The Venetians

Thomas Quinn's powerful, raging Venetians series--including The Lion of St. Mark and The Sword of Venice--tells of the bitter and enduring conflict between two powerful Italian noble families: the Zianis and the Soranzos. Thomas Quinn combines his expertise on Venice with explosive, page-turning action to give readers epic historical novels of struggle and survival. This is the story of Renaissance Venice, when she was the greatest city on Earth.

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The Sword of Venice
The Sword of Venice
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The powerful, raging second novel in The Venetians trilogy that tells of the bitter and enduring conflict between two powerful Italian noble families.

The Lion of St. Mark told the story of the deep-seated rivalry between the patrician Ziani and Soranzo families---a long history of hatred and strife that had passed from one generation to the next. In the end, the brave Antonio Ziani and the proud Giovanni Soranzo set aside their personal vendettas against each other in order to save their beloved city of Venice from attack by the Ottoman Turks.

But their truce could not endure. Though Venice has managed to remain free from invasion, danger still looms on the horizon as she is threatened, in turn, by her implacable foes---the Turks, rival Italian city-states, and the papacy, all seeking to reduce her legendary power and possess her great wealth.

In these perilous times, new members of the Ziani and Soranzo families wage a bitter and violent campaign of retribution against one another. The truce that Giovanni and Antonio had made together proves fleeting as their sons resume the passionate feud with even greater malice.

Told against the backdrop of historical events---the continuing war between Venice and the Ottoman Empire, the Ferrara War that exploded across the Italian peninsula, and the constant intrigues of the powerful papacy---The Sword of Venice brings to life the Ziani and Soranzo families, who must cope with love, loss, treachery, kidnapping, murder, war, and peace. As invading forces march ever closer, Venice and her leading families must fight for survival or perish with their city.

 

Praise for The Lion of St. Mark

 

[The Lion of St. Mark] succeeds for one reason: We experience these distant events from the perspective of a deeply sympathetic character. Ziani’s dignity, devotion to country, and sense of honor are downright infectious.”  

---Frank Wilson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Debut author Quinn nicely captures the greed-is-good aspect of fifteenth-century Venetian culture [and] has a good command of period history and accouterments: Think Tom Clancy channeled for those thrilled by galleons and exploding minarets.”

---Kirkus Reviews

 

“Chock-full of the political and personal intrigue that characterized life . . . this seafaring saga is drenched in local color and accurate historical detailing.”

---Booklist


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The Venetians

Thomas Quinn

St. Martin's Press

The powerful, raging second novel in The Venetians trilogy that tells of the bitter and enduring conflict between two powerful Italian noble families.The Lion of St. Mark...

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The Lion of St. Mark
The Lion of St. Mark
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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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The Venetians

Thomas Quinn

St. Martin's Press

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...

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