The Hoard of Mhorrer
Although not a straight historical novel, The Hoard of Mhorrer effectively blends fantasy with real historical events. This is a struggle of light and dark, good and evil, set against the backdrop of Egypt in 1822 and continues the action begun in the author’s first novel, The Secret War.
Captain William Saxon is on a mission to find and destroy a stockpile of great evil before it can fall into the hands of the evil Count Ordrane. Vampyres, daemons, and other mythical creatures rally against the Captain and his men, determined to plunge mankind into the pits of Hell.
Hand on heart I have to admit to not being a huge fan of fantasy, but this novel did grip my imagination and proved to me once again that I should never judge a book before opening its pages. The whole concept of a secret Vatican army fighting against the armies of darkness is an intriguing one, and one that the author writes about with graphic description and much panache.
A novel that is just a little bit different and all the better for it.