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The Black Prince has launched a devastating raid deep into France, laying waste to everything in his path. In response, the French have mustered an army that outnumbers the English forces 10 to 1 and are determined to drive their hated foe from the land after years of bloody conquest.

Sir Thomas Blackstone, the British archer knighted on the field of Crecy, has used the intervening years to forge his own war band and has hacked out his own fiefdom in central France. He knows the English are outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and exhausted....

But that will not stop him from fighting his way to one of history's greatest military victories.

©2015 David Gilman (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Turned predictable and formulaic.

So....The character of the hero's wife, degenerated from intelligent and strong, into a repetitive series of stupid acts that cost the lives of several around her, her rape, humiliation, violence against her children and husband...the list goes on. Not comprehensibly so, but like a bad formula.

Then she apologizes and goes on IMMEDIATELY, to do the next stupid thing.

The Hero remains invincible and formulaic in his heroism, and the "bad-guy" might as well be named Snidely whiplash. Not one can be so consistently and flamboyantly bad.

Even Hitler could be kind to children and dogs once in a while, and Genghis Khan showed acts of kindness and mercy. Not Gilles DeMarcy. Not only is he bad, he gives long, overblown speeches about how bad he is.

I don't think I can go any further in this series. Just the thought of the return of Christiana makes my stomach ache.

Please, someone tell me she either dies of the plague or somehow ceases to be a moron.

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Well Performed

I do love this series of books, the battles and dialogue are so good. There is a lot of value in this book and the author doesn't seem to just harp on to fill pages. Only 4 stars because he killed off a good character, I iked that one. Now on to the next in the series.

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honourable tale

an excellent read, well performed and a gripping tale of honour and bravery that truly came to life

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Honour, Dishonour. Loyalty, and Betrayal.

Another gripping book in the Master of war series, has sent me scampering off to by the 3rd book in the series.
Yet again, David Gilman takes us into a brilliantly crafted world of brutality, love, honour, dishonour and betrayal.
Thomas Blackstone is a legend, of that there is no doubt.
Not only does he command the respect of men with his sword and fists, but, in his own simple and straight to the point way of talking, he also earns the respect of men as we..
There are some wonderfully put together fight scenes, intertwined with a very deep and caring side of Sir Thomas, not only for his family and men, but for villagers who are in desperate need of food and coin.
Once again, Daniel Philpott delivers a very solid narration, and it will be interesting to hear how Colin Mace does for the remainder of the series.
Thank you David Gilman for another true master peace.

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Great

Following the story of Thomas Blackstone opens up anew understanding of the time and ferocity of the period in history . Well done to the author , looking forward to the next book .

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Awesome

loved it, plenty of action, plot twists and tragedy but the good guy... that would be telling lol.
overall another excellent Gilman novel, eager for the next

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Excellent

Great listen,good swashbuckling ride through France. Classic story line with twists and turns.Great stuff. looking forward to the next instalment.

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solid sequel

This is a solid sequel to Master of War. The historical context is interesting and relatively nuanced. I am not quite sure why it falls just short of 5 stars.

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Defiant unto death

This second book of Thomas Blackstone was as enjoyable as the first. I hope a third book will be forthcoming

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entrancing.

Superb and entrancing.Keeps you on tenderhooks right to the end.Which us then a beginning. Fantastic.