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The Lion of St. Mark (The Venetians, Book 1) Hardcover – June 30, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Venetians Series

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Quinn introduces his new series chronicling a family feud set in Renaissance Venice. As conflict churns within and between the noble Soranzo and Ziani clans, Venice itself is threatened by a possible invasion of Ottoman Turks. Though Giovanni Soranzo vows revenge against Antonio Ziani, the man he holds responsible for the death of his brother, the two must join forces in an epic maritime battle against the infidel Turks. In an ironic twist of fate, the avowed enemies end up saving each other from certain death as they unite in a common cause. Although everything looks rosy at the end, the stage is cleverly set for the next chapter in this multigenerational quarrel. Chock-full of the type of political and personal intrigue that characterized life in the Venetian city-state, this seafaring saga is drenched in local color and accurate historical detailing. Margaret Flanagan
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Quinn introduces his new series chronicling a family feud set in Renaissance Venice. As conflict churns within and between the noble Soranzo and Ziani clans, Venice itself is threatened by a possible invasion of Ottoman Turks. Though Giovanni Soranzo vows revenge against Antonio Ziani, the man he holds responsible for the death of his brother, the two must join forces in an epic maritime battle against the infidel Turks. In an ironic twist of fate, the avowed enemies end up saving each other from certain death as they unite in a common cause. Although everything looks rosy at the end, the stage is cleverly set for the next chapter in this multigenerational quarrel. Chock-full of the type of political and personal intrigue that characterized life in the Venetian city-state, this seafaring saga is drenched in local color and accurate historical detailing. (Flanagan, Margaret Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312319088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312319083
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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I was initially worried that I wouldn't like this one as it looked very... maritime and martial. Much as I love Venice I'm not much into sea stories or war stories. But I needn't have worried. This story of the Siege of Constantinople and its aftermath for a pair of patrician families in conflict has all the narrative drive of an adventure story, with characters you'll care about, and description and detail to conjure up the places and the era with an efficiency bordering on the sensual. It's a cliché to say it's like being there, but here it's true, even when it's places you'd rather not be, like dank and rancid cells and the thick of battle. The comparisons with more recent conflicts involving a western power and Islamic states can be made, but should not be laboured, and they're not in the book itself. This is a painless and pleasurable way of familiarising yourself with some grim and important episodes in Venice's history whilst immersing yourself in some fine prose and a ripping yarn. I can't wait for the next one of the trilogy.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who also happens to be a history buff, I on the other hand am not. I must tell you that I did not believe that this book would capture my interest but by around page 40 I was totally hooked! I became emotionally attached to the leed characters. Because of the vivid descriptions, I could picture their faces, their homes, their ships and even the prison cells. My only dissappointment came when I reached the end of the book knowing I will have to wait a while for Book Two. I totally enjoyed this wonderful book.
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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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Quinn obviously enjoys his subject because the book moves quickly, it's packed with knowledge and a great summer read. We passed this among family members of all ages during a week at the beach and everyone came away loving the book - everyone for different reasons. The story is exciting and fun, the history is interesting, and the discussion after reading inevitably turns to what we could all learn from this history in managing terrorism and threats facing society today. A versatile, interesting and great read.
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