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Swords from the West [Paperback]

Harold Lamb , Howard Andrew Jones , Robert Weinberg

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Sept. 1 2009
Beset by enemies on every side and torn by internal divisions, the crusader kingdoms were a hotbed of intrigue, where your greatest ally might be your natural enemy. Because lives and kingdoms often rested on the edge of a sword blade, it was a time when a bold heart and a steady hand would see you far—so long as you watched your back.
 
Here, for the first time, are all seventeen of Harold Lamb’s uncollected crusader stories in one volume. Read now of the fall of kingdoms and the fate of doomed men, of desperate battles and brave comrades, of shrewd maids and scheming nobles. Join Nial O’Gordon, a young crusader riding deep into Asia to forget his past. Venture forth with Sir Robert of Antioch to cross blades with the Mongol hordes. Join King Richard the Lionhearted for his last battle. Stand firm beside Sir John and his Arab friend Khalil against a band of traitors. And sail out with Michael Bearn on a mission of vengeance, as he risks his life to bring down a sultan and his kingdom.

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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)

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

"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)

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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5.0 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
5.0 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.
5.0 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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5.0 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Swords and Iron Men March 21 2014
By FilAmfighter1 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was good book with nice collection of stories across Eurasia with many good adventures. Fun to read not for the PC crowd! Author wrote just how was good and bad.
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