A Falcon Flies
Publication Date 03/14/15
Trim Size 6x9 in
BOOK 5 — Talon has returned to Acre the crusader port after more than a year in Byzantium. He is now a rich man, the owner of ships and and in possession of a license to play the merchant within the Empire to the north. However riches bring enemies and his past is about to catch up with him as accusations of witchcraft have followed him from Languedoc. An investigation is about to disrupt his life but then everything is changed when he travels to a small fort with Sir Guy de Veres his Templar mentor. They survive a daring attack by ‘Assassins but here also he obtains vital information about Rav’an.Before he can act upon the stunning news, the kingdom of Baldwin IV is threatened by none other than the Sultan of Egypt, Salah Ed Din, who is bringing a vast army through Sinai to retake Jerusalem from the Christians. Talon must take part in one of the most significant battles of the time, Montgisard, to help ensure the continued survival of the Kingdom of Jerusalem after which he can set out to find Rav’an and honor his promise made six years earlier.
The ‘Assassins of Rashid Ed Din the ‘Old Man of the Mountain’ have targeted him for death having obstructed their plans once too often. He is forced to take a circuitous route through the deepest reaches of the southern deserts on his way to Persia to avoid them, but even then he faces betrayal, imprisonment and execution soon after.His sole objective is to find Rav’an but she is not where he had expected her to be. Once more he must become the assassin and join forces with his long time friend Reza to find her in time and find safety for them all.
“I was astounded at how I got addicted to the Talon series. As with a lot of authors, their writing and story telling improves as the story and characters progress. I don’t mean to imply that #1 was “weak”; rather, it was terrific and the stories just kept getting better. The series also gives you an excellent look at the competing cultures (Arab, Indian, Chinese and European) and opened my eyes to this aspect of the world and its history that I had never given much thought to.”
— Amazon Review
“This far into that Talon series, I’m still hooked, staying with it and going forward. There is still much to engage the mind: not least of which are the accurate descriptions of incredible places, some of which no longer exist. Even details of the food are mouth-watering—that is the Islamic food, not that of the Franks!”
— Amazon Review