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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751544825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751544824
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angus Donald leads you into the familiar forests of Medieval England...and then all hell breaks loose! Far from the figure of popular legend, Donald's Robin Hood is a brutal, cunning warlord who will let nothing stand in his way. A fresh, lively and welcome take on one of the world's most famous outlaws. And yet, it stirred in me a nostalgia for all the great stories of my childhood; those that thrilled me, inspired me and shaped who I am today. Complex heroes, craven villains, brutal fights...King's Man is a boy's own romp that flies like an arrow from a yew bow (Giles Kristian)

Excellent, well researched and full of detail. Started it a few weeks ago, and have been gripped by it since. Quite simply, it's a great read. (Ben Kane)

Twists, turns, blood and death, ambush and escape is all revealed against a meticulously-researched backdrop. A stunning portrayal of the dark side of the Robin Hood legend, THIS is the outlaw Russell Crowe should have played. (Robert Low)

A glorious, gritty, violent, fast-moving recreation of an English legend (The Times)

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From the internationally bestselling author of Outlaw and Holy Warrior comes the most exciting historical novel of the year

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With the third book in his Outlaw Chronicles, Angus Donald slings you onto horseback and sends you galloping into his medieval world using his strong narrative voice, Alan Dale, to guide you through a land of injustice, large feasts, excessive drinking, passionate sex, gory battles fought by real heroes and, of course, blood-thirsty outlaws.

I finished this in a matter of days; it really is one of those books. Angus proves his ingenious version of the infamous Robin Hood legend is not for the faint-hearted. His Robin Hood really is a ruthless, cold-hearted bastard who will stop at nothing for his King, and you really shouldn't like him. But his loyalty and love for everyone inside his circle leaves you rooting for him and his minions from the very beginning. So Angus made the right decision in telling the story through the superb viewpoint of one of Robin's most loyal companions, Alan Dale, which allows you to get up close and personal to all the cunning schemes and blood-soaked battles!
The book packs a heavy punch - with superbly constructed plot twists, excellent battle scenes (probably the author's strongest talent) and juicy violent dialogue that is much more believable than softer takes on the legend.

I look forward to the next in the Chronicles and recommend this to everyone interested either in the Robin Hood legend or historical fiction in general.
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It has taken me a while to get to King's Man but the wait was well worth waiting for. This is the third book in Angus Donald The Outlaw Chronicles as told by Alan Dale about the Outlaw Robin Hood. Alan is still trouble with his relationship with Robin,but it's his love life that is giving him more grief as an old flame from the past makes a unwelcome return. Once again Alan Donald has us in the thick of the action,as his in-depth research and passion for the period had me page turning late into the night. I am glad to hear that a fourth outing of Robin and Alan is on the way and I for one cannot wait.
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KING'S MAN (Outlaw Chronicles) Angus Donald Hardcover Edn. 2011 3/5/13

It is not very often that a good book has equally good sequel volumes but happily that can be said for Angus Donald's Outlaw Chronicles. Both Holy Warrior and King's Man are actually better than the first book of the series.

I have been a avid collector of anything to do with Robin Hood since boyhood in the 1950s particularly books and films and have purchased and read every novel that I have come across with a connection to the legendary English hero. Mr. Donald has not just revisited the traditional Robin Hood stories has built a new very carefully crafted tale which is firmly rooted in historical reality, the story of what a real outlaw hero might have been like as seen from the perspective of his companion Alan a'Dale. This Robin is far from the Hollywood image of a whiter than white fighter for Saxon rights, he is a flawed character, sometimes less than likeable, always mercenary, and totally untrustworthy but is painted as a real person that fits well into his era.

The book is packed with action, well written battles and a plot that snakes around to encompass the key historical actions that made up the turbulent reign of Richard I and John Lackland.

The first three novels of this series have made excellent absorbing and entertaining reading, I have yet to delve into the newest volume but look forward to that experience.
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This one's just as good if not better than the previous two. I think Robin Hood is present just to put a famous name in to attract readers. I say to fellow historical fiction lovers, there is no real need for Robin Hood. The main character Alan Dale through whom the story is told has developed into such a likeable and strong character that Robin Hood has been left in the shadow. The Royal characters are all portrayed extremely well by the author and all in all if you are looking for a fast, gripping, action-packed story with as much historical background as is feasibly possible, the King's Man is a fantastic choice. I do hope we get more of Alan Dale. Well done Mr Arnold !
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After Outlaw and Holy Warrior, I simply couldn't wait for the ordinary trade paperback of King's Man. I bought the outsized ROI edition and then also the kindle version. And I don't regret it.

Outlaw was an astounding debut for me. It challenged my perceptions of Robin Hood, created a whole new epic around him and kept me rivetted, It also showed Angus' not inconsiderable knowledge and in-depth research into an era that is very complex and vast.

Holy Warrior took the tale in a different direction and, while a more mature story , was darker and more troubling, though no less a great read. It made me fear for the future of the series, given my changing views of the principal characters, in much the same way as (as a sad Star Wars fan) 'Empire' is dark and troubling. In those dark and troubling tales real change and growth and character are brought out.

Then: King's Man. Quite simply it is a breathtaking book. While the previous two novels were very much separate stories in a series, this has bound the whole group together, drawing on a great wealth of detail from both previous works and using them to weave a spellbinding story based around Richard I's detaining in Germany after the crusade.

Obviously, that is not all there is to the book, but it is the main post around which the hall of King's Man is constructed. The story includes dangerous journeys through foreign lands, ordeals of holy inquisition, troubles with Templars, an unusual and excellent view of medieval London, sieges, warfare, assassination and so much more.

I was astounded to see the return of some favourite characters that I had not thought to see again, and the introduction of some new classics (Rix - wow what a character).
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