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Master Of War (Master of War 1)

Master Of War (Master of War 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Gilman
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'I see flashes of brilliance that surpass Bernard Cornwell' The Bookbag.

'The 100 Years' War is the new Rome for historical adventure novels' Ben Kane.

'Page-turning and gritty' Daily Mail.

'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 it was a book I just couldn't put down' Falcata Times.

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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 of France.

As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone will learn 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 is just the first chapter in a book of legend - Blackstone: Master of War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOE1E6U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Gilman has had an impressive variety of jobs - from firefighter to professional photographer, from soldier in the Parachute Regiment's Reconnaissance Platoon to a Marketing Manager for an international publisher. He has countless radio, television and film credits before turning to novels. From 2000 until 2009 he was a principal writer on A Touch Of Frost.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of Crécy and its aftermath 14 Aug 2013
Writer for classic television detective series Touch of Frost, David Gilman has switched his talents to The Hundred Years War and presents the story of English longbowman Thomas Blackstone during the Battle of Crécy in 1346 and its bloody and dangerous aftermath. Thomas Blackstone is a young mason (about 16 years old) and little more than a peasant, although better educated and better favoured than most thanks to a French mother and a brave archer for a father who had saved his lord's life in battle. When Thomas's deaf and mute younger brother Richard is accused of murdering a local girl, there is no option but for both brothers to enlist in the troop of their lord's knight in order to avoid a death by hanging. The fact that both are highly skilled with the longbow makes them invaluable in these early years of The Hundred Years War. Edward III is about to sail to Normandy to reclaim his lands from the French King. His ships are filled with archers.

The novel is divided into three parts and the battle of Crécy takes place in the first. This gives you an idea that while the book seizes your attention with such a major event early on there is also much more to it than that. The mix of nationalities and allegiances works well - there is almost more tension between the English and Welsh than there is between Norman and English or Norman and French. No love, though, is lost between English and French - too much harm has been done by both. The theme of chivalry runs through the pages. A man such as Thomas might deny its place in a `modern' battle but its codes colour the actions of many of the characters in the novel. When they're broken or when promises are found to be false, there is outrage. This is felt not least by Thomas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Darius
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very enjoyable read set in the initial years of the 100 years War. The main heroe Thomas Blackstone develops into an adventurous character fighting in wartorn France for the cause of King Edward III and his son The Prince of Wales later known as The Black Prince. I gave it a 4 star rating due to the battle scenes not described as well as by other authors such as Cornwell, Iggulden or Scarrow. But the storyline is very exciting covering the events of the landings in France of the English King's army, the subsequent Battle of Crecy, the political games played out by Norman Barons, The Black Death and the seige at Calais. A lot to fit into one novel and perhaps the author could have dedicated more pages on these events instead of concentrating too much on Blackstone's rehabilitation period in a Norman nobles castle. Nevertheless, the novel is very well written and the characters surrounding Blackstone are developed well albeit towards the end of the book. I shall definitely buy the next book in the series which no doubt will be even better. I recommend the book to all historical fiction lovers.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new era to enjoy 17 Aug 2013
Is Rome becoming the period of the past? More and more books and series seem to be gravitating to medieval periods and warfare. This is no bad thing, a change to different times, different outlooks on the aspects and manner of war. A change in weapons and a change in the pre-eminent
There are as many rich periods and great battles to centre a series around, and so many more nations to look at and explore.
Of all the battles and wars David Gilman has chosen one of the true stand outs; The battle of Crecy, set during the Hundred Years War.
My personal knowledge of the period is not the best, and that's what I love about more and more authors writing in this period, it's a chance for me to learn something new. Can I be educated at the same time as entertained?
In Master of War we the reader are introduced to one of the kings archers, Thomas Blackstone, a boy trained from childhood (as were all boys) to master the English longbow. The longbow was at the time THE weapon of destruction, ranks of archers firing bows of over 100lb draw, with a destructive force that could pierce plate armour, thus nullifying the French superior numbers in chivalry.
This book is a brilliant mix or characterisation, intrigue, battles, nationalities, history, enmity, courage, cowardice, fear and bravery. But ultimately for this period it is Chivalry that rules the day, the rules of chivalry that bind nobleman or all nations, as long as you are of noble blood, the peasants are as ever...fodder for the mill of war. This does not lessen the brutality of war, it does not reduce the death count in the field or war, in the destruction of castles and sieges, it just adds a set of rules, rules iron clad and the breaching of such would lead to outrage, ridicule and shunning by all sides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its been told before 8 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading Daniel Halls; 'Kemp The Road To Crecy' in 1996 with his hero Archer Martin Kemp facing death by hanging for rape and murder he did not commit, then reading Bernard Cornwell's 'Harlequin' in 2000 with HIS hero Thomas of Hookton (Archer) who travels to the fields of France and eventually end up at Crecy; and now David Gilmans 'Master Of War' with his hero Thomas Blackstone Archer strangely facing death for rape and murder he did not commit and released to fight in France ending at Crecy all of this seems to have been told before with a storyline that follows the same pattern as the first novel by Daniel Hall; The storytelling is fine perhaps his next book will be a little more imaginative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Superbly written and reminiscent of a European Shogun.

My only regret is having to wait for the next book in the series. Read more
Published 1 day ago by jason oleary
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read no matter what your reading preferences are.
Fantastic read could not put it down. Passed it on to family and friends and they feel the same. Great book, must read if you want history brought to life with a little poetic... Read more
Published 2 days ago by John Leonard Severn
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Published 8 days ago by everett.s
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is a good fast moving read. Faltered a little in the middle but gained pace. If you like
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Published 9 days ago by Mr. C. Summerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant period piece
A well written story, the author creates an atmosphere that makes you feel the environment and the hardship of the time. Excellent read could not put it down.
Published 14 days ago by bob matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Barmey set up.
I purchased Master of War - The Blooding that was very good but to read the sequal I had to purchase Master of War - Part 1 that contained The Blooding. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars Much like a bowl of pottage - ordinary fare!
Although this book was not poorly written (certainly in comparison to some available on Kindle) I still found it something of a chore to finish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Excellent reading. Holds the attention from start to finish. Excellent attention to historical detail and left waiting for the sequel
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and pulsating first novel of a new series...
David Gilman has created a compelling character as his hero in the new Master of War series. The style is reminiscent of Bernard Cornwell in his Heretic series and the Azincourt... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trevor Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Brilliant read great price action all the way hard to put the kindle down have started buying all the series.
Published 1 month ago by Pete.
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