The Lion of St. Mark: Book One of The Venetians [NOOK Book]


The first book in an adventurous trilogy
The House of Ziani and the House of Soranzo had been enemies ever since their grandfathers' joint business venture had collapsed more than forty years before. Then, they had chosen not to resolve their differences in the courts. Instead, they each sought to prevail in their rivalry by investing, trading, and manipulating as ...
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The Lion of St. Mark: Book One of The Venetians

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The first book in an adventurous trilogy
The House of Ziani and the House of Soranzo had been enemies ever since their grandfathers' joint business venture had collapsed more than forty years before. Then, they had chosen not to resolve their differences in the courts. Instead, they each sought to prevail in their rivalry by investing, trading, and manipulating as each battled to dominate and ultimately ruin the other. The fathers passed this legacy on to their sons....
A sleek Venetian fleet plows through stormy November seas, bearing reinforcements to help defend the fabled city of Constantinople against an impending siege by Ottoman Turks. Rescue plans are jeopardized, however, when an age-old bitter conflict flares between two Venetian nobles onboard: The brave naval Captain Giovanni Soranzo thirsts for revenge against the proud marine officer, Antonio Ziani. These two men will survive the sacking of Constantinople and will find their lives bound together in a heroic struggle to save their beloved city.
The year is 1452, and while Italy glories in the Renaissance, Venice is on the verge of an epic war of survival against the powerful Turks, who are intent on conquering Venetian lands, possessing her riches, and utterly destroying the city forever. Now these two patricians, both patriots, must temper their hostility toward each other with loyalty to their beloved republic. Fighting each other when they can, fighting together when they must, Ziani and Soranzo risk their lives to defend Venice---and their honor.
Much more than a war story, this is a tale of Venice, when she was the greatest city on earth and the world's only republic. It is a tale, too, of her people, whose fortunes and very lives were dependent on her success. Admired, envied, hated, and feared, but with her vast wealth and vaunted navy, always respected, she is La Serenissima---the Serene Republic of Venice---and this is her story.
Thomas Quinn combines his expertise on Venice with explosive, page-turning action to give readers an epic novel of struggle and survival. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466807075
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: Venetians
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 831 KB

Meet the Author

THOMAS QUINN was born in Newark, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. After graduating, he worked at Procter & Gamble for seventeen years in various sales and marketing positions, including three years in the United Kingdom. Since then, he has been president of a division of the Irish Dairy Board and vice president of sales for Warner-Lambert Consumer Healthcare and for CIGNA Healthcare. He is currently executive vice president of Swiss Medica, the maker of several innovative over-the-counter medicines.
He resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Cathie. They have two grown children, Sara and Tom, and two grandchildren. This is his first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2007

    Already looking forward to the second installment

    What a terrific read. Not being a lover of wartime reading, I wasn't sure this was the book for me. I couldn't have been more wrong. It held me from beginning to end. I can see how the author must have delighted in creating the character of Seraglio. His role as loyal friend, historian, narrator, hero, and so much more, provided essential connecting threads, brought occasional levity, and gave me much needed respite between battles. I don't know how this story could have been told without him. And the debate between Ziani and Abdullah Ali was priceless. I have great admiration for any author who can take on both sides of an argument with equal force. Mr. Quinn did an incredible job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    A Historic Novel with Relevance for Today

    Unexpectedly wonderful. The action was captivating, the plot and characters were believable and I felt I was learning about a period in history that was both important and largely unknown to me. A combination of Clancy action and Michener history. I am looking forward to the 2nd in the series,

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    interesting look at a fifteenth century culture clash

    In the fifteenth century, marine commander Antonio Ziani and Giovanni Soranzo are rival Venetians who hate one another. Giovanni believes that Antonio¿s careless regard for safety by attacking impenetrable Ottoman positions cost the life of his brother. He plans vengeance, but first they must fight off the Ottomans who threaten Venetian business life on the high seas and ultimately Venice itself. --- While both continue the war against the nasty invaders, they also work business deals whenever a respite occurs. It is during these lulls that the two enemies pick up their adversarial relationship by trying to destroy the other when Antonio is not a prisoner of war. When the Ottomans return, they and other Venetians put aside their avarice business interests to unite in a war that seems to have no final solution except perhaps the trashing of Venice if those who already have conquered Byzantium have their way. --- Though interesting especially the powerful use of real events and persona and well written, the Ottomans are depicted as totally evil while the Venetians may worship business as their ¿God¿ are ethical (no oxymoron jokes about ethical business men ¿ my brother-in-law is one). The story line grips the audience as the Venetians battle against overwhelming odds to save their lifestyle and city even putting aside feuds like those in Romeo and Juliet. Keeping in mind the obvious bent of the story line that to the victors go the historical fiction, THE LION OF ST. MARK provides readers with an interesting look at a fifteenth century culture clash. --- Harriet Klausner

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