By Wu Ming
Whilst a fireplace rips during the Venetian Arsenal in 1569, the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, is betrayed via his lover, imprisoned, and accused of treason. Given the opportunity to flee, he embarks on a trans-European odyssey that may try his loyalty and strength him to question even his own identity.
via a chain of lethal political video games major the entire strategy to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople, De Zante and his partners spiral headfirst toward a clash within which the nice empires of the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans threaten the very foundations of civilization.
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Once the central port of the city, the Vieux Port was now reserved for pleasure craft and the local fishing fleet. On the far side of the narrow harbor a line of pale yellow seventeenth- and eighteenth-century buildings rose in a solid wall. At the far end of the harbor was a narrow plaza where the daily fish market was staged, and rising away from it was la Canebière, a broad triumphant avenue that led up the steep hill the old city was built on, leading to the basilica on the summit. The only thing Holliday remembered about Marseille was that King Alexander Karageorgevich I of Serbia had been assassinated there in 1934, the first political murder ever caught on film.
Holliday asked, surprised. Peggy was a self-described serial monogamist, a committed bachelorette, or spinster, or whatever the hell the politically correct term for it was these days. It seemed out of character. “We were getting there,” said Rafi bleakly. ” “She got a call. Smithsonian magazine. They had an assignment for her. ” Holliday asked. He dumped the coarse ground coffee into the Bodum French press on the counter and poured in boiling water from the kettle. The cowboy coffee on the stove was for himself; the Bodum was for guests.
This isn’t some whacko story about religious conspiracies and whether or not Jesus had a sex life. ” Rafi shrugged. “Okay. ” “Money,” said Holliday firmly. ” “We followed the trail of the sword from my uncle Henry’s house all the way to that cave on Corvo in the Azores. Rodrigues showed Peggy and me a hundred thousand gold-cased scrolls from the Library at Alexandria and half a dozen ancient storehouses. A wealth of history, enough to keep scholars happy for a hundred years. Longer. ” “The treasure of the Templars,” agreed Rafi.
Altai: A Novel by Wu Ming