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I have been an avid collector of books and films about Robin Hood for close to sixty years and believe that at some point I have probably read every book, fact or fiction about the legendary English hero, including juvenile fiction and some offerings that have been immediately consigned to the waste paper bin.

I bought Mr.Donald's first book `OUTLAW' as soon as it was published and have awaited each new addition to the series, which I personally believe is one of the best modern series of novels to feature Robin Hood as the central character.

It was however, with some trepidation that I ordered the two recent additions to the series `THE RISE OF ROBIN HOOD' and `THE BETRAYAL OF FATHER TUCK' as I am not overly fond of short stories. I need not have been concerned; both of these short narratives are add-on prequels to previously published full volumes and are of the same quality of writing and as gripping as the major novels of this excellent series.

THE HOSTILITY OF HANNO is the third of these short offerings and introduces the reader to the character of Hanno, the bad tempered Bavarian cutthroat who is befriended by Alan in the Holy Land. The story in placed chronologically immediately prior to the start of the full length novel WARLORD.

All of these recent short stories are well worth the reading and fine additions to the `Outlaw Chronicles' and I look forward to more teasers of this type between the major volumes.

The Kindle download contains a short excerpt from the following novel.

The Kindle editions are professionally produced as I found no flaws or editing issues. 5/5
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The third in a series of short stories that dovetail into the author's rather brilliant Outlaw series. Have to say that I think they are slightly expensive for circa 30 pages but you can't argue with the quality of the writing!

Anyway we get a glimpse here of the origin of Bavarian Hanno joining Robin's gang. This is about Alan Dale and Hanno and how they first met in the Holy Land during Richard the Lionheart's campaign. It captures the characters and atmosphere perfectly and explains the relationship the pair have in the books (and we get an excerpt of Warlord at the end of the story).

As a way of keeping us hungry for the next book these are great little appetisers, well written and providing a little more depth or backstory to the characters we have come to love.
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on 21 June 2013
This is the third of the prequel's in the Robin Hood series and it fits perfectly into the larger picture of Robin Hood books by Angus Donald.As with the other prequel 's it has great action right from the start and you are quickly immersed into the period and as with all good shorts leaves you wanting more,and the good news is,if you have not read the Robin Hood series by Angus Donald you have lots to catch up with,and for us that have,we have another piece of the jigsaw and not long to wait for the next outing of Robin and Alan when Grail Knight comes out in August.
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on 21 July 2013
Really enjoyed this, if you've read the Outlaw Chronicles you probably wondered where Hanno fits into the story before he features in the books. This is where you get the answers to where Alan met Hanno and how they became friends. Worth reading!
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on 19 February 2014
I have read all the authors books and really enjoyed every one of them, thats why i bought the short stories.I felt the story was just getting intresting and it ended.
Anyway i am still looking forward to the next book by the author,the sooner the better.
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on 22 June 2013
For those who have read any of the outlaw chronicles, this story is a nice gap filler. It helps to understand the relationship between Alan and Hanno. I enjoyed this story as much as the others. Basically if you have read and liked the other outlaw stories, then you will like this.
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on 30 October 2015
Fully rounded characters, thrilling stories and just enough blood and guts to keep everyone happy. I honestly can't recommend the Outlaw Chronicles highly enough. Buy it, read it, love it!!!!!
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on 4 March 2015
Nice back story to Hanno x Not sure these kindle short stories are worth their price beyond the support they give the author to work on his better true novels.
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on 29 September 2015
Would recommend to all those whom enjoy Angus Donald books complementing his Robin Hood tilling in the gaps in the series.
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on 23 June 2013
Smashing little intro story set in the holy land.

Well written and fast paced.

Donald does not let you down
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