Nicholas C. Prata

Angels in Iron

angels-in-iron.jpg  Arx Pub., 2004

The sige of Malta by the Turks. A relevant moment in European history. Gripping, intense, and passionately told. The small island-fortress of Malta -the Rock- alone against the Turkish empire in 1565.

 

Accurate as far as history can tell, to-the-point, full of heroism and action as to leave no room to introspection, subplots or any literary embelishments. This is grab-your-seat historical fiction, closer to a Hollywood movie script than to your regular bookstore novel. The author -for accuracy- even mentions a couple of times the names of historians on whose work was based this narrative, and quotes some relevant lines.

 

There is no need to literary flourishments. The author knows it. This is one of those moments in history when telling it as it was makes it far more rewarding to the reader than trying to add stuff that is not properly historical. Of course the details as to how or exactly when each character did this or that is for the expert narrator to fill in. And this is done masterfully, with precision, never letting the tension slack. Short chapters, 2 or 4 pages long, dedicated to specific moments during the siege of Malta make the reading a hectic experience, a book that will be hard to put down.

 

It has the stuff that best-sellers are made up of. Only the lack of a major editing company has prevented this book from reaching far more audiences.


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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