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King's Man (Outlaw Chronicles) [Hardcover]

Angus Donald
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21 July 2011 Outlaw Chronicles (Book 3)

THE THIRD CRUSADE IS OVER

Richard the Lionheart is bound for England. But with all the princes of Europe united against him . . .can the greatest warrior in Christendom make it safely home?

THE LION IS CHAINED

Captured. Bound. Imprisoned. King Richard's slim hope of salvation rests on one man - a former outlaw, a vengeful earl, a man who scoffs at Holy Mother Church:

ROBIN HOOD

For King and country Robin and his loyal lieutenant Alan Dale will risk all - from blood-soaked battlefields to deadly assassins - to see the Lionheart restored to his rightful throne.



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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847444911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847444912
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For the past 15 years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is married to Mary, with whom he has a baby daughter, and he now writes full time from home in Tonbridge, Kent.

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Angus Donald leads you into the familiar forests of Medieval England...and then all hell breaks loose! Far from the figure of popular legend, Donald's Robin Hood is a brutal, cunning warlord who will let nothing stand in his way. A fresh, lively and welcome take on one of the world's most famous outlaws. And yet, it stirred in me a nostalgia for all the great stories of my childhood; those that thrilled me, inspired me and shaped who I am today. Complex heroes, craven villains, brutal fights...King's Man is a boy's own romp that flies like an arrow from a yew bow (Giles Kristian)

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From the internationally bestselling author of Outlaw and Holy Warrior comes the most exciting historical novel of the year

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the price for a song 7 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
It has taken me a while to get to King's Man but the wait was well worth waiting for. This is the third book in Angus Donald The Outlaw Chronicles as told by Alan Dale about the Outlaw Robin Hood. Alan is still trouble with his relationship with Robin,but it's his love life that is giving him more grief as an old flame from the past makes a unwelcome return. Once again Alan Donald has us in the thick of the action,as his in-depth research and passion for the period had me page turning late into the night. I am glad to hear that a fourth outing of Robin and Alan is on the way and I for one cannot wait.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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With the third book in his Outlaw Chronicles, Angus Donald slings you onto horseback and sends you galloping into his medieval world using his strong narrative voice, Alan Dale, to guide you through a land of injustice, large feasts, excessive drinking, passionate sex, gory battles fought by real heroes and, of course, blood-thirsty outlaws.

I finished this in a matter of days; it really is one of those books. Angus proves his ingenious version of the infamous Robin Hood legend is not for the faint-hearted. His Robin Hood really is a ruthless, cold-hearted bastard who will stop at nothing for his King, and you really shouldn't like him. But his loyalty and love for everyone inside his circle leaves you rooting for him and his minions from the very beginning. So Angus made the right decision in telling the story through the superb viewpoint of one of Robin's most loyal companions, Alan Dale, which allows you to get up close and personal to all the cunning schemes and blood-soaked battles!
The book packs a heavy punch - with superbly constructed plot twists, excellent battle scenes (probably the author's strongest talent) and juicy violent dialogue that is much more believable than softer takes on the legend.

I look forward to the next in the Chronicles and recommend this to everyone interested either in the Robin Hood legend or historical fiction in general.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the first two episodes 4 Sep 2011
By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This one was just as good as the first two in the series. Robin Hood comes out as a rather more convincing character than anywhere else and King Richard's mixture of military talent, genuine warmth and charisma to his followers and utter arrogance towards others appear rather realistic (at least to me!). The state of quasi-civil war between Richard and his brother John is also very realistic, especially when you remember that all of Queen Elenor's sons has spent much of their youth fighting their father (with their mother's support). An implication is that John, while not having the same talents as his brother, was probably not the coward scheming "worm" that is made out to be, neither was Richard a parangon of nobility. In addition to his massacre of some 3000 prisonners in Acre (which deprived his troops of an y ransom money), his hauntiness and arrogance explain his capture by the Duke of Austria and his ransom
ruined the Kingdom of England, leaving without the financial resources to fight off King Philippe's attacks against his French provinces. But this will be part of the next volume, I guess...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return to Sherwood 22 July 2011
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The third volume in Angus Donald's excellent "Outlaw Chronicles" series. The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan-a-Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character. Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle. Donald's Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous. Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleeve. The book makes him a very real character and it is he who narrates the story from his perspective.

Set about 1192, Richard the Lionhheart has been captured on his way back from the Crusades and while his supporters try to raise the ransom, his brother John seeks to consolidate his position of power. Robin and Alan become heavily involved in the process of raising funds, and Robin has been forced to resort to his old outlaw lifestyle.

For fans of historical action and adventure this is an ideal series, told with both charm and wit and featuring strong characterisation, pace and plenty of action. This is not the book to start with, although those who are fans already will be delighted with it - new readers will be rewarded by starting with the first book "Outlaw".

A really enjoyable episode in the series and I am delighted to see it looks like Mr Donald is planning some more adventures for us...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
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After reading the previous two novels in Angus Donald's superb Outlaw Chronicles - Outlaw and Holy Warrior (The Outlaw Chronicles) - I could not read King's Man, the latest, fast enough. I happened to be abroad and couldn't even wait to get home to my review copy. This is because Angus Donald has done an extraordinary thing - he has breathed new life into the legend of Robin Hood and his men. He has lifted Robin out of our preconceptions and expectations and thrown him into the midst of late 12th-century intrigue at its highest level. This is a dangerous, not straightforward place where Robin is both leader and vassal, hero and villain, lover and murderer. Watching Robin is our narrator here as in the previous novels, Alan Dale. Known for being a trouvère, or courtly singer, Alan has now grown from a boy into a strong and clever swordsman as well as a friend of the charismatic, kind and ruthless Robin, Earl of Locksley.

As King's Man begins, much of the hope that followed King Richard's return from the Crusades in Holy Warrior has evaporated - Richard has been captured, bound and imprisoned in the heart of the continent. His enemies re-emerge in England under the malignant leadership of Prince John. Chief amongst them is the old enemy of both Robin and Alan, Murdac, the previous Sheriff of Nottingham. John and Murdac make short work of turning Robin outlaw again - for this has now become very personal. They banish him to the woods where he works with Richard's mother, the formidable Eleanor, to release her son by raising a king's ransom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but so far excellent
into reading these books just now, but so far excellent reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as expected
Published 1 month ago by Mr. T. S. Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Another brilliant tall of Alan Dale! For how I imagine, Nottingham must have been a tough place to grow up!
Published 1 month ago by Greg Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This series are up there with Bernard Cornwell books so I am pleased they were recommended to me and it arrive before expectation
Published 4 months ago by Roger Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoying these
I sort of fell into these books by mistake but am very glad I did - they're great fun, and by making Alan Dale the main character they lose all the associated baggage of Robin... Read more
Published 4 months ago by demian cullen
3.0 out of 5 stars Kings man
Good pleasant read follows on from first two books nicely and draws you to the third book well I for one will continue the series
Published 6 months ago by john paul houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars a good end to a fine trilogy
I really enjoyed finishing this series of books. I'm sure I will re-read them all; and read more of Donald's books.
Published 6 months ago by Revd D. W. Bouskill
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Fantastic!!
I am no good at writing be reviews however as my title says, this book is gripping and Fantastic!! I am loving this unusual take on Robin Hood!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by eric'mac
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finished at last!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood as it should (be)
Have read all the books in this series and cannot put down until finished. Cant wait for the next one!
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Patrick L. Divine
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