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Bloodstone [Hardcover]

David Gemmell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sept. 15 1994
27 years after the events of "The Last Guardian", Jon Shannow, now a peaceful preacher, takes up his guns again. At first he is simply chasing brigands, but he comes to realize that a deadly evil is once more threatening his world - and others.

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'Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans' -- TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David Gemmell is so committed to his work that he's offered to leap naked out of an airplane if it would appeal to readers. We haven't taken him up on the offer. However, David has also acknowledged that three of his major influences were Louis Lamour, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stan Lee. Tolkien wrote back, Lamour passed away before David had any opportunity to contact him, and Stan Lee lived thousands of miles away from David's British home. One out of three wasn't bad, but it could be improved upon.

We were at the San Diego ComicCon, rustling up new readers, and David had just finished a two-hour continuous signing. A friend of mine spotted a familiar face, so I excused myself and darted away, returning a few moments later to say, "David Gemmell, I'd like you to meet Stan Lee." A tall, ruddy, and normally poised individual, David was struck speechless. Here was the man who, through his Marvel Comics stories, had reinvented the relationship between heroes and villains, forever blurring the barriers between good and evil. Before long the two fantasists were chatting away happily. Stan's wife, Joan, being British, was especially gracious to the London-born Gemmell. And Stan quickly demanded an autographed copy of LEGEND.

David's a dynamic storyteller. His lands live and breathe. His heroes are mighty swordsmen, ax-wielders, and post-apocalyptic adventurers. In their prime they were the best in the business, but in David's tales, they've often passed their prime, so all they really want is peace and quiet. But life (and the author) aren't that kind, and these heroes are forced out of retirement, forced to face bloody hordes of the undead, armies from Hell. Worse, his heroes are generally saddled with young, green heroes. (Nothing drives you crazy more than a cocky kid.) But they overcome, and the cocky kids become heroes, too. This is great reading.
                                                                        --Steve Saffel, Senior Editor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloodstone Jan. 12 2001
By Michael
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After 20 years, Jon Shannow, the legendary Jerusalem Man, returns for a deadly showdown with the Bloodstone. The vicious Jerusalem Riders, and the apostle Saul unwittingly help this monstrous beast that feeds on souls. Then Shannow finds out it was in fact him who????
I highly recommend this book. Gemmell has outdone himself in the world of twists and turns. Nobody throws you like Gemmell, so go and get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storytelling Aug. 16 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Gemmel create in Jon Shannow a character many would wish to become yet fall short. Because he is not a man who tries to become a legend rather someone who searches, like the antithesis of a hero in John Campbell's "Hero With a Thousand Faces" Shannow never sought glory, yet he has found that spark in every human being that makes him a hero. He realized at an early age that something is more important than himself. In his deeds he became something more than human, yet he is more human than many. You can flower the book and the character with alliterations and adjectives but the main core of Shannow is that of a haunted man yet duty bound to fulfill all that he will ever be no matter what the circumstance.
One cannot read the fifth book in the bloodstone novels and not have some form of reaction. For many will be wondered by the vivid characters Gemmel writes to the detailed battle sequences he describes. Yet there is more to this book than great writing, the struggles are real, we face them every day. We all see a bit of ourselves in the Jerusalem man from the desire for peace to his knowledge and ability to survive no matter the tribulation. He will inspire you and he will force you to question your soul.
Gemmel is truly a great story teller who has the ability to tell vivid worlds in just a few worlds. I have read many of his works this was my favorite, the Jerusalem Man my favorite. This story both saddened me and enlightened me.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
A typical Gemmell book. It will keep you gripped right up to the twist at the end. So far he hasn't written a dud.
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