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AngelsinIron Best Seller!

Angels in Iron

by Nicholas C. Prata

The year is A.D. 1523 and the island of Rhodes has just fallen to the Turks. Those sailing away in defeat from this bastion are members of an anachronistic crusading order called the Knights of St. John. 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 knights are again besieged by the relentless Turk. But this time the scenario is different -- La Valette wears the Grand Master's cape.
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Centurions Historical Fiction

Centurion's Daughter

by Justin Swanton

Her Frankish mother dead, 17-year-old Aemilia arrives at Soissons in Roman Gaul in search of her Roman father whom she has never met. She knows only that his name is Tarunculus and that he is a former centurion. She finds an old man fixed on the past, attempting in vain to kindle a spark of patriotism in his countrymen. Soon, Aemilia is caught up in her father’s schemes to save the Empire and the intrigues of the Roman nobility in Soissons. More...
CotW Historical Fiction

Crown of the World
Knight of the Temple

by Nathan Sadasivan

"Written in a style of historical fiction that was prevalent in American Catholic literature several decades ago and follows in the footsteps of such Catholic classics as The Outlaws of Ravenhurst and the novels of Louis de Wohl, but with greater intensity. Sadasivan's book does an admirable job of creating a believable setting and plot, with sequences that take us from the Nile Delta in Egypt to the streets of Antioch to the Temple Mount of Jerusalem itself." More...
—Phillip D. Campbell, III, in Saint Austin Review

Leave if you can Historical Fiction

Leave If You Can

by Luise Rinser

"Set in war time Italy, Leave if You Can is basically one long letter relaying the journey of two young women as they struggle with the direction God is calling them to go....The book's back cover describes the novel as exploring 'the challenge of God's mystical call versus the overpowering allure of the world.' I'd add that that it not only takes on the challenge to heed God's call, but also how someone might feel the draw to religious life." More...

—Day by Day in Our World blog
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