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The Long Patrol

(Redwall #10)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  18,338 ratings  ·  243 reviews
The murderous Rapscallion army is on the move. Dealt a humiliating defeat by Lady Cregga Rose Eyes, the Badger Lady of Salamandastron, who still pursues them, the Rapscallions are heading inland to take an even greater prize: the peaceful Abbey of Redwall. The elite fighting unit of hares, the Long Patrol, is called out to draw them off. At the forefront is the young hare ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Firebird (first published July 31st 1997)
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Sophie Crane
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
His exciting tales of Redwall have been enjoyed by millions of chidren of all ages. I am now 60 years old and love all his characters from the warrior mice to the wonderfully gregarious hares. Sure! the heroes always win through in the end, but what they have to endure, en route to the final victory leaves you mentally exhausted and chewing your nails down to the elbows! The variety of animals who make up the 'goodies' (or Redwallers), means that their ability to deal with the diverse threats fr ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic addition to the Redwall library, this book had everything I love about Mr. Jacques’ world. There was a dastardly villain, lots of sword fights, adventure aplenty and, of course, brilliant descriptions of the amazing food in Mossflower Wood! I also noticed a maturing of the various characters. There was a fair amount of sadness in this story, but lots of wisdom to balance it. I can’t recommend this series enough; any time of year and any kind of weather, losing yourself in these ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I was reading some of the reviews previous to mine, and find it interesting that adults are complaining that the redwall books follow a formula/theme and are predictable. that they all have the same premise- a horde threatens the serenity of redwall abbey. to which I have to say this: duh. these books were. written. for. kids. they deal with difficult subjects, war, death, honor, grief, injury, etc, in a manner that young kids can grasp and understand. of course they're simplistic. you want comp ...more
Jane Jago
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a self-confessed Redwall nut it's probably not a good idea for me to review this book. But I'm going to anyway.

I loved it. Bad is bad and good is good and there's very little messing about in the middle. You know that the goodies will win in the end, of course they will, although how they get there will be endlessly entertaining and inventive.

Brian Jacques certainly knows how to write a hero....
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Definitely a solid read in the Redwall series, with Brian Jacques's usual attention to detail when it comes to food and fighting. You'll like this if you're a Hare fan. I will say that a few parts did drag on, but it's still overall a pretty great book especially if you're a fan of the series. ...more
This is one of the sadder Redwall books, IMO, but still very, very good. I do like getting to see the full Long Patrol in action and some different challenges than usual. Also, reoccurring characters are a delightful thing.
Joseph Leskey
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: oh, anybody
Quite good, I'm sure. There isn't much else to say about it, I'm afraid, for, seeing as all the Redwall books end up being more or less the same, I've already said everything by reviewing other books in the series. ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a very exciting adventure novel with both suspense and drama. The book starts at Camp Tussock where a young hare named Tamello (Tam for short) is trying to ease his wandering mind by acting as if he is fighting for the famed Long patrol. Tam is too young in his father's eyes to join the Long Patrol but his mother has other ideas. She enlists the help of her friend named Russa to help Tam journey to the Long Patrol. On the shores of the Southern Coast beaches are filled with war lovi ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Timeless fantasy & absolutely emotionally cathartic. Cried at least 5x reading this book and was full of the milk of human kindness afterwards.
Nate Adams
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Leah Hester
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
As usual, another fantastic entry in the Redwall series that I am more than happy to listen to over and over, hence why I listened to it again just at the end of last year. If you like adventure, meaningful relationships, stories of growth and love, and a phenomenal voice cast- please check all of this series out.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Any readers of Redwall have been curious about the famed hares of the Long Patrol from early on. This next chapter in the series follows the adventures of Tammo, a young hare that longs to be a member of the Long Patrol hares of Salamandastron, just like his mother and father. A fiesty youngster, seemingly always in trouble, Tammo runs away to join the Long Patrol with the help of his mother, and her old friend, a nomadic squirrel, Russa Nodrey. Along the way, Russa teaches Tammo invaluable less ...more
Nov 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book deserves one star simply because by this point in the series (and in fact, by some time before), the books in the Redwall saga may as well be factory produced. Whereas most books in the Redwall series at least attempt to pull a new twist on the Redwall world (travels in new directions, unique heroes and villains, etc) 'The Long Patrol' merely tells another story, with the same character types, the same quests, the same villain aspects, etc.

Having said that, it should be noted that, to
Steven D'Adamo
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Jacques’s tales are full of colorful language, beautiful imagery of Mossflower Woods and the surrounding country — and Redwall Abbey’s legendary food — and lovable characters.

Jacques uses such very personal and localized character arcs to tell a much wider story. Within this single novel we are given references to other figures of Redwall lore, like Martin the Warrior, Matthias, Sunflash the Mace, and Lord Brocktree. To be reminded of these stories has only stoked my desire to revisit this world
Anna Frohling
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lady Cregga Rose Eyes could have been the best character ever. They kept talking her up, only for her to fall in a ditch twice.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Normally, the Redwall books I prefer are the ones where the various storylines are clearly linked together. Long Patrol fits this mould perfectly which makes for an enjoyable read.

There is plenty to like about this book. For a start, the threat to Redwall is extremely real; the south wall is collapsing and there are 1000 Rapscallions heading their way. This gives a sense of urgency to the book that is lacking from some of the others in the canon (Taggerung, Mariel, ect.). Russa Nodrey is a bril
Geoffery Crescent
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the darker entries into the Redwall canon, with loss of innocence a clear theme. Tammo dreams of joining the Long Patrol, an elite army of hares who fight for Salamandastron and its ruler Cregga Rose-Eyes. The reality of this mostly consists of his friends dying around him as they struggle to contain the oncoming might of Damug Warfang's army of Rapscallion rats, intent on taking Redwall Abbey. The last third of the book is more or less one long battle and it's beautifully written. The Ab ...more
Paul Carter
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
To put this simply, I don't have much to say about "The Long Patrol" because I had a difficult time getting excited about it. At about a fifth of the way through things seemed to start breaking off, once again taking away from any one particular storyline. I was looking forward to watching Tammo go on this adventure to try to make his way onto the Long Patrol, but his storyline seemed to just peter out before he even got to Redwall Abbey. Instead of staying with him, we're treated to lengthy asi ...more
Spandan Sharma
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As far as militaristic traditions and form go, the goodbeasts of the world of Redwall are largely reactive, with most creatures like the denizens of Redwall Abbey, the Guosim and the assorted residents of Mossflower woods leading largely peaceful lives and taking up arms only when provoked or threatened. The only glaring exception, IMO at least, are the "perilous hares" of the Long Patrol, headquartered at Salamandastron. And yet we rarely see anythin
Anya Zhang
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Since the library is still not open yet until June 6, I read another book that was not in The Dark Artifices series. But I have managed to reserve Lord of Shadows, Queen of Air and Darkness, and The Red Scrolls of Magic. I wish that I read this book when I was younger, because I would've definitely liked it more if I did, but I love the imagery and the beautiful words of this book. Overall, this was a great read! ...more
Sandra Visser
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tammo dreams of joining the Long Patrol, the legendary army of fighting hares who serve Lady Cregga Rose Eyes, Ruler of Salamandastron. And with Damug Warfang’s mighty battalion of savage Rapscallions on the rampage young Tammo’s dream is about to become a brutal reality…

Like all the other Redwall books, this is bursting with adventure and action. The childishness of the Dibbuns isn't as irritating as some other characters have been and it's as if the humour is more adult.

The focus on the Long
Joe Brown
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one, I've noticed that the stories with badgers and hares in it tend to be my favourites. The vermin were once again pretty generic but I enjoyed lady cregga Rose eyes (cool name) and Tammo. I liked that Tammo dreamed of joining the long patrol but discovered the price of war and glory along the way, he didn't take any joy in killing and that was refreshing for a hare. It was nice to see how the Abbey had progressed under tansy and interesting that the mantle of Abbey warrior had pa ...more
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This tale of Redwall opens with the hare Tammo yearning to become a member of the eponymous Long Patrol at the dawn of spring. In the meantime, the main antagonist, Damug Warfang, leads his army of vermin up the coast. Furthermore, the southern wall of Redwall Abbey is derelict, with a subterranean chasm contributing to this, with the Long Patrol ultimately joining the Redwallers against Damug, a battle rounding out the book. It’s pretty much on par with other entries of the series, with endeari ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another excellent installment in the Redwall saga. It could have been even more enjoyable had the family dynamic from the beginning been used at the end, but nevertheless, an immensely entertaining read. Say what you will about the "cookie cutter" plots, but Jacques keeps finding ways to make the read fresh and keep me engaged with the story, and the sorrow I feel when characters die is proof of the connections between character and reader that Jacques helps forge. Also, I WANT MOSSFLOWER WEDGE ...more
Tegbir P
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fatasy
The main reason that I love this book is because it is a very attention gripping book. If you need to try out a new book, I seriously recommend trying this book out. The reason that I docked one star off the rating is because at some points, during the most exciting parts, Brian Jacques will switch the scene and you have to wait until he switches scenes again. But other than that, this is one of my favorite books.
An Odd1
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Tempted to 5* just about all Redwall series. I even beat out the songs, usually in 4/4 march time, but rhythms vary. Sometimes I'm in such a rush to find out what happens next, I have to skip back to study the small illustrations before each chapter that bring the words alive. Author Jacques isn't afraid to thoroughly paint a person (including hares, squirrels) in depth, then bring tears to my eyes when valiant heroes sacrifice him/her-selves.
Matthew McAndrew
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Epic. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. I won't spoil anything, but one particular battle scene was jam-packed with emotion and hyped up on the power of determination, one of my favorite story elements. The Long Patrol characters are the epitome of the motto 'never give up', and that stuck with me even till now, about a decade after reading the book. ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Someone at a party must've mistaken Brian Jacques for the author of Watership Down, and this blood orgy of zoological racial conflict was Brian's way of living down this perceived insult. ...more
Alec Longstreth
I loved this series when I was a kid and read the first five books as they came out. When this paperback crossed my path I thought I’d give it a try, thinking it might spur me to reread the earlier volumes, which I still have. Parts of it were enjoyable but overall I had trouble with how violent this installment was. So many gruesome deaths! It turned me off from revisiting this world.
Allie Genia
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-fic
I enjoy this series - definitely read as many as I could get my hands on when I was a kid. I still like the stories these tell, but it sometimes gets a little ham-fisted with the moralistic elements and the drama. Still an easy and enjoyable read though!
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Brian Jacques (pronounced 'jakes') was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

Brian grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks, where he attended St. John's School, an inner city school featuring a playground on its roof. At the age of ten, his very first day at St. Joh

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