“The Crusader” by Michael Alexander Eisner (Doubleday, 2001)

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Contrary to the title, this is not a novel about a bloodthirsty Christian knight slaying Saracens left, right and center.  Well, it is sort of, but in a really boring way, where everything is recounted from memory in chronicle form, and a certain lacking in gory detail that a reader might be expecting with a title like The Crusader.  Nevertheless, the motif of the crusader is apparent, in his goal to purge the world of these Muslims that are invading Spain and crawling up to the Pyrenees, as well as remaining a true and pious knight who believes only in God, and therefore as Him on his side.  This is the story of a crusading knight who as God in his court, and where victory is as inevitable as his assurance in ascending heavenwards at his death.

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Originally published on April 15th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.