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    <h1 class="text-primary text-center">David Gemmell</h1>
    <h2 class="text-center">Storyteller of the Flawed Hero</h2>
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          <p>“And what is a man? He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down. He is someone who raises his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop--and then plants again. And again. A man remains unbroken by the savage twists of fate.</p>
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           <p>That man may never win. But when he sees himself reflected, he can be proud of what he sees. For low he may be in the present scheme of things: peasant, serf, or dispossessed. But he is unconquerable”
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          <footer>David Gemmell in <cite title="Source Title">Legend</cite></footer>
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          David Andrew Gemmell (/ˈɡɛməl/; 1 August 1948 – 28 July 2006) was a British author of heroic fantasy, best known for his debut, Legend. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explore themes of honour, loyalty and redemption. There was always a strong heroic theme but nearly always the heroes were flawed in some way.
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          Gemmell first attempted writing a novel in the 1970s, but The Man from Miami failed to find a publisher. He later admitted that the book <em>"was so bad it could curdle milk at 50 paces."</em> In 1976, after being diagnosed with a cancer he believed to be terminal, he wrote The Siege of Dros Delnoch in order to take his mind off his illness and to realise his ambition of having a novel published before he died. Written in two weeks, the novel told of a siege resisted against overwhelming odds, at the time serving as a metaphor for his illness; the fortress at the center of the tale was Gemmell, the invaders were his cancer. Leaving the ending of the novel open, he planned to let the fortress stand or fall dependent upon his own prognosis.</p>
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        <p class = "about-content">When Gemmell later learned that he had suffered a misdiagnosis, he set The Siege of Dros Delnoch to one side until 1980, when a friend read the manuscript and convinced Gemmell to sharpen up the novel in order to make one last attempt at publication. It was accepted in 1982 and published in 1984 under the new title, Legend, going on to achieve considerable commercial success. Gemmell said that while it had "all the flaws you expect in a first novel", the writing of Legend was "a golden time" in his life, citing it as the favourite of all his novels. He said that while he could "write it better" after becoming an established author, "[its heart] wouldn't be bettered by improving its style."
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            <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/618177.Legend" target="_blank">Legend</a> (The Drenai Saga #1)</li>
            <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/568099.Waylander" target="_blank">Waylander</a> (The Drenai Saga #3)</li>
            <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/526071.The_First_Chronicles_of_Druss_the_Legend" target="_blank">The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend</a> (The Drenai Saga, #6) </li>
            <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62292.Sword_in_the_Storm" target="_blank">Sword in the Storm</a> (The Rigante #1)</li>
            <li><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/257149.Lord_of_the_Silver_Bow" target="_blank">Lord of the Silver Bow</a> (Troy #1)</li>
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