Angus has taken the good old Robin Hood legend by the neck and shaken and stirred it for the 21st Century. Forget all you thought you knew about Robin, Alan Dale, Friar Tuck, that King Richard snake, Terry Thomas and Maid Marion and prepare to ‘meet the Godfather of Sherwood.’
This bio of Angus is taken from his website:
“Angus Donald was born in China 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 20 years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London.”
February 2017: His next book(s) will be out soon!
The story outlines are from Amazon and/or the book cover. Where applicable, I’ve included covers and links to both UK and US versions.
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.
Arrows will fly. Swords will swing. Heroes will fall. Legends will survive. And the Holy Land will never be the same.
1190 AD: Richard the Lionheart has launched his epic crusade to seize Jerusalem from the cruel Saracens. Marching with the vast royal army is Britain’s most famous, most feared, most ferocious warrior: the Outlaw of Nottingham, the Earl of Locksley — Robin Hood himself.
With his band of loyal men at his side, Robin cuts a bloody swathe on the brutal journey east. Daring and dangerous, he can outwit and outlast any foe — but the crimson battlefields of the Holy Land are the ultimate proving ground. And within Robin’s camp lurks a traitor — a stealthy enemy determined to slay Christendom’s greatest outlaw before the trumpets fade.
Blazingly paced and richly imagined, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters and packed with fast, furious action, Holy Warrior is adventure at its thrilling, white-knuckle best.
The third crusade is over. Richard the Lionheart is bound for England. But with all the princes of Europe united against him . . . can the greatest warrior in Christendom make it safely home?
The lion is chained. Captured. Bound. Imprisoned. King Richard’s slim hope of salvation rests on one man – a former outlaw, a vengeful earl, a man who scoffs at Holy Mother Church. Robin Hood. For King and country Robin and his loyal lieutenant Alan Dale will risk all – from blood-soaked battlefields to deadly assassins – to see the Lionheart restored to his rightful throne.
The US paperback cover is the same as the UK version. Buy it here.
May 1194. Finally released from captivity, Richard the Lionheart is in Normandy engaged in a bloody war to drive the French out of his continental patrimony. Using the brutal tactics of medieval warfare – siege, savagery and scorched earth – the Lionheart is gradually pushing back the forces of King Philip of France. By his side in this epic struggle are Robert, Earl of Locksley, better known as the erstwhile outlaw Robin Hood, and Sir Alan Dale, his loyal friend, and a musician and warrior of great skill and renown.
But while the battles rage and the bodies pile up, Robin seems only to be interested in making a profit from the devastation of war, while Alan is preoccupied with discovering the identity the man who ordered his father’s death ten years earlier – and the mystery is leading him to Paris, deep in the heart of the enemy’s territory.
A home burned. When past crimes resurface, Sir Alan Dale, loyal lieutenant of the Earl of Locksley – better known as the murderous thief Robin Hood – faces terrible vengeance at the hands of those that he and his master have wronged. A family threatened. With his beloved wife on her deathbed, Sir Alan must seek salvation by following Robin into the lair of their enemy, the mysterious leader of a band of renegade Templars, on the trail of the most precious object in the world: the Holy Grail. Only a miracle can save them. As vengeful Templars hound Robin and his men across England and France, deals done with mighty lords turn to bloody battle. The companions must find the Cup of Christ before they face certain destruction.
Buy the US version of Grail Knight here.
The Iron Castle
Normandy Ablaze. AD 1203: England and France are locked in a brutal struggle for power. The fate of the embattled duchy of Normandy is in the hands of the weak and untrustworthy King John. Facing disaster, he calls for help from a former outlaw – Robin Hood. The Earl of Lockley. As King Philip II’s army rips through the Norman defences, Robin – the Earl of Locksley – leads a savage mercenary force into battle under the English banner, supported by his loyal lieutenant Sir Alan Dale. But defeat is only one castle away. The Iron Castle. The most powerful fortress in Christendom, only Château Gaillard can resist the French advance. Robin and Alan must defend this last bastion against overwhelming force – for if the Iron Castle falls, Normandy will fall with it.
The King’s Assassin
The yoke of tyranny. King John is scheming to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising the money for new armies by bleeding dry peasants and nobles alike, not least the Earl of Locksley – the former outlaw Robin Hood – and his loyal man Sir Alan Dale. The call to arms. As rebellion brews across the country and Robin Hood and his men are dragged into the war against the French in Flanders, a plan is hatched that will bring the former outlaws and their families to the brink of catastrophe – a plan to kill the King. The roar of revolution. England explodes into bloody civil war and Alan and Robin must decide who to trust – and who to slaughter. And while Magna Carta might be the answer to their prayers for peace, first they will have to force the King to submit to the will of his people . . .
The Death of Robin Hood
War rages across the land. In the wake of Magna Carta, King John’s treachery is revealed and the barons rise against him once more. Fighting with them is the Earl of Locksley – the former outlaw Robin Hood – and his right-hand man, Sir Alan Dale.
When the French enter the fray, with the cruel White Count leading the charge, Robin and Alan must decide where their loyalties lie: with those who would destroy the king and seize his realm, or with the beloved land of their birth.
A hero lives forever
Fate is inexorable and death waits for us all. Or does it? Can Robin Hood pull off his greatest ever trick and cheat the Grim Reaper one last time just as England needs him most?
Robin Hood (Narrativas Historicas) I stand to be corrected, as the man in the orthopaedic shoes said, but I think this is the Spanish version of Outlaw. Judging by the use of the arrow from the US versions of the Outlaw series.
Spanish isn’t anywhere near a language I understand, but…that is a great cover. The figure at the bottom there, whom I presume is Robin, is exactly how I pictured him in certain scenes. Well done to the designer and artist of that cover.
Other book sellers I can recommend
There are other good paces to order Angus’ books. And other authors’ of course. One I’m liking tremendously, is The Book Depository. Mainly because they offer ‘free’ shipping to anywhere in the world. Their prices are a little more than Amazon’s (to cover the ‘free’?), but for pre-orders, sent to Denmark where I live – as you can’t add to pre-orders later, to get it above the £25 that qualifies for free Super Saver to Denmark – they are actually cheaper than Amazon.
If you’re looking for difficult to find versions, like a hardback version of one long ago released in paperback, try Abe Books. They will more often than not be second-hand, but quality is generally higher than Amazon’s similar offerings, I’m finding.
Other stuff: Angus is working on a Graphic Novel version of (at least) the first in the Outlaw series, as we speak. It seems to be at the planning stage at now, with some initial character sketches being done. You can read more about this exciting project and see some of the first sketches, on Angus’ Facebook page.