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Jerusalem Falls Paperback – April 20, 2012
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Captivating. Masterfully written, and a must read. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down.
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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
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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing especially noteworthy to share but really enjoyed both Jack Dixon books...The Pict and Jerusalem Falls. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Rod M
For those Interested in, final crusades ,Knights Templar ,Catharism, southern European history in the late middle ages. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Thierry Fossemalle
Started off ok but soon became slow and boring. Just did not hold my interest wasn't challenging enough for my taste.Published on May 19, 2013 by D. B. Burton
It is a great book to read for people that enjoy reading about history with a fiction story written in.Published on February 13, 2013 by Louise
Jerusalem Falls is a much more extensive work than Jack Dixon's first effort, The Pict. It is also vastly larger in sweep and scale. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Barry Yelton
This book kept me interested from beginning to end. There were times that I was totally absorbed in the story. Mr. Dixon has stepped up his writing style in Jerusalem Falls. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by anonymous
I am not normally a fan of historical novels (as I really hate having to learn new things and think while I am reading; isn't that what colleges are for? Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Brian McGowan