The Last Viking Hardcover – 10 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Berwick Coates was educated at Kingston Grammar School and Christ`s College, Cambridge. Since then he has been, at various times, an Army officer, writer, artist, lecturer, careers adviser, games coach, and teacher of History, English, Latin, General Studies, and Swahili. He is the author of nine works of non-fiction, and lives in the West country where he works as a school archivist.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you like many characters spread thinly over massively long chapters with multiple story threads that only just barely come together at the very end...
Then this is the book for you
Totally fictitious but loosely based on the events leading up to the rout of Hardrada's viking invaders at Stamford Bridge (just a couple of weeks before the infamous Battle of Hastings) this book is neither 'fish nor fowl'. It tries to cover the events from the perspectives of King, soldier, viking, townsman, etc. It goes into massive details about marching, training and digging privies without giving any of the detail of what actually happened. So the reader learns a lot about how Coates imagines things happened without learning a single thing about what actually did.
All right if all you want is a few hours of mindless escapism but Cornwell it is not!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To much politics not enough of a story to make it interesting from the start. The characters did not resonate with the audience .Published 10 months ago by Barbara Hollinrake
good read an interesting .the battle of stamford bridge which the whole book leads up to is coverd in just two pages so a bit dissapointing.Published 11 months ago by David Moody
This is a decent account of Hardrada's invasion but did not have the addictive, must keep reading factor, that his other book had.Published 12 months ago by George Unsworth
A brilliant read,thoroughly enjoyed it.Would recommend to anyone who likes this period of history. 5 stars from DAVE.Published 13 months ago by shep51