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Hawk Quest [Hardcover]

Robert Lyndon
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5 Jan 2012

1072 AD. The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a Frank warrior named Vallon must capture four rare hawks.

As they track their quarry to the far ends of the earth, from Greenland to Russia to Constantinople, Vallon and his comrades must brave raging Arctic seas, savage Vikings, and blood-drenched battlefields in a relentless race against time.

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847444970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847444974
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quite simply, Hawk Quest is the best book I've read this year. I loved this book. I wish I'd written it. (Ben Kane)

An 11th-century epic with action to equal the best of Bernard Cornwell. THIS is writing (Anthony Riches)

Only once in a generation does a first novel emerge which has such power and depth and scope. With Hawk Quest, Robert Lyndon has shown himself a master storyteller of the highest quality. An absorbing, viscerally moving epic that takes the standard historical fare of love, treachery, passion, and redemption and lifts them into a new stratosphere. I got lost in this for days on end, and never wanted to emerge. Outstanding! (M.C. Scott)

Lyndon's story carries readers from one vivid scene to the next with great style (Sunday Times)

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A huge, exciting historical adventure epic in the bestselling tradition of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Robyn Young

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I literally counted the days until the release of Hawk Quest. A favourite author of mine, Ben Kane, proclaimed the book `bloody brilliant' and his was not the only voice urging me to grab hold of what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the best novels of 2012 - not just as a work of historical fiction but as a masterful piece of storytelling. It's a weighty tome and I did resist the handy kindle version, opting instead for the entirely non-handy but rather lovely hardback. At almost 700 pages, and they're pages packed densely, your back and shoulder won't thank you as you struggle to carry it around but your aches and pains will be rewarded.

Hawk Quest transports the reader back to England during the 1070s, a time when Normans were stamping their control on their new kingdom. This was a time of cruel justice, stone walls, hunting, starvation and even, as shown here, cannibalism. The novel begins close to the wall left by the Romans, a reminder that this is not the first time that the English have been conquered. Vallon, a Frankish knight, and Hero, a young Sicilian scholar, have a mission. A Norman knight, Walter, has been captured in Anatolia by Seljuk Turks. His ransom is high - four gyrfalcons. Perfectly white, these falcons are found in Iceland and Greenland and traded in Norway. To find them is dangerous but there is something about Walter that makes the risk worthwhile.

With the ransom demand delivered to Walter's family in England, Vallon, Hero, rough German soldier Raul, the English falconer and serf Wayland with his large and silent dog, set off for the north to find the birds, pursued by Walter's jealous brother Drogo and his men. Their quest will take them to the extreme north and west of the known world.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 4 Jan 2012
It is very rare that a debut book causes such a stir before it is even released but Hawk Quest was one of them. When writers as good as Ben Kane and Anthony Riches are extolling the virtues of this book, you know you're in for a real treat.

This is an epic story, covering most of Northern Europe and into the Mediterranean. The descriptions of the various countries are amazing, he describes in stunning detail the ravages of war on the English countryside, the bleakness and harshness of Iceland, the barren and dangerous coast of Greenland and then tough journey to Russia and finally to the heat of Anatolia. He introduces arrogant Norman nobles, downtrodden English peasants, Vicious Vikings, tough and hardy Icelanders, ruthless Lap hunters, Russian Princes and finally the Muslim Seljuks who hold Sir Walter captive.

I have rarely enjoyed a debut novel so much, it is such an ambitious story for the first novel but Robert Lyndon has pulled it off. I can not reccomend this book enough. A true page turner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Flyer 1 Jan 2012
This is not just good ,it is very good,all 658 pages and the fact that this is the first outing for Robert Lyndon it begs the question, were has he been all this time.I have not read a first novel as good as this since Giles Kristian Raven series,and like Raven it is a page turner, that even at 658 pages it still leaves you wanting more.Robert Lyndon has that talent that quickly has you standing shoulder to shoulder with our motley crew as they embark on their epic adventure and by the end you fill you have sail and walked every step of the way.I hope it will not be long before we have more from Robert Lynden,and perhaps it will be more of Vallon and Hero
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut 31 Dec 2011

Having been told by Ben Kane how amazing this book is had no trouble parting with the cash for it, i wish he had mentioned its a blooming big book (my thumbs ache) 672 pages which is worth £7.79 of any-ones money for pure value for money, but as per the cover quote and his review on there, this book is stunningly well written and yet not overly written, the characters do come alive on the pages, he is a writer who is a natural story teller. There are many writers out there today who write fantastically , but not many that are natural born storytellers: Conn Iggulden, Christian Cameron, Bernard Cornwell, these are masters of this genre and its no small thing to thrust a new author straight into these ranks, but also in this case it's well deserved, another name i would add to this vaunted list of authors is David Gemmell, why? because the characters and at times the story reminded me of the flawed hero approach that that great man always wrote (he was also another natural story teller).

I have been very open about the fact that i think Christian Cameron's God of War will be the book of the year 2012, but damn me if this isn't a close second.

Very very highly recommended.


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A huge, exciting historical adventure epic in the bestselling tradition of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Robyn Young
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 27 Feb 2012
An intelligently observed tapestry of epic proportions. Utterly spellbinding.

Sadness, yes, on reaching the end, but this is tempered by a wealth of lingering images to be savoured in the mind's eye for a long, long time after turning the final page.

May I use the Amazon platform to say a heartfelt "thank you" to Robert Lyndon for many winter evenings of magnificent entertainment?
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