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The Broken Sword [Mass Market Paperback]

Molly Cochran , Warren Murphy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Oct. 15 1998
Camelot in New York?

Not long ago, Arthur was an ordinary boy. Now he knows that he is the legendary King Arthur, returned to lead not just Britain but all mankind into a new era of justice, peace, and freedom. Accompanied by the wizard Merlin; Hal, an ex-FBI agent who is now Arthur's bodyguard; and a young girl who holds the powers of the ancient Druids, Arthur seeks the tools of his great work--the Holy Grail and the sword Excalibur.

The Grail's magic has attracted the attention of a powerful sorcerer who will do anything and kill anyone to claim its power. To protect Arthur, Hal summons the Knights of the Round Table from their enchanted slumber in the mists of Camelot. The Knights--now New York City's newest motorcycle club--find the 20th century a confusing time, but they know their mission--fight evil and save the King.

In the final battle, Arthur learns that having right on your side is not always enough. Sometimes there are sacrifices to be made. Will the Round Table never rise again? Will this Camelot, like the last, fade too soon into memory?

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In a Moroccan bazaar, amidst gunfire and chaos, a battered cup falls into a blind girl's hand, and her eyes are filled with light. But Beatrice is not alone in her appreciation of the Holy Grail, and her vision goes deeper than the surface. She meets Taliesin, who brings her to Arthur, and they join forces to protect the power of the Grail from abuse and to protect themselves from a soulless, amoral man who will stop at nothing to possess it.

The Broken Sword is almost too fast-paced, packed with agonizing cliffhangers as peril presses young Arthur, Beatrice, and Hal (Galahad, now a retired FBI agent) on all sides, though the lengthy recapitulations of Arthur's and Taliesin's previous lives detract from the real story in the 20th century. But The Broken Sword has a complete-feeling ending that puts Arthur, his recovered knights, Beatrice, and Merlin happily in place for future victories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA. This complex sequel to The Forever King (Tor, 1992) provides an unusual, creative blending of elements of reincarnation, witchcraft, magic, and Christianity without really being about any one of them. In it, King Arthur of Camelot and Merlin, reincarnated as a 20th-century teenager and an old man, rescue the Holy Grail from evil villains. Hal, the retired FBI agent of the first novel is also of assistance, as are the knights of the Round Table. An action-packed opening scene grabs readers' attention. However, this pace is not evenly maintained throughout. Although the difficult vocabulary can usually be understood in context, and the shifts in time back to the original Arthurian histories are usually clear, this novel will be most appreciated by more advanced readers. The increased amount of violence also necessitates a greater maturity level. The authors keep the silly scenes of the medieval knights confronting 20th-century culture (riding motorcycles, etc.) to a minimum.?Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing Nov. 12 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The is a sequel to The Forever King and, like most sequels, it doesn't measure up. Pass it by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than the first one! Aug. 9 2002
By Jojo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yeah so I'm not usually into sequels but damn, this book kicked so much! I loved the Forever king, but the Broken sword is even better! I love the new characters and when I finished it I was dissapointed. It should've been longer! I wish there had been a sequel to this one as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WORK OF ART!!! JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST June 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I can't say enought about this book. It was just as good as its counterpart. I hope that there is a third book soon. The details Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy put into this book are so great that you almost can see what is actually happening. I recommend this book to anyone who loves great books no matter what type you enjoy reading. Just read the first few pages and you will be hooked.
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I love this follow-up to The Forever King. The characters were awesome and the story is interesting and engaging. I just wish there were more books in the series. If you enjoy King Author or just good story then this book and its predecessor are great reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great sequel Dec 13 2001
By Sarah
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a great sequel a little darker than the first but wow i couldnt put this book down it arrived two days ago started reading it yesterday morning and couldnt sleep untill i finished I really reccomend this especially if you like any of their other books
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT NOVEL!! March 17 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Murphy and Cochran have done themselves well with this novel. Although I liked The Forever King better, this novel also intrigued me.
First of all, let me list the few faults this novel had compared to the first one: it was a lot darker than the first novel, it had too much on the history of the characters, and it didn't even develop the evil character, Aubrey Katsuleris (Thanatos). Sure, he was developed in some way, but Cochran and Murphy could have taken out about 15 of the 70 or so historical pages involving Arthur and Taliesin, and put Katsuleris into it.
Next, the good things: it displayed Merlin's past, which is good in some ways, we got to see the knights come together again, the bad guy was a lot better in this one, and it was just so great! Worth reading, although I advise you all to read The Forever King before this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars.....BUT Dec 25 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I won't go into much detail of the book, but suffice it to say that if you enjoy Arthurian myth, but with a twist, then you will totally love this book. The intertwining of past and present is extremely well done, tastefully and with great respect to the Arthurian legends of old, but with a flare lacking in the classical works. My ONLY complaint about the 2 book series is that they cut out what had been a very high profile character and left the fate of this character hanging, and I'd like to know what happens :) Maybe we'll get lucky and there will be a 3rd book to close it out properly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's OK. Sept. 12 2000
By Allan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's OK to like this book. it's friendly, it's fuzzy, it's... it is, in the end, a kid's book written for adults. Or an adults book, written for kids. Thoroughly enjoyable, a good adventure based on all the old stories and fables. It's a yarn that needed to be told (wasn't Arthur known as the once and future king?) and Cochran and Murphy tell it well.
The sequel will be interesting - a republican king? And what will Charles, Camilla, Henry, and all that pasty-faced lot do?
Listen - if you have any interest in the Arthurian stories, you'll have to read it, because it does add to the lexicon.
But if you want something that tells what Arthur and Co. might have really got up to, go to Amazon's Bernard Cornwell site, and buy the Winter King series. Now, that's Arthur!
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