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 Crécy. 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 a book of legend—Blackstone: Master of War.
About the Author
David Gilman had a varied career including firefighter, soldier, and marketing manager, before turning to writing full time. He is an award-winning author and screenwriter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love historical fiction! This book (and the next two in the series) kept me enthralled. The main characters are strong yet, like all of us, flawed and forced to deal with the complexities of life - in the case in the 1300's. The battle sequences are not for the faint of heart - they are among the most graphic I have ever read yet not exploited for the sake of sensationalism, they feel true to the period, The narrative sometimes slows, not often, when the intricacies of English and French politics must be explained but the author keeps this to a minimum and it is necessary to the plot development. This is one of those books that I hated to see come to an end, luckily there are at least two others in the series describing the molding of Thomas Blackstone, english archer, into Thomas Blackstone , master of war. I highly recommend it!