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Fifteenth Century Europe. Tom Swan is 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 advent Fifteenth Century Europe. Tom Swan is 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.


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Fifteenth Century Europe. Tom Swan is 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 advent Fifteenth Century Europe. Tom Swan is 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.

30 review for Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    Interesting start. And Tom Swan doesn’t hold all the cards at all :) as usual the descriptions are great. Constantine raised his cup of wine. ‘Ah–I’d say he was in love,’ he quipped. ‘The cough, the money, and the love–three things no man can hide. Eh? Or so we say in Venice.’

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edward

    Another excellent entry into the Tom Swan series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    Tom Swan is back! And for the moment he is in Rome of 1455 when a Pope has just died, another has to be elected, the Cardinals are locked in the Vatican, bribery, intimidation and violence are the order of the day in Rome, and Tom's boss, Cardinal Bessarion would have a good chance of being the next Pope, only if he would accept to bribe enough as well as cut his beard so not give his detractors an excuse to brand him as a heretic Greek Orthodox in his heart despite his conversion... And on the G Tom Swan is back! And for the moment he is in Rome of 1455 when a Pope has just died, another has to be elected, the Cardinals are locked in the Vatican, bribery, intimidation and violence are the order of the day in Rome, and Tom's boss, Cardinal Bessarion would have a good chance of being the next Pope, only if he would accept to bribe enough as well as cut his beard so not give his detractors an excuse to brand him as a heretic Greek Orthodox in his heart despite his conversion... And on the Greek mainland, the parts still in Greek hands are in imminent peril of falling to the Turks, rumor has it that Mohammed the Conqueror wants Belgrade next, city which is the key to Hungary and Vienna, the Holy Roman Emperor mistrusts the young king of Hungary, while the king hates his former regent and the greatest general of the age, Iancu of Hunedoara - also known as Janos/John Hunyadi - so the Sultan may have a clear path as Christianity is disunited and there is no Pope... So Bessarion has to decide where to use his limited influence and money - help his former countrymen or help Hunyadi, though for now as all is in chaos and he is locked in the Vatican, he may find out he has no palace, no guard and no money on return... Great peril for Tom and his friends as the house of Orsini, their powerful enemy, is on the war path, while salvation may lay with brutal condotierre Malatesta, if he chooses to side with Bessarion and if his price can be met; add in the mix Iso, his beautiful and strong willed daughter, which Malatesta - rumor has it she is his mistress too, but Malatesta is rumored to be guilty of all possible and impossible sins anyway - treasures a lot, daughter that takes a shine to Tom and that may lead to him becoming Malatesta protegee or road kill as the condotierre's whim will have it, and we have an installment of non stop action, desperate fights, intrigue, romance, though all takes place in Rome despite the title A great ending that closes the chapter well and opens the way for the 8th part which is another asap. As mentioned in earlier reviews, I think that when the action is in Italy, the series benefits the most as Tom Swan's talents seem much more natural in the small world city state intrigue than on the big world stage, but we will see how we get to the siege of Belgrade and how that will be handled soon I expect Overall an excellent installment, great promise for next, and I highly recommend everyone to try this mini-series as it offers an excellent ratio of superb stuff per page

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 4.00

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kelly

    Living the scene you would never expect less from Christian Cameron, superb. He brings the life and relationships, the entire characters to life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin Carter

    Christian Cameron, quite simply one of the finest writers i know and enjoy reading. Why? what makes his work so unique, so realistic? Well.... Go to his web site..... see the pictures of him carrying out his experimental archaeology, see Christian immersing himself in history. research via books only taking him so far, he always challenges the accepted norm, pushes the boundary to see himself that those text books are correct, but also to fill in the gaps and experiences that text books fail to pr Christian Cameron, quite simply one of the finest writers i know and enjoy reading. Why? what makes his work so unique, so realistic? Well.... Go to his web site..... see the pictures of him carrying out his experimental archaeology, see Christian immersing himself in history. research via books only taking him so far, he always challenges the accepted norm, pushes the boundary to see himself that those text books are correct, but also to fill in the gaps and experiences that text books fail to provide, the pain, the exhaustion, the weight, the places where Armour catches and digs in etc.. Tom Swan is in my opinion one of Christians finest characters, and i don't know that i can put my finger on why? All his characterisation is exceptional, the research and history, well I've not seen anyone poke a hole in it yet, and the plot and experiences so well defined and immerse that you lose yourself in them so fast its like time travel. Tom Swan isn't just a warrior, he is the daring, conflicted, real young man, a long way from home caught up in politics he is only beginning to understand, earning and building friendships for life, and enemies that may last longer. The deep dark twisted politics of the time are portrayed in an elegant understandable fashion and actually made to be tense and exciting (yes exciting politics...so much better than a yes no vote) the dirty politics of Rome and the Popes is a truly difficult quagmire to navigate. Christian adds in Love, life, street fights, comrades and art. The amount of entertainment and adventure packed into 96 pages is truly remarkable. I highly recommend this whole series: and at 99p per installment you get more than a whole novel (in the 7 current books) for under £7 , with books 8 & 9 due in Oct and Nov 2014. (Parm) Series Tyrant 1. Tyrant (2008) 2. Storm of Arrows (2009) 3. Funeral Games (2010) 4. King of the Bosporus (2011) 5. Destroyer of Cities (2013) 6. Force of Kings (2014) Long War 1. Killer of Men (2010) 2. Marathon: Freedom or Death (2011) 3. Poseidon's Spear (2012) 4. The Great King (2014) Tom Swan and the Head of St George 1. Castillon (2012) 2. Venice (2012) 3. Constantinople (2012) 4. Rome (2013) 5. Rhodes (2013) 6. Chios (2013) Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade 1. Part One (2013) 2. Part Two (2013) 3. Part Three (2013) Novels Washington and Caesar (2001) God of War (2012) The Ill-Made Knight (2013) The Long Sword (2014)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Austin Greenwood

    Love this series I have immensely enjoyed every one of the swan books. Adventure, violence, ancient military tactics, and history all wrapped into something that is not just easy to read, but fun and exciting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Berndt

    Great. Christian Cameron is my favorite author. Books like this are why. Such a fast read (it’s one of 6 parts) and extremely educational and fun.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Marroquín

    Siguen las historias de este inglés a las órdenes de un obispo griego en Roma a principios del S. XV. Y el Papa acaba de morir, con lo que todos los nobles se posicionan para elegir al nuevo pontífice. Y la sangre corre por las calles. Y Tom está en medio de todo mientras tiene tiempo también para ser seducido por la hija del condottiere más poderoso de la época. Una delicia de relato (y son 6 más en esta historia). A disfrutar de la historia entretenida. A

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt Heppe

    This was my favorite Tom Swan novel yet. I loved the political intrigue of the Papal election, and there was plenty of excellent sword fighting going on. I'm glad to see the quality of this series staying so high! This was my favorite Tom Swan novel yet. I loved the political intrigue of the Papal election, and there was plenty of excellent sword fighting going on. I'm glad to see the quality of this series staying so high!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arun

    More action this time

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Tom Swans new adveture kicks off brilliantly. Cannot wait for the rest!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    The 7th Tom Swan book is the beginning of a new series. Enjoyable as always and delves into the infighting surrounding the choosing of a new Pope.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ron Griffin

  16. 5 out of 5

    D.H.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave Broadbridge

  18. 4 out of 5

    Damien

  19. 5 out of 5

    Noel Bonn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Meanie

  21. 4 out of 5

    C SKelton

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terence

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deipanjan Nandi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Sweeting

  25. 5 out of 5

    RRW Syme

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthias Rose

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Rebecca

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cor Markhart

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Furr

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex Good

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