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Summary

"A rollicking historical adventure which flies like an arrow from a bow." (Giles Kristian)

"One of the best Griff Hosker books I have ever read." (Paul J. Bennett)  

The sequel to runaway best seller Lord Edward’s Archer. 

The year is 1264. Simon de Montfort defeats and captures King Henry III of England at the Battle of Lewes to become de facto ruler of the country. 

Step forward Gerald War Bow, a man of humble birth but noble intentions, a superb archer and leader of men, and a committed servant of Lord Edward – the real heir to King Henry’s throne. 

So ensues a series of bloodthirsty battles, acts of bravery, and rescue missions, all in the name of toppling the treasonous de Montfort. Finally, Gerald and his archers find themselves at the edge of battle at Evesham. 

As the royalists face de Montfort’s army, which still holds King Henry among its number, Gerald War Bow knows that the future of his country – and his own life – lie in the balance. 

As Gerald pulls back his bow, will he hit – or miss? 

"Well researched and packed with accurate historical detail the King in Waiting brings an important period in English history to rousing life." (David Penny)

"In Gerald War-Bow, Hosker has crafted a heroic, humble archer with the heart of a prince." (Brook Allen)

©2019 Griff Hosker (P)2020 Griff Hosker

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Narration is dreadful

I’m giving up on this. The narrator is driving me mad. So far he’s mispronounced so many basic words (and this is nothing to do with accents). A narrator ought to be able to pronounce livery and lieutenant if they’re going to read a book about mediaeval soldiers.

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Enjoyable but a bit basic.

The second instalment is just as fun as the first however the narrator on this book is nowhere near as good and the first book. Very hammy in its delivery. Especially with mispronounced words throughout the book. Namely livery as live-ary and heard as hear-d. Many more too it shouldn’t make a difference I know but each time I hear him say things wrong I can’t help but mentally correct him and then sometimes have to rewind as I’ve missed something.
The story itself is good if a little basic maybe targeting teens/young adults. But to listen to whilst working it’s fine. But the hammy reading does make it feel more like a child’s book.

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Ruined by narrator

If it had been this narrator on the 1st book, wouldn’t have ever looked at a book by this author ever again....this narrator needs sacking!

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King in waiting

Story was good characters moving told well with some true facts and others were believable

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Terrible narration

I am sure this would have been a good story based on the first book but for some reason the publisher changed from a good narrator with lots of character to somebody who reminded me of a teenager reading out loud. Awful.......

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poor narration, good story.

Good story poorly narrated. Robotic, lacking emphasis, like it is being read for the first time. a great shame as I am a hosksr fan. Will not be finishing this series.

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Poor narration-what a shame.

I really enjoyed the last book. Pity Marston York didn’t continue the series. I will return this if I Can.

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Good story but patchy narration

I enjoyed this series of books but was disappointed that the narrator from Lord Edwards Archer was replaced. For this title the new narrator mis pronounces many places and words, which I find annoying. Other than that, I like the works and will continue to try other Hosker books.

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Sorry, but if you have listened to book one narrated by Matston York, this narration doesnt hold a candle to it .. Owen Frost has a boring voice and cant give a vocal portrayal of characters .. he drones on in an almost patronising tone as if he is reading a story to a five year old who isnt interested. Ruined book two for me totally.

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A good story however again we have to listen to a narrator who does not ensure his emphasis and pronunciation is right so many words given his own interpretation of a word it became annoying?

The producers and editors must take responsibility for this as this is not the only audio I’ve purchased that has been distracted from by this unnecessarily errors

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  • 02-11-21

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Should have kept Marston York as the Narrator - book 1. Frost only has one voice.

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  • Theodore H. Lewis III
  • 23-08-21

Narrator is not great

It would be great to move away from this narrator, he does the book a disservice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-21

could have hade a better narrator.

I really enjoyed the book . I didn't like the narrator. I hope someone else will narrate the next book.

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  • Yvonne T, Griffin
  • 11-05-20

Not as Good as the First

The narrator was not good. His continuous mispronunciations were distracting, especially the word "heard". He pronounced it "here" + "d".

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  • L. E. Belluchie
  • 24-07-21

Good listen

Exciting flows well and is believable. This period of English history is of great interest. The English archer was a tough, skilled and formidable.u

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  • Scott
  • 19-02-21

Good history needs more.

I like the plot. It has good characters that need more depth. Main character lacks the banter and knowledge of those he calls brother needed to get 4 stars. First book was the same.

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  • Shirley N.
  • 06-02-21

Mighty Archer Gerald War Bow

Second in the series of a continuing story of the strength of England and their precision archers. Griff Hosker's ability to write interesting and memorable characters is amazing. I took right away to Gerald War Bow in the first book and welcomed the second in the series and wasn't disappointed. Another great historical fiction by the author. The narration was well done.

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  • Atlanta_reader
  • 27-10-20

Good Story; Simple Writing; Poor Narration

I'm a junky for the genre, so I finished it, but the writing was overly simple at times, which was really highlighted by a narrator who was more of a reader than a performer. He didn't get the subtlety of accentuation.