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King's Man: A Novel of Robin Hood (The Outlaw Chronicles) Hardcover – November 13, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Outlaw Chronicles Series

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“Donald is a masterful storyteller, creating complex plots full of intrigue, treachery, color, and authentic battle scenes of medieval warfare with spear, sword, mace, and axe, where prisoners and the wounded are shown no mercy....This is convincing historical fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly on King's Man

“A rip-roaring tale...inspired by but not slavish to historical events of the Dark Ages, this book is full of twists and turns...A fast-moving, thoroughly enjoyable yarn.” ―Kirkus Reviews on King's Man

“Makes everyone's favorite outlaw a lot more interesting. Outlaw is as fast-paced as a charging war-horse. Superb!” ―Nelson Demille

“A glorious, gritty, violent, fast-moving recreation of an English legend.” ―The Times (London)

“An old-fashioned romp… true to the Hood tradition.” ―The Times (UK) on Outlaw

“Lively and enjoyable.” ―The Daily Mail on Holy Warrior

“A rousing yarn!” ―Publishers Weekly on Outlaw

About the Author

ANGUS DONALD was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For the past fifteen years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Outlaw Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250014689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250014689
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
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The third volume in Angus Donald's excellent "Outlaw Chronicles" series. The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan-a-Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character. Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle. Donald's Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous. Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleeve. The book makes him a very real character and it is he who narrates the story from his perspective.

Set about 1192, Richard the Lionhheart has been captured on his way back from the Crusades and while his supporters try to raise the ransom, his brother John seeks to consolidate his position of power. Robin and Alan become heavily involved in the process of raising funds, and Robin has been forced to resort to his old outlaw lifestyle.

For fans of historical action and adventure this is an ideal series, told with both charm and wit and featuring strong characterisation, pace and plenty of action. This is not the book to start with, although those who are fans already will be delighted with it - new readers will be rewarded by starting with the first book "Outlaw".

A really enjoyable episode in the series and I am delighted to see it looks like Mr Donald is planning some more adventures for us...
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This is the third book in the Outlaw Chronicles by Angus Donald and I have read all of them so far! I thought my pages would burst into flame since I was zipping through this book so fast! This may be historical fiction but with the action in these books, they read more like thrillers - absolutely "unputdownable"! They are not for the faint hearted and the battle scenes are very vivid. The character development is exceptional! Since Alan-a-Dale narrates the books you get a real feel for him, as if you actually know him. Other characters in the book are described so realistically that you either really love them or really, really hate them!

I won't go into a synopsis of plot since the previous reviewer did such an excellent job, just suffice it to say that all of these books are great and they seem to get better with each succeeding book. I have recommended Outlaw and Holy Warrrior to many of my die hard HF reading friends and so far, I have not come across anyone who didn't love these books.

As with the previous reviewer, I too am eagerly awaiting many more books by this highly proficient author. Now I think that I'll crack that book open one more time and really savor it! You absolutely cannot go wrong by picking up this book!
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If you have read "Outlaw" and "Holy Warrior" you are already one of Robin's loyal followers. You need no encouragement to read "King's Man". If you are curious about the "Outlaw Chronicles" as the series is now called, what are you waiting for? Angus Donald's portrayal of Robin, Alan, Little John, Marie-Anne, Tuck, King Richard et al is believable, but unlike any Robin Hood you've read or watched. The books are engaging, yet unpredictable. There are moral dilemmas, ruthless enemies and a comradarie and loyalty among the protagonists that assures their advantage in battle and conflict. If you don't have a Kindle, get the book. "King's Man" was a terrific read.
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The best of any Robin Hood stories out there. Donald' writing, first person, is of 'top quality' and I'm comparing him to Cornwell, Sidebottom, and Iggulden, three of my favorite historical fiction authors.

You will not go wrong with Donald. Realistic without the constant sex, blood and gratuitous killing marking too many other writers.
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The third in the series that never loses momentum
This one sees Alan Dale face off against his nemesis Ralph de Murdac the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Rescue King Richard from his prison in Germany. I liked the way Alan Dale is identified here as Blondel, the troubadour who helped rescue Richard.
Lots of intrigue and suspense as Alan is seen as betraying Robin Hood but its all part of a ruse.
this robin hood is not do gooder in green, and couldn't care less about the poor, he is ruthless and self-serving but cares about his own inner circle and 'family'. The return of the hideously disfigured and now evil and psychotic Nur, is like something out of a horror novel.the strong and beautiful woman of the novel is Alan's love of his life and wife to be, Goody.

Highly recommended , a real historical thriller, captures the sounds, sights and smells of 12the century England.
thrilling and gruesome battle scenes.
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There are quite enough 5 star reviews that explain the plot of this book so I will stick to impressions of the whole experience.
The Outlaw novel started this series with a rivetting tale that introduced a version of Robin Hood that is tough, ruthless and cynically cruel to his enemies, yet fiercely loyal, kind and totally protective of his family and inner circle. The book was tightly plotted, well characterised and full of action. The sequels, including this one, follow faithfully, and superbly, in the same vein.
If you enjoyed the Sharp (Bernard Cornwall) series, or are any sort of fan of military history fiction, then wait no longer, buy, read & enjoy!
I intend to read anything that this author puts out.
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