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Name: Joannie Th
City, State/Province
Country Québec, Canada

Comments

Hi I am Joannie from Canada I just read two of your books translate in french "la prisonnière de Malte" and “Le faucon d’Istanbul” (Ironfire).The translation is very good. From the first page I was captivated! It's been a long time since I had read such a good book! I look forward for your novels. Keep going with your writing! A talent like that must be shared. Thank you!

Bonjour!

Je suis Joannie du Canada j’ai lu vos deux livres « la prisonnière de Malte » et le faucon d’Istanbul » en français. La traduction est vraiment impeccable. Dès la première page j’ai été subjugué! Ça faisait très longtemps que je n’avais pas lu un aussi bon livre! J’ai hâte de poursuivre ma lecture avec vos autres romans. Continuez votre écriture un talent comme ça doit être partagé. Merci!


Name: Andrea Agius
City, State/Province
Country Malta

Comments

A mind-blowing read! Unputdownable!
I was simply blown away by how enthralling the characters were in the Sword and the Scimitar. The great character stories plus thetrue historical events described with pin-point accuracy made for an unforgettable read.

Definitely my favourite novel of all time. Well done Mr.Ball!

Looking forward to reading more of your work!


Name: Zoe
City, State/Province
Country England

Comments Dear David,
I have never emailed an author before but hay I’m British I will do anything once. I found your book the “sword and the scimitar” on a book shelf, on an island in the Maldives, and began to read was so taken with the wonder of your story telling decided to read everything you’ve written. So dived into China run and Empires sands and then bought Iron fire whoops same book, but read it again it was even better the second time then order Asha whoops same book this time in German, unfortunately I don’t speak German. please write a sequel I am running out of titles lol
Seriously do keep writing, your storytelling is marvellous.
Zoe


Name: Carmen Farrugia
City, State/Province Suffolk
Country England

Comments Have so enjoyed reading The Sword and the Scimitar, partucularly as I'm of Maltese decent and feel its the best novel I've ever read! I couldn't put it down and the main characters stayed with me for ages after finishinng the book and kept wondering what happened to them next!! I've just finished the Empires of the Sand which I equally enjoyed and about to start China Run .I can't get enough of your novels David, thank you for re-igniting my passion for reading and helping me know what kind of books I love reading! PLEASE keep them coming!!!
From your devoted fan!


Name:  AMDP
City, State/Province
Country France

Comments  I just read Ironfire - The Sword and the Scimitare. A genuine masterpiece. It is hard to find my words to describe this novel. At the end of the book, I felt almost sad to have finished it. How wonderful it would have been to spend another week following the adventures of Nico, Maria and Christian!

My only thought was: how is it possible that everyone don't know this book? Then I truly wished that it would give birth to some movies... but now I am glad that it is not the case, because I realized that a movie could never translate correctly all the things we feel by reading your stories.

Thank you so much.


Name:  Harry Haff
City, State/Province Prescott, AZ
Country
USA
Comments
Just all around great work.


Name:  Terri Malba
City, State/Province Danville, CA
Country
USA
Comments
I devoured all three of your novels and eager to read more!


Name:  Berzelmayr
City, State/Province Bayern
Country
Germany
Comments
Just the typical American hatred of the Catholic Church that you can safely expect these days. Nothing new.


Name:  Adrian
City, State/Province Melbourne
Country
Australia
Comments
I have read the Sword and the Scimitar a few years back and recently decided to read it again when I recommended it to a friend. I must say that I completely rediscovered it and found it even more gripping than the last time. How many hours of sleep did I lose yearning to follow the adventures of Nico and Maria. A true masterpiece! I am waiting for Empires of Sands to be delivered and can't wait to start it. Thank you for this marvellous read!!


Name:  Maria
City, State/Province Dublin
Country
Ireland
Comments
I have just finished China Run, sacrificing my normal morning yoga/pilates routine because I just couldn't put it down until I had completed the story! What a gripping read! Have already devoured The Sword and the Scimiter - possibly the best novel I've ever read. And just ordered Empires of the Sand and await it excitedly:) Thank you David Ball, for re-igniting my passion for reading and helping me know what kind of books I love reading! When can we expect more?!!!


Name:  Eleanor Kennedy
City:

Country:
 Ireland

I finished The Sword & The Scimitar this morning at 6.30 and I have to let you know just how much I loved the book. I'm not one for superlatives, but on finishing the book,all I could think about was stupendous, brilliant, wonderful and phenomenal.......the book had me enthralled from the very first page to the end. I read Empires of Sands first and while I enjoyed that I thought The Sword & The Scimitar was so much better.

I'm a total bookworm and enjoy many genre's and I hope that there will be many more David Ball books to enjoy in the future Would you ever consider releasing your books in e-format?

Keep up the wonderful work

Eleanor Kennedy (in Ireland)


Name:  Daphne Galea
City: 
Oakville, Ontario
Country:
 Canada

I bought Ironfire for my Maltese dad many years ago for Christmas. It was about Malta, he was Maltese. I thought he might enjoy it. He certainly did. Then my brother read it. Then his wife and my niece and nephew and finally it was returned to me. At this point, the spine was wrecked and it was literally falling apart. "Read it," my brother urged me. "You'll love it!" Well, I started it and that was it. Hooked! This has started something for me - I will HAVE to go to Malta now. It has created a sense of pride in me. I am fiercely Canadian but now I am also Maltese. I wish I could have discussed this book with my dad who passed away in 2009. That would have been special. Your skill and pssion with words and the way you have breathed life into this amazing time in history will resonate with me for a long time. I just got a Maltese cross tattoo and I think my dad would have been happy!


Name:  Melanie Olivari Saliba
City: 
G'Mangia / Pieta`
Country:
 MALTA

Just loved 'The Sword and the Scimitar'. Can't believe what my ancestors went through. Had never really appreciated this part of my island's history until now!


Name:  Melissa Estes
City: 
Ft. Meyers, FL
Country:
 USA

Love your books! Many thanks.


Name: Darlene McCausland
City: Alberta
Country: Canada

Wowee! Empires of Sand captivated me and I am so looking forward to delving into your other works. Thank you.


Name: Frida Cauchi
Contact: fridacauchi@gmail.com
City: Qormi
Country: Malta

I’ve just finished reading The Sword and the Scimitar.
Never in my life I’ve read so many pages in such a short time.
I was captured from the very first few pages and I’ve found myself in the mist of the story, sensing each moment, each emotion, each detail, each description.
Thank you for such a captivating story.
Being a Maltese I've appreciated what our ancestors had to go through to prevail the war against the harsh Ottomans.
I LOVED the story and I really do wish it will be featured as a film.
A MUST READ.
Reading this book will make you love the art of reading.
Kindest regards
Frida Cauchi


Name:     Frank Theobald
Contact
Country: USA

David Ball, I am sending this to you because I have read your, "Empires Of Sand." I consider myself an expert as to novels because of the following: I am 87 years old and have been reading novels since grammar school to date. I have never read a book so masterfully written excluding all of the traps of bad literature. An aside here. I could not read the section containing the suibterranean work the slaves had to perform because the reality was too much for me to stomach. This novel could serve as a model for future auithors. Mention any phase of successful writing and your story matches or surpasses what has already been written.

Thank you for writing, "Empires of Sand" and may your future include the writing of more of this type of literature.
Frank Theobald


Name:     Vaughn Grech
Contact
Country:  Malta

Dear Mr Ball
I was given a copy of novel ‘’The Sword and The Scimitar’’,by a friend an colleague who is of Turkish descent.I myself of Maltese decent.He said it is a book I just need to read .I could not put it down I was totally captivated from beginning to end.I wanted to let you know myself how much I enjoyed the privilege of reading this novel.
My father is now also entranced by this wonderful book,he has said translations are near perfect and he can almost smell the sea air around his former home in St Julian's bay.
Mr Ball you should know this novel has put a spark back into my father whom has remained quite shell shocked for most of his life ,after enduring a lot of what had happened during the German bombing in Malta in ww2.
Thank you for telling this story and thank you for giving a spark back the my wonderful Father.
Kindest regards Vaughn Grech.......
Ps I should also say this novel would make a Movie that would rival “Gladiator”or’’Spartacus’’ or any big film over the past 20 years,who knows.................


Name:     Maria Muscat
Contact lemuriapal@yahoo.com 
Island: Gozo
Country:  Malta

I have just finished reading The Sword and the Scimitar   It is brilliant   The
characters and the historic events are so alive you can sense them

Captivating and highly recommended-


Name:     Rohan Montiero
Contact: Rohan.Monteiro@tnsglobal.com
Country:  Singapore & Dubai and around and about

Hi David,
Just wanted to say I loved “The Sword and the Scimitar” – I think its one of the finest books Ive ever read on the Siege of Malta. Your books aren’t easily available in this part of the world (Asia) – I picked up Sword and the Scimitar from Dubai and am currently reading Empire of sand that I managed to find in Singapore.

Look forward to finding a copy of “China Run” and reading it.

Rohan


Name: Leatrice Grundy
Contact: leatricegrundy5@bigpond.com.au
City: Melbourne
Province: Victoria
Country: Australia

I read the titled Sword and the Scimitar over 2 years ago and I am patiently waiting for your next release I truly loved your novel it gave the reader everything history religion war passion and what an adventure This would be classified as one of my all time best reads I cannot wait for the next one Thank you


Name: Chris Attard
Country: Malta

Unfortunately I have finished reading The Sword and the Scimitar a book which I wished never to end.

As a Maltese citizen and a history lover of my native country I am quite impressed by the way you have given life to the Great Siege and other historic events. Congratulations.


Name: Kyle
City: Irving, Texas
Country: USA

Empires of Sand and Ironfire were excellent novels. I loved the characters and especially enjoyed the settings.

Thank you Mr Ball

you have truly entertained me and for that I will be enduringly grateful


Name: David Manson
Contact: kimina2@frontiernet.net
City: Highland Mills
State: New York

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Empire of Sand and Ironfire and I look forward to your next novel


Name: Becky Williams
Contact: becky.1712@hotmail.co.uk
City: Warrington, Cheshire
Country: UK

Remarks:

I am reading The Sword and the Scimitar and am only half way through it but Ohmygod its fantastic I cant wait to finish it but want it to never end As soon as Iv finished it Im hitting your other novels I dont know what to say except thank you for writing such a wonderful novel Mr Ball


Name: Caroline Aston
Contact: caroline.aston@citigroup.com
City: Bromley
Kent
Country: United Kingdom

Remarks:

I am absolutely loving these books and just can not get enough of them Please keep them coming I am eagerly awaiting the new one


Name: Andrew M Howard
Contact: ahoward2@toucansurf.com
City: London
Country: United Kingdom

Dear David Ball Thanks to our daughter In Sydney we received a copy of The Sword and The Scimitar via Amazon as a present and unusually for my wife she just could not put it down When it was my turn neither could I A truly memorable read Empires of Sand also enthralling which we only recently acquired and will be giving to our daughter who has not heard of it Currently awaiting delivery of China Run and looking forward to the new one Thank you for so much reading pleasure


Name:
Contact:
City:
Country: Costa Rica

Remarks: I am an adoptive mother of 20 years of two from Costa Rica The first three years a predominant worry was that their mother would come and take them So I resonated  with a basic premise of the book I studied in college in Japan and lived in family To my understanding you capture the spirit of the Chinese characters Also I like adventure having spent 8 weeks with a backpack traveling in West Africa So your excellent writing wove through the important threads in my life saz


Name: Bob Hunt
Contact: cwacker2000@hotmail.com
City: Chilliwack
Province: BC
Country: Canada

Just finished Ironfire Wow Thank you for an incredible story line and for all the rekindled memories of my many visits to Malta during my 15 years in the Royal Navy to whom Malta was affectionately known as The land of bells and smells I guess the Malta of today no longer has Children of the church but I imagine it retains the three false clocks painted on tower walls that don't contain a real clock so that the devil doesn't know what time church services are being held Such a place Great story Thank you once again for days of sheer enjoyment


Name: Chuck Jines
Contact: chuckjines@gmail.com
City: carlsbad
USAState: ca
Country: US

Remarks

Loved Ironfire and Empire of Sand These are the only two I've read so far Looking forward to your next work


Name: Vince Francis   
Contact:
City:
USAState: New Jersey
Country:

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Mr. Ball,

I recently read your novel Ironfire.  I have to say it was one of the best books I have ever read.  I was born in Malta in 1967.  My father was a British marine and my mother is Maltese.  We emigrated to the United states when I was a toddler. 
 
I have always been fascinated with Maltese history.  Five years ago I read Ernie Bradfords book on the great siege while laying on the beach in Malta.  Although it was somewhat difficult to read, it was a good lesson in Maltese history.  I always felt it was a story that should be told on the big screen.  I hope that someone will want to make a movie based on your book. 
 
Thanks for telling the story in such an entertaining fashion!  I have not read your other books yet, but I will do so soon.  Good luck on your next book!
 
Vince Francis
New Jersey, USA

Name: Barry Farmer  
City:
USAState: 
Country:

Mr. Ball-

Your fourth book "may be the best book ever written?"

I hope so, because I was captivated by your other three, especially the two historical novels (if you agree to call them such). Any hints as to the subject of the next book or when it will be ready? Or is that asking too much? I guess you can tell I know nothing about being a writer.

Barry Farmer

 


Name: Hunter  
City:
USAState: 
Country:

Hello David,

 
My husband is sitting across from me whining about when you will have a new novel out.
You have a BIG fan here!!

Can you give us a bite on when you expect to release another one of your wonderful novels?

We hope you continue to write, your imagination with historical facts woven into it.
 
Anxiously awaiting
Chris & Jenna

Name: Balisky
City:
USAState: 
Country:

hi David!
i recently listened to Ironfire (on cd) and i finished it in less than a week...i really loved your characters!!   just having come back from Malta in December, I chose the book due to the location, but was unaware of how captivated I would be with the story.
 
has anyone ever approached you for the film script rights to this novel?   just curious.
 
Thanks for your time.
 
Corinne Balisky

Name: Salmon
City:
USAState: 
Country:
My family has enjoyed both Empire of the Sands and Ironfire.  Superb historical fiction.
I have tried to find out more information about Darius the Preserver to no avail.  Is he a historical figure, and if so, where can I find out more information about him?

My wife and I are leaving for Italy, Greece and Istanbul in a few days.  Your book has been a marvelous sendoff.
 
Thanks for writing it!!
 

John and Bonnie Salmon


Name: Ericksen
City: 
USAState:  Colorado
Country:

Dear David,

I am sitting here in a painful state of shock, after having just finished your novel, China Run. I checked it out from the library, thinking it was a light read - a quick adventure to read before bed. I kept wanting to put it down, because it quickly became apparent that this was much more than I had bargained for. I continued reading, and soon there was no way to stop, even though it hurt to read it. During Ma Lin's walk through the compound at Dao Ping, I had to put it down because I couldn't read it through my tears.

My husband and I returned to Denver from Nanchang two months ago with our daughter, a tiny, beautiful little sprite who I can no longer imagine life without. We stayed at the Jiangxi Hotel.

I have read and tried to understand as much about the situation in China as possible, in an effort to prepare myself for the inevitable questions from others, and eventually from our daughter. I understand the one-child policy and how it has created the masses of abandoned children. I understand the Chinese aversion to people with disabilities, and their amazement at our willingness to adopt their orphans, even those with special needs. I also know how much the Chinese love children, and how devastating this policy is to the mental and emotional well-being of families.

What I didn't know until reading China Run was the potential for governmental corruption, and the possible implications to orphanages and to the adoption community. My God...I think of the possibility of my little Eva having escaped being raised to be a sex slave in Hong Kong or Thailand...or languishing in a hospital ward waiting to have her organs harvested. It makes me shake inside with a rage I have never felt before.

While I completely understand that China Run is a novel, it examines a very real problem, and is a plausible story. It is possible that a Dao Ping really does exist...or several Dao Pings, more likely. The thought makes me tremble with worry and helplessness.

So, while I applaud you for your book, and will unquestionably recommend it to others, I cannot honestly say that I enjoyed it. I read voraciously, and find that I often forget the plots and characters in many books, even though I enjoyed them. The ones that really stick with me are ones that teach me something, that make me think about something differently, or that shake me to the core. Your book has done all three.

With a heavy heart for China's beautiful orphans, Alyssa Ericksen


Name:  Bonnici
City: 
USAState:   
Country:  UK

Dear Mr Ball,
 
I have just read the Sword and the Scimitar and would like to express my thanks!  I enjoyed the book so much!  I grew up listening to stories about the Great Siege from my parents and to read this book and bring it all to life was fantastic.  The only problem was that when I got to the last page I wanted to find out more about what happened to Asha and Alisa and Maria and Christien!  So, do you have any plans to write a sequel?  
Thanks again from me and all my family because as I read a few chapters I was retelling the story to them!!
 
Best Wishes,
Rose Bonnici
UK

Name:  Mitchell-Roberts
City: 
USAState:   
Country:  France
Dear Mr Ball

I have just today finished reading "the Sword and the Scimitar" and am itching to get on with the next part of the story: what happens to Nico/Asha?  And what about Maria and Christien?  They've all been part of my life for the past week (Easter holidays in France oblige!) and I can't just switch off like that!  I've taken a look at your web site and am wondering what the order is in your bibliography - where exactly does "Ironfire" come, compared with "The Sword ..." ?  I think "Empires of Sand" is a sequel, but not the very next stage of the story.  Please let me know so I can order your books from my local French bookshop where I can order anything I want in English!  It'll be worth waiting for!   I've been looking up Malta in my encyclopaedia, wondering about going there on holiday, checking out the info on the Knights of the Order of Saint John - never have I been so taken with a story since devouring Wilbur Smiths' Courtney and Ballantyne sagas.  Your writing is such wonderful entertainment and escapism!  Someone signed your guest-book and said: "Bring on the film" - but a film could NEVER do justice to the story.  I'd much rather lose myself in the pages of your book.  The next one will definitely be worth waiting for.  Many thanks for a wonderful journey!

Ceri Mitchell-Roberts


Name:  Foreman
City: 
USAState:   
Country: 

Hi - Just to let you know my husband and I have read all 3 of your books and keep looking for the next one. My favorite was "China Run" which I have just finished for the 2nd time. Keep writing.

Donna Foreman


Name:  Oppenheimer
City: 
USAState:   
Country:
 

Hi David, Im listening to China Run -as a book on tape- and I had to look up the author.  What empathy you have with your characters.  That is what strikes me, and then, your ability to draw me in as though Im truly there experiencing the rains or the terror or the motherly nature.  Youre astounding good at what you do.  Thank you for the quality of your creation.  Im most appreciative.  Sincerely, Nancy

 


Name: Jodseph Gatt
Contact: duke@maltanet.net
City: Bkara
USAState:
Country: Malta

Remarks

An American girl on a visit to Malta gave Ironfire to my son I thoroughly enjoyed it and think it is very well researched in the writing that concerns my Island Thank you for a wonderful account of the era that made Malta famous


Name: Joseph Galea
Contact: joe.galea@mma.gov.mt
City:
USAState:
Country: Malta

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Name: Dr. Ivan X. Gatt
Contact: navixg@yahoo.co.uk
City: Mellieha
USAState:
Country: Malta

Remarks

Dear David,

I have sadly finished reading 'The Sword and The Scimitar', it is by far a classic and which every mature Maltese citizen MUST read. You are a master story teller and I kiss the hand that wrote such a marvellous description of the Great Siege and of life in Malta during those dark, medieval times. This book is wriiten in 4D, for not only can you imagine every site and sound you can also smell each of the exiting episodes that errupt from this book. I am an avid reader and this novel ranks amongs the best of the very best I have read so far

It has to be made into a movie (please see link to film facilities here in Malta as I am not too sure you got the pictures I took myself)- David you have a budding grouop of fans in Malta and I am at the apex of them all. I shall try my very best to promote the book for english literature 'A' level studies locally. I hope and pray to God that he will give you the wisdom and fortitude to write another masterpiece, well done my friend - you have done Malta proud. ' Prosit tassew'

Ivan

Dr. Ivan X. Gatt
Villa Peprina
Triq il-Birwina
Malta


Name: Donna Foreman
Contact: foremandd@att.net
City: Estacada
USAState: Oregon
Country: USA

Remarks

Love your writing


Name: Mary DaSilva

Contact: dasilvabox@gmail.com
City: Austin
USAState: TX
Country: USA

Remarks:

Dear Mr. Ball,

I have to drive around in city traffic for hours every day for my work, and it is so tedious and frustrating for me to sit in traffic jams. I go to the library and get books on CD to listen to so that I don't die of boredom. I found your book by accident. Thank you for making such a long and exciting book. You have turned hours of exhausting city driving into a pleasure. I am almost finished with Ironfire, and I came to the web to find out if you have written any other books. I will definately search them out in the library. I hope that they are also in audio book form. I also had to pull out a map and find Malta.

Thank you again for the best audiobook I have enjoyed in a long long time.

Mary


Name: Sabrina Gatt
Contact: sabrinagatt@hotmail.com
City: St. Paul's Bay
USAState:
Country: MALTA

Remarks:

Dear Mr. Ball, I have just finished reading ''The Sword and the Scimitar'' and I must say that it is beyond doubt the best book I have ever read in my life. Maybe the fact that I am Maltese just made it special for me since I could visualise all the places mentioned. It is a great epic story filled with love, war, history, terror, emotions and pride. Each character was depicted so full of life and the story was simply wonderful. You made me feel proud of my heritage which I can assure you is a wonderful feeling. Well done and I hope to read more of your works in the future. Bring on the film!!


Name: Robert A Cutro
Contact: rac0963@aol.com
City: New York
USAState: NY
Country: USA

Remarks:

Thank you for "Ironfire". I truly enjoyed every minute of reading this wonderful epic. I look forward to reading all of your other works and will recommend Ironfire to all. Thank you again...


Name: Cameron, Laine, Taylor, Whitney, Hunter, Logan and Clayton Vaught
Contact:
City: Alpharetta
USAState: Georgia
Country: USA

Remarks:

Thank you again for creating books we love sharing with our children.

Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!


Name: Tod A. Hazlett
Contact: HazII@aol.com
City: Santa Rita
USAState: Guam
Country: Guam

Remarks:

Just finished IronFire. A truly magnificent adventure in the highest degree. Thank you for a wonderful journey.


Name: George and Marvel Jenkins
Contact: mmj2@earthlink.net
City: Merritt Island
USAState: FL 32953
Country: USA

Remarks:

We have read all three of your novels and enjoyed them immensely. We are looking forward to the next one.
George and Marvel Jenkins


Name: beverly kritzler
Contact: kritzler@sbcglobal.net
City: beachwwod
USAState: ohio
Country: usa


Remarks:

Dear Mr. Ball:

Your books are wonderful! Exciting, educational and so rewarding. Thank you for bringing history alive!

Most sincerely,

Beverly Kritzler


Name: Don MacLeod
Contact: dmaclvefla@aol.com
City: Venice
USAState: Florida
Country: USA

Remarks:

Just finished reading your book "Ironfire". I enjoyed it very much. My wife is 100% Maltese and her maiden name is Borg. Her father was born on Gozo.

We've have visited Malta and Gozo, and while reading your book I could picture in my mind some of the places in Malta and Gozo that were mentioned that we had visited.


Name: Linda Jamison
Contact: ljamison@scus.gov
City: Fredericksburg
USAState: Virginia
Country: United States

Remarks:

China Run was the first book I read by David Ball. I loved it and so got Empires of Sand. I felt I knew the characters and lived that book. I am now reading Ironfire. It is a powerful book, hard to put down. The brutality and cruelty is so bad sometimes I HAVE to put it down. Mr. Ball is a magnificent writer. I hope he keeps writing for many years to come.


Name: Michael
Contact: michaelchan71359@hotmail.com
City:
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Hey Mr. Ball. I'm wondering what the fourth book that you are working on is about. I can keep a secret.


Name: Michael C. Henthorn M.Ed. & NBCT
Contact: mhentho@yahoo.com
City: Charlotte
USAState: NC
Country: USA

Remarks:

Dear Mr. Ball,

I chose your book as I took my Reading Essentials class to the media center to use the strategy we had learned--read the excerpt on the inside cover and the first three pages. To my surprise, I've had trouble putting the book down ever since. Thanks so much for a delightful read. You've given me pleasant dreams as well as frightening nightmares.

You've earned a loyal fan, and I will be sure to recommend IRONFIRE as a superb read. I can't wait to read your other textx, but they'll have to wait because I've allowed countless piles of essays to accumulate. Your work is addictive!


Sincerely,

Michael C. Henthorn
NBCT, ELA/YA


Name: tim
Contact: multop@hotmail.com
City: Seattle
USAState: WA
Country: USA


Remarks:

I've just gotten into reading for pleasure...at 31 I hope I have much more life to enjoy it. Surely, Ironfire has done incredibly much to encourage me. What a great thirst for detail. I admit being over 600 pages scared me shitless, but thankfully after reading page 128 the spine broke and page 1-89 fell out. Makes it seem a bit less intimidating now (glad it's a library book, hehe). I will explore your other books because it's obvious your love for storytelling. With regard to the book, I do wonder what would have happened had Nico (Asha) fled after the fire...hmmm. ANyone want to speculate???


Name: BC
City: Chicago
USAState: IL
Country: USA

Remarks:

George R.R. Martin said your book Ironfire was a great read. What an understatement. Its not that often that I can't put a book down. I've actually lost precious sleep reading yours into the late night hours, even sneaking in a few paragraphs while stuck in Chicago traffic, in between meetings, and every other opportunity I can. Thanks for writing this amazing book, I've already passed it on to several friends, including one from Turkey who shared some great insight on what before was a little known topic to me. I love the Darius pieces, great writing and quite insightful. Is this guy real? Empire is next on the list and based on reviews it looks like I'm not going to be getting much sleep as long as you are in business. That said, I'm looking forward to your future works....thanks


Visitor: Doug
Contact: drdoug99@sbcglobal.net
Habitation: Holland
USAState: Ohio
World: USA

Remarks:

I'm reading Ironfire now...it caught my eye at a local bookstore, I'm glad it did. I love history, and so far this book is very exciting as a story and as a history lesson. I will definitely pick up your other books!
 


Visitor: Sergio Pena
Contact: sergiopena619@hotmail.com
Habitation: San Diego
USAState: California
World: USA

Remarks:

An incredible novel that captivates your mind and fills a void of imagination with distant lands and cultures. It makes you long for another such novel. If the characters were brought to life it would make a marvelous film.


Visitor: Mar Fenech
Contact: lucidity9@hotmail.com
Habitation: Toronto
USAState:
World: Canada

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You are poetry, and your writing is a living song. Thank you for the inspiration.


Visitor: Denny
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"Empires of Sand"--The book captured me instantly. What a great story, well written and immensely entertaining. I couldn't put it down. As I read, it played in my mind like a movie. I'll read it again soon!
 


Visitor: David Calleja-Urry
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Wonderful stuff. The Sword & the Scimitar made me believe again just how important that particular siege was. As someone from Malta, I thank you.


 

Visitor: Jesmond Ciantar
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Just read The Sword & The Scimitar and its just amasing! I am from Malta and appreciate the accuracy plus the great story telling!

You made me proud that I am from Malta!

Great job! well done!
 


Visitor: Edward Akpata
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Congratulations on an interesting and breathtaking Novel, I literally could not put it down: I read it till I fell asleep, during breaks at work and even on holiday....you are a master storyteller and a gift to us all I only beg you to keep the novels coming I am going to purchase "Iron" and "Empires of sand" today.....I never thought anyone could surpass Wilbur Smith but in my opinion I think you have....Well Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edward Akpata
 


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"Ironfire" is the best yet!
 


Visitor: Ezequiel Canizales
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Habitation: Fort Worth
USAState: Tx
World: United States of America

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hey David Ball,

ive been reading your book IRONFIRE and i have to admit its the best book ive read in such a long time since i got it i havent been able to putit down unlike other books ive read ur book captivated my attention at the first page it is truly a grand book ive yet to finish it but so far excellant


  • Visitor: Michael H. Landwehr, D.C.
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  • USAState: New Mexico
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Good Morning, David: Another day to GLOW! How could I contact Bob Pratt concerning the whereabouts of Chief Tatunca Nara of the: Ugha Mongulala, Dacca, and, Haisha tribes of Western Brazil? Also, Prof. Granchi, who teaches English Language Classes at: University of Sao Paulo, S.P., Brazil? Any information concerning these questions will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks, very much! Respectfully yours, Michael H. Landwehr, D.C. mlandwehrdc@msn.com,30 MAY 2005, 1:15 PM(MST)


  • Visitor: bill
  • Contact: vendeur87@hotmail.com
  • Habitation: london
  • USAState: uk
  • World: england

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Wow! Your website is wonderful and very interesting! You should be very proud of yourself and your writing. Good luck! Best regards, Bill


  • Visitor: Daniel Gentile
  • Contact: gentile@roninknives.com
  • Habitation: Zurich
  • USAState: ZH
  • World: Switzerland

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David, It has not taken me more than a whole week to read sword and scimitar (ironfire)... not because I am a fast reader but simply for the reason, as I could not put it down. All my spare time (and some other time) was spent on your newest book. Myself I have ever since had a deep fascination for history and good novels. To combine the both, takes a lot of skill, especially when it is being as well researched as "Sword and Scimitar". The characters you have created are incredibly well made, lack not the smallest facet. And one does not spent thought upon the fact that some of the characters and events are of fictitious nature. Thanks for that Book! Daniel


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hi,

 
My name is Matthieu Magr and I teach English in France and I just wanted to tell you that "the sword and the scimitar" will definitely remain as one of the most exciting books I have ever read (though I m not that old), the way you managed to combine love, hatred, supense, war, treachery, all of those set on such a rich and detailed (but never boring) backgroung is simply breathtaking, so well, thanks, I ve spent a wonderful week reading your work, flicitations, I l tell evryone I know to run and buy it or to learn English as quicly as possible,
 
Matthieu (now an official big fan of yours)

  • Visitor: William F. Bunte
  • Contact: Detmarman@aol.com
  • Habitation: Denville
  • USAState: New Jersey
  • World: U.S.A.

Remarks

David, I just finished reading Ironfire and about four weeks ago Empires of Sand and am in awe of your talent. Can you give me a sense of the subject matter of your next book and when it will be published? Thankyou.


  • Visitor: celeste park
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  • USAState: md
  • World: usa

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thanks for a great read, i discovered iron fire at my local library and enjoyed it enough to recommend it to my book group. we discuss the book in june!


  • Visitor: Matthew Christian
  • Contact: wordstoweave@hotmail.com
  • Habitation: LaVergne
  • USAState: TN
  • World: USA

Remarks

Just checked out Ironfire from the library where I work. So far it's excellent reading and gives me, an aspiring writer, the fuel to imagine my own adventures and courage to put them to words. Thanks Mr. Ball.


  • Visitor: ken homsley
  • Contact: kesu50@yahoo.com
  • Habitation: myrtle beach
  • USAState: south carolina
  • World: USA

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Well after Ironfire I couldn't believe you could bring me in again but you did with Empires of sand! Great work and very entertaining! I`am off too the book store to get China Run in the morning. By the way my daughter who is in her 3rd yr of college (history major) loves the books too! and to get a 21 yr old to read a book is a trick. Keep up the great work and we understand all the studying and research that you do and THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ken homsley


  • Visitor: Rick& Sherry Pearn
  • Contact: rpearn@aol.com
  • Habitation: Castle Rock
  • USAState: CO
  • World: USA

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David, we met at the DTC Optimist Club meeting, and I bought Empires of Sand from you. I read it and was just terribly impressed with your descriptions and phrasing. My skin crawled when reading about the underground caves,in the dark no less. My emotions were all over the place with your characters, to love them or hate them. I thought it was a tremendous book and I have had several other people get it to read. This weekend I finished China Run. Wow, again my emotions went from low to high and were dashed back down again as they sent by boat,bike and by foot. A tremendous story. I would be very interested in hearing from you on were the real "run" left off and David Ball took over.... My only regret in our DTC meeting was that others did not understand that you had books with you.. Their loss.... I am now looking for Ironfire and anticipate another several hours of indulgence and an emotional roller coaster. If you need a spokesman, sign me up.. Rick Pearn


  • Visitor: Cathy
  • Contact: chinamomm@msn.com
  • Habitation: Huntley
  • USAState: Illinois
  • World: USA
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love CHINA RUN--I have read it twice and enjoyed both times--I even bought it!!! thanks


  • Name: Paola Fredericks
  • Email: paola.it@comcast.net
  • City: Aurora
  • State: CO
  • Country: USA

Comments

David, I just want to thank you and Melinda for coming to our book club meeting today. It was fascinating to hear how China Run was born and how your writing career started. I'm looking forward to reading Ironfire and Empires of Sand, and I'll be sure to pick up your next novel too as soon as it's released. Thanks again, Paola


  • Name: peter grima-chretien
  • Email: keehoteh.kt@rogers.com
  • City: toronto
  • State: Ontario
  • Country: canada

Comments

Ironfire---my first humane reading of a critical episode in our Maltese history, even with the few minor authorial 'liberties'! Thoroughly enjoyed the de-lionization of major characters involved and the de-sanctification of the rhymes and reasons, generally claimed and believed, of the politics of the period.


  • Name: Karsten Fiedler
  • Email: karsten.fiedler@gmx.net
  • City: Berlin
  • State:
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Comments

Hello again. Best greetings from Germany !!! "Nacht ber dem Yangtse"(China run) is a very good book. When I have read the first chapter I was sure the book will be very good again. After Ironfire and Empires of Sand I was very happy that the novel China run will published in Germany in German. I have learned a lot about China and I think the book is to short again. But this was the first book of David Ball that I could read on my way to school. So I finished it very fast. Now I'm waiting of your fourth book and I'm sure this will be good again. Bye Karsten


  • Name: krankenversicherung
  • Email: http://www.nrg.to/krankenversicherung/
  • City: Russia
  • State: ru
  • Country: Russia

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This site is very useful. Keep up this excellent work - very good.


  • Name: Brian Seppa
  • Email: broncsbomber@gmail.com
  • City: Boise
  • State: Idaho
  • Country: USA

Comments

Mr. Ball, I have read Ironfire and now I am reading Empires of Sand. I enjoy your work immensely. I am looking forward to your fourth novel. Thank you, Brian Seppa


  • Name: Cameron
  • Email: KiefferDrumm@aol.com
  • City: Broomfield
  • State: Colorado
  • Country: United states

Comments

Hi David, You came to my school last year. I was in eight grade and only a few kids came to see you (I was one of the few). I attended Westlake Middle School. I now attend Legacy High School. When you were at the school (sometime last year) I had you sign my Ironfire book. I have read this book about twice (this is my second time through) and I need to write a 5 Paragraph essay about you and I think that I have run out of information. I hope that you will be able to reply and if not I just want to say thank you for the great book!


  • Name: Jeff Hall
  • Email: jeff.hall@kaehall.com
  • City: Colorado Springs
  • State: CO
  • Country: USA

Comments

Got Ironfire first, but reading Empires of Sand first. I enjoy it very much, characters & plot are very good. Can't wait to finish so I can get to Ironfire - which I also saw a recommendation for on the George RR Martin site. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Jeff


  • Name: Erik Meddles
  • Email: erik.meddles@gmail.com
  • City: Arvada
  • State: Colorado
  • Country: United States of America

Comments

Dear Mr. Ball, I'm sure you don't know who I am, but I just thought I'd write and tell you how much I enjoyed your latest book Ironfire. You see I go to school with Ben and I'd like to consider the two of us friends. I was very interested to hear about your book Ironfire in English class and I was so interested that I decided to read it and write a review of it for our school paper. Due to the deadline time crunch for the article I read the book in what time I could muster throughout the course of about two weeks and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it. I never found reading it to be a chore and you really made writing the review easy. Again I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your book and to thank you for taking the time to read this.


  • Name: edmund fingers
  • Email: eddie_fingers@gardener.com
  • City: alloa, clackmannanshire
  • State:
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Comments

informative site


  • Name: Joseph Wheeler
  • Email: joefredwheels@yahoo.com
  • City: Olympia
  • State: Washington
  • Country: USA

Comments

YOur book "Ironfire" is a great read. I found it through a recomendation from GeorgeRRMartin.com in that author's list of books he is reading. I am looking forward to trying your other two books especially "Empires of Sand" because I like historical fiction and epic books in general. Thanks


  • Name: a r backer
  • Email: arbacker@warwick.net
  • City: new windsor
  • State: ny
  • Country: usa

Comments

Sir Just finished reading Ironfire.....Wow..I am telling friends to be sure to finish all "chores/ and or projects," before starting the book. Do you have signed copies of Ironfire and Empires of Sand available for sale and if not,\ would you be kind enough to sign copies if I sent them to you UPS with return postage paid.... Best a r backer www.backerbooks.co


  • Name: kim nichelson
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  • Name: Mike O
  • Email: mapped.geo@yahoo.com
  • City: Seattle
  • State: WA
  • Country: USA

Comments

I really enjoyed this book. It was one of the best novels of historical fiction I have read in a long, long time. I also just finished The Great Siege by Ernle Bradford. It was interesting to be able to read a book that the author used to write this book. It was also fascinating to read a book published in 1961 of an event that took place 400 years earlier!


  • Name: Larry Belbeck
  • Email: belbeckl@mcmaster.ca
  • City: Hamilton
  • State: Ontario
  • Country: Canada

Comments

I have worked in China of and on for the past 4 years and found China Run interesting as a way of presenting the country in an interesting way. Do you plan others?


  • Name: sylvia sheppard
  • Email: syls@videotron.ca
  • City: Montreal
  • State: Quebec
  • Country: Canada

Comments

Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of writing. I look forward to all your future novels. I don't want to rush a talent like yours but I hope it won't take too long for your next endeavor. Sylvia


  • Name: Michael
  • Email: michaelchan71359@hotmail.com
  • City: Waterloo
  • State: Ontario
  • Country: Canada

Comments

Ironfire tells an exellent story and it is more then what I would expect from a novel. I cannot recall the last time I had read 700 pages in 3 days. Keep up the good work, and thank you for giving me such a wonderful experience.


  • Name: Tricia
  • Email:
  • City: Boston
  • State: MA
  • Country: USA

Comments

Loved IRONFIRE! I'm off to buy EMPIRES OF SAND. Your writing is similar to Wilbur Smith's. Excellent romp through history.


  • Name: ogadi obi james
  • Email: ogadiprince2003
  • City: portharcourt
  • State: enugu state
  • Country: nigeria

Comments Keep writing!


  • Name: Karsten Fiedler
  • Email: karsten.fiedler@gmx.net
  • City: Berlin
  • State:
  • Country: Germany

Comments

Oh my god. I'm finished the book "Empires of sand" (in german "Ikufar,Sohn der Wste") today and I'm very sad again. Your books are to short :). I don't know what i can say. My best words i used for my first comment about "Ironfire" and i don't want to repeat all the words. So i only say: "The book is great. I like it like "Ironfire" and i cannot decide which one is better. So somebody else can choose. I say thank you for the good time. Now I'm looking for "China run". See you later


  • Name: THOMAS JOHNSON
  • Email: tjohnsonperio@email.com
  • City: Bloomington
  • State: Illinois
  • Country: USA

Comments

I JUST READ "IRONFIRE", AND "EMPIRES OF SAND" A YEAR AGO. THESE WERE GREAT- ON A PLANE WITH ROBERT SHEY AND SOME OTHER AUTHORS. DO SOME MORE TRAVEL; I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE NOVELS!


  • Name: Lyle Krueger
  • Email: lylekrueger@robsoncom.net
  • City: Sun Lakes
  • State: AZ
  • Country: USA

Comments

I just finished "Ironfire" (my first experience with David Ball) and I can't wait to read his other two books. I don't get "electrified" often by a new author, but I will now hungrely read every word he puts to paper.


  • Name: Andrew & Marybeth Lanier
  • Email:
  • City: Floyd
  • State: VA
  • Country: USA

Comments

We thought your characters in CHINA RUN were tremendous, then read EMPIRES which couldn't be put down and now to IRONFIRE. It's wonderful to read novels based on historical facts with characters you don't want to forget!


  • Name: Mary T Newman
  • Email: mtnewman140@yahoo.com
  • City: Miami
  • State: Fl
  • Country:

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sent on e mail re Ironfire


  • Name: Aleta Groat
  • Email: doal1229@surfglobal.net
  • City: Germantown
  • State: Maryland
  • Country: USA

Comments

Loved Ironfire! Just picked up Empires of Sand. I'm anxious for your next one!


  • Name: Brian Ball
  • Email: brianball2004@aol.com
  • City:
  • State: Oklahoma
  • Country:

Comments

Mr. Ball, I originally picked up Ironfire simply because we share the same last name. I was amazed at the book and simply couldn't put it down! I look forward to reading your other work. Thanks.


  • Name: Sally J. Terzo
  • Email: sallyjt23@yahoo.com
  • City: Cathedral City
  • State: California
  • Country: USA

Comments

I have read all three of your novels and the best word to use to describe them is "WOW"!!!!! I look forward to your next one...write fast!


  • Name: Jeremy Connelly
  • Email: jeremy110400@aol.com
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  • Name: cindy walker
  • Email: sinnyw@msn.com
  • City: bend
  • State: oregon
  • Country: usa

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  • Name: Jason Jones
  • Email: jasonzjones@hotmail.com
  • City: honolulu
  • State: Hawaii
  • Country:

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Aloha David, After reading only the first 255 pages of Ironfire I am already a fan. Your ability to empathize and and inspire a hard creature such as myself to empathize for these heroic human beings of your creation is wonderful! Aloha, Jason Jones Honolulu, HI


  • Name: wayne r. dalcin
  • Email: waynedalcin@yahoo.com
  • City: houston
  • State: Tx
  • Country: u.s.a.

Comments

my only regret is the stories end to soon and the long wait until you publish another. you have an unbelieveable talent long forward to your next one wrd.


  • Name: Audrey Portelli
  • Email: audryeportelli@yahoo.ca
  • City: Mississauga
  • State: Ontario
  • Country: Canada

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  • Name: Karsten Fiedler
  • Email: karsten.fiedler@gmx.net
  • City: Berlin
  • State:
  • Country: Germany

Comments

Sorry, in my first comment i mean the book "Ironfire", in german "Asha , Sohn von Malta". See you...


  • Name: Karsten Fiedler
  • Email: karsten.fiedler@gmx.net
  • City: Berlin
  • State:
  • Country: Germany

Comments

Wow. This is the third time i had read the book and it is my most reading book ever. I hope Mr. Ball, you write some more books like this. It was so excellent, i was fazinated. in hope for more very good books i say by


  • Name: Don Ballou
  • Email: DonBallou@hotmail.com
  • City: little falls
  • State: ny
  • Country: usa

Comments

mr.ball i just finished "Ironfire".i must say it was one of my favorite stories ever.by the "siege".i could not put it down.i read the entire novel in less than 4 days.though not a big reader,ive more read this year alone than all since high school,i'm presently in our local library,looking for one of your other novels.you are the first author i've ever contacted, this medium makes that quite effortless.so thank you for such fine work.


  • Name: Don Ballou
  • Email: DonBallou@hotmail.com
  • City: little falls
  • State: ny
  • Country: usa

Comments

mr.ball i just finished "Ironfire".i must say it was one of my favorite stories ever.by the "siege".i could not put it down.i read the entire novel in less than 4 days.though not a big reader,ive more read this year alone than all since high school,i'm presently in our local library,looking for one of your other novels.you are the first author i've ever contacted, this medium makes that quite effortless.so thank you for such fine work.


  • Name: Michael McComas
  • Email: azcaesar@lycos.com
  • City: Anthem
  • State: AZ
  • Country: USA

Comments

I have just finished reading "Ironfire" and must say that it is a most excellent and compelling ride into the mists of the past. Thank you so much for the hours of pleasure and distraction it and your fabulous novel "Empires of Sand" have provided. Historical fiction is my drug-of-choice and these books were most satisfying. Looking forward to the next one.


  • Name: Dave Ball
  • Email: daveballweb@yahoo.com
  • City: Hayward
  • State: CA
  • Country: USA

Comments

Hi DavidWBall.com. Someday we should get together with DavidBall.com, David.Ball.net, davidball.org, daveball.com, daveball.net, davidaball.com, and davidsball.com ... yep, they all have home on the Net. Who'da figured there'd be THAT many David Ball's in the world? And that's only the ones with web sites using "the name." Yours truly, DavidBall.net


  • Name: Richard L. Freeh
  • Email: rlfreeh@comcast.net
  • City: Willoughby Hills
  • State: OH
  • Country: usa

Comments

Just finished your book. All I can say is FANTASTIC! I love the format of weaving history with fictional characters. I hope someone is brave enough to make this into a movie. I originally bought this book for my twenty-three year old daughter who visited Malta a few years ago. Luckily she was out of the country and I got to read it first. Keep up the good writing. rlf


  • Name: Ed Kase
  • Email: edkase@yahoo.com
  • City: Boulder
  • State: CO
  • Country: USA

Comments

David, I just finished "Ironfire". I enjoyed it immensely. It covered a fascinating period of history that I'd probably forgotten. Now it's Barbara's turn to read. Ed


  • Name: julie foncea
  • Email: Foncea@chartertn.net
  • City: Maryville
  • State: tn
  • Country: usa

Comments

Mr. Ball, While on vacation in Colorado, at 28, I had a massive heart attack and quadruple by pass surgury. While recovering in Denver, my brother happened upon Empires of Sand in The Tattered Cover. He held my hand and read aloud to me because I was unable to read due to a stroke. I finally read it myself and have just finished IronFire!!!! I wondered if I claimed Empire as my favorite book, due to sentimental reasons. Now I know, I just enjoy your books! You and your writing hold a special place in my life! Thank you, Julie


  • Name: Bob Kress
  • Email: Nilesfolks@aol.com
  • City: Huntingtown
  • State: MD
  • Country: USA

Comments

Mr Ball, I have just finished "Ironfire" and wanted to say what a beautifully crafted book it is. I had a very hard time putting it down. Our library had recently gotten it and I was blessed to be the first one to read it. Tonight I will go there and check out "Empires of Sand." Thank You!


  • Name: Stephanie Spence
  • Email: stephspence04@yahoo.com
  • City: Pittsburgh
  • State: PA
  • Country: USA

Comments

My husband recently gave me Empires of Sand as a gift. When he handed it to me, he gave it with admiration for an author that he said had created everything he loves in a great book. One of his favorites, he said. It has been a long time since I have read a book with such a captivating mix of characters and a page turning storyline. It compelled me to look up more information on the web and this is the first author's site I have visited. I admire your work and appreciate the writing questions page of your site. Very inspiring. This evening my husband came home with Ironfire and I'm anxiously awaiting my turn.


  • Name: Stephanie Spence
  • Email: stephspence04@yahoo.com
  • City: Pittsburgh
  • State: PA
  • Country: USA

Comments

My husband recently gave me Empires of Sand as a gift. When he handed it to me, he gave it with admiration for an author that he said had created everything he loves in a great book. One of his favorites, he said. It has been a long time since I have read a book with such a captivating mix of characters and a page turning storyline. It compelled me to look up more information on the web and this is the first author's site I have visited. I admire your work and appreciate the writing questions page of your site. Very inspiring. This evening my husband came home with Ironfire and I'm anxiously awaiting my turn.


  • Name: Jeff & Debra Hyman
  • Email: jshyman@optonline.net
  • City: Wilton
  • State: CT
  • Country: USA

Comments

Looking forward to reading Ironfire with great expectation!


  • Name: Ren Gadacz
  • Email: rgadacz@junction.net
  • City: Vernon
  • State: British Columbia
  • Country: Canada

Comments

Keep up the excellent work, David! I'm thoroughly enjoying Ironfire, as I did Empires of Sand. Without exaggeration, you're on par with Wilbur Smith with respect to style, pace, subject matter and historical development/perspective. Might you continue where Wilbur leaves off? (There are rumours he is retiring and that Blue Horizon is his last). Please continue your historical writing! Sincerely, - Rene Gadacz


  • Name: Tammie Loesch
  • Email: tammieloesch@hotmail.com
  • City: Gardena
  • State: California
  • Country: USA

Comments

Hi, David. Just ordered "The Sword and the Scimitar" and "Ironfire". Can't wait to read it. I couldn't put the last two down until I finished them, which annoyed Rob but oh well. We have to have you over for dinner (and of course book signing) next time you are in LA. Would be great if Melinda could come too. I missed her so much in Belize! Hope to see you soon. Tammie & Rob (and various pets)


  • Name: Bruce Miles
  • Email: bmilescubs@aol.com
  • City: Schaumburg
  • State: IL
  • Country: USA

Comments

Ironfire deserves to be read, read again and talked about for a long time.


  • Name: Michael G. Duff
  • Email: joyvivirit@aol.com
  • City: Aurora
  • State: Co
  • Country: USA

Comments

Your Tattered Cover presentation was excellent. I really enjoyed reading Empires of the Sand and have already started Ironfire. Mike Duff


  • Name: Susan M Tabacheck
  • Email: STabacheck@aol.com
  • City: Aurora
  • State: CO
  • Country: USA

Comments

I like your sincere desire to share literature with meaning with others


  • Name: Dan Rutherford
  • Email:
  • City: Columbia
  • State: TN
  • Country:

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Dear David: I'm about 180 pages into this book and I'm truly impressed. I've read every book that Wilbur Smith has written and you are first author that I've been excited about since. I also enjoy reading W E B Griffin's books. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your books. Please keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!


  • Name: Allen Lane
  • Email: awlheel@hotmail.com
  • City: New York
  • State: NY
  • Country: USA

Comments

David- Great website! Looking forward to Ironfire. You have quite a following with my friends here. We're putting Ironfire on our Christmas wish lists. After reading those reviews, I'm even more excited. I've got a great idea - a book signing in NYC. All the best. Allen


  • Name: Bridgit Lawrence
  • Email: b_law@bigfoot.com
  • City:
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  • Country:

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Mr Ball -- My husband and I are recent adoptive parents. I was afraid your book would be very upsetting, but it was wonderfull. I felt that you beautifully captured the feelings of a mother for her adopted child. Keep writing!


  • Name: John Supple
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Hi David, I just finished your book (China Run). Very well written - I enjoyed it, especially after going to China to adopt our daughter (from Hengfeng, a small town in the heart of where your story takes lace). Is there any documentation on the real-life event that inspired your story? I'd love to read about it. While it probably isn't as exciting as your book, I'll bet it was interesting.


  • Name: Loriann Lu
  • Email: LA9011@aol.com
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Hello, I am currently reading China Run. Just visited the website. I can't put it down. I am so glad that you've finally written another book. I loved Empires...... and had hoped you write more. You havnt disappointed me. I'm only on page 77 and aready, Im riveted. What a wonderful escape it is. what an excellent book ! I open it up and I am right "there". Please dont think I am another internet loon, Im not. I'm an operating room RN, I recently gave up my job and am learning how to be an "at home person"...... ( reason>my mother recently died, she left us my father>he has alzheimers, and Im helping him adjust so Im on leave from work right now to do so ) I have 3 kids (18, 7 & 8) Teens are (ahem) a challenge......in fact, today, when my college freshman daughter told me that she didnt really think she needed that calculous course, the one we've already paid for...that she will need to graduate, well,, I just said "mmhhhhhhmmm" and picked up your book and I didnt even get angry., My husband works for the defense dept and has been on travel quite a lot the past year, as he is this week, so books are very important to me, reading is my "outlet". Here on the east coast, its getting cooler and this exactly the perfect book for these chilly nights (would be a great book anytime though) . Your book is much more to me than just another great read . Its an absolutely wonderful escape, as Ive said . Its GREAT writing and I truly admire that. Myself, if I had to do nursing notes that consisted of anything more than a checklist, I've grumbled, I just cant write, so I appreciate talent such as yours.. I feel like I am in China when I read your words, my heart pounds when I'm reading. (i do not have a heart condition but your writing is THAT good) I am truly riveted, and I have to thank you because my attention span has been NIL lately and since I cant go on vacation just yet, Mr Ball, you have provided me with the next best thing..... what a special person you are, thank you soooo much for writing...... Please dont wait so long the next time. (I am sharing your excerpt with all of my friends ) Best of luck with China Run, and again, please write SOONER. In fact start now (I'm teasing, sort of,lol) ..... Warmest Regards, Loriann Luciani


  • Name: June Poer
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I told everyone I know to run out and buy this book. I could not put it down. I gave it to my daughter to read and she loved it too. I cannot believe it is not number one on the best seller list. It was as good as any of the books listed. Please keep writing!


  • Name: Anon.
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David--I am Chinese, and adopted, and a girl. i am currently reading China Run, and I love it. It is an amazing story of courage and love. It is also an insightful and informative look into a topic and culture that many people are ignorant of. Thank you for educating me and others.


  • Name: Bill Turner
  • Email: wgturne@aol.com
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David, I read China Run first and because I thought it was so well written, followed it up with Empires of Sand. I had never heard of you before picking up China Run. Now I am anxiously awaiting your next book. As I read China Run, I appreciated the map which allowed me to follow a flight across China. I have researched Chinese maps before, but found yours much more understandable. Also the book brought the map alive. I flipped back and forth as I followed the flight. Your characters are so rich and yet so believable. I cringed as Tyler acted just like a 9 year old and as his stepmom Allison tried to reach out to him and seemingly failed time and again. And I marveled as the trip brought them together in a conspiracy that made their relationship so much more sustainable. A final note; I found it just a little bit too much when you gave the 2nd baby that Ruth got, the name "Wi Duc Tu". But I laughed anyway. Empires of Sand was just as enjoyable. There are rich depths of human emotion that leave a person stunned by their intensity. Again, the maps proved immensely helpful, especially the map of the Sahara. You made a part of Africa largely unknown to Western ethos, come alive. I'm not a scholar and am by contrast a rather lazy reader. I tend to skip ahead when the story gets boring, even though I did very little of this in your books because of the rich detail. Still and all, I will probably measure every book I read from now on by yours, both masterpieces in their own way. Thank you for a most enjoyable experience in two utterly different parts of the world. Sincerely, Bill Turner


  • Name: Nomade Sahara Expedition
  • Email: tours@saharaexpedition.com
  • City: Tucson
  • State: AZ
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Hi David, My name Is Sidi Amar Ag Taoua, I am a Tuareg from Niger, i live in Tucson AZ. I like your history and you web site . Happy new year to you and your family. Sidi


  • Name: Gordon Nicol
  • Email: GJNicol@swbell.net
  • City: Dallas
  • State: TX
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Subject: china Run David, I'm on the last chapter of your book. I started it on New Year's eve at 8pm and read non-stop until 1am. What a story ! Thanks for a wonderful, wonderful book. It's a masterpiece. Can you tell me anything about the story it was inspired by? Naturally I'm interested to know how much truth is in your fiction. It was so realistic. By the way, I'm from Edinburgh Scotland and living in Dallas, Texas. Have a wonderful New Year Gordon


  • Name: Darlene
  • Email: borikua85@yahoo.com
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I thought the book was awesome and wonderful story all i'd like to know if there will be or is a sequel.


  • Name: Edith I. Kelly
  • Email: lionspride814@sbcglobal.net
  • City: Kettering
  • State: Ohio
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Preparing to read China Run for our book club. Awaiting receipt from Amazon Books. Anxious to read and see about the author and his books. Hopefully, you will be among my favorite authors,ie: James Patterson, Michael Palmer, Dennis LeHane, etc. Thank you.


  • Name: Brenda Morris Dixon
  • Email: bjmdixon@hotmail.com
  • City: Wilmington
  • State: NC
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Having taught school in Tripoli, Libya from 1969-1971, I was fascinated by this book. I drove across N. Africa in June of 1970 and made a loop into the interior of Algeria as far as Ouargla. Having also driven into Libyan oasis towns of Nalut and Ghadames, I have long been fascinated with the Tuareg and knew little about them other than by observation. thanks for the insights into their history, culture, and desert life. You have been a voice piece for an unheard people.


  • Name: George Peterson
  • Email: gpet@inetalaska.com
  • City: Anchorage
  • State: Alaska
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Just finished Empires of Sand. Wonderful book. Do more.


  • Name: Steve Rios
  • Email: stevios@hotmail.com
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I enjoyed Empires of Sand and look forward to reading China Run.


  • Name: Daniel Levin
  • Email: dumbledore@attbi.com
  • City: Highland Park
  • State: Illinois
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I have just finished reading Empires of Sand; I read it faster than any book I have ever read. I am a Freshman in High School, and while I enjoy reading I often don't find time for it in between basketball, tennis and the flute. After starting the book I was forced to make time to read it, staying up often an extra hour at night to read. It is by far the best book I have ever read; I love the combination of history and and a brilliant story, in addition to the phenomenal quality of writing. I anxiously await Mr. Ball's next book.


  • Name: Janice
  • Email: jancy99@aol.com
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Hello


  • Name: Jonathan Mobley
  • Email: jmob@aol.com
  • City: Atlanta
  • State: Georgia
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Just finished the paperback. Wonderful. Bravo.


  • Name: chris j
  • Email: strider_guitar@yahoo.com
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GREAT BOOK---a real page-turner!---needs a sequel and HECK! why not make it a movie? anyway, hat's off to david ball---he really researched this.


  • Name: carson shaw
  • Email: shawbones@aol.com
  • City: athens
  • State: georgia
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fantastic book


  • Name: Theodore C. Hubbard
  • Email: hub622@houston.rr.com
  • City: Tomball
  • State: Texas
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A very enjoyable romp through the desert!!! I read it a while ago, and can't wait to see what you come up with next.


  • Name: Manda
  • Email: officerwilson1@yahoo.com
  • City: Dublin
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What a fantastic book. For the last six years, Trinity by Uris has been my favorite. Empires of Sand now shares the title. I really liked your discriptions of the Nun. You must have met my Engish teacher. I really loved all of the people though, well, not that nasty Elisabeth. I was glad to see her get her just desserts.


  • Name: Darlene
  • Email: borikua85@yahoo.com
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I thought the book was awesome and wonderful story all i'd like to know if there will or is a sequel.


  • Name: Lauren Essex
  • Email: Tibby@flash.net
  • City: Alpharetta
  • State: Georgia
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I was enchanted with the beautiful and descriptive writing in Empires of Sand. The book held me captive. I have looked for more of your writtings and wonder if you will have another book our soon. Lauren Essex


  • Name: Jesse
  • Email: jek403@hotmail.com
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Great book. Helped pass the time on a trip across the states. When's your next one coming out?


  • Name: Jonne Swan
  • Email: JonneByfaith@aol.com
  • City: Palm Desert
  • State: CA
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I went to school with your sister and we were very best friends, I am not sure you remember me, however, I am fascinated in reading your novel, my husband is an author also and has written 4 novels. Your sister and I have just reconnected after over 35 years of not connecting with each other


  • Name: Hubert Beyer
  • Email: hubert@coolcom.com
  • City: Victoria
  • State: BC
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Empires of Sand: A wondrous tale that left me longing for more. Outstanding.


  • Name: Ken
  • Email: fayekencable@aol.com
  • City: Phoenix
  • State: Arizona
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David, I first read a historical novel over fifty years ago and became an instant fan of Frank Yerby. Over the years I have watched the genre degenerate to stories that are largely "romance" novels. In the reading of "Empires of Sand" I learned that the genre is alive and well in your capable hands!! Thanks for a good yarn -- and for all the work you put into such a grand novel. Best Regards, Ken


  • Name: Diane Hodges
  • Email: dhodges@mrsbairds.com
  • City: Dallas
  • State: TX
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Absolutely fabulous!!! We must have more. I could not put it down.


  • Name: Ralph Schietinger
  • Email: Ralph.Schietinger@gmx.net
  • City: ULM
  • State: BW
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Dear David, i read Empires of Sand in German where it is called Ikufar Sohn der Wste [Ikufar son of the desert] I have to admit that was the best and tension book I read the last years. The desert has a unique flair once you have been there you will remember in a special way! I have been in Egypt 1989 and drove from oasis to oasis from el dachla to el karga and down to Abusimbel! Great!! Big Big compliments for that extraordinary book ! A interested reader from germany ! Ralph


  • Name: Barb
  • Email: barbburton47@hotmail.com
  • City: Leadville
  • State: Colorado
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Hi David Your website, like the book, is awesome. Any word on when your next one will be out? I hear it's even better than Empires - a tough act to follow. Best wishes and hurry up! Barb


  • Name: Danny Reed
  • Email: DanielReed@aol.com
  • City: Burbank
  • State: CA

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I read your book last year, but just today discovered your website. Great book! The best read I had in a long time--compelling story and wonderful language. I've been recommending it to all my friends. I'm thrilled to have stumbled across "Empires of Sand"--I walked into Borders one day and it was sitting on the New Releases table. The cover and title caught my eye, and the quote from Steven Pressfield sealed the deal (I had just read "Gates of Fire"). Thanks for taking me to another time and place on such a rollicking ride, and helping me escape from an often mundane life. I look forward to your next book!


  • Name: Lynn
  • Email: catmom9@hotmail.com
  • City: Columbus
  • State: OH
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Just finished the book and absolutely loved it! Thank you so much for your vivid creation. Your language wove a wonderous tapestry for this romantic adventure in an unfamiliar setting. Your ending was not a disappointment, but not having your next book to start was. Any news on a second novel? I sure hope so. Best wishes, and thanks again for a great read.


  • Name: Melinda, Ron, and Diana
  • Email: msl1950
  • City: Wondervu
  • State: Colorado
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Hi. We're sitting here at work enjoying your website. The courts have entered the 20th century.


  • Name: Bob Pratt
  • Email: bobpratt@gate.net
  • City: Lake Worth
  • State: FL
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Empires of Sand is a marvelous book, the best I've read since Cold Mountain several years ago. I deliberately waited until I finished the book to find out who the author was and what other books he'd written. I was a disappointed to find out it is your first novel -- I wanted to go grab all your other books and read them too. But it's a magnificent novel. You're a fine story teller. Too often lately I have skipped paragraphs and even pages of novels because they were too contrived or whatever, but I read every line in Empires, relishing them all. I'm looking forward to your next book. Thank you. Bob Pratt


  • Name: Janet
  • Email: janvan94@aol.com
  • City: milford
  • State: nh
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Love your book, still reading it. I lived in the mohave for ten years, you have captured desert living very well.I am a 62 years old grandmom, so see, it fits all ages.


  • Name: Jody Gardiner
  • Email: BookJody@quixnet.net
  • City: Greenwood Village
  • State: Co
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Hello Mr. Ball, Your name and the title of your book was passed on to me via your wife and a friend. We may be interested in having you speak to our book group of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, here in Greenwood Village. We had a very successful showing for Inge Sargent. We invited the whole congregation and community. The time frame would be in the fall, 2000. The best time is a Sunday afternoon. Please reply and let me know how we could schedule that. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Jody Gardiner


  • Name: Jean V.N.
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  • City: New York
  • State: NY
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From one of your first fans ... Terrific book and beautiful Web page.


  • Name: Jane May
  • Email: janemay@netscape.net
  • City: Lamar
  • State: Co
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I LOVED your book! Every page was a new adventure, which made me want to read without putting the book down! I wanted to read without stopping, but I also wanted the story to last forever. I haven't read such a fun book in a long, long time. I've recommended it to all of my friends. I think it would make a wonderful movie, or mini-series. And, of course, I'm expecting a sequel!


  • Name: Kimberlea Shaw Rea
  • Email: ksr@bpslaw.com
  • City: White Plains
  • State: NY
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Hi David-- I'm Melinda's best friend from J-School. They taught us to be mean critics there, so pardon my extravagance when I say BOY-CAN-YOU-WRITE!!! It is a great book, an adventure of the heart. I hope to meet you some day soon. Love to Mel and the kids---Kimberlea


  • Name: Eric
  • Email: mothing@yahoo.com
  • City: Kansas City
  • State: KS
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Awesome book. It would make a great movie. When I find a great book I read it slowly savoring it. Even so I finished it in a week and a half. About three years ago I was reading a book calledSahara Unveiled which discusses the Flatters expedition. I remember thinking then that it would make a great novel. I'm glad you did it. Eric


  • Name: james patuto
  • Email: jpatuto11
  • City: wayne
  • State: new jersey
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there is a histordical mistake in the book.in the first part where the jules' army career is described it indicates that he led a battalion that defeated a force of garibaldini in the "italian war". In actuality the Italians and French were allies in the 1859 campaign. they did battle in 1848-49 but that seems too remote ford this book's time frame. The editor should have caught this.other


  • Name: Joyce
  • Email: CarnesColo@aol.com
  • City: Denver
  • State: CO
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Hi David -- I finished the book and loved it. I especially liked several of the women in the book. It's a great way for me to learn history that never learned in school. Hope all is going well on the next book. JOYCE


  • Name: Larry Steele
  • Email: larry.steele@cca.cccoes.edu
  • City: Aurora
  • State: Colorado
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Dave -- One is always surprised to find that a friend has become a published author. However, from your undergraduate days to your Columbia thesis, I've always known that you were a talented writer. Never thought it would be historical -- but it was a great read! I look forward to the next one. Larry


  • Name: cindy and bruce
  • Email: god o bier@aol.com
  • City: bettendorf
  • State: iowa
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hello david, melinda, ben and Li just checking out your web site. Once again, very impressive!! Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you this winter on the slopes. Cindy and Bruce


  • Name: Judy Ann Cohen
  • Email: jacohen@ap.org
  • City: Jerusalem
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Hopefully you will let Melinda come back to Israel when you go to Turkey for your research. I'd like to meet you too after seeing your picture all these Xmases. (Wouldn't mind meeting your St. Bernard either, and Potato would love to meet him, I'm sure....) So please, come! And maybe I will even read your book someday. Will look for it in Davenport when I am there for Thanksgiving. By the way, you guys will not by any chance be there that weekend, will you???? Love to Melinda,


  • Name: Carol Rasmussen
  • Email: carolr@ucar.edu
  • City: Boulder
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Hi, David, All this and a great Web site too! Love, C.


  • Name: Mary l. Lewis
  • Email: mlewis9101@aol.com
  • City: Southfield
  • State: Michiagan
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Hi David, I have finally began to read the book. Will send comments after I have completed it.I am so very proud of you. Best to you and your family always. ML


  • Name: Lucius Ashby
  • Email: lashby@aol.com
  • City: Denver
  • State: Colo
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Hello David: I was visiting you site, so I thought I should sign in and say hello. Lucius


  • Name: Martha Balluff
  • Email: mbltd319@aol.com
  • City: Davenport
  • State: IA
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The book has become quite the talk of the town here in Sofa City. Received my copy yesterday and can't wait to start. My best to all of you, Martha


  • Name: Linda
  • Email: lkratz@us.ibm.com
  • City:
  • State: New York
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Wow!! Fab web site...and fab book! Can't wait to see the movie. (!)


  • Name: Renee
  • Email: renee.mom@juno.com
  • City: Golden
  • State: CO
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How do we get a Swedish copy once it is released?


  • Name: Ed Kase
  • Email: ekase@vni.com
  • City: Boulder
  • State: CO
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David, I'm sorry I missed the book signing. I'll start reading as soon as Barbara can let go.... Congratulations and good luck! Ed


  • Name: Rich Bilancia
  • Email: rab@msn.com
  • City: Littleton
  • State: CO
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Great first chapter! I'm looking forward to seeing you and buying the book tonight (8/11/99). While I've known you for almost 20 years, I could not get over how much I didn't know about you and your travels. Best wishes for further success with your writings.


  • Name: Allen
  • Email: awl@gordonaltman.com
  • City: New York
  • State: NY
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David - Half way through the book and can't put it down. New York sales are booming. Have a new angle on marketing stratgey -- we'll talk. Nice website.


  • Name: marc
  • Email: cwemdedme
  • City: golden
  • State: colorado
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nice site david plan on a bestseller?- marc


  • Name: Christine Bouchareine
  • Email: Boucharec@aol.com
  • City: Saintry sur Seine
  • State:
  • Country: France

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It is a pleasure to travel your web-site. I could read and read about your book. I will spend the end of the summer with the fascinating Tuareg. Can't wait to read your book in French


  • Name: Peter
  • Email: Prep70@aol.com
  • City:
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This is outtasight! David, Congratulations! We can't wait to get our paws on Empires. So, M, what's yer handicap? Hello to B and L. Peter.


  • Name: Joanie & Bill Nagel
  • Email: joanagel@aol.com
  • City: Boulder
  • State: Colorado
  • Country:

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Mazel Tov! I started reading it this morning and didn't want to stop to go to work. Based on the 8 pages I have already read, it should reach the NY Times bestseller list by tomorrow noon. JN


  • Name: Melvin Sico
  • Email: melvin_sico@hotmail.com
  • City:
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  • Country: England

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I'm now waiting for this book to be released in this country.


  • Name: Sally Merrell
  • Email: romansten@home.com
  • City: San Diego
  • State: California
  • Country:

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Sir: You have inspired me greatly. I too am a writer (I think). It has taken me 7 years to get an agent. I love books. I love to write. I have not yet been published although my manuscript is before 3 publishers my agent tells me. I greatly admire you for hanging in there and not giving up. Thank you.


  • Name: Catherine Fleury
  • Email: catfleury@aol.com
  • City: Denver
  • State:
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Hi David..... Not only can you write....but you build a hell of a web site....I am picking up my books tomorrow....


  • Name: Joyce Carnes
  • Email: joyce.carnes@crssc.com
  • City: Denver
  • State:
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David, can't wait to get a copy of the book and start reading. The first chapter makes me want to read more. Hope there are more of your books on the way.


  • Name: Clay Evans
  • Email: evansc@boulderpublishing.com
  • City: Boulder
  • State: Colorado
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Hey, David. Just thought I'd check out the site. It's actually pretty good -- wish there were more Tuareg Pictures!


  • Name: Debbie Wood
  • Email: dwood@hotmail.com
  • City: Tulsa
  • State: OK
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Mr. Ball - I loved your book! I read it in 3 days, which is a miracle for me. I wish you had more of Serena in the story--she was a wonderful character.


  • Name: David
  • Email: dkent@aol.com
  • City: LA
  • State: CA
  • Country:

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What a grand book! Thank you for it, and we look forward to more.


  • Name: Debbie Wood
  • Email: dwood@hotmail.com
  • City: Tulsa
  • State: Oklahoma
  • Country:

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Mr. Ball - I loved your book! I read it in 3 days, which is a miracle for me. I wish you had more of Serena in the story--she was a wonderful character.


  • Name: Judy Cohen
  • Email: jco@ribcom.com
  • City:
  • State: Alberta
  • Country:

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d Noble - I've read the first forty pages and love it already.