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A sharp, skilled and utterly fearless archer in the army of King Edward III, young Thomas of Hookton has been making his way through France for three years now, fighting fiercely alongside the English troops. But being a soldier in the great Hundred Years War is only a means to an end: Thomas of Hookton is hot on the trails of the man who brutally slaughtered his father and stole his only treasure - rumored to be the Holy Grail - from the ancient church of Hookton. All Europe wants the grail, and though many doubt it even exists, no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom's most precious relic. To seek revenge and reclaim what's rightfully his, Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the dangerous black rider who keeps cunningly eluding his grasp.

In the tradition of Ken Follett and Edward Rutherford, Heretic is the third book in Bernard Cornwell's remarkable new series about the search for the Holy Grail.

©2003 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Barbara
  • POTTSTOWN, PA, United States
  • 02-27-15

my favorite of the grail quest series

I was sad to be done with this series. i totally enjoyed the narrator. I would like to read more of Thomas of Hookton tales

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So that's what happened to the Grail.

This was a great series to listen to. Heretic, being the third and final book in the series, is packed with action and suspense. Thomas continues the final chapter of his quest in finding the Grail, avenging the deaths of his father and his late wife. In the end Thomas manages to....well I guess you need to listen to the book to find out.

The only bad thing I can say about this book is that this is the end to the series. The narration by Andrew Cullum was outstanding as usual.

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Amazing

I read this book series years ago when it first came out and now have enjoyed listening to all three books as I drive back and forth to work.

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Best of the Grail Quest trilogy

This was my favorite by far of the Grail Quest series. I would give it 3.5 stars. This book doesn’t have the major battle as a major part of the plot as did the previous two books did, but the story was much better. Cornwell seems to have found his footing as master storyteller in this one, as it reads much more Sharpe-like and easier flowing. Thomas the archer leads a band of men deep in to France to draw out his evil cousin. Things don’t quite go according to plan, and Thomas has various adventures leading up to the final (non-historical and minor) battle.

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A fun yarn, spun by a master.

A thrilling and interesting spin on the legend of the Grail. All the pieces were there for a well told tail.

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A fitting conclusion

Where does Heretic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 30 but i have a lot of favorites.this one is special because it completes a top five series of all time. the grail series is as a whole fantastic!!!!!

What other book might you compare Heretic to and why?

this book is not unlike any of Bernard Cornwell's historical fictions novels.

What about Andrew Cullum’s performance did you like?

Yes, he has a wonderful voice and it fits the period perfectly

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

there were several funny moments and i was sad to hear it end.

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always a treat!

Bernard Corwell has an astounding ability to create a dynamic story and weave it into history. each of his books is like searching among ruins and finding treasure and Andrew Cullum brings the history alive through his narration; negating the prospect of trying to picture the story with your imagination, he paints that portrait for you.

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enjoyed!

I'm not a huge fan of detailed sword and battle violence, but it did not significantly detract from the story for me. Loved the whole trilogy.

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very interesting historical fiction

great listen just like all his books, great mix of history and fiction, enjoyed it

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  • CRS
  • Texas
  • 11-08-16

Rich and fierce

Another excellent novel by Cornwell. The history is well researched and the characters are captivating. As a Follower of Jesus who is often frustrated with the organized church, I appreciate the allusions to sincere faith being more broadly defined by a couple of medieval "heretics".