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Gate of the Dead (Master of War) by [Gilman, David]
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Gate of the Dead (Master of War) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in Master of War (4 Book Series)

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'Like a punch from a mailed fist, MASTER OF WAR gives a true taste of the Hundred Years War. It is a gripping chronicle of pitched battle, treachery and cruelty. The stench and harshness of medieval life is ever present' ROBERT FABBRI, bestselling author of the Vespasian series.

'A very original and real picture of the time, no gloss of modern sensibility is added to this fantastic tale of personal growth in bloody times' Parmenion Books.

About the Author

David Gilman enjoyed many careers, including firefighter, soldier and photographer, before turning to writing full time. He is an award-winning author and screenwriter.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (21 Dec. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZC9TNPM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
It is 1358 and Sir Thomas Blackstone is banished from England. With his loyal men beside him, Thomas is a mercenary in Tuscany, caught up in the violence between cities that is tearing Italy apart. His job is to protect Lucca and its surroundings from the rapacious forces of Milan. And what Thomas sees and experiences in this lawless country is appalling. A chance to escape the bloodshed comes in the shape of a mortally wounded messenger who carries a message from the King of England’s mother, Queen Isabella. Thomas is recalled back to England to take part in a tournament alongside the Black Prince, a man Thomas assumed could no longer stand the sight of him. But an invitation from the Queen is not lightly ignored.

Of course, this is the mid 14th century and the rest of post-plague Europe is as lawless and brutalised as Italy and Thomas’s journey north is not an easy one. And Thomas is a man who makes enemies and his latest is in pursuit. So begins a series of bloody adventures that take Thomas and his men back to England and an uncertain welcome, before Thomas is returned to the continent and thrown into the heart of a peasants’ revolt in France that almost defies belief in its savagery and bloodlust. But Thomas is on the trail of his wife Christiana and their family and there is nothing he won’t endure to protect them. It’s just as well because Thomas will be tested to his very limit.

David Gilman, again, achieves wonders with his recreation of the Hundred Years War. But a strong part of its appeal has been watching Thomas Blackstone grow from the young stonemason archer who fought at Crécy. He’s a man who inspires loyalty and over the books I’ve grown attached to a fair few of his band of men – their banter provides welcome light relief, for us and for Thomas.
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This edition of the Thomas Blackstone story is told with the same attention to detail as the others but is certainly the best of them. Beautifully written with such realism that you can almost smell the blood and sweat. I found it a real page turner just as the others in the series and can't wait for the next instalment from Mr Gilman.
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This volume is of similar quality to the other two although the ending is both surprising and distressing. The characters continue to be well-developed and therefore realistic. Clearly there has also been a lot of research which adds to the authenticity of the story. it will be interesting to see how the plot now develops.
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With a confident stride Gilman’s newest instalment of this bloody and expansive series takes centre stage from Defiant unto Death. One worry of mine was how Gilman could keep the newest book fresh and as culturally rich as the previous books. There are moments where the book does meander into previous territory but it does so with a nod of intention, while the brisk pace and geographical stretch of the story keeps it as engaging as any of the previous books in the series.

This is a book built on the continued development of the core characters and I’ve always appreciated how Gilman manages to portray his female characters with so much presence and colour, giving them roles with meaning and influence. Also praiseworthy is Gilman’s grasp on the Hundred Years War and the political and ecclesiastical struggles across the continent during the time, including a great attention to detail with regards to the city states of Italy and the political unrest in France during the 14th Century.

There are moments where the pace is given a knee-up with ‘yet another skirmish’ in which one has to question whether some of Blackstone’s men have necked an invincibility potion, but the action and canter is mostly organic and fortunately Gilman doesn’t spend too much of his word count with trivial details about the environment or other parameters that would otherwise steady the tempo too much.

Overall this is a thoroughly engaging book which builds on the words from the previous two novels and leaves the ending (if a little hasty) open for Sir Blackstone and his comrades to avoid the grave a little longer and fletch another arrow or two.

James Harris;

Breakaway Reviewers were given a copy of the book to review.
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T homas Blackstone, a Stonemason archer turned Knight on the battlefield has satisfied my bloodlust for the last three books! A greta attention to detail in Social, political and historical makes this series as compulsive as Simon Scarrow's Cato series. This last book palled a little and I was upset at the death of two excellent characters, David Gilman, though, shows an excellent grasp of the times and weaves a good story - almost a novelised story of the great British condottiere John Hawkwood.
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To be honest I've loved David's writing since he burst onto the scene with his original title in Master of War. Set during the beginning of the 100 years war the reader is treated to a tale that, if you love authors like Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden or even Simon Scarrow, will become a firm favourite on your shelves.

Back this up with top notch prose, a character who is larger than life who steps from the pages and demonstrates that nobility is more than just being born on silk sheets and all round I was a very happy reader. Add to this the character comes full circle, has grown and been affected by previous choices as well as having an author who delivers not just on action but top notch dialogue and all round its been a pure joy. A cracking series to pick up for that Historical Fiction fan in your life and a gift that they'll reread quite a few times. Magic.
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