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The Great Pagan Army

The Great Pagan Army [Kindle Edition]

Vaughn Heppner
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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This is the year 885 A.D., when a thundering army of hardened cutthroats, berserks and axmen trample its way across Western Europe, raping and pillaging at will. They are the Great Pagan Army—the largest array of Vikings ever assembled into one host. No army or city can resist them; no one dares… until a crippled young count finds an old Roman book on tactics.

With a handful of desperate knights, Count Odo fortifies the river fortress of Paris and awaits the savage host. Neither he nor the Vikings realize that this will be young Paris’s most brutal siege and of incredibly fateful importance.

THE GREAT PAGAN ARMY is the recreation of a historical campaign of brutal savagery. It is a full novel, 113,000 words in length by bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pagan Army by Vaughn Heppner 30 July 2011
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I enjoyed this book which I bought through Whispernet. To tell the truth I was looking for an absorbing distraction read and bought this on spec, not knowing anything of the period or having read anything by Mr Heppner before.

The plot is a mixture of search for redemption (the monk), ill starred romance (the Baron and his woman, the monk and his woman and the berserker and the monks woman) and a military history of the siege of Paris by a humongous army of Danish vikings. It rolls along quite nicely and reflects the conflict between "barbarian" savagery and early medieval Frankish "civilization" (and showing how neither word reflects the people involved completely even at the time.)

Mr Heppner is obviously well studied in his period and many small details are included which help absorb the reader although he does indulge in the author-as-history-teacher trap sometimes when the "voice" of the text explains details in unecessary depth (sometimes, as a reader, it's nice not to have everything on a plate, to have to do a little googling to find out stuff...)

Overall a good and entertaining historical romp. My only major criticism is that the book lacked pre-publication proof reading with several spelling and grammar errors which disrupted the flow of the read. Still, if I had bought this as a full-price paperback I wouldn't have been disappointed.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all of the star soldier series by Vaughn Heppner and enjoyed them. While I was waiting for "Star Fortress" to be written I thought I would try some more of his work and whats better than a fictional viking romp through Europe? This is the first book I have read that when I finished, I was physically angry for spending the cash to read this, and mislead due to the excellence of his other books.

The characters Vaugh Heppner had created for this book have so much potential to elevate a very mediocre story to a compelling one. Unfortunatly it feels like once Mr Heppner gets going, he gets bored with his project so he polishes it off quickly with a "and they lived happily ever after",all we were missing here is a modern emote smileyface in the book.
What is the point in building up our berserker Heming within the story, then imply that he gets killed off during the seige without a further mention? It would have been better to not include Heming at all but focus more time and energy on the Priest / Knight / Maiden storyline. But once again they have a dissatisfying conclusion.

I feel guilty writing so negatively about a persons hard work but not every book written by great authors gets published, for good reasons! This feels alittle like a cash-in and I would not recommend this particular work of Vaugh Heppner to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars solid but unspectacular historical fare. 24 Nov 2013
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This book tells of a Viking raid into France and follows the actions of some protagonists on either side. The story or the general jist of an attacker against a defender has been told many times by many other authors and Vaughn Heppners incarnation of the viking history is not on a par with Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series or Giles Kristian's Raven series. All in this is an average book worth picking up and reading when available at a low Kindle Price. For more indepth telling of the viking age stick with Cornwell or Kristian
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 6 Mar 2013
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I found this book to be a good read but not one that I could not put down. It was enjoyable but . not riveting
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