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1450s France. A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is kneeling in the dirt, waiting to be killed by the French who have taken him captive.

He's not a professional soldier. He's really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of ancient Greece and Rome - temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn't mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men - from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula - and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople.

©2012 Christian Cameron (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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clunky delivery and disappointing writing

A staccato, self-conscious delivery and writing that lacks richness and eloquence meant this was really disappointing.

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brilliant

a great story well narrated. never predicterable superb I can't wait for the next adventure

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  • 29-05-21

First class adventure

Loved it. Renaissance man versus the Turkish empire. Real historical and political detail in the remains of Byzantium and it's empire .Plus characters that are sympathetic and relatable Heard it all in less than a week . Just bought the next in the series

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Absolutely flamin' fantastic!

Christian's medieval novels are my favourite hisfic of all time, and this one is no exception.

I'm literally lost for what else to say, other than there was not one sentence I didn't hang on. love it!

Superb narration, too.

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4.9☆

a real boys dream of adventure in olden days, me 50yrs ago before computers or mobiles, it is very good and humorous, but not as good as tyrant, long war, or chivalry, but I will buy next in series, it's late I drift to sleep of swordfish, sailships, travels to foreign lands, and, oh, beautiful exotic women, and serving girls a plenty.

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Superb Historical Fiction Narrated Wonderfully.

Not since I read Dorothy Dunnett have felt so immersed in the extraordinary rich complex world of renaissance Europe. The characters are deep and vivid and the settings rich and varied. Whether buying second clothes (complete with minor bloodstains) in a Venetian market or battling on the deck of a galley on the glowing Mediterranean Sea you can feel the heat of the sun on your face and the taste of blood in your mouth. Flawed heroes, complex villains, honourable foes and female characters as interesting as their male counterparts - the story reeks of humanity. Thrilling, terrifying and humorous in turn. l loved every second of it. Brilliant stuff.

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  • Ryan Bridges
  • 19-05-21

Proof that Cameron got better with time.

It's his early work and it's bad. I don't know what crack the 5-star reviews are smoking. Reads like fan fiction for a horrible main character or a rushed trial run on "an ill made knight". Love some of his other work but I couldn't even fish this.

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  • Stephen
  • 30-04-21

Another great listen!

Mr. Cameron is quickly becoming my favorite author. From beginning to end this one kept me engaged. I’m a bit disappointed now that I’ve got nothing else to listen to after finishing this one in three days. Can’t wait for the next!

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  • Jacqueline S. Orrell
  • 29-04-21

As always an amazing book from Cameron

This was truly amazing, I hope that this is a success and we can get the rest of the Tom Swan series on audible!

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  • 22-04-21

Cameron does it again!

"Tom Swan and the Head of St George" is a great start to a new series! Has all the Cameron wit and historical background that he weaves into a great story.