Love. Death. Deceit. Revenge...
and a horse named Linguini.
WINNER - AMERICAN WRITING AWARDS
A riveting quick read for fans of historical fiction, adventure, or star-crossed lovers. Whether you've read The Prisoner of Paradise, Painter of the Damned, both, or neither, you will be spellbound by this gripping tale.
Part I: Outlaw
1589 A.D. The Republic of Venice.
After Angelo Mascari is thrust into a dubious plot that ends in disaster, the elite swordsman is forced to flee his home with nothing but a few coins, his rapier, and a vague instruction to save his beloved Isabella: travel to the New World.
But the Doge of Venice believes Angelo stole a mysterious book that holds the key to unlimited power. With the sands of time rapidly falling, the doge's ruthless men are on the hunt. They'll stop at nothing until they capture Angelo and return him to the City of Masks.
Praise for this riveting historical fiction novella set in Italy:
"Rob Samborn has crafted a thrilling stand-alone adventure sure to propel readers to his longer novels, The Prisoner of Paradise and Painter of the Damned. Delivering excitement and romance in abundance, The Swordsman of Venice helps keep swashbuckling alive."
- Bruce Leonard, author of QUILT CITY MURDERS
"Samborn has pulled out all the stops to create a fast-paced story with violent bursts and unexpected events. There are moments of humour, sadness and cheering on Angelo during the action-packed story. Painter of the Damned is out on the 25th October and I can't wait, especially after reading this brilliant novella."
- Amy McElroy, book blogger
"A page-turner from the dramatic beginning to the breath-holding ending. Superb writing, fast-moving plot, and complex protagonist on a twisting, tension-packed hero's quest. The romantic sub-plot transcends mortality while it adds a compelling dimension the main plot. Stellar work by a talented author."
- Mike Krentz, author of DEAD ALREADY, ANGELS FALLING and WARM AND DEAD
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