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Defiant Unto Death (Master of War) Hardcover – April 1, 2017
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'Like a punch from a mailed fist, MASTER OF WAR gives a true taste of the Hundred Years War. It is a gripping chronicle of pitched battle, treachery and cruelty. The stench and harshness of medieval life is ever present' ROBERT FABBRI, bestselling author of the Vespasian series. 'An excellently written book with descriptions so clear that throughout the entire story I genuinely felt I was standing next to Thomas Blackstone. It gives an excellent insight to a very turbulent time in France's history and how it affected the people who lived there' Book Lover Worm Blog. 'I would recommend this book if you want to get lost in history and the drama of the battle!' The Lilac Linnet. 'I loved the story and felt I was taken back to medieval times with the descriptions ... A great story' Comet BabesBooks. 'Brilliant, really brings across the brutality of the period, an author at the top of his game' Mark Kearney, Goodreads. 'This novel is, to put it simply, marvellous. The early Hundred Years War brought alive in all its violence, chaos and valiance ... It's not often military historical fiction moves me to tears but this book managed it' For Winter Nights. 'Gilman is a master author. His books are meticulously researched and historically accurate whilst at the same time being thrilling and suspenseful ... in the same class as Bernard Cornwell' Army Rumour Service. 'A vivid snapshot of 14th-century Normandy life in all its bloody, gritty glory by a great story-teller. Historical fiction heaven!' The Bookbag. 'The author writes his scenes so powerfully ... It's that level of writing skill that helps this book stand apart from the crowd' Parmenion Books. 'A thrilling, fast-moving, engaging tale, with unexpected twists, beautiful prose, excellent characterisation and dialogue, human sentiment and motivation, and graphic descriptions of war. The reader is utterly convinced by the medieval world in this stunning work. I am reminded of great books such as those of Zoe Oldenbourg. And, move over Bernard Cornwell!' Historical Novel Society.
About the Author
David Gilman enjoyed many careers, including firefighter, soldier, and photographer, before turning to writing full time. He is an award-winning author and screenwriter.
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The main character is flawed, heroic, disciplined, vulnerable bold and unique. His allies and enemies are fully developed, not cartoon figures and the pacing of his story is masterful. Unpredictability, romance, violence, intrigue and the pleasure of watching a main character develop are all available in this book and the subsequent volumes in the series.
Terrific series that ranks, in my opinion, near the very top of this genre.
The 100 year war was a bloody confusing period. Loyalties changed often, Gilman makes it easily understood. He created a fictional hero whose interactions with historical figures seem natural. His characters live and breathe in this world. Excellent work.
What is special with this Master of War sere, is that the author follows the history very well an many historical names are mentioned
Description of the times are very thoughtful for us to day.