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A compelling drama, and at times visceral. Nice character development, and the pace of the story is well done.
- Jeanne Pawluk, St. Catherines, Ontario

Captivating. Masterfully written, and a must read. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down.
- Brent Naseath, Monterey, California

A compelling drama, and at times visceral. Nice character development, and the pace of the story is well done. --Jeanne Pawluk, St. Catherines, Ontario

Captivating. Masterfully written, and a must read. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down. --Brent Naseath, Monterey, California

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Ridley Park Books (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981767133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981767130
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had never read historical fiction until I read Dixon's first book, The Pict. Putting an interesting story in an accurate historical setting caught my interest. Dixon's skills at historical fiction abound in this story of a knight and his inner and outer battles from within his belief system. The story has everything: adventure, challenge, love, personal growth, respected enemies. It is very well written, kept me spellbound often, and I found the ancient terminology fascinating. I can't imagine where he found all the words to accurately describe the tools, times, titles, etc. I guess that's why it takes years of research to write a book like this. It is well worth the read just for the historical perspective but it was also great fun.
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Even with some of the best novels, some say that "this book is not for everyone." Not in this case. This is so well researched from a historical perspective and written with such an amazing attention to detail and depth that you are sucked in from the first page. Dixon elegantly paints a picture so vivid that it literally takes you there and the story is full of unexpected turns at every corner. The book is appropriate for everyone and one does not need to be a voracious reader or historian to enjoy it.

The novel spans the journey of Louis de Garonne, from his childhood as a passionate young man with dreams of becoming a Templar Knight through his lifetime. We follow Louis as he realizes his dream and comes to terms with the fact that the reality isn't what he envisioned. He struggles with the desire to fight for and to uphold what he always was taught was so sacred, with the reality of how those ideals become altered by human nature both good and deeply flawed. The story has it all, desire, loyalty, faith, jealousy and greed influencing decisions of life, death, war and love. Throughout the story you are challenged to lose the ability to see things as black and white. The characters are well developed and you often find their decisions unexpected but then understandable in the choice between what is expected of them and what is the truly the right path to take. The lessons learned are thought provoking and woven subtly with symbolism. Dixon brilliantly paints a picture that makes Louis's internal struggles very relevant to our times.

I was captivated and thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end!
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An excellent historical drama filled with action, a tragic love story, mystery and a compelling look inside the Crusades and the Templar Knights who sacrificed everything for God and honor. Well developed characters who engage the reader from the first page. A hard book to put down once you begin to follow Louis and his comrades on their journey to New Jerusalem and beyond. Dixon paints a very vivid picture of this historical era while maintaining an honest look at the life and hardships that were endured. I enjoyed the detailed battle scenes and the indepth look into the Templar Order, their rituals and their ultimate demise. Outstanding second novel from a new author who has quickly placed himself on my personal "must read" list.
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The richness of this story is in the complexity of its characters. New life is breathed into a history which has traditionally been told in very black and white terms, from limited perspectives. In this tale, the heroes are flawed and burdoned by their own demons and weaknesses, while their supposed enemies are not the one-dimensional villians they were once presumed to be. There is a universality in the protagonist's struggles with the loss of his ideals and dreams when confronted with unexpected realities, and his unique and endearing spirit is compelling. Vibrant characters are woven seamlessly into a complicated, pivotal time in history, making that history become very real and accessible to the reader. The extent to which this informative story has clearly been researched will delight historians of the era, and will enlighten and engage novices like myself.
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For the first time I agree with the other reviews this that this is definitely a five-star book. A very good story line with a strong credible characters developing as the story unfolds. In many ways it is a disturbing book about who the real enemy is and the abuse of political and religious power. All the illusions of the main hero are shattered as he discovers how false corruptible and power hungry people are. All in the name of a greater good. I particularly liked the end. Personally I was quite disturbed by the violence perpetrated by the church. Definitely worth reading. Well written and a page turner.
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I was looking forward to more knowledge about the Templars. Instead I got a love story with way too much description of the agonized feelings of the hero and the girl. Chapters repeatedly start " X years later". To be fair the author did do a good job of describing the Cathars and the Catholic church but repeated descriptions of the placidity of people as they burned was silly. A waste of my money.
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I have to say first that I am biased because I am related to the author, but I wanted to share my experience reading Jerusalem Falls. I love the writing style, because it is honest and while growing elaborate, sends the point across in a unique and self assured style. I definitely will not enjoy any book with muddled writing, no matter how good the rest of it is.
The story itself is beautiful, well researched, and very devoted to a civilization and way of life that is long past. Jack Dixon doesn't get caught up often in the numerous names and titles he is forced to deal with at the expense of the story. Basically, Jerusalem Falls follows the life of a young man who is filled with idealistic dreams and aspirations. He eventually joins the life he longs after: a Templar Knight, and quickly realizes that it is not what he thought it was. He is forced to revolutionize his entire way of looking at the world, and decide if he will leave, disillusioned, or hang in and soldier through. He has to find new things to believe in, and a new purpose, which he does admirably.
For anyone who reads the book solely for the history, realize that the writer has to keep the main character's path at the foremost helm, though the book is rich with history and major, major historic events.
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