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Essex Dogs Series

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He's a little naive still, and the repetition should have been weeded out by his editor, but wasn't. The Essex Dogs and their leader try to survive the harsh conditions and pillage and loot their way to France. I would love to give you some examples of his imaginative cursing but most of them – actually all of them – are far too rude to repeat. This group of men sleep on the ground, wear mostly leather clothes, and depend on the longbow, sword, ax and knife when fighting. They disembark on the beach, where they meet a barrage of enemy missiles and must scramble to safety as soldiers from other boats drop dead all around them.

The three archers, helped by Millstone and the Scot, had beached the pinnace and were sheltered behind it, waiting to time their run to the cliffside. We are shown the minds of those from the top to the bottom of the army, and also small scale action and the storming of castles. Either the author got bored/ ran out of steam or as I suspect an over zealous editor butchered the original manuscript. A historical saga about a motley crew of English fighters making life miserable for the French during the early days of the Hundred Years’ War.This book starts out brilliantly following a small group of ten soldiers (Englishmen, Scotsmen, Welsh folk and others), the Essex Dogs, as they arrive on the shores of Normandy in 1346 to storm the beaches and take France for King Edward III. Here I think the author really has some fun giving us a whiny Edward, The Black Prince and – my favourite – an Earl of Northampton for whom the descriptions ‘colourful’ and ‘plain-speaking’ don’t do justice. The Essex Dogs were a group of mercenaries, obviously from Essex and they fought under Edward III, during his assault on Normandy as a part of the Hundred Years' War.

Rooted in historical accuracy, and told through an earthy cast of archers, men-at-arms and misfits, Essex Dogs delivers the stark reality of medieval war in the round – and shines a light on ordinary people caught in the storm. Jones creates compelling and authentic characters - bloodthirsty, profane soldiers lacking conscience, killing for coin, yet fighting bravely alongside each other.We creep behind them, cut their throats, and stick their crossbows up their arses, stirrup-end first.

A new champion has entered the front line of historical fiction to stand shoulder to shoulder with Bernard Cornwell. The soldiers' lives are rather brilliantly recreated – the kit, the fighting, the boredom and discomfort.More to the point, Jones gives us a brilliant portrayal of the early months of the Hundred Years War. I had super high expectations and this was probably the book I've been most keen to get to, for some months. This confused me as I didn’t see any indication that this book is the start of a series but I now understand it will be a trilogy. The one distinct character voice in the story is Northampton, but his voice is so over the top that he ends up sounding like some post-watershed character from Blackadder.

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