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Viking Warrior (The Strongbow Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Judson Roberts
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In 9th century Denmark, a child born to a slave is also a slave, and the property of his mother’s master. Halfdan, the son of an Irish noblewoman and the Danish chieftain who captured and enslaved her, has grown up a slave in his own father’s household. But the Norns, the weavers of the fates of all men, have different plans for him--although rarely do they give a gift without exacting a price.

The Strongbow Saga is an epic tale of one man’s unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance that carries him across the 9th century world of the Vikings. In Viking Warrior, book one of the Saga, a cruel twist of fate both frees Halfdan and robs him of the mother he loves, setting him upon the path to a new destiny. But a brutal act of treachery and murder upends Halfdan’s new life, sending him on the run with ruthless hunters hot on his trail.

About the Author

Over his long and varied career, Judson Roberts has been a police officer, federal agent, organized crime prosecutor, and private investigator. He is also reputedly a distant descendant of Rollo, also known as Rolf or Hrolf, the Viking leader who in 911 AD entered into a treaty with the King of the Western Franks and was granted the lands located around the mouth of the Seine River which eventually became known as Normandy, after the Northmen who settled there. He currently lives on a small farm near Eugene, Oregon, where he is working on the next volume in the Strongbow Saga series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Northman Books; 2nd edition (17 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GNFV0Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tale -as far as it goes! 10 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a really good tale - well researched, crafted and told. I read all three in the series, one straight after another; and therein lies it's main (only?) failing. As has been remarked elsewhere, this saga is not three books, rather one book with possibly three (or two) segments. I read it in Kindle form, so it's hard to judge accurately, but I'd reckon that if printed on paper in similar typeface and font size this would be well less than (say) Rutherford's seminal "Sarum" in size. A bit of a modern con, really, and one that is not uncommon these days - but a rather extreme example.

Still, I did enjoy the series for all that..... Roll on the next episodes, let's just hope they're a bit longer!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strongbow Saga 27 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
Excellent story and well written. If I have a criticism, it is that all 3 books of the trilogy are, really, only one book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put it Down 8 Jun 2011
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This book I found to be very good and thoroughly engrossing. You never knew what would happen next. I finished it in two days and wanted to immediately download and read the next book in the Saga. To be honest I don't normally read these books; I prefer theological tomes. However, for relaxation there is nothing better. Excellent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Warrior 31 Jan 2012
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Disapproval has been voiced that the first three books are really short enough to actually be one book. That said, this is a cracking good read.

For me the negative was Halfdan's age (fourteen when this saga starts). At fifteen Halfdan is ordering men twice his age about and threatening veteran warriors, not to mention killing them, like a far more experienced man. In less than twelve months Halfdan has gone from a slave to an extremely talented young man, learning skills that others can only dream of after years of training and dedication.

However, don't be put off. If you can forget Halfdan's age, and Jud Roberts doesn't remind the reader of it too often, the story reads well as it captures the reader and carries you along in this compelling tale. The story doesn't unfold at a pace that will leave you breathless; the tempo is more measured than that and thoroughly engrossing because of it.

In Viking Warrior we meet Halfdan, a slave, and his slave Mother, and the remarkable chain of events that sees Halfdan freed. As the sole survivor of the ambush and treachery that saw the death of his new brother, Harald, and the small band of warriors accompanying them, Halfdan's quest for vengeance begins as he is pursued through the forest where he sets about turning the tables on his hunters.

Like others, having read the first book in the series, I immediately went on to read books two and three, and now eagerly await book four, which according to Jud Roberts' website should be with us in the early part of 2012. In spite of my disquiet at Halfdan's age, I haven't down graded my Star Rating of the series because I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of this tale, and I would happily recommend it to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Viking Rambo 9 Sep 2012
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As per previous reviews, this third installment follows the previous two in being rather short; two hundred and something pages on the Kindle. Nonetheless, the story of Halfdan continues to trot along at a decent pace, and certain threads begin to tie up.

I do, however, have a number of gripes with this series. Fundamentally it is very like Cornwell's Thomas Hookton trilogy, rather too much in fact. I won't throw in any spoilers here, but if you've read the Cornwell work you'll see the similarity. This isn't an accusation of plagiarism - far from it - but it does mean you'll draw a comparison with Cornwell's works.

Where Roberts' story-telling begins to falter in comparison is twofold; Firstly, despite the obvious knowledge of the period, the language used in discourse between the protagonists can be jarringly modern. Whilst I don't expect the story to be told in old Danish, the appearance of the word 'Rendezvous' between two hairy Danish Jarls is very strange. It is notable in appearance because most other historic novelists avoid these like the plague.

Secondly, although the tale seems to be a novel retelling of a Norse saga, it frequently crosses the border from fantastic into silly. Through book two and into this one, Halfdan basically morphs into a Viking Rambo. Indeed, the whole transition from Thrall to stone cold killing machine is rather swift. Where Cornwell's usual heroes (Uhtred, Derfel, etc) have an extended period of learning their trade, Rambodan is fighting like a god after a few short months. Although this in itself it not implausible, the muscle development required to shot a longbow repeatedly in combat takes more than a few months to develop, similarly with spear and shield.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long may the saga reign 24 May 2014
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The author has obviously researched and studied the history and legends of the subject. Whilst the historical facts are entwined with the authors " poetic licence " to create a thoroughly absorbing read ,sometimes I thought that too much information took away the pace of the action. However I cannot wait for the next in the series is available.
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I think that he has a good grasp on the life and times of the characters and weaves them into a believable tale. I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Instalments Drag On a Bit
The Viking Warrior Series is not a bad read at all to be fair, but I think I should tell you that ( in my opinion) they are mainly short stories & I think the author is dragging... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andymac
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
The writer Judson Roberts is one of the best authors i have ever read! His ability to enthrall and capture his readers are second to none! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Paul M. Rushton
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
See my comments in The Road to Vengeance - enjoyable atmospheric romp through an interesting period. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chubby Cheshire
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow to get into a storyline
I spend a lot of time looking for good adventure books. I have read all WIlbur Smith books and look for more of same. Read more
Published 16 months ago by B Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
A very enjoyable Story,i liked it so much i ordered the next two books and devoured them in record time. Read more
Published 17 months ago by stuart murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Well told story without and pretensions. Good characters. I want to read the others in the series. no real historical information but worth a read
Published 20 months ago by Josie crad
5.0 out of 5 stars Now a fan
I read this book and became so involved in the story that I immediately downloaded the other two books in the series. I can not wait for the next installments.
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by J. F. Dyet
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Start
Someimes a free book leaves you disappointed and other times wanting more.

For me, this book was the latter. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Gerard A. Whitfield
4.0 out of 5 stars The rise of the Viking Warrior
I started this book not knowing it was part of a saga but; the book started off slowly but gave me the chance to get to know the Viking in question. Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by KClewl
4.0 out of 5 stars Halfdan ? boy superman
I have read and enjoyed the trilogy. The historic fiction was good and the story strong. I share other reviewer's comments about Halfdan. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by piper arrow
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