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Templar's Acre [Kindle Edition]

Michael Jecks
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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"New readers will want to seek out other books in the series, while established fans will find this a thoughtful and touching conclusion." --"Publishers Weekly"

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The Holy Land, 1291. A war has been raging across these lands for decades. The forces of the Crusaders have been pushed back again and again by the Muslims and now just one city remains in Crusader control. That one city stands between the past and the future. One city which must be defended at all costs. That city is Acre.
And into this battle where men will fight to the death to defend their city comes a young boy. Green and scared, he has never seen battle before. But he is on the run from a dark past and he has no choice but to stay. And to stay means to fight. That boy is Baldwin de Furnshill.
This is the story of the siege of Acre, and of the moment Baldwin first charged into battle.
This is just the beginning. The rest is history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHEB7JC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent prequel... 25 July 2013
By John TOP 500 REVIEWER
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After reading all of Michael Jecks Templar series from the start I had a feeling that the series would end where it did in book 31; City of Fiends. To go forward would be problematic as the turmoil of Richard's early years matched those of his father and only really ended with the death of Mortimer. Steering an aging Sir Baldwin and Bailiff Simon through those years of intrigue would take a deft touch; not that I don't think Jecks isn't capable' just that the times were too volatile. So where to go? Baldwin's early history has been begging to be written for years and this prequel to the Templar series is the spectacular result. Jecks writes a marvellous tale based around the disastrous defence of Acre and Baldwin's involvement and within given artistic license the use of a mixture of real-life and fictional characters bring the place and events to life. Jecks is one of a group of writers who have the ability to transport you back in time whilst you're reading so that you're fully involved and just keep reading. Maybe it's because I was really interested in Baldwin's backstory due to the numerous allusions in the Templar series to how that history had affected him, his motivation and developed his character that I read this in two sittings with a break for lunch.

Rather like Godfather II, this is an excellent prequel, but then again Jecks is a better writer than he was nearly twenty years ago (although he wasn't bad then otherwise I wouldn't have stuck with him) and I'd expect an accomplished well written tome. I wasn't disappointed, that's what I got. You don't have to have read the Templar series as this can be read as a standalone. However, I would recommend reading the Templar series as Jecks steers Sir Baldwin and Bailiff Simon through the turbulent times of Edward II's reign.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving but stay with it. 1 Jan 2014
By Trajan
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Michael Jecks is a good author, however in this his prequel I was hoping for a bit more. The narrative for the first 100 pages was painfully slow, however once all the main protagonists had been introduced and the plot fleshed out the pace picked up, culminating in the grand finale, the siege itself. There is no doubt about it Jecks knows his subject, he just needs to light a fire under it. All in all not a real page turner, but still an enjoyable read.
For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 20 Sep 2013
By Liz
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Happy to recommend to anyone who enjoys historical who dunnits. Well written and have now acquired all the kindle books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Templar's Acre 19 Sep 2013
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I like this as a thoroughly engageing read. The research into the background seems sound, historical figures appear where necessary, and the flow is fleshed out with the characters who carry the story along from various points of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 19 Sep 2013
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The knights of the Templar order are shown as men fighting for the faith they believe in.
It shows the relatively good days when they still had held onto some lands in there beloved Outreamer. When suddenly the new emir , being morre aggressive than the previous, sets out to regain the whole country he sees as his peoples.
It tells of the aftermath to the battles and the fate of the knights. Then onto there future lives.
A great read with enough history but with poetic licence to make it into a believeable, readable story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Sep 2013
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I have read every title in this series. The later part of the series started to develop into a history lesson and was feeling a little tired. However Jecks is most certainly back to his very best with this book. Excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing read! 14 Sep 2013
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This is a book of blood and guts. I rated it highly for its language it's imagination and the skill showen by the writer. I was fascinated yet I don't like blood & guts normally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Templars Acre 13 Sep 2013
By Specky
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As a keen Baldwin fan I was looking forward to reading this and was not disappointed. A great story in its own right that adds to the understanding of one of my favourite characters
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