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Hereward: Wolves of New Rome (Hereward 4)

Hereward: Wolves of New Rome (Hereward 4) [Kindle Edition]

James Wilde
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1072 - The great battle has been lost. King William stands victorious. And for the betrayed and abandoned English rebels, the price of their crushing defeat is cruel: exile.

Cut adrift from family, friends, home, their hopes of survival lie with one man, their leader Hereward. But can even that now-legendary hero navigate a safe course across a world torn by war? Their ultimate destination is the jewelled heart of the Christian emperor in the East, the New Rome - Byzantium. Here the English hope to find gold and glory by joining those pledged to protect the emperor, the elite and savage Varangian Guard. But this once-mighty empire is slipping into shadow. Beyond the vast walls, the endless Turkish hordes plan for an attack that could come at any moment. And within the sprawling city, rival factions threaten bloody mayhem as they scheme to seize the crown.

Here begins a new chapter in the stirring tale of England's forgotten hero. But now the enemies are hidden, their methods bloodier, the battlefield and weapons unfamiliar and to stay alive in this cauldron of plot, betrayal and murder, Hereward and the English must fight as never before.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1712 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (31 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593071832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593071830
  • ASIN: B00JG1V2HY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Wilde is a Man of Mercia. Raised in a world of books, the author studied economic history at university before travelling the world in search of adventure. Unable to forget a childhood encounter - in the pages of a comic - with the great English warrior, Hereward, Wilde returned to the haunted fenlands of Eastern England, Hereward's ancestral home, where he became convinced that this legendary hero should be the subject of his first novel. Wilde now indulges his love of history and the high life in the home his family have owned for several generations in the heart of a Mercian forest.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful

Its that time of year again, Hereward is back and every year he gets better and better, the book and the writing at least, Poor Hereward himself seems to find himself in bigger and bigger sh!t every book. This book is no exception, its also not glorious trouble, its just the mad bad and crazy world of 1072, its a hard bitter world, life is cheap and its truly rules by those with power and money and the strength to hold it. Hereward and his crew have the will and the skill, but they don’t seem to have the luck to hold on, they have been battered by the winds of fate, by the sweeping plague that is the Norman conquest, a group of singularly nasty, single minded tough, uncompromising nation hell bent on conquest.

This the fourth book in the series see’s our group away from England and travelling to Constantinople, to join the fames Varangian Guard, somewhere they can be lauded for their prowess , gain wealth and start to mend the wounds or their lost home of England. Only fate has other plans, the grass isn’t greener, and their are worse people out there than Normans.

James Wilde is one of the nicest people i have met since i started going to reading events, signing etc, a truly generous chap, always willing to spend time and energy having a conversation and boosting confidence to “have a go” myself at writing, always appreciative of a nice comment about his books, and accepting of any criticism. With this book i have nothing but nice things to say. To say i was lost in the book, doesn’t do it justice. From first page to the last i was member of Herewards crew, i suffered every mile , every mishap and every setback, I was rewarded with the camaraderie of his men and belonged with them fighting my way to and in Constantinople.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fourth in a row 2 Aug 2014
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A fine addition to this excellent series. With this fourth volume we go into pure fiction, as no-one really knows what happened to Hereward after he was defeated by William the Conqueror, and the story rattles along at a great pace. The exiled Saxons meet fascinating new friends, and encounter old enemies. Plenty of exciting fighting, mixed with the complex factional politics of Constantinople, where bumping people off was the way to power and influence. I hope Mr Wilde's vivid imagination give us a new adventure each year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a very entertaining and fast-paced romp and adventure story which that builds on the little that is known of Hereward and imagines that he escaped to join the famous Varenguard – the bodyguards and elite warriors of the Emperors of Constantinople. It is an entirely fictitious story to the extent that no one knows what really happened to him or to whatever number of surviving warriors that fought William of Normandy at Ely and managed to escape.

Accordingly, you should not expect this book to be a “historical” novel, simply because the story is almost entirely made up. This does not stop it from being a very entertaining and exciting “page turner” that you are very likely to read from cover to cover without being able to drop it. For this to fully happen, however, you will need to fulfil a few conditions.

First of all, you will only fully appreciate this book and the story it tells if you simply neither mind nor care about historical accuracy, including Byzantine history. This is partly because the author has taken a number of liberties with the period (the action takes place in 1072), the events and its main protagonists. I will not even discuss the stereotype portraying of Mantzikert as a “great military disaster”, which it was not. Instead, I will tend to concentrate on the characters that are missing and those that are portrayed as stereotypes and, at times, I felt that some of them came out as rather implausible caricatures.

Michael VII, the “boy-emperor”, is just about the only historical “Eastern Roman” character, alongside Nikephoritzes, his powerful and much maligned finance minister.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce and furious and fab 1 Aug 2014
By disrep
Format:Kindle Edition
Hereward and his loyal men have left England's shores looking to seek their fortunes abroad but life is never easy.This is fast and furious rather like Hereward. The reader doesn't get much pause for breath, literally one disaster to another for Hereward and he's a long way from safe. The plots within plots within plots running through the book are great. New characters to love and loathe, one in particular Ariadne I hope to see more of in the next book.

You can't rely on anyone to be what they seem, except Hereward and his brothers in this book and I think it takes his story in a great direction. It could be read without having read the previous 3 books but the story is richer for knowing the history behind Hereward. The descriptions vibrant and colourful,the city full of the bustle you'd expect. I think this latest Hereward is better because there is always hope. The previous ones possibly because one knows it is doomed were bleaker and darker. This though bloody and grim and lots going badly always has the glimmer of hope throughout and that gives it a positivity.

All those who like the previous ones will be sure to like this. Not for the faint hearted though as it is fierce and bloody :)

Well done Mr Wilde and thank you another cracking read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 1 hour ago by gary pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hereward is back. Great Book.
Another great read. have been waiting for the next novel and it has not disappointed. Action packed from start to finish. So well written it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 6 days ago by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GREAT BOOK looking forward to the next instalment
Published 7 days ago by Dennis Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A thumping good read
I love this series of books. The characters are interesting and the plot is compelling. I wasn't sure what to expect once Hereward left England but I think the back drop of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nick O
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a bit predictable but you feel like you are in among friends.
Published 8 days ago by John Gill
3.0 out of 5 stars Fen-tastic Backdrop Hard To Follow
This is a good read BUT outside the context of the Norman Conquest, our hero and his band are simply less interesting. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Rory Mulvihill
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I did not think it was up the same standard as the other novels in the series
Published 8 days ago by M. Summerscales
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed this fourth in the series. I think it is rather more fanciful than e previous novels, but, if you have read and enjoyed them, I do not doubt you will enjoy this.
Published 12 days ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Al's review
A good story with a fair amount of twists in it. Good plots and characters. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 12 days ago by Alan Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Hero
Enjoyed the book great to learn about our English heritage. Must confess that before James first book about Hereward I was unaware of post 1066
Published 14 days ago by Jason Anthony Tylney
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