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Master Of War: The Blooding: Part one of an epic adventure set during the Hundred Years' War [Kindle Edition]

David Gilman
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THE BLOODING is the first part (190 pages) of the David Gilman's epic novel MASTER OF WAR, published on 01 August 2013. Readers of Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell will be delighted to discover a new series to follow.

England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion. As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone learns the brutal lessons of war - from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.

Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that will forge a legend.


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 884 KB
    • Print Length: 192 pages
    • Publisher: Head of Zeus (16 Jun. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00D8Z6US0
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT AS A FIRST NOVEL 7 Nov. 2013
    By Clive
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The test of a good book is the question "Did I enjoy it?" and, in this case the answer is a definite "Yes". Hence four stars. The rest is just observation from one reader's perspective (mine).

    I found this book to be engaging and engrossing; I really wanted to read on to see what happens next. The pace is just right and the battle scenes are among the best I've ever read. The main character is well founded and his growth from callow boy to seasoned warrior progresses beautifully. Although other reviewers have criticised the accuracy of some of the detail (there's no such thing as a 'short bastard sword' or 'chain mail') I found almost all of the minute detail of life in this period spot on and fascinating. This period in history is a particular hobby of mine and I was delighted to see so many of the historical facts not only very accurately relayed here, but also in a manner that draws out the political complexity of the era (the Channel didn't stop anyone from claiming sovereignty in either England or France).

    The book may suffer from an unfair comparison. Bernard Cornwell's 'Grail Quest' series, with Thomas Hookton as the main character, tells a very similar story (in fact, VERY similar!) and, of course, that is Bernard Cornwell and so is utterly masterful The similarities are very striking (Thomas Hookton / Thomas Blackstone !!!) and David Gilman, unsurprisingly, doesn't fare well in such comparison. Bernard Cornwell's hero suffers a debilitating injury to his fingers that looks as though he will never again draw a bow, but he recovers almost to his original standard though sheer grit. At the end of Mr Gilman's book, Thomas has suffered a similar injury which, we are told, means that he will 'never draw a war bow again'.
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    42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. Cracking. 29 July 2013
    By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Kindle Edition
    OK, you want a book set during the hundred years war. You want a hero of the people, a man who whilst facing the bleakest of times fights to keep his ideal's in the face of the enemy and of course a man who has to overcome a great deal to make his own way in the world. So what are you going to do?

    Well to be blunt here, if you only read one historical debut this year, make it this one. The prose is sharper than a bodkin arrow, the pace faster than thought and to be honest it was a book that I just couldn't put down without being left to wonder what was next for the lead hero. The author has not only brought the time to life but also managed to give me a lead character that I not only want to spend time around but is a man of the people, coming from common stock with his skills taking him higher.

    Add to this a great story arc, wonderful twists and of course the set up for future instalments all round make this a title that not only launched over a thousand arrows but I'm sure will launch David Gilman to a ravenous reading public to sate their historical fiction action needs. Great stuff.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Master of War 19 Sept. 2013
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    Master of War
    Very good read. sometimes unputdownable. Page turner.
    recommended to everyone who enjoys a good historical and good storytelling.
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    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book 19 Jun. 2013
    By Rick K
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    The Blooding is an excellent book with characters that brings the medieval period in which it is set to life. The author describes the way of life, the laws of the land and why Richard & Thomas Blackstone are in the predicament that they are in in fantastic detail. The battle accounts are both disturbing and extremely violent and David Gilman has a way of drawing this reviewer into the battle scenes to urge various people on and to feel sorrow for some of the characters who die. This is a fantastic read with action from start to finish, buy it and I don't think you will be disappointed.
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    30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly frustrating waste of an evening 25 Aug. 2013
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    As a fan of medieval fiction I was more than willing to spend a few pennies on what I hoped would be a fresh take on the plague ridden Hundred years war. Unfortunately the book turned out to be a rather rough and rushed, but cheap, genre filler, with fairly weak characterisation and numerous historical inaccuracies appearing from the outset. When I say the outset I mean the outset, as it opens with a pair of FREEMEN being arrested and arbitrarily sentenced to hang. If the author (or his editor) had a basic grasp of English constitutional history and/or law he'd be aware of a little process called a jury trial, and hopefully a little document called the Magna Carta, that guaranteed this right a hundred and twenty odd years before the date of the novel (reissued and tweaked several times several times since 1215). Then there are the annoying nonsensical phrases such as a: "short-bladed bastard sword that cost sixpence" (bastard signifying a sword with a 4+ foot blade), along with the numerous references to firing arrows / bolts.... I could go on. Anyway ignoring the lack of research and editing, the plot is reasonably entertaining and worthy of an evening of your time.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A bit predictable 18 Nov. 2013
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    Enjoyable war story set during the 100 years war. Found the plot a bit wooden at teh start and a bit predictable in place. I felt some of the hero's attitudes were a bit modern day and the fact people of high note would even notice him, let alone befriend/ stick their neck out for him was a bit unbelieveable. But he's worth a second crack, so will be trying the next in the series.
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