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Product Details

  • Paperback: 622 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803220359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803220355
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #771,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Lamb knew how to write straight-ahead adventure the way Michelangelo knew how to paint.”—S. M. Stirling
(S. M. Stirling 2009-03-06)

"Rest assured that every single solitary tale within the covers of Swords From the West is worth reading."—Deuce Richardson, Cimmerian
(Deuce Richardson Cimmerian 2009-09-30)

"As a young writer and history buff, I loved Harold Lamb, and this reprinting of the seventeen so-called "Crusader stories" from Adventure Magazine reminded me why. . . . His imagination, his gifts of plot and action writing, and his passion for worlds and peoples not white, not western and not like us, make the book a delight to read."—Cecelia Holland, Historical Novels Review
(Cecelia Holland Historical Novels Review)

About the Author

Harold Lamb (1892–1962), who wrote biographies and screenplays as well as historical fiction, is best remembered for his tales of Cossacks and Crusaders. Howard Andrew Jones is the managing editor of Black Gate magazine and the editor of the Bison Books editions of Harold Lamb’s Wolf of the Steppes, Warriors of the Steppes, Riders of the Steppes, and Swords of the Steppes.
Robert Weinberg is the author of sixteen novels including The Web of Arachnos and Spinning the Clay into Stars. The author of several nonfiction books and the editor of many anthologies, he has also been writing comic books for the past several years.
More information about Harold Lamb and his works is available at www.haroldlamb.com.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dab3d14) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x9d22e5c0) out of 5 stars none better Dec 25 2009
By Greg Prohl - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love rip-roaring adventure, historical fiction, great storytelling, swordfighting, the Middle Ages, and/or all of the above, then Harold Lamb is the writer for you! At the risk of overstating his virtues and sliding into hyperbole, I can only say that, for me, discovering Harold Lamb has been like finding a lost world that I've been searching for my entire life. He really is the Godfather of all manner of 20th Century adventure fiction: Conan, Lord of the Rings, even Star Wars, none of these would be the same, or perhaps even exist as we know them, without someone like Lamb to lay the groundwork. In Swords from the West, he gives us a number of noble, heroic, intelligent protagonists who succeed in their various quests and endeavors by their wits as often as by their brawn. Perhaps, in this day and age, it's asking too much of a post-modern, attention-deficit, irony-drenched reading public to embrace a simpler era of clearcut heroes and villains. If so, then how sad for those who pass up the opportunity to discover a whole world of intrigue, betrayals, exotic lands, rich characters, thrilling battle scenes, revenge and rescue, all set in detailed, historically accurate settings ranging from Venice to the Holy Land, Persia, the Caucusus, the Caspian Sea, and many, many more.

Swords from the West contains a dozen or so short stories and three short novels (approx. 100 to 130 pages), most of them featuring knights or men of arms involved in some way with the Crusades. Some of them are en route to the Holy Land, some have made it there, others are returning. Most of them are, in some way, flawed and imperfect but admirable men of honor, true to their word, loyal to a fault, and often betrayed and searching for vengeance. The stories are tightly wound, well plotted, fast-paced with surprises and plot twists abounding. Lamb's powers of physical description are seemingly limitless. With just a few sentences he conjures up an entire setting that you can see, hear and smell, sets the story in motion and the reader is left hanging on to every word until it reaches its inevitable, satisfying conclusion.

I particularly loved the longer stories in this volume, The Grand Cham and The Making of the Morning Star, but many of the shortes stories are just as rich and powerful. If you buy this book, and I certainly recommend you do so, also check out his other collections, especially the Khlit the Cossack stories found in Wolf of the Steppes. Great adventures await you!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d22e9ec) out of 5 stars Outstaning aventure! Feb. 3 2010
By Michael J. Sackmary - Published on Amazon.com
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The stories in this 600 page volume are fun, fast-paced and interesting. If you love adventure stories, this is a must-read. These stories deal with the Crusades, mostly from the Crusaders' points of view. A companion volume Swors from the Desert, eals with the Arab, Iranian, etc point of view. This book is a good value, and at 600 pages long, you'll certainly fin some stories you love.
HASH(0x9d22ec14) out of 5 stars Lamb - a great writer, but weak on historical accuracy Nov. 17 2015
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Well written, but that's Lamb. In at least one of his stories, Tamerlane is a key character. Harold Lamb did not do his research about Tamerlane. Lamb presented him as being indifferent about religion and even welcoming to Christians. Truth is Tamerlane was a zealous Muslim and went out of his way to ravage any Christian kingdoms he came across, including Georgia and Armenia.

A historical novella with bad history spoils the whole assortment of stories. I write this because when I find a glaring historical inaccuracy in one story, I wonder how many others are also founded on bad history.

Harold Lamb is a great writer. I first read his books as a boy. Now, a life time later, I can spot some historical inaccuracies and they spoil his story.
HASH(0x9d22eb0c) out of 5 stars an adventurous read July 27 2013
By Eugene C. Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed lamb's non-fiction growing up. His history brought figures such as Hannibal tammerlane and Cyrus the great to life as I read them. I discovered his adventure stories as an adult. I rank his stories right up there with Robert Howard. I thoroughly enjoyed his Cossack series and these are just as good. It's a real shame that Adventure magazine is no longer available to inspire today's youth. This collection includes tales of the immediate aftermath of the third crusade. It's like sitting at the feet of Sharazade and hearing a new tale every night.
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HASH(0x9d22ed04) out of 5 stars One of the writers who influenced R.E Howard. Jan. 31 2012
By Svarog The Mighty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains various short stories from pulp magazines Howard Lamb wrote in the early 20th century. Swashbuckling crusaders and knights. Reading this I realized how much Robert E. Howard was influenced by Lamb. Although Lamb is a better writer as far as characterization goes, Howard was the master at the detail of a scene. This book is a great read. Lamb was a teacher of history and studied the far east and middle east extensively and it shows in his work. One of my favorite books. Also check out his warriors of the steppes. I wish I would have found out about Lamb sooner!