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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Flashback
I've enjoyed all of Judson Roberts' Strongbow series, the clarity of his writing, and his characterisations. I was a bit surprised that he chose to do this flashback now, rather than a volume revealing whether Halfdan is finally able to rescue his sister from the slave trade -- before returning to his need to destroy Toke. But after publishing 14 non-fiction books myself,...
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Beast of Dublin
Very disappointed with this book did not realize that it was only a few pages from Judson Roberts,why charge to read a few pages?
It could have been made clearer that it was only a few pages.
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Joe C.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Flashback, 8 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Beast of Dublin--A Preview (Kindle Edition)
I've enjoyed all of Judson Roberts' Strongbow series, the clarity of his writing, and his characterisations. I was a bit surprised that he chose to do this flashback now, rather than a volume revealing whether Halfdan is finally able to rescue his sister from the slave trade -- before returning to his need to destroy Toke. But after publishing 14 non-fiction books myself, I realise the need to take a break in the narrative, perhaps to do some additional research on Viking traffic down to the Black Sea, then to the Mediterranean, and so forth. Like Roberts, my own family roots go back to Norway, then Denmark (9th century), then to England -- where they were well established in a town still called "Seagrave" in Leicestershire before the 1066 Norman invasion. So I've been fascinated by Roberts' reconstruction of the centuries preceding the census of William the Conqueror's "Doomsday Book". I wish Roberts every success.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Beast of Dublin, 15 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Beast of Dublin--A Preview (Kindle Edition)
Very disappointed with this book did not realize that it was only a few pages from Judson Roberts,why charge to read a few pages?
It could have been made clearer that it was only a few pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great start to what will be an interesting Book, 6 Mar 2012
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Firstly this is obviously a preview and no a full book, I have no idea why anyone would think otherwise - but there it is....

Although this is but a part of what is yet to come, it is a brilliantly written piece and certainly a more than adequate insight to read in advance of the fully completed novel.

In its present unfinished state, it does not conclude fully, but it does leave one intrigued as to what will happen next. It is in the same fluent, descriptive, engaging, Roberts style as the strongbow series - set at an earlier time that 'Strongbow' and packed full of the detail one comes to expect from the writer's highly developed knowledge of the period.
This book really develops well key characters, who feature in the Strongbow series, but it is also a good short read in its own right.

I thought there to be a bit more intrigue in this book. A bit of a murder mystery starts off the book and I thought it was very well done by the author.

I particularly enjoyed finding out more of Hastein's incisive capabilities - being able to analyse situations and to come slowly to judgement based on evidence and fact. It is clearer from this book why Hastein has achieved such respect in the position of Jarl and a reputation for justice - which is used to good effect in the strongbow series.

In all I think this book is going to be an excellent prequel to the other books Judson Roberts has written about later times. I highly recommend this excerpt to all who enjoyed the Strongbow saga.
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