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Clash of Iron Audiobook

Clash of Iron

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Publisher's Summary

The second book in Angus Watson's epic Iron Age fantasy trilogy.

Leaders Are Forged in the Fires of War

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other - and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?

©2015 Angus Watson (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Aaron 04-18-15
    Aaron 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this trilogy!"

    This is a great book! The first was funnier, but this one had a lot more action. Narrator is perfect for this trilogy! Can't wait for the third!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 09-14-15
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 09-14-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Story with humor, complexity and with good ending"

    Clash of Iron is sequel to Age of Iron and lives up to the expectations. This is a solid, entertaining book with some interesting historical background from Roman culture. Angus mentioned that Roman part in the book is accurate with few exceptions.

    Book has much larger scope compare to the first one where Roman plans to invade Britain, and things are much more complicated due to politics/power grab within Britain's local tribes. There are more down to earth elements as well such as romance between Dug/Lowa and parent/daughter relationship between Dug/Lowa and Spring. Angus does a great job of mixing these themes seamlessly while adding humor that is not only unexpected but also very genuine. Sean is prefect for this book that his rough voice works well in delivering all elements of this book. Sean did well to the point that I laughed at humor and felt uncomfortable with some of the brutality and violence such as crucifixion. Book has a pretty good and satisfying bitter-sweet ending, so waiting for third book will not be too bad.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it as I wait for the next book in trilogy

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Ithaca, NY, USA 04-16-15
    Michael Ithaca, NY, USA 04-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Fiction-Shiny Characters"

    Unique characters who develop and grow or change in a story is a must. That's what I like about GoT and they're present in abundance in this book. Also a unique perspective on the Britons' time period and a clever plot. I'm ready for the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 07-15-15
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 07-15-15 Member Since 2005

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!

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    "Filling in the gaps in History"

    I LOVE how Angus Watson takes a time and place in history where there are LARGE Gaps in the actual historical record, then he weaves a story into the gaps to fit them, and fill them.

    Where records exist, his stories stick to them, and then he smoothly continues weaving his fantasy through the gaps until he comes to another point where a bit of actual historical record exists. His stories always lead you to HIS version of "Why" the next fragment of historical record is what it is, even though no one really knows why a bit of record exists in the middle of large gaps (The actual fragment of record, on it's own, usually makes NO sense, as no one knows what really happened during that time period to get historical figures from one known event in history to the next).

    The way Mr. Watson tells his tale, You can't prove that his tale IS how history took place, but you can't prove it's NOT how history took place either! His "Fantasy Stories" are as viable as any "Archeological Theory" out there about the same Time-Period/Place.

    Brilliant!

    Gotta toss in some Kudos to Sean Barrett for his excellent Narration also... Being a student of history, I know how horribly dry it CAN be if told by the wrong person, and how exciting it can be when told by the right person! In college I was lucky enough to have one of those professors that could "make History come alive, so you FELT it's ebb and flow"... I took every history course that Professor taught, even though 90% of them were not even remotely within the requirements for my degrees (Electrical Engineering, Computer Systems, Mathematics, Psychology, etc)! Mr. Barrett has that same gift of being able to "Make History Come Alive", Even if it's Fantasy History...

    ...Let me clarify that I mean NO disrespect when I say: "Even if it's Fantasy History"... Because much of what we are taught as "Historical Fact" is really "Historical Fantasy". For Example, Thomas Edison didn't invent the Light Bulb, he bought the Patent for one type of light bulb from the Widow of the man who invented it, and then Edison improved it and made light bulbs commercially viable. Experiments with light bulbs go as far back as 1801, and there were 20-25 other patents for light bulbs even before Edison got involved in the field in 1878. However, "Edison Invented The Light Bulb" is a "Historical Fantasy Fact" that is STILL taught in schools today. "Henry Ford" didn't invent the automobile, he made "Assembly Lines" practical, which allowed automobiles to be produced very quickly, and cheaply... But, "Ford Invented The Automobile" is yet another "Historical Fantasy Fact" STILL taught in Schools!

    Angus Watson's historical fantasy tales at least contain some ACTUAL Historical Facts, and Sean Barrett makes them come to life... They're one of those rare teams that end up being much more than the sum of their parts!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christina L Keith 10-09-15
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    "This trilogy gets better and better as it goes on."
    If you could sum up Clash of Iron in three words, what would they be?

    Action, humor and badgers


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dug of course and his weird obsession with badger appendages.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One part I laughed a lot louder than my cubical mates probably would have liked. Lowa asks Maggot to tell her everything he knows. And he says ".... if you feed a dog you have a friend for life but if you kick a cat" and is interrupted by Lowa. The scene and the things he says before that really make the line. and I really hope the author has Maggot finish that sentence.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not wait to get back to the book and now that I'm finished I'm a bit sad and can not wait to get the final book.


    Any additional comments?

    Sean Barrett has become one of my top 5 narrators and really brings Dug and the story to life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mario 10-05-16
    Mario 10-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not as good as the first"

    it lost some of the character development that really hooked me in the first one. it felt more like a historical account than a fantasy novel.

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    Robin Rains 09-16-16
    Robin Rains 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I can't stop crying"

    I'm just want to say I don't even know if I want to read 3 without Dug. He was really the messianic warrior hero they out. Wether or not any of his peers noticed or not. It seems only magot, Lora & spring truly knew what a blessing his presence was in they're world. I've listened to the end 4 times now & I know it was a genius plan on the Druids part & nessasary but it still has broken my heart

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    Juan FILLMORE, CA, United States 09-15-16
    Juan FILLMORE, CA, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2010

    Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

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    "A return to some of the same"

    This was a great second edition to the story line. it was a little show at first. but kicked it up. It was still a little off. it seemed like they made a few of the characters more jaded then needed. But all in all worth the buy

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    Jon Mukilteo, WA, United States 08-26-16
    Jon Mukilteo, WA, United States 08-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Grimdark Series Ever!"

    I love The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I've listened to it three times, but this trilogy is even better!
    Funny, dark, anti-hero at its best...

    I love when the German children chant:
    "F*** off, you Roman twat!"

    Audio clip 1: http://a.co/4PDdDMD
    Audio clip 2: http://a.co/3UIxeWr

    Sean Barrett does an excellent job, breathing life into the characters!

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    Garth 11-12-15
    Garth 11-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant !!!! Absolute fascinating story."

    Awesome storey, best narration ever, can't wait to download the final book...sadly actually, its going to end soon.

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