Standard of Honor [NOOK Book]

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The season's most eagerly awaited thriller has arrived.

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Knights Templar order member Sir Henry St. Clair is asked by Richard the Lionheart to join his army and free the Holy Land in a war. Sir Henry reluctantly ...
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Overview

The season's most eagerly awaited thriller has arrived.

FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK


Knights Templar order member Sir Henry St. Clair is asked by Richard the Lionheart to join his army and free the Holy Land in a war. Sir Henry reluctantly agrees, but the many intrigues of Crusade leaders bring the St. Clair family and the Order to the edge of disaster.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This second entry in Whyte's Templar trilogy (after Knights of the Black and White), covering Richard the Lionhearted's crusade, finds the author in top form. Alexander Sinclair, a Knight of the Temple, is part of a 50,000-man army headed to battle in the Lower Galilee. At stake for the Christian army is its claim to the Holy Land, now under the jurisdiction of Kurdish Saracen leader Saladin. The coming disaster will force English King Richard to raise an even larger army and set sail from England himself, along with Henry St. Clair, the English army's master-at-arms, and Henry's son, Andre, a member of the secret Templar society, Brotherhood of Sion. Whyte gilds the tangled political complications of the late 12th century with a rich trove of Templar lore-a treat for some readers, but superfluous for the more action oriented. And action is the point here: few authors can match Whyte when it comes to epic battle scenes involving blazing heat, choking dust, rearing horses and thousands of sword-wielding knights and Saracens locked in mortal combat. (Dec.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The Templar Trilogy (Knights of the Black and White, 2006) continues as Europe's most powerful knights follow Richard the Lionheart on his crusade against the armies of Saladin. It's 1187. On his last legs, Henry II refuses to name his gay son Richard as heir to the throne of England and the string of duchies on the continent. The king is just being ornery. Richard is the greatest warrior of his time, a real man's man-and there are plenty of ways to get around that production-of-an-heir business. When the king dies in 1189, Richard lines up the best and the brightest to go to the Holy Land to avenge the recent stupendous rout of the Christians. At the top of the prince's must-have list are Henry and Andre St. Clair. Widowed Henry is moping about his estate in Poitou, mourning his wife and readying himself to join her, when son Andre gets into a spot of woman trouble, from which he is capably rescued by the St. Clairs' feudal lord, Richard Plantagenet. Accompanying the Lionheart on this foray is Robert de Sable, a member of the Templars' crypto-Jewish inner circle, the Brotherhood of Sion. Richard shakes Henry out of his funk and bullies the old warrior into becoming his Master-at-Arms for the upcoming crusade. Meanwhile, de Sable prompts Andre to renew his lapsed commitment to the Templars and the Brotherhood of Sion in addition to serving his king. Once the younger St. Clair reaches Palestine, the Brotherhood instructs him, he must contact his Scottish cousin Alec, who has spent the past few years as a prisoner of the Saracens. Two comely queens have cameo roles as everyone marches off to reclaim the Middle East for the Christians. Middle-of-the-adventure story told in sturdy,serviceable prose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101215296
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/24/2008
  • Series: A Templar Novel , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 151,022
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland. He is the author of nine Arthurian novels set in Roman Britain, the Camulod series. Whyte's novels are also published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and Russia. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Disappointing

    I have read Jack's Camulod series' and really enjoyed them. This Templars' series just never gets up and running. It's as if he doesn't know where he's going with the books. The whole story of the Templar's and their 'secret society' is being told over and over again, and Jack doesn't seem to present anything new or interesting. There are alot of boring and mundane happenings going on in this book, and we never really have any anticipation or action that builds up. Final review Don't bother.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fabulous historical fiction tale

    Led by Richard the Lionhearted, 50,000 soldiers are ready to do battle to regain the Holy Land from the Saracen chieftain Saladin and his forces. Amongst Richard¿s army is Knight of the Templar Alexander Sinclair, who is willing to die to see the Christians succeed in this Crusade against the unfaithful. He and the rest of the force believe victory is theirs because God is on their side. However, to the shock and consternation of the Christian Crusaders, the battle by Galilee turns into a defeat. Richard refuses to quit on his dream of the Holy Land controlled by Christians he plans to raise another but bigger army. To do so he sails home accompanied by his loyal master-at-arms Henry St. Clair and the armorer¿s son, Andre, a Templar belonging to the top secret Brotherhood of Sion, a group with their own agenda. The second Templar tale (see KNIGHTS OF THE BLACK AND WHITE) is a fabulous historical fiction tale that brings alive the Lionhearted Crusade in the Holy Land and the king¿s efforts to raise money and men. The story line plays out on two levels. First there is throughout all sorts of political shenanigans occurring as everyone has a secret agenda second there are the battles between the Christian Defenders of the Faith and the Saracens defending their Holy Land. Jack Whyte provides a strong vivid middle tale so picturesque readers will taste the desert dust.------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    A great blend of history and fiction.

    Jack Whyte does a good job of character development in this trilogy that blends his characters together in plots that are exciting and historical. His descriptions allow the reader to visualize the surroundings and situations. I do not understand why these books have not been turned into movies or a mini series.

    REMO

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    Loved it!

    If you have ever wondered about the legend of the Templars or why we have Friday the 13th, this book is for you. It is a guaranteed page turner. It also answered several questions about the Middle East and why relations with them have always been so strained. This trilogy would be a great book club selection.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Not as good at #1

    I found the book tedious and hard to follow at times. Not much action... It seems like a book that is setting the scene for the next one where the boring part of the story has to be told. I finally finished but the excruciating detail was almost too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    very enjoyable, hard to put down.

    An excellent read, I read the first novel in the series.
    This was even better, Jack Whyte brings it to life.....
    Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

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    A good fictional/historic read

    Anyone interested in the Knights Templar and who has a reading awareness of this subject would enjoy reading this novel. It is not a fast read...take your time.....

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