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Old November 10th, 2017, 01:18 PM   #1

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Tim Willocks

I just got acquainted with him earlier this year when I picked up a copy of "The Religion" (2006) at a local non-profit used bookstore here in Austin. It was simply amazing to say the least! a couple of months later I bought Book 2 in the series "The Twelve Children Of Paris" (2013) and it was just as good. Book 3 is still in the works.

Both novels are set in late 16th century Europe. The first book is about the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565, the second covers the massacre of the Huguenots in Paris (late August 1572). The protagonist, Mattias Tannhauser, is one BAD dude! Originally from Saxony, he was transported with his family by his grandfather to the Carpathian mountains in Hungary. After a Turkish raid wiped out his family, he was taken by the Turks into the Janissaries at age twelve. He was later freed from this service, becoming a mercenary and a knight of Malta.

This was a very violent time in European history. Mattias, along with his companions and enemies, certainly reflect the era.

I think you will enjoy these, but the gore factor is pretty high!
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Old November 11th, 2017, 01:20 AM   #2
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I enjoyed both of these- Willocks has a real knack for giving Tannhauser nifty, manly dialogue. I've been waiting for the third instalment for a while, but there's no sign of it on the horizon as yet.
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