The Sword of Damascus by Richard Blake

An early puff for the latest novel by the critically-acclaimed and internationally best-selling author of so many masterpieces. Hodder thinks it will come out next June, but may bring it out early.

Murderous intrigue brings Aelric – Blake’s engaging, murderous antihero – to Damascus as the triumphant Muslim caliphate sweeps up from Arabia to threaten Constantinople itself. Aelric knows the secrets behind Greek Fire – the flame-throwers that have kept what is left of the once-mighty Roman empire safe until now. And he has very little choice about sharing them with the new rulers. Or so they think …for Aelric has not lost any of the cunning and courage that so far, have kept him alive.

The Sword of Damascus by Richard Blake

4 responses to “The Sword of Damascus by Richard Blake

  1. Sean, do you know if Mr Blake has the right recipe for Greek Fire?

    I use dry, furnace-roasted calcium oxide, about 3/4 of the mass of the ball, kneeded (by the slaves of course) with good black pitch from the well-known Dead Sea shoreline upwelling, and an equal measure of dry sulphur. You then roll it in a little naphtha to make it tacky, and finish with a very dry layer of mixed powdered calcium oxide and sulphur.

    You light it with water, by aiming at the space between the waterline and the lower galley-decks of the enemy-triremes.

  2. Oh and it can only be put out with dry sand, and it takes some time, so resistence is useless.

  3. Dave:

    Does ‘the enemy’ still use triremes??


  4. I think they’ve graduated to semi-armoured quinqueremes now, Tony. But the described method is still efficacious. Low-freeboard-wooden ships and dry sand just don’t really coexist efficiently.