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Templar's Acre
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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.

If this also stimulates an interest in Templar history then there are a couple of excellent books out there; Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons and A Brief History of the Knights Templar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2013
Very well written and historically interesting. Good story line well told. I will probably read this again a bit more slowly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2013
Happy to recommend to anyone who enjoys historical who dunnits. Well written and have now acquired all the kindle books.
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on 27 February 2015
Started getting into theses novels by Michael Jecks and they are quite intriquing, ionce you get to know how the writer works, originally, I thought they were labourious, but then found after I stuck with it, that they were very clever and masterful bit of writing. Using some facts of that period and especially certain methods used by all parties it became a very interesting reading. Now I look forward to the next novel to pick up and start to read, my only wish would have been to follow the flow of the characters from their early creation right through, but alas there is no listing putting them in age order of the characters. Nothing worse than reading a book, then move onto the next book only to find you have now gone back 20years or so, please can we have books that follow that order, it would make much more interesting reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2013
I've started with reading this book last week during my holidays and couldn't put it away. This is a refreshing book in the sense that it doesn't paint the knights of the Templar order as agressive, violent thugs, but as religious and idealistic men, with very high standards. That makes Templar's Acre one of the few books that do justice to the history of the crusades. I'm still outraged by the nonsense that movies like Kingdom of Heaven present about the criminal Franks and the noble muslims. But don't get me started.

Well written, acceptable story, good characters, enough insight in the way of fighting of those days. I didn't hesitate to order my next book of this author. Good job.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2013
As a prequel to a 25+ series of books I was dying to read this! It didn't disappoint. For an author to totally change a well established character was very refreshing & strangely intimate, since you feel like you know who 'he' is. I can't recommend this author enough, he turns his hand with ease to complex medieval turmoil, which makes reading a pleasure.
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on 1 December 2014
It took a while for me to get around to reading this. I 've read all of Michael Jeck's other books in in Templar series and thoroughly enjoyed every one. Prequels tend to be disappointing so I feared the worst. How wrong could I have been, this right up there with the best. Great writing, great characters and non stop action from start to finish. In my opinion Michael Jecks is head and shoulders above every other author out there at the moment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2013
As a devoted reader of Michael Jecks I was eager to buy this latest book and I was not disappointed either. The story fills in the background of Baldwin and Edgar. It tells why Baldwin went to Acre and how he survived the early days there.
How Baldwin and Edgar met defending Acre and how Baldwin got his scars mentioned so often in the other books in the series.
I highly reccomend this book and the rest of the series to you, I can honestly say that there is not one of Michael Jecks books that I did not enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
stunning, suspenseful, with well researched historical detail and a cracking good story. A prequal to the first 18 Sir Baldwin books.
If you have read all or any of them I can guarantee you will find this absorbing if not do so. Michael Jecks has time after time shown himself to be a writer of the highest calibre up there with the likes of Bernard Knight, Patricia Cornwell, Dan Brown and John Le Carre. Be mindful once started it and the rest of the series are addictive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2013
I have read all of Michael Jecks Templar stories, Baldwin is my favourite fictional character and I have always wanted to know how became the man he is, this book does not disappoint. Another brilliant story from Michael Jecks, can't wait for the next one.
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