mehmed was girded for the second time in his life with the great sword in the mosque of Eyub and …â€ Mr. Hight, the Eyup Sultan Mosque is in Istanbul and was built in 1458, five years after the conquest. As for the great sword, if you mention the sword of the Prophet Mohammad (S.A.V.), that relic was brought to Istanbul I think by Selim the Yavuz in the 16th century. (After that, all Ottoman sultans were crowned by that sword in the Eyub Sultan Mosque) Such historical mistakes ruin the book. You could have asked a historian read the book before it was published. Best regards, Ilhan
Hi Jack, I've just purchased "Seige' with a Christmas book voucher in a local book store near home. After spending nearly half an searching for something, and there was plenty to choose from, I spotted your book right down on the bottom shelf. My kind of book, I love reading anything historical, but the middle ages are my favourite period, especially anything to do with Knights Templars, the Crusades etc. I have only read 17 pages and am hooked already. I can't wait for your Saladin series. The art work on the cover is great. Shirley Coughlin.
Hi jack I just spent a very tired 2 hours finishing reading siege and it was an amazing book I really enjoyed it I love historical fiction and that was some of the best I have read. I was wondering if you have ever read the brethren series by Robyn Young your book had the feel of one of those if you haven't id recommend them to any fans of this book. Thanks for an enjoyable read.
Hello! I've just finished to read THE SIEGE and in my opinion it is really my favourite book I've ever read! In THE SIEGE, I really liked the setting and Longo and Sofia as main characters. I'm just waiting to take your next book! Best regards!
Chris: I'm so glad you liked the book. And yes, I am a huge fan of Turkish food! As for a sequel… I'm currently writing a trilogy about the Crusades (the first book, EAGLE, is out in March), but I'll get back to the ongoing adventures of William soon enough. William: You are right! There should be some westerns on my favorite movie list. Of course westerns are historical fiction, and I love the genre. To make up for the oversight, I'm working on my list of favorite westerns, which is topped by The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. And George: I hope you're enjoying the rest of the book, and I hope that I am indeed destined to be a great writer… or at least a popular one.
Just finished the first chapter of Siege and already i know you are destined to become a great writer. Keep up the good work.