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"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."
"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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,650 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author wrote about Temur and Sulieman, well known persons, but the timeframes of their lives did not fit with the book. I do not think the author made a mistake, but I was just too tired from the journey to research effectively.
Thank you, Mr. Lyndon, for a good read.
There are some plot holes in it, however. Motivating the scholar and Hero is the "lost gospel" of Thomas. Those of us who have read that gospel already know how this story pans out. The gospel proves insignificant to the church thousands of years later and it reads like one of those odd-ball things and a list of random sayings by Jesus that mirror nothing of what can be proven to be written by first-hand accounts from the first century, AD. Today, most scholars discredit it as a fraud saying the language it was written in is about 1,000 AD anyway so Thomas did not write this.
As a plot device, the author downplays it and sort of teases us a little, and I felt a little robbed that a better story could not have been more forthcoming, regardless of the insignificance of that "lost gospel."
If you can get around the lost gospel stunt, you have a pretty good story.
The word-pictures of the natural world are his strength. You will come away knowing more about Gyrfalcons in particular and the sport of falconry in general.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, although sometimes I found the pacing a little too intense. I wish Lyndon had extended and enriched his few and far-between tender personal moments between the characters. The two romances read like a (younger) man had written them -- only the minimum necessary for plot believability. Although I could interpret what was going on between Vallon and Caitlin from a distance, (it is an age-old true-to-life formula, after all, and so entirely predictable) I couldn't feel it. Most men won't care, but that lack will cost him women readers.
The one thing that disappointed was the (rather info-dumpish) explanation in the last few pages. (This contains no story spoilers)
Lyndon seems to think that the Gospel of St. Thomas* would be considered heretical by both the Catholic and Orthodox churches because it refers to Jesus as 'the Son of Man' rather than 'the Son of God'.
Considering how much research the author put into everything else, I am surprised he didn't pick up a Bible and flip through at least ONE of the Gospels. Jesus calls himself 'the son of man' in all four canonical Gospels. It was his most frequently used name for himself. In the Gospel of Luke, that term is used to refer to Jesus more than any other title.
Lyndon also has the monophysite controversy of the Byzantine church and the Nestorian heresy mixed up a bit. But neither is quite so egregious as the 'son of man' mistake. It isn't as though the story needed that windy and inaccurate explanation, anyway.
Other than that, it was a ripping good read.
*a real book, incidentally, which has been shown to have been written in Spain about the 8th century -- the agricultural references are from Iberia, not Palestine -- but that has nothing to do with the quest, since of course the characters would not have known that)
Very few if any lulls in the action. With that being said the adventure takes about a year to complete so it is very believable in that sense.
Just an awesome time and i like one of the main characters was very sad to see it end.
Already bought the next installment and can't wait to get started.
Top reviews from other countries
The plan with the hawks failed! For someone who knows about birds of prey, he does not care for their well being as they all die!
If you want to just see a load of words but the book. If you want a good read do not buy it!
Occasionally, especially in the 2nd quarter of the book, things seemed to slow a bit, but the main characters kept the interest bubbling away and the finish was thought provoking with a little twist that helped to explain some aspects from earlier in the book.
I don't know falconry, although the prospect of taking on a hawk in many years when I retire has been reinforced. However,I do know archery and the short technical archery description helped me to believe in the rest of the book, the author either sought expert advice or was very lucky in writing a description that hit the spot by chance. I reckon it was the former .....
I was looking for a different style of novel and am delighted to say that this was a great find for me. A good read!