Agent: Isobel Dixon
Award-winning screenwriter, who has written for successful long-running series like DALZIEL AND PASCOE and A TOUCH OF FROST.
MASTER OF WAR is the first book of David Gilman's new series written for the adult market that follows the fortunes of Thomas Blackstone, a village stonemason in England sent to fight with King Edward's army as an archer against the French in 1346. In the bloodiest of conflicts he discovers friendship, love and sacrifice but his destiny has yet to be played out. From humble beginnings this common man's reputation becomes legend. Rich in historical detail, MASTER OF WAR propels the cast of characters on an epic journey through the violence and political intrigue of the 100 Years' War.
David is also author of the DANGER ZONE YA adventure series featuring plucky hero Max Gordon. Each book in the trilogy has a different geographical setting. THE DEVIL'S BREATH won the prestigious French award, Le Prix Polar Jeunesse, was shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award and the Spellbinding Award, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and picked for the UK government's recommended reading list for boys. It was also shortlisted for the 2010-2011 Isinglass Teen Read Award in New Hampshire, USA.
'I'm totally bedazzled. I'd never thought that another writer could rival Bernard Cornwell when it came to dramatizing battles, but David is giving him a real run for his money. The battle scenes are so realistic it is almost like time-traveling, though definitely not for the faint of heart. Thomas is an incredibly appealing and sympathetic character. And the level of suspense is ratcheted up to a truly brutal level, for it is impossible for a reader to predict what will be coming next' –Sharon Penman.