The Blood-Red Crescent

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Age Range: 8 and up

 

The might of Islam threatened his world.

It’s the year 1570. Fourteen-year-old Guido Callatta, son of a wealthy Venetian merchant, spends his free time roaming the docks, listening to the tales of gnarled old sailors, and dreaming of adventures at sea.

But his carefree life is about to change forever. Armies of Ottoman Turks threaten Europe from all sides, conquering Christian towns and forcing their people to convert. Moslem corsairs raid the coastlines at will.

Guido even hears talk of a massive Turkish fleet preparing to sail from the East, bent on destroying Europe’s forces once and for all. The Ottoman Sultan even boasts that he will set the crescent moon of Allah over the dome of St. Peter’s — a crescent stained red with the blood of Christians.

When Pope Pius V calls for the creation of a Holy League of men and ships to face down the Moslem armada, Guido vows to join the fight: for his family, for his city, for his Faith.

And although his father tells him he’s too young for war, soon he’s caught up in a whirlwind of knights and nobles, bloody battles and arduous journeys. Finally, Guido finds himself alongside Don John of Austria, who will lead the Holy League in its last desperate fight to save Christian Europe: the legendary Battle of Lepanto.

In this historical tale of Catholic heroism, courage, and holiness, readers of all ages will be reminded that when the Faith is threatened, extraordinary valor may be demanded of any one of us — even the very young.

 

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  • Pages: 196
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-33-3
  • Product Code: 337
  • Availability: In Stock
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A great adventure story that reminds me of long-ago.
This is the sort of book that I would have devoured when I was about 10 years old. It has everything: a brave, young hero, battles on sea and land, miracles, stalwart companions and damsels in distress. I will keep it handy for when my grandsons are old enough to enjoy such a tale.
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A turning point in history---and a great story
The plot and historical outline are given in the product description. What it does not tell you is that the characters are well-sketched and the fictional plot underlying the historical battle is a great read. It is important for Westerners to have some grasp of just how much Western Europe was threatened by the Turkish Empire following the fall of Constantinople.
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Entertaining story, appealing characters
The Blood Red Crescent is a great way to introduce young folks to one of the great turning points in history--the Battle of Lepanto. The plot is uncomplicated and the characters are appealing and completely sympathetic. This is a quick easy read well-suited for kids over age 10. Adults will enjoy it as well.
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What a great book!!! High quality historical fiction...I had my whole class read it!
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A good way to introduce youth to the perennial problem of Christian Civilization and the Moorish attacks on it. Valuable history and prayerful solutions of heroic bravery.
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