Reviews

The Irish Times review for The Last Horseman

This adventurous, thrilling historical novel has at its core the Boer War, one not featured much in fiction, and spans various countries’ histories. … The South African maelstrom is well…


Vipers Blood - The Bookbag Review

Bowman and commander Thomas Blackstone is one of Edward III’s greatest weapons, bringing him potentially head to head against the Dauphin once again. However, faced with an elongated stale…


Thomas Blackstone is an excellent character

‘I confess I’m hooked. Thomas Blackstone is an excellent character. Roll on the next one.’ Viper’s Blood is a compelling and dark chronicle of war, lightened only briefly by the camaraderie…


hang onto his every breath-taking, shock ridden, plot-twisting word

‘(Where’s that six star rating when you need it?)… stunning twists that David has so skilfully built around his grippingly excellent framework. Once again Mr Gilman demonstrates why he’s a…


a shocking climax that I doubt I’ll forget

‘David Gilman, again, achieves wonders with his recreation of the Hundred Years War. The tension builds throughout, leading to a shocking climax that I doubt I’ll forget.’


A compelling ride

David Gilman proves himself yet again to be an exceptional talent when it comes to historical novels. Meticulous research, fascinating period details, grab-you-by-the-throat action and wonderfully…


Experience every step and emotion along the way

As a rule i tend to avoid books that touch on the troubles in Ireland, too close to home, and a bit modern. But this book was always much more than that, it may start in Ireland and the Irish element…


HISTORICAL ACCURACY & A CRACKING YARN

Having read and enjoyed the Master of War series, I had high hopes for The Last Horseman: I was, most definitely, not disappointed. Not since James A Michener have I read such an authentic historical…


Defiant Unto Death - Falcata Times

The second book from David in his cracking Master of War series and one that I’ve been waiting for for what feels like forever. Not that I’m an impatient reader but when you get treated to a…


Defiant Unto Death from Parmenion Books

This novel can be dark, there are blood and guts a plenty, and it encompasses everyone in Blackstone’s life (no one is safe), yet the author writes his scenes so powerfully it literally drags the…


David not only matched the quality of the original but for me exceeded it

The second book from David in his cracking Master of War series and one that I’ve been waiting for for what feels like forever. Not that I’m an impatient reader but when you get treated to a…


Battles so well invoked one can almost smell them

Hold tight, this is see-saw drama at its best. Thomas may be a de facto Norman lord now but the combination of that and his English birth when there’s a paranoid French king in charge is a…