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Assassin's Creed: A Cruzada Secreta (Assassin's Creed #3)

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Nicollo Pollo, pai do explorador Marco, finalmente revela a história que manteve em segredo durante toda a vida: a história de Altair, um dos primeiros e mais extraordinários assassinos do Credo. É o curso da aventura de Altair em Constantinopla que irá selar o destino dos Templários e de sua saga na Europa.
A história da vida de Altaïr é contada aqui pela primeira vez: uma
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2012 by Galera Record (first published 2011)
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After the surprisingly good Assassin's Creed Renaissance and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood novelizations, I was severely disappointed by this latest installment of the Assassin's Creed Books.

As it was centered on Altair, I was looking forwards to reading about him. But this book was dire.

With Oliver Bowden's previous adaptations, I sometimes forgot I was reading a game novel, as it felt almost like a historical novel. This was achieved mostly because he did. His. Research.

However, with this bo
I love this game, I love this story, I love this book. I've been a fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise since playing the first game.

This is the third Assassin's Creed novel by Oliver Bowden but chronologically, timeline and game release wise, it comes first. Readers are not disadvantaged at all if they have not read the first two novels.

This novel is extremely faithful to the source material, it is clear Bowden worked closely with Ubisoft Montreal as most of the dialog is word perfect when com
No words can describe my feelings for this book. Mainly because it is Assassin's Creed for goodness sake. I love the game so much. And I really, honestly, doubt on reading it due to recent reviews on this book which I still don't understand. This book is good. The story is amazing. Altair is amazing. He is such a good role model.

I have to admit that, yes, it was followed exactly from the video game. And partly that's what makes it so nice too. Because I fangirl a lot to the video game and I lik
This novel isn't the best written work in the history of literature, but I found it fun to read a novelisation of the games, and one which teased out more of Altaïr's past. If you're interested in the Assassin's Creed games for their plot, this might interest you, even if you don't want to or can't play the games. It doesn't include the Desmond frame story, but it brings together all the threads about Altaïr in one book, which makes it a smoother learning experience than playing the games.

Soma Al-Dossary
Based on the ubisoft video game: Assassin's Creed.

This review contains a lot of spoilers. DO NOT continue if you want to read the book

The story was told by Niccolo Polo about the Assassin: Altair Ibn-La'Ahad.
Altair was given an important task by Al Mualim (Master of Assassins). Accompanied by Malik and his brother Kadar, he was supposed to retrieve a treasure from Solomon's Temple and bring it back to Al Mualim. He was faced with Robert de Sable (a Templar and an enemy) and his ego and over c
Juan Brito
I recently read Assassin’s Creed: The last Crusade by Oliver Bowden, Its about a this group of Assassin’s and Altair one of their top assassin’s fails to follow orders and gets the title of master taking away from him in front of clan. Throughout the story Altair has to prove him worthy of being named master assassin once more.

The setting takes place in 11th century Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. The assassin’s had a fortress in Masyaf where they lived and trained to be great assassin’s. The cha
I originally rated this book 4/5 but, after having some time to think through it, I've re-rated it 3/5 and I'll explain why.

While this is a fantastic adaptation from, I'll admit, a pretty decent game, there was one major flaw in Oliver Bowden's writing. But let's get the good stuff out of the way first.

The storyline is absolutely incredible. It's an adventure in the life of an assassin as he uncovers a conspiracy surrounding the ancient order of the Templars and secrets within his own temple. Th
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Sarah Schanze
This was fun, plain and simple. A good chunk of the story just retells the events that occurred in the first Assassin's Creed game, but there were just as many parts that were new to me. It's obvious they wrote this to fill in gaps for people who haven't played the first game but perhaps did play the later ones, and it saves the reader/wannabe-player the trouble of slogging through a mostly tedious game (also Altair's kinda horrible voice actor). I still liked the game a lot but only played it f ...more
It's very difficult to review this book because it's like three books in one, separated only by 'parts'. To be fair, I will review each part individually.

Part 1: The first part follows the events of the first Assassin's Creed game, and much like 'Halo: The Flood', it doesn't work. Bowden is forced to adhere too closely to what happens in the game that he has virtually no freedom here.

Part 2: The second part was a bit better. I didn't play the game that it was written for, so I can't vouch for
Cj W
Based on the popular video game from UBISOFT

Back Cover Description:
" Altair Embarks on a fromidable mission - One that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meanind of the Assassins's Creed. To demonstrate his commitment Altair must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader Robert de Sable.

Altair's life story is told here for the first time: a journey that will change the course of history; his ongoing battle with the Templar Conspiracy; and the ultimate betrayal
Неразказаната история на Алтаир – Върховния учител асасин.
Това мото краси корицата на книгата. Ще започна с това, че съм силно впечатлена от факта, че както на английски, така и на български кориците са едни и същи. А още повече ме впечатли това, че за самата направа на кориците са използвали реални снимки, картинки и кадри от играта.

Всички знаем, че Орденът на Асасините е популярна компютърна игра създадена от Ubisoft, която бързо набра популярност у нас. Дори аз съм запленена от играта, а то
I just didn't feel like it contributed anything. It felt like the author played the game and transcribed what happened on the screen. But with less depth. It felt so much emptier than the game, and... it shouldn't have. It should have added so much more. There's such a unique opportunity to add so much depth to Altaïr, to really throw the reader into a fantastic historical portrayal, to use so many literary references and allusions to Alamut, to have these striking descriptions of Damascus, Acre ...more
THIS is the most AMAZING ADAPTATION EVER!!!!!!!!!! I've never read a game adaptation before. I started one of the HALO adapts, but I haven't played the game, so I had no clue what to expect. Anyways I never got around to finishing it.

Anyways - This book deserves a total 5/5. The only reason I give it a 4 is because of the ending. It was quite sudden how it ended and I wished that Altair's and Maria's relationship was explored a little bit more - although I assumed from the beginning that they'd
Anna R
Książka przedstawia życie Altaira, Assassyna żyjacego w XIII wieku. Fani serii gier komputerowych mają okazję poznać kolejne szczegóły z życia bohatera, ale powieść razi schematycznością, zwłaszcza na początku. Ma się wręcz wrażenie, że mamy do czynienia z zapisem przebiegu misji w grze- szybki opis ofiary, zabjstwo, powrót do mistrza i znowu to samo.
O wiele lepiej prezentują się wcześniejsze książki Bowdena o Ezio. W odbiorze 'Tajemnej krucjaty' nie pomaga niechlujna korekta i tłumaczenie. Mom
This is what the game needs. More plot points. And here they are, beautifully wrapped in a single book. The Creed books are a great asset to the game indeed. They nicely summarise the cutscenes and the story, and present the missing links.
This book in particular shows what we did not know about the Great Master - Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad. He becomes much more relatable because of this, since the game does not bother to give much of character's backstory.
It is always nice to become more acquainted wi
Assassins creed: the secret crusade

"Nothing is true, everything is permitted."

Assassins creed: the secret crusade is one of the first book in its series. Also, telling the tale of the first master Assassin ever introduced-Altair Ibn-La'Ahad. After his father's death, Altair was raised to be an master assassin. But in spite of all his glorious victories, Altair failed his most important mission, and got demoted by his master. His master then gave him a chance for redemption. He gave Altair nine
As I am interested in history, the title of the book caught my attention. What I like about this book is that the author uses good choices of words and sentence structures to describe the actions performed by the main character, Altair and the author also describes the surroundings in vivid detail. Another thing I like about this book is that the author mixed some real historical characters and events and mixed with his own imaginations. For example, Lion Heart was a person who led the crusade ...more
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This book follows the widely popular game, yet the story is so detailed that you can follow through. The chapters are not fast paced, but written in a style that you don't want to put it down. What additions that I like included the extra thought processes that I missed during the game. For example, the questions that Altair asked Al Mualim. There were some reactions of Altair - his arrogance in the beginning, and how he becomes more humble throughout the book. The different ways of planning out ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
La Confraternita è un'antica fratellanza, nata secoli prima che Ezio Auditore scoprisse di farne parte, e tutti conoscono il nome di Altair, uno dei Maestri Assassini più leggendari. Ma per decenni, intorno alla sua vita, aveva aleggiato una fitta aura di mistero. Almeno fino a quando Niccolò Polo, nel 1257, decide di rivelarne la storia. "Ottant'anni fa, un luminoso giorno d'agosto proprio come questo"... così incomincia lo straordinario racconto che Niccolò, padre del celebre Marco, fa al fra
I've watched both my boyfriend and brother play the Assassin's Creed games and longed to play them too, but unfortunately don't have the time or patience for mastering controls. I found whilst reading The Secret Crusade I didn't miss out on Altaïr ibn-La'Ahad's story that has hooked many gamers and now readers alike.
Verana Vacchiano
Nothing extraordinary about the writing or the story. It's strictly for fans of the game only, because the writing is just blatant and unremarkable. Read it only if you want a clear story of Altair.
The book is so good. It's so faithfully close to the game that gave me chills and oftentimes tricked my mind into thinking i was replaying the game (for the fourth time? as in, whenever I wasn't reading it, I would think, "I really want to stop what I'm doing and go continue the game" in yearning. There are dialogues written down word-by-word exactly how the characters said them in the game. It's as if you're playing the game but also having the characters express their feelings of the current h ...more
Lewis Allan
this book doesn't spend much time on the details than that of just getting to the point, which I like in books, so
long as my imagination still works I'm happy to paint my own scenery, though this book really doesn't give any assistance in this matter.

there are many events occurring in this book more so than many books I have read prior which kept me intrigued from start to finish, especially those chapters that take place away from the video game, which is quite sometime since I actually playe
Antony Patrinos
The Secret Crusade by Oliver Bowden is an action packed thriller. It is based on the Ubisoft multi platinum video game, Assassin’s Creed. Niccolo Polo unfolds the secret life of the Master Assassin, Altair. The story follows Altair’s struggle as a kid and how he became a Master Assassin, but later he had that title stripped from him and had to work to get it back. The story describes the reason for the hatred between the Assassins and their arch enemy, the Templars. The book also gives us a sens ...more
Jon Borah

Altaïr embarks on a formidable mission—one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin’s Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altaïr must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader Robert de Sable. Altaïr’s life story is told here for the first time: a journey that will change the course of history; his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; and the ultimate betrayal of an old friend.

Sara Ajlouni
The Secret Crusade is the second book I read from the Assassin's Creed book series, and surely enough, it is astoundingly out of this world. The narrator is Niccolò Polo, who tells the incredible story of the Assassin Altaïr, and the events that happen through his life and consequently shape his creed. Altaïr had a mission to undertake, killing nine men that was. Soon he was to discover the connection between them. Furthermore, he started finishing them, one at a time, and uncertainty grew insid ...more
Vagner Stefanello
O terceiro volume da série Assassin's Creed é o melhor de todos até agora! Essa foi a minha opinião ao terminar de ler esse livro e colocá-lo novamente em minha estante. Para quem achava que a história de Ezio continuaria a se desenrolar (como eu pensava) errou muito feio! Dessa vez, o autor nos remete a tempos antigos, nos primórdios da Irmandade, e nos apresenta a história de Altair, um dos Mestres Assassinos daquela época.

Após falhar em uma missão extremamente importante para a Ordem e coloca
As I'm a huge gamer, Assassin's Creed was one of the earliest and first titles I played on the PS3. I automatically was in love with the main character; Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, he was just too damn good! After completing the game, I did some research (back in 2007) and came across the book series by Oliver Bowden. If you've got the games, why not buy the books? I hadn't read the book until 2010 though because I play more than I read. I've read all 6 books so far in this collection, the last being B ...more
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Anton Gill (aka Oliver Bowden) has been a full-time professional writer since 1984, and in the course of the last 27 years he has published 35 books. Gill was born in Ilford, Essex, the son of a German father and an English mother, and grew up in London. He is an acclaimed novelist and Renaissance historian currently living in Paris, France. Bowden has written novelizations of several of the Assas ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Assassin's Creed (7 books)
  • Assassin's Creed: Renaissance (Assassin's Creed, #1)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Assassin's Creed, #2)
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Assassin's Creed, #4)
  • Assassin's Creed: Forsaken (Assassin's Creed, #5)
  • Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (Assassin's Creed, #6)
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity
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