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The Walking Drum (original 1984; edition 1999)

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Warrior, lover, and scholar, Kerbouchard boldly sweeps through the castles, villages, and galleys of twelfth-century Europe, in an adventure that takes him from the shores of Brittany to the steppes of Russia.
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The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amour (1984)

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Instead of stereotyping westerns here, [a:Louis L'Amour|858|Louis L'Amour|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1235406999p2/858.jpg] does medieval Europe.

It was fun, but it got kind of tiring having the hero bash Europe, praise the Middle East, learn EVERYTHING in about 2 days, and get into a new kind of danger at the end of every chapter.

So it was a typical L'Amour :D ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
An expansive look at Muslim/Celtic/Eastern Asian cultures in the 1200's. It felt like I was reading non-fiction with a little plot thrown in along the way. There were a few interesting characters and glimpses into different lifestyles. Thoroughly researched and meticulously written, I almost got lost in the detail several times. The overall storyline was okay, it just took a lot of words to get there. I really enjoyed The Lonesome Gods by the same author but this one dragged a lot. I did finish it and learned several "life lessons" with the main character Mathurin Kerbouchard. ( )
  JenW1 | May 7, 2014 |
This novel is set during the period of the Assassins in Europe (The word assassin comes from the drug hashish check your dictionary etymology or an encyclopedia), when this group drugged and hypnotized young men and sent them off to knock of heads of countries if they didn't get what they wanted in terms of money or policy.

The hero in this takes them on. Will he be the first to escape unscathed?

Good story.
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  Bruce_Deming | Nov 2, 2013 |
Product Description Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century. At the center of The Walking Drum is Kerbouchard, one of L'Amour's greatest heroes. Warrior, lover, scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger and revenge. Across the Europe, the Russian steppes and through the Byzantine wonder of Constantinople, gateway to Asia, Kerbouchard is thrust into the heart of the treacheries, passions, violence and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time. From castle to slave gallery, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess's secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure of an ancient world you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L'Amour's stories of the American West. From the Publisher Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century. At the center of The Walking Drum is Kerbouchard, one of L'Amour's greatest heroes. Warrior, lover, scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger and revenge. Across the Europe, the Russian steppes and through the Byzantine wonder of Constantinople, gateway to Asia, Kerbouchard is thrust into the heart of the treacheries, passions, violence and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time. From castle to slave gallery, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess's secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure of an ancient world you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L'Amour's stories of the American West. ( )
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This novel is set during the period of the Assassins in Europe (The word assassin comes from the drug hashish check your dictionary etymology or an encyclopedia), when this group drugged and hypnotized young men and sent them off to knock of heads of countries if they didn't get what they wanted in terms of money or policy.

The hero in this takes them on. Will he be the first to escape unscathed?

Good story. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Mar 24, 2013 |
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