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Sword And The Scimitar
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  • Published: 1 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099457954
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $19.99

Sword And The Scimitar


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Epic romance adventure, set in the 1550s inMalta, Istanbul and France

Nico and Maria, a Maltese brother and sister are divided when Nico is abducted by Moorish slavers. Taken to North Africa to be the personal slave for one of the wealthiest slavers in Algeria, Nico becomes a pawn in the household politics raging between the slaver and his wife and is forced to escape and fend for himself from a young age. Maria, stranded in Malta with unsympathetic parents, makes her own plans to escape the island and find her brother. She joins a group of ex-Jews - forced by the Christians who rule the island to renounce their faith - who continue their rituals clandestinely. French aristocrat Christien de Vries has led a life of pomp and privilege and yearns to prove his worth as a Knight of St John. He is stationed in Malta as a new recruit and his appearance impacts on both Maria's and Nico's lives as they all try to survive the devastation caused by the infamous Siege of Malta.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099457954
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

David Ball

David Ball has lived and worked in various parts of Africa. A former pilot, sarcophagus maker, and businessman, David has driven a taxi in New York City and built a road in West Africa. He installed telecommunicatiosn equipment in Cameroun and explored the Andes in a Volkswagen bus. He has renovated old Victorian houses in Denver and pumped gasoline in the Grand Tetons.

He has an MA in Journalism from Columbia University and enjoys skiing, fishing, baseball, and opera.

David lives with his wife, Melinda, and their children, Ben and Li, on a farm east of Boulder, Colorado. Two horses and a dog round out the menagerie.

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Praise for Sword And The Scimitar

“...Ball has built an action-packed, often erotic and always sensual epic-adventure”

Chicago Sun-Times

“I couldn't put it down”

Jean M. Auel


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