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Death's Head: A Soldier With Richard the Lionheart (Roger of Huntley Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Excellent, well written and researched historical fiction. I kept thinking I was reading a Ken Follet novel. I can't wait for the next one."
"Storytelling like you were there!"
"Well written, you won't stop reading this book."
"I've read several of Bernard Cornwell's books and this book was even better."
"Great story and pace. Action packed from the start but also very educational."
"Crusader action at its best."
"Fast paced and hard to put down."
From the Author
- ASIN : B01EZ17G3I
- Publisher : Blue Stone Media (April 28, 2016)
- Publication date : April 28, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4807 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 613 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,915 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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DEATH’S HEAD by Robert Broomall is a work of historical fiction based, I suspect loosely, on the siege of Muslim-held Acre (August 1189 – July 1191) by the Christian armies of the Third Crusade and depicting conditions within the Christian lines and assaults on the city walls both before and after the arrivals of King Philip II of France and King Richard I of England.
At the micro level of the plot, the story begins in England at Huntley Abbey with the monk Roger. Without undue delay, circumstances and Broomall’s pen finds Roger forced to flee the place to become a common soldier with the English forces in front of Acre. From that point, the story evolves pretty much as any other soap opera though staged in a place that, at times, makes a Third World slum look like Paradise. It didn’t help conditions in the Crusaders’ camp that they themselves were surrounded by Saladin’s army positioned to the east of the city. Against this background, which includes the most brutal of fight sequences, our hero Roger experiences professional advancement, love, treachery, loyalty, sickness, near-starvation, great friendships, and implacable enmities. Just like any other day at the office and all for the Glory of God.
Beyond its entertainment value, DEATH’S HEAD provides what one hopes is insight into the nature of medieval siege warfare and personal combat. Perhaps the author did the requisite research; he doesn’t say. There are also the character studies of the principle historical figures of the time and place both in the now of this book and the presumed future sequel: Philip II, Richard I, Saladin, Duke Leopold of Austria, and Conrad of Montferrat. In what seems a minor detail at the time, the novel interestingly relates how the design of the Austrian national flag reputedly came about.
DEATH’S HEAD ended so abruptly that I would have fallen off a barstool in surprise had I been sitting on one. It’s immediately obvious that Broomall is setting up a sequel. Roger is attractive enough a hero that I’ll continue to follow his exploits, especially as I suspect he’ll play a part in the great dramas to come. Indeed, the author may very well continue with multiple volumes in a “Roger of Huntley series”; the historical material is there to be mined and exploited.
Our hero has some wondrous adventures with perhaps an over fortuitous slice of lucky coincidences. End result is highly page-turnable.
Hoping a sequel is in the pipeline.
Top reviews from other countries
This was not an era I knew a great deal about, but as a fan of 'faction' I hoped that I would quickly learn about the crusades.
I liked the use of short chapters as it stops the books from becoming too much of an effort especially at night.
I also loved the subtle homage to Robin Hood scattered throughout the story.
My one criticism would be the quality of the printing; there were instances particularly in the second and third books were a word would not be printed fully. Even for a scan reader like myself this was noticable, but did not affect my enjoyment too much.
Reminded me of Cornwell, without the annoying literary tics.