Master of War: Master of War Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone, the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion of France. As he fights his way across Northern France, Blackstone will learn the brutal lessons of war - from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.
Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armored might of the French nobility on the field of Crecy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that is just the first chapter in the book of a legend - Blackstone: Master of War.
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|Listening Length||19 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 05, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #150,716 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,843 in War & Military Fiction
#2,284 in Military Historical Fiction
#6,819 in War Fiction (Books)
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I down loaded this book in Kindle Format about six months ago. I have read several books about the middle ages and bought this book for when I wanted a more relaxed and entertaining read. This book certainly filled the bill and now, since I realized this was a series, I will have to read the follow-up to this captivating book which takes place around the time of the 100 Years War, circa 1346 AD.
It was a book that started out with a choice, the modern version of "join the Marines or go to Jail". The hero of this book is Thomas Blackstone who is an apprentice as the son of stone mason and a famous archer who passes on both skills to his sons. Thomas is a strapping lad of 17 and his brother is a deaf and dumb 15 year old.
The brother commits a crime that forces the choice for both brothers to either hang for the crime or join the local nobleman's army of archers to fight for the King of England in an invasion of the Normandy part of France.
The book is about war during these times and the evolution of both brothers skills as archers. There is an abundance of heart stopping combat that will satisfy those lovers of combat.
In this first of a continuing series, Thomas Blackwell saves the Prince of England during a bloody battle and is Knighted by the Prince. A peasant becomes a member of the nobility but is gifted with an innate sense of war and its tactics.
The book is a fun read and the reader will have a difficult time to put this book down. It contains the romantic backdrop of a rags to riches story and the romance of Blackstone to a member of a French nobleman's family. Woven into the story is the appearance of the plague that wiped out thousands through out Europe and Thomas Blackwell use of instincts and knowledge gleaned from his own village on how to deal with the spread of this plague.
Thomas Blackstone ever loyal to the King of England, finds himself as an outlaw Knight in Normandy, hunted by the King of France.
The reader will not be disappointed in this page turning book. I gave it four stars and will continue to follow this author.
In "Master of War" Thomas learns how to fight and survive the slaughter house of medieval warfare, if only just.
It the legendary battle of Crecey, he is gravely wounded, but is nursed back to health. As a rough peasant in the lord's household he is despised, but holds the insults inside as he learns to fight as a man-at-arms. Eventually, Blackstone becomes a valuable tool in the hands of those over him, following orders and building a reputation as a fearsome warlord and canny commander of men.
That is the bare bones of the plot in "TheMaster of War".
Mr. Gilman knows the medieval world and describes it well.
In the book are illuminated the world of the Middle Ages. There is the crushing labor and poverty of the peasants as they barely sustain their lives. The nobles, professing chivalry are cruel, venal sensitive to the least perceived insult and as likely to beat a serf to death as to ride past. Even the daily exist ace of the lords is cold and hard and easily snuffed out by disease or war. Death comes swiftly to all, no matter what their station.
The author does very well developing his character, Thomas Blackstone, showing the changes he goes through as he matures in fighting ability and in understanding the dangerous political world in which he is living. He soon becomes a tool of no one and a master of war and politics.
The pages of combat are horrifying explicit. Mr . Gilman's skill at describing the abattoir of sword and shield warfare is second only to the master of the form, Bernard Cornwell ( and not by much).
I would have given it a full five stars, but I thought, and it is only my opinion of course, that the descriptions of the political and military alliances of the period were confusing. ( At least o one who has not studied those long past days of dynastic conflicts of the 14th. Century.) Yes, things had to have a context, but for me it was difficult to keep sorted who was allied with whom and for what hidden motives. Both enemies and friends were very changeable and untrustworthy.
Nonetheless, I recommend the book for those who love a tale with lots of sword- swinging, shields clashing and blood letting.
Oh there is romantic love, too during those pauses when Blackstone is not war making.
I love the underdog character Thomas Blackstone, his journey through out the entire book is riveting. I was completely engrossed from the time they landed in France. I also love the longer timeline & the multifaceted acts in the book to give it pace & story without hampering the flow of the story. And not a single page is boring.
I already bought the whole series all the way up to book 6. Reading as slowly as possible to try to savour it before stopping because the next book is not out yet.
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This is just ridiculous.
Additionally most French words are misspelled (signeur instead of seigneur, St Vaast la Hogue instead of St Vaast la Hougue…) which may indicate sloppy research.
I'm glad I bought it used: I wasted only 50p
I suffer a lot of pain, sleep badly and read a lot.
This is the first of a series. Historically it is reasonably accurate about the eta in which it is set.
Fictionalised characters rub shoulders with famous people if the day at battles and other real military events.
Fair to good detail of equipment and tactics.
Some of the writing could have been done by a teenager but I suspect this is because the author is trying to meet a wider readership.
The characters are far from loveable and it will take a progression of the tales to engage a loyal readership, especially for a series.
I hope the next in the series is as interesting as this was.