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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

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Medieval Sleeping Beauty

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. ;-)

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Wish someone had told me to give this a miss

Nice concept but it seems like the writer didn’t know where to take it. Detailed character development, historical research at first dissolved into wandering plot and cliches. Awesome opportunity to explore all kinds of great themes but wasted when she tried to turn it into an action script complete with marines and armor plated convoys. Then they disappear in a puff of smoke...? Good grief, did your editor call you and tell you to hurry up and get on to the next?

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This has been..... such torture

I’ll just say this: Mrs La Veque, I could find explanation for your ignorance of geography, history and world political situation, but your editor???? Not a single one. Kissing in Nahariya under the Turkish stars???? 4 hours drive from Tarsus to Nahariya? With a bus? Through Lebanon and Syria??? Have u ever been anywhere near this countries???? Or even seen it on travel channel? Or on any kind of map? Obviously not. I will not waste my time on other things like checking on airport in Tel Aviv with stolen passport. I realize this is fiction but it should have some of facts as close to the truth as possible. Not to mention respect for other countries. And your readers. Very disappointed and will certainly not recommend. Except as an example of total ignorance. The biggest shame of all is that the storyline has such huge potential it makes me weep. As for characters....heroine is a weeping, manipulative flirt which I wanted to strangle at about half of this book. Our hero is big, handsome, well endowed, heroic and a true knight in shining armor. At least that’s what the words say. To say I’ve seen it, I really cannot. Mrs La Veque has some truly brilliant books and it is impossible to explain what happened with this one. As if someone else wrote it....

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I apologize for being this person, but -

There is literally nothing worth your time here. The narrator went to the a William Shatner school of acting, and the book is... Well. If you like the feeling of romance novels written in the 1980s where the woman is one-dimensional & useless and the men toss her around like she's a doll, and you also eschew facts & research & accuracy, then this is the book for you!

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Full of potential, & not *bad* really...

but just... problematic, in a lot of places. IDK. I enjoyed parts of it, but found parts almost unbearable.

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Contemporary + Historical = Awesome

Would you listen to The Crusader again? Why?

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.

What other book might you compare The Crusader to and why?

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!!!

What about Brian J. Gill’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not a specific moment, but I love the whole book!

Any additional comments?

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!"

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I'm surprised this had such positive reviews

This was by far one of the worst stories I've listened to in a long time. Most of the characters were unlikeable and it was poorly written. Pretty much every male character treated the main character like she was a possession or a child. It was very irritating. The narration was good, although he spoke too fast at times. I had to slow the playback speed to 0.95. I love historical fiction but maybe I'm used to historical fiction that is well researched. This was not. Save your credit, unless you're looking for a cheesy melodrama without a strong female protagonist.

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Stupid stupid stupid

This book was a really stupid story badly badly told. It was so far fetched. If she described his eyes as brown gem like orbs one more time...yes she really wrote that. And the narrator sounded like a spoiled teenager. Just horrible

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medieval romance with time travel tale

Previously read this book from KLV's special boxset. Best enjoyed if read/listened as a duology w/ 'Kingdom Come'.

I was very impressed with Brian J. Gill's narration where he easily, smoothly switched between British and American accents vs medieval knight's accent.

I appreciated the story better with Audible, it adds depth to the time travel tale, differentiating modern vs medieval times

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Exciting, Suspenseful, Riveting & Passionate.

Have you listened to any of Brian J. Gill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Brian J. Gill did an excellent job narrating this story.

Any additional comments?

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.

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