Siege of Heaven is the third and last installment of the adventures of Demetrios Askietes, the "truth-finder", as his follows the First Crusade. As usual, the detective story is a pretext, more than anything else, for telling the story of the First Crusade and, here, of the Siege of Jerusalem, but seen through a Byzantine's eyes.
I won't eleborate on the story to avoid spoilers. However, if you want to read a griping and perfectly historical yarn that shows you what the Crusade must have been like with all its sufferings and horrors, then this is it. It also shows to what extent fanaticism and suffering can bring out the worse in men, with almost the whole of the population of Jerusalem being massacred by the conquering Crusaders in a rather very "un-christian" way. One little gripe, however: at times, the doubts and uncertainties of the hero got a bit on my nerves. I don't expect all of my heroes to be "supermen" or "super warriors". However, I don't either expected them to be wimps and I did sometimes (but sometimes only!) get this impression in this book.
Given the talent show by Tom Harper in recreating the past and writting a story which "feels" real and where all historical facts are accurate and verifiable, it is a pity that he has not sticked with what are essentially as much historical novels as detective stories and thrillers. I do hope he will one day revert to those, if only because there are not that many authors who can write good stories while also including the historical pieces with so much accuracy.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 827 KB
- Print Length: 540 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312338724
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (27 April 2010)
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003JH79AK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 11 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)