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Master of War: Defiant unto Death, Book 2

Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
Series: Master of War, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The Black Prince has launched a devastating raid deep into France, laying waste to everything in his path. In response, the French have mustered an army that outnumbers the English forces 10 to 1 and are determined to drive their hated foe from the land after years of bloody conquest.

Sir Thomas Blackstone, the British archer knighted on the field of Crecy, has used the intervening years to forge his own war band and has hacked out his own fiefdom in central France. He knows the English are outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and exhausted....

But that will not stop him from fighting his way to one of history's greatest military victories.

©2015 David Gilman (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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  • J. Wexler
  • 12-21-18

Turned predictable and formulaic.

So....The character of the hero's wife, degenerated from intelligent and strong, into a repetitive series of stupid acts that cost the lives of several around her, her rape, humiliation, violence against her children and husband...the list goes on. Not comprehensibly so, but like a bad formula.

Then she apologizes and goes on IMMEDIATELY, to do the next stupid thing.

The Hero remains invincible and formulaic in his heroism, and the "bad-guy" might as well be named Snidely whiplash. Not one can be so consistently and flamboyantly bad.

Even Hitler could be kind to children and dogs once in a while, and Genghis Khan showed acts of kindness and mercy. Not Gilles DeMarcy. Not only is he bad, he gives long, overblown speeches about how bad he is.

I don't think I can go any further in this series. Just the thought of the return of Christiana makes my stomach ache.

Please, someone tell me she either dies of the plague or somehow ceases to be a moron.

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  • Iain.m
  • 08-04-19

Great

Following the story of Thomas Blackstone opens up anew understanding of the time and ferocity of the period in history . Well done to the author , looking forward to the next book .

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  • S Barratt
  • 12-20-18

Awesome

loved it, plenty of action, plot twists and tragedy but the good guy... that would be telling lol.
overall another excellent Gilman novel, eager for the next

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  • Paul
  • 06-13-18

Excellent

Great listen,good swashbuckling ride through France. Classic story line with twists and turns.Great stuff. looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • M. Griffiths
  • 05-28-18

solid sequel

This is a solid sequel to Master of War. The historical context is interesting and relatively nuanced. I am not quite sure why it falls just short of 5 stars.

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  • Margaret R Ebbrell
  • 05-09-18

Defiant unto death

This second book of Thomas Blackstone was as enjoyable as the first. I hope a third book will be forthcoming

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  • Pete Buckley
  • 03-31-17

Second installment: Visceral and compelling story.

Compelling and addictive story shedding insights into many key characters. The telling of a life guided by founding experiences honed over time and underpinned by core values with a form of moral code. Well written, yet some narration somewhat wooden.

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  • Ryan
  • 02-05-17

very enjoyable and the story line is very good

as good as Bernard Cornwall, keeps you wanting to read more and not able to put it down. I listen to the books whilst walking my springer spanial he has never walked as far or as often. just downloaded the next book Gate of the Dead so will be off in the morning.

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  • Mr C. R. D. Wright
  • 01-23-17

A ripping yarn about knights, archers and honour.

This book is a strong sequel to the first. The fact that it's broken down into pats makes it feel like three stories in one, each as griping as the next. I can't wait to get on with the next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-22-16

excellent story, good pace and characters

excellent story with good pace and characters lots of action. just filling in words now.

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  • alison
  • 09-16-18

As good as Cornwell

This series covers some of the same ground as Bernard Cornwell’s Archer series but where Cornwell has famous battles as his end point Gillman covers a broader spectrum. But if you like stories set in this period this is a lot of fun. Good plot, well written and well performed.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 09-08-18

All in one

One for all and all for one is an apt concept for the European continent, the sentiments of which are felt in this narrative. However, this book also has in all in one from other perspectives too. Action, Emotion, Heroics, Suspense... the near misses and close calls lend something more to this realistic work of fiction. Hurrah for the team of author and narrator.

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  • mac
  • 05-20-18

Breath Taking Reality.

As the the title says, such breath taking reality.
This auther has rissen very highly in my regard for his effords in setting up a story.
Well worth the time to read!