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Vienna's Last Jihad by [Dawson, C. Wayne]
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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 Jihad is an historical novel set against the 1683 siege of Vienna.

Europe 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’ fiancée 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 138,000 Turks grind down Vienna’s 11,000 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.

Foreword to Vienna’s Last Jihad, by Stephen O. Fought, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of Academics, Air War College.

Dawson’s characters leap from the page, orient the reader, and immediately begin to unfold the drama of Vienna’s Last Jihad. The personalities draw you into their times and circumstances and, in near-Shakespearean roles demonstrate frustration, betrayal, amazing trust, and philosophical brilliance. The drama educates the reader in matters of history and warfare, from the intricacy of armaments and fortress design, to the brutality of combat as well as the politics of the times. You are there and Europe must turn back the Ottoman Empire, but Europe is behind and Vienna, the linchpin in Europe’s defense, is at great risk! At one point our characters have conducted a raid into the enemy camp, kidnapped an important warrior and seek to interrogate him.The individual is hung upside down and the customary torture begins. Mathis and Tannenberg cut him down with Mathis saying “I’m doing the right thing....Killing a man in battle is one thing. This stinks.” This brings to center stage the seminal question of: “How can we (as a civilized society) fight, and win, against a society that is so fundamentally different from ours, without so changing ourselves in the process that we might as well have lost in the first place?” This battle within the characters is their Jihad, and the question persists in our circumstances today. The book is worth your read. It is first and foremost entertaining and high, fast-paced drama. It is also history, as history should be taught -- in the circumstances in which it was created. And finally it deals with fundamental dilemmas we face today, but done in a manner just enough removed from today’s circumstances to be instructive. Good stuff. A must read. And I am ready for Dawson’s next book!

About the Author

C. Wayne Dawson writes for The Williamson County Sun and has written for History Magazine, Focus On Georgetown, and SAFVIC Law Enforcement Newsletter. In 2012, he founded Central Texas Authors, a collaborative literary group. He was an Adjunct Professor of History 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 media. In 2009, the students of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society honored him with the Glaux Mentor Teacher Award for bringing the Chautauqua program to Mt. SAC. He currently lives in Georgetown, TX with his wife and two dogs. http://www.waynedawson.com/

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1427 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Katy Crossing Press (Oct. 25 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G7THLNW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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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.”
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HASH(0x9d86cf6c) out of 5 stars Outstanding Historical Fiction Nov. 13 2013
By T. M. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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Vienna's Last Jihad, set in 1683 war-torn Vienna, is the story of a young man's devotion to his country, his family, and his fiancée. Doctor Mathis Zieglar loses his position at the University of Vienna, run by Jesuit priests, over questions of academic freedom. Vienna is under siege by the Ottoman Turkish Empire and their allies, the Tartars. Fluent in both the Turkish and Tartar languages, Mathis is immediately offered a job as an interpreter in the army. He accepts the position against the wishes of his fiancée, Magda. He is forced by the Tartars to spy against Vienna in order to save Magda, both their families, their village, and Christendom from the Turks. Vienna's Last Jihad is a superbly researched historical novel that transports the reader into the time and culture of the epic struggle of Vienna and her allies against the Muslim invaders. Vivid descriptions of the military tactics used by the attacking Turks and Tartars, and the strategies of the allied armies defending Vienna are key to the authenticity of this novel and will appeal to anyone who enjoys military adventure. War is always brutal, and Vienna's Last Jihad spares nothing in describing the lengths both sides go to in order to prevail. Spies and double agents, betrayal and treachery, are just the beginning of Mathis' problems. Sometimes he doesn't know whom he is fighting. "I would rather fight the Turks man to man than face the Jesuits," his commanding officer tells him. Everywhere he turns, a disturbing new revelation stands between Mathis and Magda, and the survival of Vienna. Can he save his beloved city and those he loves, or must he sacrifice one to save the other? I enjoyed this book and was thoroughly immersed in it not only for its twists of plot, but also for its historical and military exactness.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d86cfc0) out of 5 stars Vienna's Last Jihad--You won't be able to put it down! Nov. 9 2013
By Nell-Newton, Georgetown, TX - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading, Vienna's Last Jihad, by C. Wayne Dawson. It is an exciting tale of a young professor who faced the horrifying choice between saving his family taken hostage by the Turks and spying on his own Army to save them. Excitement begins when a Jesuit Priest brands Mathis a heretic and drags his beautiful fiancée off to face the Inquisition. As Mathis watches his closest associates murdered, he is forced by own wit, his ability to speak Tartar, and ingenious devices to stop a huge Turk Army moving to destroy Vienna.

Mr. Dawson weaved his intriguing story around the 1683 siege of Vienna, a turning point in Western history where Vienna's 11,000 defenders defeated 138,000 Turks and changed the world. I gritted my teeth following Mathis escape from one dangerous situation after another only to find more danger ahead. Told from Professor Mathis's personal agony of saving his family and fiancée, while at the same time helping to save Vienna, it is history at its best! You will not be able to put it down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d86d2b8) out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction Dec 22 2013
By Hal Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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Dawson’s book about the 1683 siege of Vienna is what historical fiction should be – a well-crafted, engaging novel that is enjoyable reading from the first page to the last. Vienna’s Last Jihad is a vivid adventure full of twists and turns, plots and subplots, and heroes and villains. Add a splash of romance and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Fictional characters are engaging and the dialogue is vivid and believable. Dawson has combined his skills as a scholar and storyteller to craft a first-rate, well-researched book. In the same way that Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels introduced a new generation of readers to the Battle of Gettysburg almost four decades ago, Dawson’s book will pique interest in the events surrounding the siege of Vienna and in non-European history and cultures. Today, college history books emphasize the interaction of world views and cultures, and Dawson’s story shows how the siege of Vienna is one more example of that ongoing process of “globalization.” This book is just flat-out fun to read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d86d7d4) out of 5 stars Gripping tension, rapid pacing, and relatable characters... what more could you want in a book? Nov. 21 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Full disclosure: I'm related to the author. However, I read the novel with a critical eye, having done my share of editing, Still, it was easy to get lost in the story, and become immersed in the trials of the emotionally tortured protagonist.

As the story unfolded, I looked up at the clock, and had no idea so much time had passed.

If you want entertainment with an historical bend, you'll love Vienna's Last Jihad. It seizes your attention, captivates your imagination, and takes you through the hero's whirlwind of excruciating choices before his final triumph. Just when it seems all is lost . . . well, I'll leave that part for you discover.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d86d09c) out of 5 stars Outstanding! Dec 2 2013
By Mary Aiello - Published on Amazon.com
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C. Wayne Dawson did an outstanding job. There's no one better to write a historical fiction, then a historian. Full of tension and danger that forced me to turn the page. This novel will compete with any television series pertaining to this era. Perfectly written for this genre and was not a disappointment! I hope there is more to come very soon.