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Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade: The Secret Crusade [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Bowden
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Book Description

Niccolo; Polo, father of Marco, will finally reveal the story he has kept secret all his life - the story of Altair, one of the brotherhood's most extraordinary Assassins.

Altair embarks on a formidable mission - one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin's Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altair must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader, Robert de Sable.

Altair's life story is told here for the first time: a journey that will change the course of history; his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; and the ultimate betrayal of an old friend.

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    Oliver Bowden is the pen-name of an acclaimed novelist.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2425 KB
    • Print Length: 468 pages
    • Publisher: Penguin (23 Jun. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0241951720
    • ISBN-13: 978-0241951729
    • ASIN: B0055MYZ18
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    By Chris J
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I've been a fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise since playing the first game back in 2007 (coincidentally starring Altaïr, hero of this third book). I enjoyed all the games in the series but must admit to skipping Oliver Bowden's first two novelizations (covering Assassin's Creed 2, and its follow up Brotherhood) due to criticisms in the amount of creative license and random changes he apparently made.

    With the announcement of the newest Assassin's Creed game; Revelations, returning to its routes and re-introducing Altaïr as a central plot character I decided it was time to relive the characters quest. This is the third Assassin's Creed novel by Oliver Bowden but chronologically, timeline and game release wise, it comes first. Readers are not disadvantaged at all if they have not read the first two novels.

    This novel is extremely faithful to the source material, it is clear Bowden worked closely with Ubisoft Montreal as most of the dialog is word perfect when compared to the game script, events and assassinations also play out almost exactly the same (albeit probably more skilled and professional than some of us gamers did it back in the day).

    The story for those unfamiliar follows Altaïr ibn La-Ahad, an Assassin from Masyaf who is stripped of his `Master Assassin' rank very early in the story due to his arrogant attitude and lack of respect for the assassin way of life - the Assassin's Creed. He is offered a chance of redemption by his master, the assassin leader Al Mualim, the agreement: Altaïr's rank and status restored in return for the lives of nine corrupt men.

    What starts as a righteous vengeance mission, quickly unfolds into a deeper, darker conspiracy that leads Altaïr to question his own way of life, his skills, and his beliefs.
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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but with some issues 20 July 2011
    Having written two commercially successful novelisations of Assassin's Creed titles, Oliver Bowden now brings us Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade; the life story of Altaïr, the iconic protagonist from the first of the Assassin's Creed games.
    The book itself is split into four main parts. The first two concern themselves mostly with the events as featured in the first game, part three with the story of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (a Playstation Portable title) and the final part focuses on the later life of Altaïr.
    Bowden is effective at generating a sense of immersion, his use of language is lively, he is able to avoid repetitive use of language and his use of dialogue is well-balanced against more action-driven elements of the story. However, there is a fundamental issue that the author must have struggled with that we, the readers, might find problematic as well. This problem being that for the first two parts in particular, the book is a very rigid re-telling of the events of the first game. It feels stiff, often rushed and fails to engage the reader. Whilst clearly important in telling the tale of Altaïr and his quest for redemption in the eyes of the Brotherhood, these earlier sections will seem all too familiar to fans, with little periphery exploration to make them seem worthwhile. It also feels as though Bowden himself felt overly restricted by the structure and wanted this phase of the story told as quickly as possible, so he might begin to use his talent far more freely.
    Thankfully, Part Three starts to show signs of improvement.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade 27 Jun. 2011
    If you dont have the computer game, dont worry just read this and you will be hooked on the books for certain. this is a book that keeps you guessing all the way. I found it impossible to put down. If you have read any of the others you wont be dissappointed, its full of intrigue as well as blood and guts. Having read all of them I am really sad that this seems to be the last in the series, albeit this is the last but is in fact the first of a series. Brilliantly written a compulsive read.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars intense and entertaining 8 Aug. 2011
    By Qaisar
    as a videogame nut i knew the plot behind assassins creed but was surpprised to many extras packed in.

    _ The plot of the Console Version is well fleshed out and does well in the characterisiation of Altair leadin to Al-Muallim's Betrayal

    _ Learning more of Altiir and Maria's relationship and their children

    _ the High point for me was the bonus tale of Altaiir's relationship with fellow assassin Abbas from their beginnings as friends and ending up as mortal enemies drastically affecting the people of Masayaf leading the aclimactic battle to decide the fate of the Order. it was nice to find something new and hamuanise altiir character from just a killing machine.

    _ *SPOILER ALERT* Maria's death at the hands of Altaiir (easily the most touching moment of the book)


    _ the Cyprus Storyline: easily the weakest point in the book. plot was taken form the PSP version of Assassins Creed: Bloodline and it was here i felt the story began to feel repetetive and began to drag to the point of derailing the whole book. it's only saving graces were Altaiir and Maria's chemistry and the moment when Altaiir first uses the Apple of Eden

    Overall, the book fared quite well and Bowden really shines as a writer when he tells the story of Abbas and Altaiir. You can almost tell that it is here the author himself is at ease as he does not need to follow Ubisoft's Canon but add something new to the table.
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