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Master of War: Defiant Unto Death by David Gilman

Master of War: Defiant Unto Death

Part of the Master of War Series
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Thomas Blackstone takes to the battlefied once more as the Black Prince takes the fight to the French.

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Master of War: Defiant Unto Death by David Gilman

FRANCE: 1356. Ten years ago, the greatest army in Christendom was slaughtered at Crecy when Thomas Blackstone and his fellow archers stood their ground and rained death on the steel-clad might of French chivalry. Blackstone left that squalid field a knight. Now, Blackstone commands a war band and has carved out a small fiefdom in northern France. But the wounds of war still bleed and a traitor has given the King of France the means to destroy first his family, and then the English knight himself. As the traitor's net tightens, so the French King's army draws in. Blackstone will stand and fight - in pitched battle and in single combat. He will defy his friends, his family and his king. He may yet defy death, but he can't defy his destiny: BLACKSTONE: MASTER OF WAR.


'Like a punch from a mailed fist, MASTER OF WAR gives a true taste of the Hundred Years War. It is a gripping chronicle of pitched battle, treachery and cruelty. The stench and harshness of medieval life is ever present'
ROBERT FABBRI, bestselling author of the Vespasian series

. 'An excellently written book with descriptions so clear that throughout the entire story I genuinely felt I was standing next to Thomas Blackstone. It gives an excellent insight to a very turbulent time in France's history and how it affected the people who lived there
Book Lover Worm Blog

. 'I would recommend this book if you want to get lost in history and the drama of the battle!
The Lilac Linnet

. 'I loved the story and felt I was taken back to medieval times with the descriptions ... A great story
Comet BabesBooks

. 'Brilliant, really brings across the brutality of the period, an author at the top of his game
Mark Kearney, Goodreads

. 'This novel is, to put it simply, marvellous. The early Hundred Years War brought alive in all its violence, chaos and valiance ... It's not often military historical fiction moves me to tears but this book managed it
For Winter Nights

. 'Gilman is a master author. His books are meticulously researched and historically accurate whilst at the same time being thrilling and suspenseful ... in the same class as Bernard Cornwell
Army Rumour Service

. 'A vivid snapshot of 14th-century Normandy life in all its bloody, gritty glory by a great story-teller. Historical fiction heaven!
The Bookbag

. 'The author writes his scenes so powerfully ... It's that level of writing skill that helps this book stand apart from the crowd
Parmenion Books

. 'A thrilling, fast-moving, engaging tale, with unexpected twists, beautiful prose, excellent characterisation and dialogue, human sentiment and motivation, and graphic descriptions of war. The reader is utterly convinced by the medieval world in this stunning work. I am reminded of great books such as those of Zoe Oldenbourg. And, move over Bernard Cornwell!
Historical Novel Society


About the Author

David Gilman

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.

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Publication date

12th February 2015


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496 pages


Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy

War & combat fiction
Historical adventure



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