By Wu Ming
While a hearth rips throughout the Venetian Arsenal in 1569, the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, is betrayed by way of his lover, imprisoned, and accused of treason. Given the opportunity to flee, he embarks on a trans-European odyssey that might attempt his loyalty and strength him to question even his own identity.
via a chain of lethal political video games best the entire option to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople, De Zante and his partners spiral headfirst toward a clash during which the good empires of the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans threaten the very foundations of civilization.
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