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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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Narrator not up to the job

Why did you change Narrator ?! The series started great. But Owen Frost seems so disconnected from what he reads. It doesn't do justice to the author.

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Good story, bad narration

Nice little story goes along quite well sadly let down by a very poor narrator his command of the English language is appalling his mispronounce upsetting.

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Good story shame about the narrator

An enjoyable listen but the narrator was poor. His pronunciation was often clumsy and his tempo was poor

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Another Great Griff Hosker Book

Another great story by Griff Hosker, thoroughly entertaining but totally ruined as anI audio book by Owen Frosts narrating - very robotic and dull.

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Good yarn

The story is as good as the first, but oh dear why change the narrator. He nearly spoiled this book completely. Monotonic, no inflection and inconsistent tempo between chapters. Shame because it would have been excellent with the original narrator

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Rushed

Great story but not keen on the narrator seemed rushed might not bother with next book

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  • 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.

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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".