Originally published 1997
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Angels in Iron is a historical novel by Nicholas C. Prata. It portrays the events surrounding the Siege of Malta in the 16th century, at that time held by the Knights Hospitaller and by Suleiman the Magnificent. Although some of the characters (most notably Knight Commander Jean Parisot de Valette and Suleiman himself) are factual, most of the rest of the knights and Moors are fictional.
The novel Angels in Iron is a based on a true story about the Siege of Malta which took place in 1565. Nicholas C. Prata poignantly portrays the unparalleled heroism displayed by the Hospitallers during the true events of the battle.
In 1523, the Turks overpower Rhodes. The vanquished, known as the Knights of the St. John and as the Hospitallers, flee the island. If given the command, a dashing young knight named Jean Parisot de Valette would have stood the onslaught and defended the island.
After 42 years, the Turkish army of Suleiman strikes again and the Hospitallers face the same crisis at the besieged fortress at Malta, a war against Christendom. The circumstances, however, are different this time as assisted by his fellow knights, de Valette bravely puts up a fierce fight against the invading Turks. Along with his compatriots he sacrifices his life to defend the Cross from the Koran, a bitter battle between faith and despair.
— The St. Linus Review
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