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Duke Jean Termonde, French Ambassador to Italy, in a search of information pertinent to French interests, finds a northern Italian city-state preparing territorial expansion among warring cities, a rogue Roman pope with designs on an Italian kingdom, and a French invasion of Southern Italy sponsored by the Avignon anti-pope. Seeking timely information means putting himself in danger and initiating a spy network operating out of the embassy. Friendships with the Mayor of Arles, a French privateer, city-state rulers, and a Vatican cardinal are fraught with adventure and danger. Then a twist of fate moves him into a dangerous situation with the English enemy in the middle of a coup d'état and the Hundred Years' War.
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A writer of mainly factual and historical fiction, Daniel C. Lorti is the author of the Jean Termonde Novels: The Avignon Legacy, Knights of Honor, and Knights in Action, the Jim Factor Novels: The Missing F_ctor and The Business End (W&B Publishing), which embody Lorti’s professional background as an arms broker in outstanding suspense thrillers, and The Mulligan (available for acquisition), a parody on do-overs; his most recent completed novel. An aerospace engineer with sensors, weapons, and intelligence background, he was the Chief Radar Engineer for the Northrop Grumman Corporation and was on President Clinton’s twenty-member committee for Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland. A former international arms broker, he conducted business in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During his career, he, with partners, sold a successful aerospace company to the Northrop Grumman Corporation. A member of Mystery Writers of America and the Historical Writers of America, he currently resides in Newport Coast, California.