Angus Donald : Competition

(Keep reading for competition details)

Angus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For the past 15 years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is married to Mary, with whom he has a baby daughter, and he now writes full time from home in Tonbridge, Kent.
The Books
Outlaw Chronicles

1. Outlaw (2009)

2. Holy Warrior (2010)

3. King’s Man (2011)

4. Warlord (2012)

Outlaw

When he’s caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight – and how to win. But Robin is a ruthless man – and although he is Alan’s protector, if Alan displeases him, he could also just as easily become his murderer…From bloody battles to riotous feast days to marauding packs of wolves, Outlaw is a gripping, action-packed historical thriller that delves deep into the fascinating legend of Robin Hood.
Review
I have always been a fan of Robin Hood, i suppose it has something to do with being named after him and then eventually ending up living in the back yard of the exploits of the Man/ Myth.
When this series started it was with a part groan part apprehension that i picked it up, so many times i have read the tale and its been awful prancing Nancy’s in tights, and then there are the movies, inc the recent Russell “where the hell is that accent from” Crowe version.
But All of that gets thrown to the wind with Angus Donald’s books, this is a different Robin Hood, this is a man who protects the poor, but at a price, this is a Robin Hood where there is still mystery and Awe, but also fear, in the same way that Pacino gave mystery and Awe to Michael Corleone and he was still feared.
Angus Donald’s writing its self is excellent, tight, fast paced, descriptive without drowning in it and detracting from the plot, and the pace so well set you have finished the book before you know it.
This is a book as with the whole series you simply must buy: Its An offer you can’t refuse.
Highly recommended
(Parm)

Holy Warrior

King Richard the Lionheart has been crowned, and his loyal subject Robin Hood is preparing an army to take on the Third Crusade with Richard’s forces to free the Holy Land from the grip of Saladin and his victorious Saracen army.In Sicily, en route to the Holy Land, the crusaders sack the town of Messina and Alan rescues and then falls in love with a beautiful Muslim slave-girl. But someone is trying to assassinate Robin – possibly the duo’s old enemy Sir Richard Malbisse, who joins King Richard’s army in Sicily and very soon has the royal ear as a favoured courtier.As Alan and Robin fight their way through the conquest of Cyprus, the siege of Acre and the climatic carnage of the battle of Arsuf near modern-day Tel Aviv, Alan discovers that Robin’s motive for coming to the Holy Land is not as honourable as he had imagined.
Review
I have always been a fan of Robin Hood, i suppose it has something to do with being named after him and then eventually ending up living in the back yard of the exploits of the Man/ Myth.
When this series started it was with a part groan part apprehension that i picked it up, so many times i have read the tale and its been awful prancing Nancy’s in tights, and then there are the movies, inc the recent Russell “where the hell is that accent from” Crowe version.
But All of that gets thrown to the wind with Angus Donald’s books, this is a different Robin Hood, this is a man who protects the poor, but at a price, this is a Robin Hood where there is still mystery and Awe, but also fear, in the same way that Pacino gave mystery and Awe to Michael Corleone and he was still feared.
Angus Donald’s writing its self is excellent, tight, fast paced, descriptive without drowning in it and detracting from the plot, and the pace so well set you have finished the book before you know it.
This is a book along with the whole series you simply must buy: Its An offer you can’t refuse.
Highly recommended
(Parm)

The Kings Man

Returning from the Crusades, King Richard is captured and held for ransom. As his evil brother John schemes to keep the king imprisoned forever, Robin Hood and his band of wily outlaws cut a bloody swathe through England in an effort to free him. But a traitor lurks within Robin’s camp, and the battle is far from won…
Review I have always been a fan of Robin Hood, i suppose it has something to do with being named after him and then eventually ending up living in the back yard of the exploits of the Man/ Myth.
When this series started it was with a part groan part apprehension that i picked it up, so many times i have read the tale and its been awful prancing Nancy’s in tights, and then there are the movies, inc the recent Russell “where the hell is that accent from” Crowe version.
But All of that gets thrown to the wind with Angus Donald’s books, this is a different Robin Hood, this is a man who protects the poor, but at a price, this is a Robin Hood where there is still mystery and Awe, but also fear, in the same way that Pacino gave mystery and Awe to Michael Corleone and he was still feared.
Angus Donald’s writing its self is excellent, tight, fast paced, descriptive without drowning in it and detracting from the plot, and the pace so well set you have finished the book before you know it.
This is a book you simply must buy: Its An offer you can’t refuse.
Highly recommended
(Parm)

Warlord

http://www.angus-donald.com/book/warlord/

http://www.angus-donald.com/

Click the above link to visit the authors web site

So the competition:

The Prize: an exclusive signed limited edition paperback of Outlaw.

The Questions:

1 Robin makes his first appearance in  English literature in what form? written by whom?

2 When did Richard the Lionheart take the cross? (year and month)

3 When is the fourth book in the series due to be published and by which publisher?

4 Have you ordered your copy?

Entries to : Parmenionbooks@yahoo.co.uk

The winner will be the person with the highest score and in the case of a tie first name out of the hat.

More great reviews from Kate:

http://forwinternights.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/outlaw-by-angus-donald/

http://forwinternights.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/holy-warrior-by-angus-donald/

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