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A huge, exciting historical adventure epic in the bestselling tradition of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Robyn Young
Robert Lyndon has been a falconer since boyhood. A keen student of history, he was intrigued by accounts of hawks being used as ransoms during the Middle Ages. Some of the scenes in Hawk Quest were inspired by Lyndon's own experiences as a falconer, climber and traveller in remote places. He has written many books and articles on history and exploration. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in Dorset.
Only once in a generation does a first novel emerge which has such power and depth and scope. With Hawk Quest, Robert Lyndon has shown himself a master storyteller of the highest quality. An absorbing, viscerally moving epic that takes the standard historical fare of love, treachery, passion, and redemption and lifts them into a new stratosphere. I got lost in this for days on end, and never wanted to emerge. Outstanding! * M.C. Scott * A swooping adventure story of epic proportions * Choice * This magnificent novel has all the breathtaking cruelties and valour a lover of historical adventure and romance can wish for * Historical Novels Review * An 11th-century epic with action to equal the best of Bernard Cornwell. THIS is writing * Anthony Riches * Lyndon's story carries readers from one vivid scene to the next with great style * Sunday Times * Quite simply, Hawk Quest is the best book I've read this year. I loved this book. I wish I'd written it * Ben Kane * An entertaining debut and one that more than holds its own against Cornwell et al * TLS *
In the year 1072, the known world is at war, hunger and disease are widespread, Viking raids are still common, and explorers are just beginning to investigate beyond the confines of Europe. Into this turbulence Vallon, a minor nobleman, escapes from a Moorish prison, becoming the leader of a motley crew of adventurers who travel thousands of miles from continental Europe to Iceland, across the steppes of Russia, to ransom Sir Walter, captive of the Turkish leader Suleyman. Ten years in the making, this nearly 700-page novel is replete with historically accurate details of medieval warfare, falconry (which plays a central role in the plot), and the hardships of travel by land and sea. In spite of the era's prevailing disregard for the sanctity of life and human dignity, the small band of men and women forge an uncommon fellowship of love and honor. VERDICT Lyndon is a debut author worth watching and will be appreciated by readers of Bernard Cornwell and Steven Pressfield. Let's hope we won't have to wait another ten years for his next book. [Redhook is the Hachette Book Group's new commercial fiction imprint.-Ed.]-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage P.L., AK (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.