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Very Enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

Very much enjoyed this book - not all "new news" by any means but a good, solid, entertaining history of the subject.

Is the author an actual Viking specialist?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

The narrator and author is a very compelling story teller but does he actually know about "Vikings"? It feels like he is reading someone else's words a lot of the time. Even his pronunciation is frequently off ( eg "Edinboro" as in "Greensboro" rather than 'Edinburgh" for example). There are also some very questionable assertions (eg that swords became commonplace... did they?). Not bad at all but a bit more "pop history"/History Channel than I was hoping for.

Great historian, so-so novelist

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

I think I have read, and enjoyed, almost all of the author's historical works. Likewise I've persevered with his fictional efforts. The historical detail of the books is excellent but the plots and characters all a bit "sub Cornwell" and tend towards disjointed incoherence. Characters are a bit cliched and the "naughty bits" just make me cringe...

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Not as advertised

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-19

Disappointing but only because, having read the blurb and heard the author on a podcast, I thought this would be a deep dive into the personal experiences of several individuals during the crusades. But it's not. It is a very good, well read history that, arguably, spends a bit more time on individuals but not in any meaningful way.

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