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Publisher's Summary

AD 1453. The great city of Constantinople, last remnant of the once-mighty Roman Empire, falls to the Ottoman armies of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.
An English knight named Sir John Page is taken prisoner by the Ottomans and forced to entertain the Sultan with tales of the West. Page chooses to tell the story of his own long career as a soldier of fortune in France, Bohemia, and the Italian city-states.
Page’s tale begins in the year of Agincourt, Henry V’s famous victory over the French. As the bastard son of Thomas Page, a famous mercenary captain known as the Half-Hanged Man or the Wolf of Burgundy, Page soon acquires the nickname of the Wolf Cub.
After slaying his cousin in a duel, Page flees his home and joins a band of outlaws in the forests of Sussex. At last - tired of the brutality of his companions - he decides to leave England and join the English army in Normandy. There he endures brutal sieges, vicious combats, torture, betrayal, and imprisonment, all to win glory and redeem his father's name.
Trapped in the Sultan’s prison, Page must hope his story is enough to save him from the executioner’s blade...at least for another three days....
©2015, 2018 David Pilling (P)2018 David Pilling
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4 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 03-25-18

Three more days

The audible synopsis is quite comprehensive. The book basically starts after John’s mother dies, and eventually he goes off to start his career as a soldier, and ends up in France with King Henry of England’s army as they attempt to take Normandy. The story is based on a real poem written by John Page (a true person of history) that tells the tale of the campaign and its effects. The poem is referenced and quoted throughout parts of the book. The book ends with this segment of his story complete (is it enough to grant him three more days?), but it is obvious there is another book.

I listened to one other book by this narrator and he improved on this book. His female voices were more realistic. He used accents that seemed fairly natural and had individual voices for each character. I rate his performance a 4/5, but reduced that to 3 due to the editing.
I would listen to another book read by this narrator.

The editing and production of this book was poor. There were many audio mistakes in editing, especially in the last third of book. Very often we’d hear several renditions of a sentence that were recorded in an effort to get the tone correct. There were also mispronounced words. Eg. “gaoler” was pronounced “gowler” instead of “jailer”, the name Isabeau was pronounced “isaboo” instead of “isabow”. One or two mistakes can be forgiven, but the number in this book is downright sloppy.

This is the first book I’ve listened to/ read by this author.
I already have another book (Leader of Battles) lined up and now that I’m finished this one, I can’t wait to start the next.

There are no explicit sex scenes, overly descriptive violence or excessive swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Eric Hunley on 02-21-18

Action-packed historical fiction

This was a fun tale influenced by Arabian Nights. The warrior John Page survives by telling his life story to the Turkish Sultan upon the fall of Constantinople. I don't normally read historical fiction, but enjoyed the book. It was action packed and didn't dwell or slow at any point. I look forward to the continuation of John's story.

Nick Denton did a fine job reading all the characters and elevated the work with his effort.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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