This book is a true epic writen in a similiat spirit to Shogun and Taipan. Shea is a true storyteller. I first bought Saracen in the early 1990's as a young banker. For over 20 years I searched for Holy War and any other books I could find by Robert Shea. Thanks to this site my search has ended. Cant get enough of reading then rereading Shea's books.