Sunday, August 29, 2010

Robin Hood by David B. Coe

Robin Hood
by David B. Coe

Published: 2010
Genre: Action, Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Paperback: 304 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
Oscar® winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured through out popular mythology. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world

And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people. Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army.

Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest.

Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.

With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king, and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure.

This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): archery

Very enjoyable and action-packed novel of the beginnings of Robin Hood.

There's some mystery in they story as it portrays a Robin who does not remember his childhood due to a traumatic event.

And a touch of romance, of course ;-D

I missed the movie version when it was in the theatre, but have it Netflixed.

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