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Posted April 19, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2006
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,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
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 KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.