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The Saracen: the Holy War
rew Friar Mathieu from the stairs and vanished into the maze of rooms on the first floor of the palace.
Now, Simon thinks as he eases himself into his bath, he has met the hidden enemy whose presence he felt ever since coming to Orvieto. Evil as Satan, powerful enough to throw an army against a fortified palace, subtle enough to strike at victims no matter how well protected. A being of almost inhuman strength and skill. Cruel and pitiless, ready to murder anyone who stands in his way.
Certain as the judgment of God it is that Simon and the man in black will fight again. This is war to the death.
THE HOLY WAR
Anno Domini 1264-1266 Year of the Hegira 662-664
"That which striketh! What is that which striketh? Ah, who will convey to thee what the Striking is?" --The Koran, Surah CI
"How many men have slept in happiness, unaware that sudden death was about to strike them?" --Hulagu Khan
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