The idea to write a book based on the Great Siege of 1565 blossomed during a summer vacation to Malta twenty years ago.
Initially, I set out to write a single novel chronicling the Siege, but upon digging into the research, I realized the rich, layered history was too much for one book.
Also, I’d have ended up with more pages than the Bible—not to mention, no willing publisher.
And so, I divided the story into three volumes, each cresting with a pivotal battle.
The saga begins with Eight Pointed Cross, a number one bestseller set in sixteenth-century Europe. The series continues with Falcon’s Shadow and culminates in a third and final yet-to-be-titled instalment.
The hostility between the Ottoman Sultan and the Knights of St John incites the collision of two great empires, intertwining the fates of characters separated by faith, loyalties, and hundreds of leagues.
Beyond military conflict, these men and women must confront perceived enemies as well as corruption and oppression, deceit and disaster in a turbulent time that saw the flourishing Renaissance at odds with the repressive Roman Inquisition.
Eight Pointed Cross takes place decades before the Great Siege of 1565, as the storm had been brewing for quite some time. This novel features the lesser-known but decisive 1551 Siege of Gozo.
Falcon’s Shadow picks up in the immediate aftermath and sweeps from quarry pits to sprawling estates, tumultuous seas to creaking gallows, the dungeons beneath the bishop’s palace to the open decks of warships.
Chance connections are made, secrets revealed, and betrayals exposed as history unfolds.
Fate will meet fire. And the world will ignite.