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In Call To Crusade, Tom Vetter begins the Siege Master series, the epic story of the First Crusade told as never before: as lived by a knight who battles Turks, traitors, starvation and death itself itself to win a crusade and regain holy Jerusalem.. The year is 1070. King Malcolm of Scotland has finally reached a peace of sorts with William, Norman conqueror of England. TIn Call To Crusade, Tom Vetter begins the Siege Master series, the epic story of the First Crusade told as never before: as lived by a knight who battles Turks, traitors, starvation and death itself itself to win a crusade and regain holy Jerusalem.. The year is 1070. King Malcolm of Scotland has finally reached a peace of sorts with William, Norman conqueror of England. To his battle companion, Baron Euan MacDougal and wife Lady Mildred, companion of Queen Margaret, is born son Godric MacEuan. Raised, educated and trained to knighthood amid the royal family's princes, Godric's life is ideal.Then Sir Euan and Lady Mildred die tragically, leaving 11-year old Godric in the hands of his evil older half-brother, Andrew, who hates Godric and resents the favor he has with the Scottish royals.Andrew enslaves Godric as a blacksmith, and his future looks bleak. But the son of a great knight will stay no slave, and Godric frees himself and his friends by his own hand.His fortunes restored, Godric becomes a squire under Count Robert of Flanders, a Peer of France, accompanying the great count on his historic pilgrimage to Jerusalem. That journey, the men who make it and the deeds they perform ultimately set the world afire and launch the First Crusade. And though he is only a squire, it is Godric’s deeds that put the match to the fuse.A gripping story of faith, bravery, and holy war for a worthy cause, Call to Crusade sets the stage. In the Siege Master series, readers will relive the entire First Crusade at Godric’s side and rediscover why this forgotten conflict still matters so much to every person living today.PRAISE FOR THE SIEGE MASTER TALES"The research is solid, the characters believable. Tom Vetter shows, not tells, his story in a very distinctive voice. I laughed and cried and really, really enjoyed it. There's so much humor, action and hidden truth in there. The story is gripping and won't let the reader go. My husband can’t wait to read it.” - Katharina Gerlach, author and publisher,

Title : Call To Crusade
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ISBN : 9781941160008
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Number of Pages : 500 Pages
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Call To Crusade Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-05-26 10:18

    A really good book, based around the late 1070 to 1090 starts and ends in scotland with a trip to the middle east. Would liked more details on first journey to the middle east. would have liked more emotion from the main character, a few flaws would be nice. Hes too perfect needs roughing up especially after what he goes through with his brother's treatment of him.nice to see a novel from this period.3.5stars. after thinking about this all evening i have rounded it up to 4stars.

  • Kimber
    2019-06-05 10:20

    I've read a lot of historical fiction but after receiving this book from the author I realized that I'd never read anything about the history of The First Crusade. Tom Vetter's Call to Crusade is an excellent introduction to the politics and circumstances leading to that 'most holy of wars'. The story follows Godric MacEuan, son of the King Malcolm's right hand man and the Queen's most treasured lady in waiting, best friend to princes and noble in all but birth. Life is good to Godric but not as good to his older, half-brother Andrew, and that is where trouble starts. Soon Godric's circumstances are completely reversed. His family is, for the most part, gone and he is put to work in the local smithy doing hard, manual labor. The next few years consolidate Godric into the man he will become - smart, inquisitive, strong, dangerous and with a well-established sense of right and wrong. He is the perfect man. Through his trials and tribulations Godric develops an interest in the machinery of war. His time at the smithy and with other local labourers provides the talent to further his interest. By the time Godric travels from Scotland to Flanders to Jerusalem and back he has learned enough of siege warfare and engineering to determine that is where his future lies. And we learn along with him. This book is written as a diary from Godric's point of view. The historical facts and the ancient engineering principles are well researched. The only negative to the narrative was that Godric was a perfect man....almost too perfect. Even though the diarist narrative lends itself to ignoring the faults of self, Godric almost never seems to take a wrong step, feel an unknightly emotion or say a cross word. Even in killing and warfare he is always justified. However, this is just the first book in the series. The one that lays down the background and leads to the real meat of the work - The Crusade. I have a feeling Godric won't be as saintly in the future though he professes to fight for the 'good of God'. All in all this was an enjoyable read that took me out of my comfort zone. The journey was worth it.

  • Tom Vetter
    2019-06-16 09:22

    Readers' praise for Call To CrusadeThese are some of the reviews and comments that readers of Call to Crusade have sent me this month. To date, no one failed to enjoy it or panned it as unworthy of their time or money, and only one reader begged for a map of the pilgrimage route; so I have high hopes that you will enjoy it also. I base the rating above on their praise:I loved 'Call to Crusade'! It rates in my top 5 of best books ever! It was gripping, intriguing, and eventful. There was always a new twist that got me hooked (again)! I couldn't put it down and finished it within a week. I can't wait for the sequel! - Harrison, discerning reader"Just received your book. Let me first say that it has one of the finest book cover designs that I have ever seen. The design alone makes one want to open the book and see what adventures wait to be read. The paper used is very white but does not shine and this along with the print size makes for easy on the eyes reading. It is raining so this means no outside work today. Too bad! I will have to spend my time with Lord MacEuan, but I think that I have found a long-term friend that I can accompany on his First Crusade and many adventures to come. I will have to decline the lead role in the movie as my Oscar shelf is full." - "Nef Ced""I have actually been busy at work so my literary critique of your TREMENDOUS novel had to wait until this Friday afternoon. The historical fiction novel is a great way to learn about an era. I favorably compare yours to Herman Wouk’s World War II novels “Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance.” A painless history lesson. Your characters sprang to life from the pages and their activities were vividly described. I had no problem visualizing each scene. Your research appears to have been thorough and adds credibility to the story. I look forward with great anticipation to the next installment. Then the next. Etc." - Sean C."I love what I have read of Sir Godric so far. You amaze me! How the heck do you know all of the names of the weapons they wore and used in those days? Half of them I have never heard before. You are so darn clever to weave everything so well into a story. Well done!" - Filomena L."I am reading your book, and I am enjoying it. When I finish it I will tell you if you did good!" - Lina S."I am reading your book every day! It's a little slow-going with a magnifier, but it's worth the effort. Thank you again!" - Mary N."I am on Chapter 4 and am really enjoying your book! The names are challenging but I’m up for it. How do you know all this stuff? Your imagination is robust, detailed, and very engaging. I’ll say more as I progress. Bravo!!" - Lisa W.

  • Tom Vetter
    2019-06-23 10:12

    I wrote it, so reviewing it is not meaningful. I will say I wrote the best book I could at the time, and I'm proud of the result. I liked Godric as a protagonist, and I think he has literary staying power - he is the kind of character that stays with you, living on in your soul somewhere. I wanted him to be a principal character of a larger-than-life nature; I think the general turn of modern literature to anti-heroes and unprincipled protagonists leaves readers longing for better; or there would be no market for Marvel's ever-popular superheroes and demi-gods. Godric is not one of these, but he is someone you'd be happy your son became or daughter wanted to marry. But you should read and judge him for yourself.I have three more books planned to relate his adventures and misadventures through the First Crusade, and the second, "March to Nicaea" is well along. But it may take several years to tell his epic story, for there are other books I am excited to write, as well.My second book, "30,000 Leagues Undersea: True Tales of a Submariner and Deep Submergence Pilot" is through copyedit, and being formatted for pint and e-book publication. With hard work and luck, it should be for market in June, possibly even May, 2014.

  • Julie Carpenter
    2019-06-22 11:58

    I received this as a first reads good reads give away for free.I have been finished for a while but so busy I haven't reviewed any of my books and this review is just a quick one. I'm hoping to be able to take the time here soon and really write a fair review. As you can see I rated it 5 stars. I really enjoyed the storyline and the history I learned while reading. I loved the post that Tom Vetter wrote about doing research and realizing this novel was written about his ancestors. Wow what a cool find for him!If you enjoy historical fiction you will not be disappointed with this novel. Godric was a great character and his character development was fantastic. What a great journey to take with him and to see what leads him to go on the crusades and have his own conviction of what he was doing.That's all for now but I am hoping to add to that soon!Happy Reading!!!

  • Katharina Gerlach
    2019-06-08 07:06

    I had the pleasure to read this before it was published and witnessed it growing from a good book to something spectacular. So often, historical accuracy is put aside for "the entertainment value". This book shows that stories can be both, entertaining AND historically accurate.Godric is a man we can cheer for. He grows from a tormented kid to a thoughtful leader and one of the great inventors of his time. His companions are wonderful people, reminiscent of real life. I particularly liked that the author did not impose our perception of war onto his medieval characters. At the time of the first crusade, fighting was an everyday occurrence for most people. A war was nothing extraordinary.This book is a great read for readers of all ages, although I thing it suits men better than women (with exceptions of course, look at me). Highly recommended!

  • Christine J Randall
    2019-06-01 09:10

    I purchased this book after enjoying an introductory story from the author's website. While that novella was in third person, the Siege Master series is told in first person, as a memoir. I enjoyed the comfortable style, it never seemed stilted or stuffy even while imparting tremendous amounts of knowledge about people, places, and war machinations. Godric is a believable character and I enjoyed his growth from infant to married man, during hard times and good.I did not like the footnote numbering. Knowing the present day names of towns and districts passed through on the journey to Jerusalem would be handy if you are going to follow along on a map, but so many numbers seemed out of place in the text, and I couldn't ignore the growing count.The final 10% of the book, including the footnotes, reveals the author's extensive research. A timeline of historical events includes Godric. All show how well Tom Vetter skillfully blends fact and fiction.I had a hard time finding a place to put down the story - the groundwork for the First Crusade is well and truly set. Historical fiction at its finest. Readers of Bernard Cornwell will enjoy the Siege Master series.

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-09 08:00

    I had received this novel from first reads. Essentially this novel dates back to 1070 AD. The depth and detail of this novel confirms how much research actually went into this novel. I have to say it is refreshing to be able to read something that is historically accurate, along with being very entertaining. A young man named Godric goes through things back then that is hard to even think about going through now, especially before he is even 20. He's loved by his King, Queen and by his people. Although Godric has become a successful knight to the King, it is his adventures to the middle east, and the conflicts that he faces, including with a family member that makes this novel so captivating. It's also amazing hiw far we have come when it has come to weapons for war.I have to say it still amazes me how religion is still a huge cause of war though. The only thing I would say this novel needs more off, if I had to say, is a bit more detail on Godrics romance with the Smiths daughter. The author defiantly makes this romance apparent though. This is a great novel to read. A lot of time, in any genre of books, facts are removed or misconstrued for the entertainment factor. However, Vetter is talented enough to include both.

  • Chris Collins
    2019-05-27 11:14

    Tom manages to perfectly adapt the historical period of the crusades into this great piece of fiction. The way he seamlessly twisted the modern day introduction and made the tale of his characters so believable is astounding and I thoroughly recommend aspiring historical-fiction writers to examine the flawless way facts from the period are intertwined with his narrative.I struggled to put the book down (as my long suffering girlfriend can testify too!) and I will keep an eye out for the sequels as they're introduced to the UK.Thank you for sating my obsession for the crusades and my love for historical fiction Tom!

  • Katharina Gerlach
    2019-06-06 06:54

    This book is a wonderful introduction to the events before the First Crusade. It illustrates the prejudices and way of life of the time very well. The author managed to weave the historical facts into the story's background so seamlessly that I only realized by the end of the book how much I had learned . I will definitely read more by this author.I think the book is mainly aimed at male adults, but I thing will suit interested Young Adult readers too, regardless the gender -- just don't expect there to be a romance thread in a book focusing on a warlord (there is love but it is handled in the way it was appropriate at the time).

  • Jackie
    2019-06-16 14:18

    This one is my Favorite i t is mind blowing the level of depth and imagery that has gone into this.......simply amazing read give it a go you will be glad you did! I stayed up all night reading this could not put it down! Now, I am going to sleep,lol.

  • Harrison Vetter
    2019-06-01 07:17

    A real winner! Tom Vetter keeps you interested every step of the way with his engaging characters, compelling story, and refreshing morals. I can't wait for the next installment in the series: March to Nicaea.

  • Melissa Cain
    2019-06-03 13:56

    Great book! I loved the story. Lots of detail.

  • Kelly Evans
    2019-06-24 09:00

    Loved it, fast-paced, great historical detail and engaging characters!

  • Malice De'Ath
    2019-06-07 14:56

    Firstly, I want to thank Tom Vetter for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Secondly, I want to apologise a) for taking so long to get around to it (university took up all my reading time) and b) for only giving it three stars; while I did only 'like' it rather than 'really like it', I do wonder if the fact it took me six months to read (again, because of uni), meaning I was reading it in a very disjointed fashion with weeks passing before I'd read another chapter, contributed to this.All in all, this is a good book. Historically speaking it is brilliantly researched. The footnotes are a fantastic addition; I felt this book taught as much as it entertained. Honestly, I wish this book (and it's future sequels) had been around when I was studying the Crusades at college; this would have been a much better way of helping me remember the order of events and important figures!I do have a lot of praise for this novel for what I believe to be a very fair portrayal of the time period. It is always much harder to write historical fiction than fantasy due to the nature of needed to remain honest to the fact, while entwining in a fictious prose. Call to Crusade does do this very neatly. One tiny little bug bear of mine though (I am aware of how pedantic it is, but it annoys a fair few Medieval re-enactors such as myself); you never 'fire' a longbow, you loose it. There is no fire, explosives or any such involved with the shooting of a bow (unless using certain arrow tips), so to shout 'fire' is incorrect. But it's such a small mistake, it can be forgiven.However, it would have been nice to see a little more in the way of flaws of the main character. I understand that he is meant to be portrayed as a pious knight, acting on the behalf of God, but at times he just seems a little too perfect, a little too adept at anything he turns his hands to. Perhaps righteous rage or too mcuh pride in his dedication to the Lord; just something to make him falliable. I felt that Godric was humble, forgiving, charismatic, an amazing strategist/armourer/maker of war machines and so on. I wanted him to show me imperfection, but I never felt it. Everything he attempts throughout the novel he not only succeeds at, but excells at; he never loses any important battles, he rescues maidens near single handedly, he kills significant indivuals, he forges the best swords known to man... It becomes a little tiresome, I suppose, after a while.Although Godric has his friend and fellow soldier Jean, I feel it would have been nice to have a 'band of brothers', so to speak. Even if only minor characters, other soldiers/pilgrims who were on friendly terms with Godric, who were there to socialise with, who could then perhaps aid him in achieving all of his heroic deeds, or perhaps inspire ideas that would then lead to greatness (such as helping design a particular war machine or suggestions during siege). I feel this would not only add more dimension to the story, but would also help make Godric more believable, less impeccable.Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was good. I look forward to the sequels (when the Crusades begin in earnest). I would strongly recommend this novel to anyone with an interest (be it vested or passing) in Medieval history.