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Summary

The Powder of Death opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford in the mid-13th century; their purpose is to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them.

The audiobook tells the story of its rediscovery, one man's obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III's determination to use it to his advantage. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death knell of knightly chivalry.

©2016 Julian Stockwin (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"Stockwin's page-turning prose, vividly drawn characters and ability to draw the reader right into these ancient times create a grand and compelling historical epic." (Quarterdeck Magazine, on The Silk Tree)

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History made so Vivid

Here is an historical novel on a completely different tack from a masterful writer of naval histories ~ Julian Stockwin. From a medieval village, to Cathay, Italy, Coventry, Ghent and to battles ... all directed towards the acceptance of guns, cannons and gunpowder in the 13th and 14th centuries. A riveting read ... I thoroughly enjoyed this work and the reading thereof.

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Too rushed

I'd say there are about three good books in this story; instead of letting the tale develop we are taken on a superficial fast paced romp.

The author has done much better than this with the Kydd series, don't let this stand-alone effort put you off.