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Hawk Quest by [Robert Lyndon]
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*Starred Review* Readers who settle into this utterly engrossing historical adventure thinking it’s going to be about the Norman Conquest are in for a surprise. Yes, it begins in 1072, and several of the major characters are Normans, but its reach extends far beyond the shores of England. Vallon is a Frankish soldier of fortune who stumbles reluctantly into a quest of unimaginable proportions when he rescues a Sicilian medical student who needs help: a Norman leader’s son has been captured by an emir in distant Anatolia, who has set a seemingly impossible ransom: bring the emir four pure-white gyrfalcons, and the prisoner will go free. Vallon accepts the challenge for reasons of his own and embarks on a journey that takes his motley crew from England to Iceland, Greenland (home of the gyrfalcons), and on to Russia and Anatolia (now part of Turkey). Transportation being what it was in the eleventh century, that is some journey. And the distance to be traversed is only the beginning: along the way, the intrepid adventurers must fend off piratical Vikings, angry Laplanders, even angrier Russians, and the double-dealing Anatolians (not to mention the occasional rampaging polar bear). One might think that the parade of adversaries and climatological disasters could grow repetitive, but first-novelist Lyndon never loses control of his material, mixing fascinating descriptions of the inhospitable landscape with full-bodied portrayals of the principal characters (including a bit of romance), all the while ratcheting the tension and sense of danger to ever-higher levels. For readers who relish high-concept adventure well grounded in historical detail, this remarkably well-orchestrated epic delivers the goods. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"Quite simply, Hawk Quest is the best book I've read this year. I lovedthis book. I wish I'd written it."―Ben Kane, -

"An 11th-century epic with action to equal the best of Bernard Cornwell. THISis writing."―Anthony Riches, -

"Only once in a generation does a first novel emerge which has such power and depth and scope. With Hawk Quest, Robert Lyndon has shown himself a master storyteller of the highest quality. An absorbing, viscerally moving epic that takes the standard historical fare of love, treachery, passion, and redemption and lifts them into a new stratosphere. I got lost in this for days on end, and never wanted to emerge. Outstanding!"―M.C. Scott, -

"[Hawk Quest] is replete with historically accurate details of medieval warfare... Lyndon is a debut author worth watching."―Library Journal (starred review)

"[An] utterly engrossing historical adventure... For readers who relish high-concept adventure well grounded in historical detail, this remarkably well-orchestrated epic delivers the goods."

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"The characterizations are phenomenal in Hawk Quest. ... Hawk Quest [is] a thought-provoking and well-written novel. Unquestionably, Hawk Quest is an outstanding debut novel for both Robert Lyndon and Redhook Books."―Daily Nonpareil --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B009YN11DO
  • Publisher : Redhook (April 9, 2013)
  • Publication date : April 9, 2013
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2862 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 680 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1847444970
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 248 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Historical Read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A weighty tome in hardback but well worth the wrist workout!
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