Along the ancient Pilgrim Trail traveled by countless crusaders from Europe to The Holy Land, Dr. Rory Osgrove is in charge of her first archaeological dig. A Biblical Archaeologist by degree, her target is a holy relic of unimaginable power. But what she discovers instead is the tomb of a long-buried Crusader, one of the thousands who came to this desert land in search of glory and riches. Deterred from her original goal, Rory is fascinated by the English knight and the journal buried with him. Reading the pages of the ancient diary, she comes to know a man of power and honor, entrusted by Richard the Lionheart with a mission of astonishing importance. Sir Kieran Hage was no ordinary Crusader and, as Rory discovers, nor is he really dead. Eight hundred years later, Kieran's mission must be completed, but there is an ancient evil that follows him and is still determined to see him fail. Now Rory begins the adventure of a lifetime, where time has no meaning, where honor is strength, and where only true love endures.
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I always enjoy Kathryn Le Veque's books and this 2 part "the crusader" series is no exception. This first book takes place in the year of 2012 and introduces the main character Rory, who is an archaeologist on a dig for religious artifacts. She is a strong willed character who fights for love even when centuries threaten to divide.
I liked this book a lot but I liked the second book "Kingdon Come" even better. I actually think KL should have made this series one big book instead of splitting the two. So, if you listen to this one and enjoy it make sure you listen to "Kingdom Come" too. ;-)
Yes! It's an awesome roller-coaster adventure. The plot & character development are exciting, and of course the romance is electric. Its fun to day dream & imagine what it would be like to meet a real living, breathing knight in shining armor. I like the reverse Sleeping Beauty premise in modern times.
It kind of reminds me a little to Johanna Lindsey's "Knight in Shining Armor" as that's also a romance story about a contemporary heroine who meets an English knight. That's one of my all-time favorite romance novels, and so is this book & it's sequel "Kingdom Come." This is one of Kathryn Le Veque's best!!!
I liked how he effortlessly changed between contemporary American dialects to the historical English knight's accent. He also did a great job towards the end of the book with the additional characters' & slightly changing his timbre/tone for their voices.
Not a specific moment, but I love the whole book!
It's one of Kathryn Le Veque's best in my opinion & one of my favorites by her!!! It's a must read/listen and so is the sequel "Kingdom Come!"
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
Brian J. Gill did an excellent job narrating this story.
Author Kathryn Le Veque has the most amazing talent of weaving in and out of history, adding creative and passionate characters and with a spellbinding effect, delivery a one of a kind story that leaves you breathless.
The Crusader is so much more than a romantic time travel. It is an exciting quest of a team of Archaeologist to locate a holy relic. A modern day woman, Dr. Rory Osgrove and an ancient Crusader. Sir Kieran Hage discover love and passion so true, it defies logic and time. This is a fast paced, thrilling and completely captivating adventure that pulls you into a world of discovery, intrigue and romance. I was captivated from the beginning, wrapped up in suspense and carried away into this creative, riveting story. Another epic adventure by the extremely talented Author, Kathryn Le Veque.
A must read that will keep you on the edge of your seat and capture your heart.
In all fairness I expected an historical fiction piece, not a romance; so I could overlook the occasional barrage of "massive chest" references. The cheesy dialogue really took me out of the story.
A little research into medieval weapons would have been nice. Early on Kathryn writes Sir Kieran's broadsword weighs in at 30 lbs. I thought it might be a typo, but nearer the end of the book she writes that the sword is 33 lbs. That ONLY 7 to 10 TIMES heaver than any real broadsword. Can you imagine swinging a 30+ pound plank of steel all day when your life depends on it? No, that's because no matter how massive anyones chest or arms are you can't swing 30 pounds all day and expect to live.
Brian's performance is the best part of this selection, give him more of a story to work with and he will only make it better.
I love Kathryn Le Veque as an author. I will definitely read more from her. I had a hard time listening to the narrator Brian J. Gill. He sounded so stiff and like I was listening to a news reporter. The pauses between the scenes in the book felt long, timed and unnatural.
The story line itself was the most interesting
Stiff, regimented, unfeeling
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