Vienna's Last Jihad

Vienna's Last Jihad[Download] ➵ Vienna's Last Jihad By C. Wayne Dawson – Bluevapours.co.uk Brash and brilliant, twenty year old Mathis Zieglar, Professor of Languages, faces an agonizing choice should he fight the Turks who take his family hostage and move to destroy Vienna Or should he bet Brash and brilliant, twenty year old Mathis Zieglar, Professor of Languages, faces an agonizing choice should he fight the Turks who take his family hostage and move to destroy Vienna Or should he betray his army to save his kin Vienna's Last eBook ¸ Vienna s Last Jihad is an historical novel set against thesiege of ViennaEurope is balanced on a knife s edge while Mathis, the man who holds its fate in his hands, struggles against powerful enemies Father Sistini, a Jesuit who brands him a heretic and drags Mathis fianc e off to the Inquisition a xenophobic city mob, who wants him dead for protecting a Hungarian soldier but most dangerous of all, Captain Tyrek, a Muslim chieftain who will kill Mathis family unless he spies against his own army One by one, Tyrek s agents murder Mathis closest associates in an attempt to isolate him As , Turks grind down Vienna s , defenders with no relief in sight, Mathis only chance to save family and country is to use his ability to speak Tartar and the knack he learned as a child to leap, whirl like an unwinding mainspring, and strike Thesiege of Vienna was an historic turning point in the struggle between East and West Had the defenders failed, the invaders would have gutted Central Europe in a rampage of mass slaughter and enslavement Vienna s Last Jihad is a novel of ,words and will appeal to those who enjoy the military action of Bernard Cornwell s Richard Sharpe series and the mystery suspense of Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose.

C Wayne Dawson writes for The Williamson County Sun and has written for History Magazine, Focus On Georgetown, and SAFVIC Law Enforcement Newsletter In , he founded Central Texas Authors, a collaborative literary groupHe was an Adjunct Professor of History Vienna's Last eBook ¸ for ten years at Mt San Antonio College where he created the Chautauqua program There, he enlisted scholars, government officials and activists to discuss and debate social policy before the student body and the mediaIn , the students of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society honored him with the Glaux Mentor Teacher Award for bringing the Chautauqua program to Mt SACHe currently lives in Georgetown, TX with his wife and two dogs.

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    Vienna's Last Jihad PDF/EPUB ´ Vienna's Last eBook he spies against his own army One by one, Tyrek s agents murder Mathis closest associates in an attempt to isolate him As , Turks grind down Vienna s , defenders with no relief in sight, Mathis only chance to save family and country is to use his ability to speak Tartar and the knack he learned as a child to leap, whirl like an unwinding mainspring, and strike Thesiege of Vienna was an historic turning point in the struggle between East and West Had the defenders failed, the invaders would have gutted Central Europe in a rampage of mass slaughter and enslavement Vienna s Last Jihad is a novel of ,words and will appeal to those who enjoy the military action of Bernard Cornwell s Richard Sharpe series and the mystery suspense of Umberto Eco s The Name of the Rose."/>
  • Paperback
  • 334 pages
  • Vienna's Last Jihad
  • C. Wayne Dawson
  • English
  • 12 April 2019
  • 1490426345

10 thoughts on “Vienna's Last Jihad

  1. Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at now and then I come across a piece of fiction that completely blows my mind and I mean that in nicest way possible Take for example C Wayne Dawson s Vienna Last Jihad Set against 1683 siege of Vienna, the narrative opened my eyes to an entirely new chapter of world history In point of fact, the time I spent with it sparked a fair degree of curiosity and at the end of the day isn t that a mark of good historic ficti Find this and other reviews at now and then I come across a piece of fiction that completely blows my mind and I mean that in nicest way possible Take for example C Wayne Dawson s Vienna Last Jihad Set against 1683 siege of Vienna, the narrative opened my eyes to an entirely new chapter of world history In point of fact, the time I spent with it sparked a fair degree of curiosity and at the end of the day isn t that a mark of good historic fiction Another thing I liked about this piece was Dawson s portrayal of conflict Fiction requires there be a hero, a good and a bad, but outside of that, I appreciate the author s interest in painting as comprehensive a portrait as possible, affording the reader enough explanation to understand the issues he touched on inside and out Ideally, I might have liked to see a tademphasis on the emotional themes of the narrative and I will note its tendency to slow in response to the level of detail incorporated within the text, but these are minor criticisms at best Violent and at times horrific, Vienna s Last Jihad is not one for the squeamish It is, however, a worthwhile and unique tale that highlights an event few writers dare to tackle

  2. Carol says:

    When writing a review of this book I keep in mind that this is a first book by an author who obviously spent an enormous amount of time researching the time period and tactics of war that were involved in the Ottoman invasion of Europe in the 17 th century From that background Mr Dawson weaves a tale about a man, Mathis, who is caught up in the events and has to adjust and become a soldier, spy and ultimately a hero, to save his fianc , family and ultimately Vienna I will admit that the plot l When writing a review of this book I keep in mind that this is a first book by an author who obviously spent an enormous amount of time researching the time period and tactics of war that were involved in the Ottoman invasion of Europe in the 17 th century From that background Mr Dawson weaves a tale about a man, Mathis, who is caught up in the events and has to adjust and become a soldier, spy and ultimately a hero, to save his fianc , family and ultimately Vienna I will admit that the plot line is a bit choppy and there were times I could not keep timelines or subplots straight, but I fully admire this author s perseverance and see the potential for better books in his future if he continues in his career as a writer I especially liked his characters of Tyrek the antagonist and Tannenberg the trusty sidekick but felt that I could not relate as well to Mathis and Magda Still A good first effort and hope to seefrom this aspiring author

  3. Erin Al-Mehairi says:

    Vienna s Last Jihad, by C Wayne Dawson, is a military action novel that takes on educating readers about the 1683 conflict in Vienna with invading Turks, which many don t know ended up being a large turning point in history However, it seems that there isn t a wealth of information out there about the topic for the mainstream public and so it was a great choice for Dawson to form a novel around This novel is not a four star in relation to my choice of book or in comparison to others I ve read Vienna s Last Jihad, by C Wayne Dawson, is a military action novel that takes on educating readers about the 1683 conflict in Vienna with invading Turks, which many don t know ended up being a large turning point in history However, it seems that there isn t a wealth of information out there about the topic for the mainstream public and so it was a great choice for Dawson to form a novel around This novel is not a four star in relation to my choice of book or in comparison to others I ve read, but a four star in it meets criteria for its genre of readers and writers.The foundation of his book delves into how Vienna s 11,000 defenders defeated 138,000 Turks, utilizing a Professor of Languages, named Mathis Zieglar A scholar, Mathis uses his intellect, his ability to speak Tartar, and his fighting skills, to make decisions to save those he loves as well as his country from the Turkish Empire.It s evident that Dawson did an enormous amount of research on the subject and you ll find resources in the back of his book that supports that theory and he really focuses on the events leading up to the final conflict It might be somewhat difficult to read through some parts due to your violence meter, but I find that in almost every military historical I read that s written by a man I m not being sexist, it s just what I ve encountered to date The male authors I ve read in this genre seem to air on the side of historical accuracy and detailed fight scenes, events, weapons, and clothing as opposed to having the novel be acharacter driven fantasy There isn t anything wrong with that, but I do feel as a reviewer I need to point it out because I am helping readers buy books that fit what they want to read It most certainly will appeal to historians and military enthusiasts, but I believe that it could also be used in universities and colleges in their teaching about the Ottoman Empire and the past conflicts between various religions throughout history.The excitement in the novel comes from protagonist Mathis moving through one adventure and situation to the next dangerous one He wants to save his fiance from the Inquisition, his country from the Turks, and his family He s heroic and loyal and this shines through.It s not one of those books that moves me to tears or makes me shout from the mountains, but it does feel like a book I might have read for one of my college classes during the pursuit of my bachelor degree in history It s a historical that has action, adventure, detail, and authenticity It s an educated read as opposed to a novel you d pick up on a Friday night when you just need to get lost in a story

  4. Mirella says:

    C Wayne Dawson s Vienna s Last Jihad is an absorbing piece of historical fiction that retells one of history s most important turning points, the 1683 siege of Vienna, in a way never before attempted Readers will cheer on Professor Mathis Zieglar, the saga s protagonist, a brash but brilliant academic, as he battles the Inquisition and an invading horde of Muslim Turks, using his wits and martial talents in a struggle to save his family and the city of Vienna from impending doom Skillfully w C Wayne Dawson s Vienna s Last Jihad is an absorbing piece of historical fiction that retells one of history s most important turning points, the 1683 siege of Vienna, in a way never before attempted Readers will cheer on Professor Mathis Zieglar, the saga s protagonist, a brash but brilliant academic, as he battles the Inquisition and an invading horde of Muslim Turks, using his wits and martial talents in a struggle to save his family and the city of Vienna from impending doom Skillfully written and researched by a trained historian, Dawson s Vienna s Last Jihad is a compelling saga that will transport the reader to a world seldom portrayed in historical fiction and will plunge him her into a web of danger, treachery, and white knuckle suspense Were this reviewer to summarize the novel as briefly as possible, she would say satisfying and never boring

  5. Patty says:

    Vienna s Last Jihad tells the story of the Ottoman siege on Vienna in 1683 I must admit that I knew the Ottoman Empire had grand plans to expand throughout Europe but I didn t know of this particular event in its attempt to rule the continent Mr Dawson researched his topic well and the details are such that the reader feels the intimacy of the battle in a walled city the fear of the coming invaders, the panic that can turn neighbor against neighbor and the little bits of normal that can stil Vienna s Last Jihad tells the story of the Ottoman siege on Vienna in 1683 I must admit that I knew the Ottoman Empire had grand plans to expand throughout Europe but I didn t know of this particular event in its attempt to rule the continent Mr Dawson researched his topic well and the details are such that the reader feels the intimacy of the battle in a walled city the fear of the coming invaders, the panic that can turn neighbor against neighbor and the little bits of normal that can still occur in the midst of total chaos It was also a time of reason warring with the didactic dogma of the Catholic church in form of the Jesuits.Mathis Zieglar is the protagonist and he is a young man who has earned the high honor of being a Professor at the Jesuit University but his espousal of reason has the priests throwing him out because he refuses to agree that the Earth is the center of the universe because of a Bible quote This earns him their enmity which is not good in a time where the church holds much sway over everyday life After losing his teaching job Mathis joins the army as in interpreter as he is fluent in Turkish and Arabic Here he finds his calling as his ability to think on his feet is a good one in a time of war.Mathis also has a love interest and her trials and tribulations form a subplot in the book She is rather outspoken for the times and has some run ins with those pesky priests as well The main plots of the novel, though are the battle to save Vienna and Mathis back and forth with a Muslim chieftain who just wants him dead.There is a lot going on in a short period of time and Mathis is at the center of it all He has all of the answers It was just a little too convenient at times and these facile plot points are what bothered me That combined with the fact that at times I just could not tell that I was reading a book taking place in the 17th century it almost seemed current I don t know if it was the dialog or the lack of descriptions I really couldn t put my finger on it but I had to keep reminding myself that I was in 1683 It was by no means a bad book in fact I did enjoy it it just was disconnected somehow Perhaps with the focuson battle than place or time it became universal.3.5

  6. Ashley says:

    Vienna s Last Jihad by C Wayne Dawson is one of those books that pushed the readers here at Closed the Cover outside of their historical fiction comfort zone Set in central Europe during the 1600 s it certainly broke away from the usual 1700 s American history or 1900 s war fiction that we usually feature here on CTC however this novel was a very pleasant surprise The 1683 siege of Vienna was a historic turning point in the struggle between East and West had the defenders failed the invaders Vienna s Last Jihad by C Wayne Dawson is one of those books that pushed the readers here at Closed the Cover outside of their historical fiction comfort zone Set in central Europe during the 1600 s it certainly broke away from the usual 1700 s American history or 1900 s war fiction that we usually feature here on CTC however this novel was a very pleasant surprise The 1683 siege of Vienna was a historic turning point in the struggle between East and West had the defenders failed the invaders would have gutted Central Europe in a rampage of mass slaughter and enslavement Dawson really brings the intensity and struggle to life within these pages Vienna s Last Jihad is a remarkable work of historical fiction.The plot here is very complex weaving between a dramatic lead plot and various subplots At times, if the reader is not paying very close attention, it can be easy to become confused about where the characters are, how the timeline is flowing and exactly what is going on This is not a flaw in the writing but rather a note to readers to pay close attention while reading Vienna s Last Jihad is not a light read nor a beach read It is an intense depiction of 1600 war in central Europe The violence is strongly depicted and may border on being overwhelming for squeamish readers At CTC we read a lot of historical war fiction so we embraced this authenticity Mathias Zieglar, the 20 year old Professor of Languages, is an engaging character He is brilliant and deeply conflicted Should he fight the Turks who are invading and attempting to destroy his beloved Vienna Or should he betray his own people, his army, in order to save his family It is a decision he struggles with and which serves to continually advance the plot and develop his character Vienna s Last Jihad is a great novel but it reads along the lines of classic literature rather than a modern read Readers should anticipate a heavy novel when picking up this book but it is a tale of great adventure Review by Ashley LaMarClosed the Cover

  7. Kayla Beck says:

    Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.When I was given the opportunity to review Vienna s Last Jihad , I jumped on it because it is the kind of book that I miss reading You see, I spent many years studying history, focusing on the conflict between Christianity and Islam, so finding a piece of historical fiction along the lines of my studies was very exciting Since the majority of what I know about the conflicts between Europe and the Middle East comes from the Crusades, so the hi Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.When I was given the opportunity to review Vienna s Last Jihad , I jumped on it because it is the kind of book that I miss reading You see, I spent many years studying history, focusing on the conflict between Christianity and Islam, so finding a piece of historical fiction along the lines of my studies was very exciting Since the majority of what I know about the conflicts between Europe and the Middle East comes from the Crusades, so the history surrounding the events of the story was mostly new to me.Though Vienna s Last Jihad is set in the 1600s, it really reads like a modern book Mathis Zieglar was like an acrobatic Chuck Norris who could leap, kick, spin, and jump his way out of everything Okay, that s not completely it because it helped that he was fluent in Tartar It helped that Mathis Zieglar was not a real person as far as I could tell because I m a stickler for details when it comes to my historical figures Unless I m reading about the Tudors, which this is not It s also important for you to note that this book readslike fiction for historians than historical fiction, if that makes sense That is not to say that book is bad at all.If you re a fan of fiction from time periods that don t pop up very often in mainstream novels and or books about the historical interaction of Christians and Muslims, I recommend Vienna s Last Jihad Dawson wrote a very interesting novel about a military event that I hope you will enjoy as much as I have 3.5 5 Stars

  8. Diana says:

    Copy received from Historical Fictional Virtual Book Tours for an honest review.There are some books that after reading them I feel smarter and some I feel not as smart Vienna s Last Jihad falls into both categories I loved the wealth of information that Dawson provided in this book I did feel a little overwhelmed with it because I was not aware of this pivotal moment in history I thought that using Mathis, a Professor of Languages, to personalize this battle was very clever and made the Copy received from Historical Fictional Virtual Book Tours for an honest review.There are some books that after reading them I feel smarter and some I feel not as smart Vienna s Last Jihad falls into both categories I loved the wealth of information that Dawson provided in this book I did feel a little overwhelmed with it because I was not aware of this pivotal moment in history I thought that using Mathis, a Professor of Languages, to personalize this battle was very clever and made the struggle between the invading Muslim Turks of Viennarelatable The writing was engaging and interesting There is a great balance of history and action The author was able to make the story informative and at the same time quick pace I also really liked the character, Matias He was street and book smart, which seemed a great combination for the struggles and difficult decisions he was faced with After reading, Vienna s Last Jihad I want to learnabout the Ottoman Empire, which is the mark of a great book I also loved that the author portrayed a moment in history where religion and political motivation where interwoven it makes for an interesting discussion on the fusion of the two I recommend and enjoyed this book

  9. Margaret says:

    Again another part of history that I know knew nothing about The author has written a book that was a real eye opener for me as to what happened in Vienna during the 1683 siege Between the Inquisition, the Muslim s, protecting his family and the love of his life, Mathis was on the go constantly here There were times that didn t connect like I was hoping to, but was totally able to grasp the motives behind the actions There was definitely a lot of action in this book and cleanly it was very Again another part of history that I know knew nothing about The author has written a book that was a real eye opener for me as to what happened in Vienna during the 1683 siege Between the Inquisition, the Muslim s, protecting his family and the love of his life, Mathis was on the go constantly here There were times that didn t connect like I was hoping to, but was totally able to grasp the motives behind the actions There was definitely a lot of action in this book and cleanly it was very well researched Yes there was violence, but then again this book is about a fierce battle, though I am not complaining, but might not appeal to the faint of heart.I liked the authors writing style, it was easy to get lost in this book I learned a great deal from this book, which is one of the reasons historical fiction is my favorite genre This is C Wayne Dawson s debut and I look forward to what is in store for the future One of my favorite things to read when I finish HF is the author notes at the end, this book was lacking that and I missed it.This book will appeal to those that like historical fiction that is off the beaten track by that I mean away from England, Rome and France

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