Brind and the Dogs of War

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Brind is a kennel boy on the estate of down-at-heel knight, Sir Edmund Dowe - but Brind does not simply look after the highly-coveted pack of mastiff hounds. Found as a baby amongst the litter, he has grown up with them and is now more dog than human, with a particularly strong bond to alpha male - Glaive. In essence, he is their pack leader. When Sir Edmund takes the pack to fight in the Battle of Crecy, Brind's life is changed forever. Glaive, the only mastiff to survive the bloody battle, runs off; Sir Edmund is captured; and Tullo, the evil huntsman, is determined to bring shame on Brind and go back and claim the Dowe estate as his own. On his journey to reunite the household and most importantly, find Glaive, Brind befriends a feisty young French girl - Aurelie, who has her own agenda of revenge and keeps the adventure at fever pitch.

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Christopher Russell had his first radio play broadcast in 1975. At this time he was a postman - having given up a job in the Civil Service to do shift work and thus have more daytime hours for writing. He has been a full time script-writer since 1980 and has worked on many television and radio programmes including Eastenders, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders. This is his first children's book. Christopher lives on the Isle of Wight.

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Abandoned as a baby amid a litter of puppies, Brind grows up to serve as kennel boy on a fourteenth-century English estate. Brind and the hounds accompany the master to France to fight in the Hundred Years War. In the Battle of Crecy, Brind's beloved pack is slaughtered by the French, and only Brind's favored Glaive survives. As he endeavors to return with Glaive to England, Brind learns that men are less dependable than dogs. Narrator Cornelius Garrett does justice to this unique, award-winning novel. With strong characters and a well-paced narration, Garrett leads the listener through Brind's travails in the incomprehensible world of men, in which chivalry and honor are strangely defined. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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