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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
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Bookdragon Sean
When I get really annoyed with a book I sometimes forget how to write a book review. I don’t approach it how I normally would, and instead I just list a bunch of points that really pissed me off about the work:

1. The same story AGAIN-According to the cover, this is the “untold story of Altair.” It’s not. This book is a verbatim repeating of the events in the first Assassin’s creed game (yawn.) Now don’t get me wrong they were good events. I thought the game was very clever, but I didn’t want t
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Next book on my to read list of the one and only epic Assassin's Creed series.

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The life and times of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, original protagonist of the Assassin's Creed video game series. The majority of the novel details the events of the first game, set during the Third Crusade in 1191 as Altaïr goes from arrogant ignorer of his Order's Creed to wise Master Assassin as he pieces together the puzzle of his given Templar targets and uncovers a conspiracy surrounding an ancient artifact left behind by a lost civilization. (view spoiler) ...more
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
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-czech, 2016
Enjoyable but not catchy. Renaissance is still the best one from this series.

And really needs to be all the names so similar?
Juan Brito
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love the game series Assassin's Creed by Ubisoft than you are going to love the book. Assassin Creed The Secret Crusade embarks on the journeys and hardships Altair had to go through. He seeing his fathers death does not stop him from becoming one of the greatest assassin's the Brotherhood has ever had. This book lacking character development entices you with the crazy plot twist of his Master betraying him. He is than forced to kill him for his betrayal to the Brotherhood. Altair in doin ...more
Mohamed Shoaib
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
على ما اعتقد القصة غنية عن التعريف للي لعب assassins creed 1
بس للي ما يعرفهاش سريعًا كده الرواية بتتكلم عن جماعة الأساسنز و صراعهم الأزلي مع فرسان المعبد او the knight templars
التمبلزر بيسعوا للحصول على قطع اثرية تسمى قطع عدن لها القدرة على السيطرة على الإرادة و سلب حرية الشخص
تتبع القصة احداث حياة الأساسن " الطائر بن لا احد" الناشط في فترة الحملات الصليبية في الشام الذي مر على حياته صراع خاضه في سبيل احدى تلك القطع الأثرية

يعطي معلم الجماعة مهمة محددة للطائر لأسترجاع اثر من مقبرة سليمان في القد
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dorian de Jandreau
This is the whole story of Altair. First half of a book is telling story of first Assassin's Creed video game. The second part of the book tells story of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines video games.... But alas, this game is ONLY for Play Station- so I will never be able to play it.... But at least I could read the story, so it makes me happy even if I can't play that game.

To whom who say this book is so bloody and cruel: PEOPLE, it's called Assassin's Creed!!! It's supposed to be bloody!! Besides
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
My son loves Assassin's creed and has three of these books. I wanted to see why he liked them so much. This one is filled with nothing but death. The plotline could have been a lot stronger; the makings of a great book were hidden in there.

What I hated about this book, was the fact that people were dying with slashed throats, stabbed in the chest, but they had plenty of time to lay out all their dastardly plans before they finally succumbed to their wounds. And there was a lot of: he died. The
Mel Tsepa
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having played the asssassin's creed videogames and being a huge fangirl myself I thought that it was FANTASTIC. When the book was over I had a full perspective of the story which by playing the videogame I lost due to my focus to the goals. I have not read the other books, so I thought that this one was the first due to it's name, as it talks about Altair the protagonist of the first video game. Assassin's creed. I would for sure recommend this to anyone interested into fantasy and history as it ...more
Hannah Heath
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Interesting story, poor writing. A good introduction to the world of the Assassin's Creed, though, so I'd say it's worth 3 stars as far as novelizations are concerned. Full review can be read at Constant Collectible.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What sets this book above the first two is the complexity of the characters and their relationships. They are more relatable because they experience real things (betrayal, hesitance, confusion, epiphanies, & the act of aging) in more realistic ways and doses. It was also much more well written, though I still have a problem with Bowden's grammar and structure.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Secret Crusade (Assassin’s Creed #3), Oliver Bowden
عنوان: فرقه اسسین ها کتاب سوم: نهضت مخفی؛ نویسنده: اولیور باودن؛ مترجم: بهنام حاجی زاده؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1393، در ؟؟ ص؛ شابک: 9786006225524؛
گروه مترجمین مجموعه: امیر قربان، فرزین لازمیزاده، خشایار خلیلیان، کیانا حاجدولت، بهراد بهروان
Higor Hebert
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um dos meus livros favoritos. Altair é um dos meus personagens favoritos da franquia, e este livro não conta apenas os eventos do primeiro jogo, conta tudo sobre sua vida. Desde do nascimento até a morte. Eu amei ler isso, cada pagina, cada cidade nova que o livro apresentava era magica para mim. Eu lembro de cada tarde sozinho, vendo o sol se por, enquanto eu estava lendo. Bons tempos, boas memórias.
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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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cj W
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Soma Al-Dossary
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars.

This book was so much freaking fun! I am not even joking - this is the first novel in the series to cast some improvement! After the downward spiral that was Brotherhood, going into this one I gave myself a very low expectation. I was expecting spelling mistakes, poor grammar and everything else that had made Brotherhood worse than Renaissance - but I was astounded by the difference in this tale.

There were a few minor grammatical errors, but not as many as there were in Brotherh
Loran (Algonquiins)
This book was so good! Whether you have played Assassin's Creed or not this book has so much action, excitement, and drama in it that anybody could enjoy it. I love the video game series so I was curious as to how the novels would stack up and they didn't disappoint at all. The Secret Crusade in fact goes well beyond what the video game does because it allows you to get into the mind of Altair and makes him so much more personable and likeable. The book covers the plots from the PS3 game, the PS ...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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Assassin's Creed (10 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 (Assassin's Creed, #7)
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