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Queen of Cities [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Novo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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1453 - An army is marching. The Turkish sultan, Mehmed, brilliant, and ambitious, has declared war on Constantinople. In Queen of Cities, ANDREW NOVO evokes an age of armored heroes and high-walled cities, of Machiavellian mistresses and scheming politicians, of religious conflict and the clash of empires.
With the scrupulous eye of an historian, the author reveals a city caught in a life and death struggle, targeted for conquest by the world’s most powerful man. The stone, silk, and steel of the fifteenth century come to life in an epic drama that reverberates in our own time.
The battle rages on land and sea with deadly machines of destruction. In this conflict, the fate of two civilizations, two faiths, and Constantinople, the Queen of Cities, will be decided.

This edition of Queen of Cities has been newly edited (7/19/2010) and reformatted for Kindle.


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About the Author

Born in New York City, Andrew Novo holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford. He is Assistant Professor of Strategic Studies at the National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs. He is a specialist in the history of the Mediterranean world, both ancient and modern. Queen of Cities is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Coffeetown Press (January 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00361EWHC
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living History April 24, 2010
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Bravo to Andrew Novo! His debut novel is impeccably researched and vividly written. He brings to life the exotic and tumultuous Byzantine world and a dark, tragic chapter in human history, full of drama and colorful characters--must reading for diplomats and statesmen dealing with the still tumultuous Middle East, as well as for students and all lovers of historical fiction. Novo combines the best of Barbara Tuchman and a (might have been) Verdi opera!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't care for it July 18, 2010
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I was disappointed that Amazon chose to include this book in the History section because I feel it should be listed under Fiction. Mr. Novo chose a difficult subject and managed to do a decent job considering it was his first book; but I found the dialog between the characters to be stiff and unnatural. The most distracting thing for me was the number of grammatical errors. I don't believe I have ever read a book with so many errors; "then" and "than" are not interchangeable in English and under no circumstances would anyone ever "slam his first onto a table" he would use his "fist". Whenever I hit one of these distracting "speed-bumps" I would have to go back several paragraphs and start again trying to get back into the mood of the story.

The inability to edit your own writing is not unusual, that is why publishing houses hire editors. But the one assigned to Mr. Novo by Coffee Town Press needs to find a different career. He is certainly not helping Mr. Novo's career.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the people who were there. April 18, 2010
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Queen of Cities is a dynamic, explosive novel that presents history as it happened. Intrigue, betrayal and loyalty, heroes and villains all pull the reader into this world changing conflict. Experience the desperate hopes of the defenders as they repel repeated attacks against the city walls. Mourn with them for the loss of human lives and of a civilization brought to a shattering end. Be inspired by the strong, dedicated leaders who gave all for the people entrusted to their care. I recommend this for all who love a great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History with a Fictional Gloss September 14, 2010
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If you're a fan of history, but oftentimes think it drags along at a pace more comfortable for earthworms, then you'll find this book enjoyable. Novo doesn't skimp on the historical details, nor do they get left behind in the interest of the "story." Instead there is a weaving here between fact and fiction that is comfortable and page-turning. Sure, we wanted to know more about Caterina, about the love story; but maybe Novo is giving the romantic novel authors something to do. He, instead, focuses on the guts, the glory, the battles. It's the stuff great films are made of (hint, hint).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical drama at its best March 24, 2012
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Andrew Novo has done an excellent job making historical events and characters come alive in this very readable book. He brings both an historian's eye for detail, as well as the playwright's sense of praxis and timing in giving life to the story. While this may not be a "peer reviewed" text in what gets new scholars tenure in academia today, it does something much more worthwhile: it creates interest in literature and a passion for the study of history, politics, war, religion, culture, geography, and art. Not bad for the first work of this type from a young Oxford Ph.D. We can only hope he continues to write from the heart, and not just for what his academic peers demand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling account of the fall of Constantinople. November 30, 2012
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Thorough historical research and a fast moving writing style make this a rewarding reading experience. The host of characters are reasonably well presented and there are lashings of betrayals, intrigues, combat and battle scenes; enough to satisfy most military fiction buffs I would think. Less satisfactory was a kind of peek-a-boo romance between the principal hero and a long lost love from his past. I believe this affair served mainly to detract from the more serious account of the siege and its consequences and would have been better left out.
Really appreciated the pen-picture facts at the end concerning the ultimate fates of those characters not properly "finished off" in the general plot. This kind of closure is often missing from historical novels and its inclusion here is most welcome.
One reviewer on this page is heavily critical of the English used, typos, etc. so I feel I must have read a re-print because, although I am usually pretty severe on poor editing, I found little to take issue with here.
Solid effort, recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting to witness a very dark era November 3, 2012
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the author puts your back in a time and place that you feel lucky not to have lived. he describes with great accuracy and detail this famous battle and makes you appreciate the time you live in. The characters are interesting but at the same time you can feel the long and desperate descent into the very cruel destiny that awaits them ....Betrayals and heroism, all the flaws and cruelties of the time are displayed in this novel.....Hard to read but fascinating to relive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book September 22, 2012
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Wonderful historical fiction! I found it captivating! Good characters and historical references! Even though you know Constantinople will fall, you hold out hope until the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good historical book. I enjoyed very much, but somehow it didn't give me the feeling of the historical period as I expected. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Cities
I had never studied nor read of the fall of Constantinople. It has been forever since I have read any historical literature. I loved it.
Published 16 months ago by Debra harris
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE QUEEN OF BOOKS!
This volume is historically accurate and tells the story of two remarkable empires and their remarkable clash. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A.H. Derman
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Cities
This book is great history and is excellently written. The descriptions of scenery, battles, armor, ships, and characters create vivid pictures in one's mind. Highly recommended.
Published 17 months ago by Robyn L Bugbee
4.0 out of 5 stars Action and adventure abound
In this historical novel, Andrew Novo has captured the inevitable sacking of Constantinople. The in-depth look at the interaction between Emperor Constantine, his generals and the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by CC56BUMS
5.0 out of 5 stars A true epic
I didn't know what to expect from a historical novel about the fall of Constantinople, but this book blew me away. The story is exciting, well-written, and historically profound. Read more
Published 21 months ago by NN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and Mr. Novo did an excellent job of blending the historical events of the Siege of Constantinople with the lives of the fictional... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andrew N
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable book
I'm not one who normally reads historical fiction and did not know that this book was one of those, so when it became obvious that this book was fiction I was disappointed and... Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Compelling
The problem with historical fiction is that we already know the outcome. Even before starting Queen of Cities, we know the end result. Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Jonathon K
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Tale Grandly Told
Novo has built a compelling story around the events of a city's dramatic fall. The story of the fall of Constantinople is told from the perspective of many key players in this... Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Nicholas Kenney
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