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When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

But Robin is a ruthless man - and although he is Alan's protector, if Alan displeases him, he could also just as easily become his murderer....

From bloody battles to riotous feast days to marauding packs of wolves, Outlaw is a gripping, action-packed historical thriller that delves deep into the fascinating legend of Robin Hood.

©2009 Angus Donald (P)2009 Library Magna Books Ltd

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 01-13-18

As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

I have "binge-listened" to the entire 8-book Outlaw Chronicles series over two weeks. ... OUTSTANDING! As engrossing a historical fiction saga as McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. As high a compliment as I can bestow.

That there was never "a Robin Hood" is of no more consequence than there was never a Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler" or a Corleone Family. Early 13th Century Europe was a violent time and Angus Duncan's masterpiece reflects that reality.

DEFINITELY read this series in chronological order as each book builds on previous events. I shall miss Sir Alan and The Earl of Locksley... "WESTBURY !!!"

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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very good original story, keeps you riveted

Would you listen to Outlaw again? Why?

I like the style of writing and the reader is good as well

What other book might you compare Outlaw to and why?

I compare this book to Conn Iggulden, Ben kane, and Bernard Cornwell type of books

Which scene was your favorite?

not sure which is my favorite

Who was the most memorable character of Outlaw and why?

Robin in my opinion

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Reed
  • Marlborough, NH, United States
  • 10-20-14

A good story, but only as a stand-alone

I wasn't sure I would like this, but I chose it on the strength of other reviews and it proved to be an engaging story. It was easy to root for the young protagonist, and the narrative pace was brisk.

I was pleased that there was a series to follow Outlaw, and if I had written this review prior to listening to the second installment in the series, I would have more enthusiasm about this great start. However, the second book, Warrior, was so disappointing that it colors my appreciation of the first book.

I enjoyed the story and the characters of Outlaw enough that I was willing to put up with the gory depictions of sadism that peppered the narrative. But the second book, Warrior, was all gore and no plot. I wish now that I had only listened to the first one and left it at that.

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A darker but realistic twist on a classic story

Donald's story is an authentic view of the time-period and the characters that could have been the genesis of the Robyn Hood legend. He captures the larger historical background of 12th century England and vividly constructs events in Sherwood Forest that make this book a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable listen. Worth the credit...and the next book in this series is now on my wish list!

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 06-12-13

Not bad Robin Hood Fiction

I really don't like the title 'The Godfather of Sherwood Forest' because it implies a Mario Puzo type story which I think it is different then the overall truth of how all people existed back in the time this story takes place... Knights were not 100% chivalry & honor, it's feudal obviously so it works on this system. I love the military nuances & the beginning of longer blood battles & I would be interested to see how parts of this end, but I don't know if I'll get every book of the series. I'll probably get the last book & see how the end resolves.

The overall story doesn't hold up well as other authors but perhaps Donald has not written his best. If you like Robin Hood stories it could be worth it, but it depends on what else you've read. It obviously can't compare to Cornwell & Martin but its almost on Ludlow level, but its only one book I've read about this author.

Not the best type of books I've read in this genre...

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Start to finish wonderful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next... the story, narration and overall performance were top notch for this type of book.. if you're a fan of Bernard Cromwell, you'll like this series...

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great story

loved the story but the narrator spoke a little too slow so I recommend listening at 1.25

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Great Series

I bought the first in the series a while back but didn't get round to reading it. Well I am now half way through this very good series about Robin Hood and his loyal companion Alan Dale and thoroughly enjoy these books. The history of the 1100's and 1200's have always been an interest of mine and combine that with a fresh take on Robin Hood, these books make great reading.

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A great creation with new unexplored viewpoints!

I really enjoyed this new aspect of the classic tale all boys love when they are growing up! What better way to connect with the story than changing who's eyes we are using to see it.
Taking the view of Allen; a young boy who because of life's course had become a their and a pickpocket. When he's discovered or saved by Robin Hood from the sheriff you follow in the daily life in and learn what it's like to be among Robbins band of Merry men! Robert decides to make a gentlemen and a warrior out of the boy and the story tells of Allen's coming of age in the midst of Robbin's county possibly even country altering plans!
Well written but not overly excessive in showing off the use of a thesaurus like some authors do, the writer does an excellent job of transporting you back to 12th century Britain and what life was like for all walks. From the King's Court to his dungeons; From high class noble estates to slums in the street, you visit and end up rooting for many different people and ideas. I'm just glad there's more books in the series!

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Great Book

This book is addictive as crack cocaine! Once I started listening I could stop. Awesome Story!

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  • Simon
  • 04-11-18

I Might Become Reliant on Robin!

Many authors and producers have tried their hand at the legend of Robin Hood though why they bother I'm not sure because everyone knows that the definitive version was released by Disney in 1973. While Alan Rickman was of course outstanding as the Sherriff of Nottingham alongside Kevin Cardboard and Cary Elwes struck a stylish pose in his tights Peter Ustinov's Richard was their first and best Lion King.

So one can only guess at what persuaded Angus Donald to be the latest to take up a yew bow and give it a shot under such a giant shadow. Well, despite having to eke out its existence in the shade this is a genuinely exciting addition to the Robin Hood canon. This is a version of Robin that feels both gritty and realistic. You aren't going to get a fairy tale version of the man and his merry men and indeed this has all the violence, torture, gore and even paganism of a Cornwell version.

This could actually be my personal favourite version of the story which is told to us through the eyes of Alan Dale rather than Robin himself. Choosing the young Dale as he comes of age to gradually reveal Robin allows the man to retain a certain mystique for long periods of the book. And it is an exciting story with plenty of action, intrigue and some quite grisly scenes including torture, sacrifice and pitched battles.

This Robin Hood and those around him have a very real feel about them that works hand in glove with the author's chosen time period. They are well narrated in a fairly under-stated way by Graham Padden whose voice I enjoyed but for those who like a more demonstrative voice actor it might be worth listening to the audio sample first.

So, a great start to the series which gloriously stretches out ahead of me for another seven books. For those who don't want to commit to the long haul this tells a full tale in its own right and you could definitely treat it as a stand-alone if you wished to. I suspect I will spend quite a lot of future hours relying on this Robin for my audiobook entertainment.

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  • MrFrozen
  • 11-02-15

Really interesting

Although there has been some criticism over the violent nature of Robin Hood character (who is no the "leading" character by the way), I must disagree. As the main character, Alan, describes the persona of Robin Hood is divided. He is as Friar Tuck says it "hot cold person". He has the strong inner circle for which he would do anything. And who is left out is literally left out. I have found the Outlaw series very interesting. But I guess that the same might go for this series. Those that like it, like it really much. But if you are outside the circle (might not like somewhat graphic violence for example) are really left out.

If you enjoyed Game Of Thrones in TV - here is a good place to continue! The final 8th book will be out next year, and I simply can't wait to listen to it.
Also note; the reader changes later in the series, but not for the worst!

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  • Nadia
  • 12-02-14

I didn't actually finish this.

Would you try another book written by Angus Donald or narrated by Graham Padden?

Probably not

Would you be willing to try another book from Angus Donald? Why or why not?

No, he's too violent for my taste.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Maybe a bit more expression. He was OK.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

My main reason for not finishing this book was nothing to do with the writing. I actually think the Author is a gifted story-teller, which is why I tried twice to read this. Telling the story from the point of view of one of the outlaws was a really nice touch too. No, my complaint was his interpretation of the Robin Hood character. While I think I understand what he was trying to do, put his own twist on the story and portray Robin as he probably would have been had he existed, to me, he missed the point. The whole reason Robin Hood is so loved is because he's not your typicle outlaw. He doesn't murder wantanly. He's not an inately cruel man and he cares for the suffering of others. He wouldn't have endured nearly so long if he was like Angus Donald's portrayal. I bought the whole series as I love everything to do with Robin Hood, but I'm sorry I did.

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  • Ian
  • 09-17-16

An adventure to get your teeth in to.

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I'd like to say it was a jolly romp through Nottinghamshire but it is not. What we have here is a gritty, realistic and graphic port rail of what life was like in this time period. It's always a bit mean to draw comparisons but this book is very similar in nature and delivery to the Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. For fans of historical adventure there are few books I have enjoyed more than this one. As long as you don't mind a few rather graphic descriptions of violence, and in one instance a young lad losing his virginity, you will almost certainly love this story. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Angela
  • 04-15-14

Worth persisting

I started by thinking Graham Padden was a little mono tonal and was almost inclined to stop listening. However, there turned out to be more intonation than I originally suspected and an enjoyable story. I have even downloaded the next volume!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful