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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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  • 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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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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Disappointing

I had never sampled Christian Cameron’s work before, and rather wish I hadn’t. There’s so much he said he said it became intrusive. The writing is mediocre, the plot a stream of sword fights linked together by rather boring sexual encounters and the characters either male or stereotypes. Peter Noble does his best but has little to work with.

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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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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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  • anon
  • 25-10-21

Swashbuckle Redux

This is a decent swashbuckler and I listened to a little more than half of it. Long before that, however, you'll find the author starts recycling the exact same scenarios to the point of tediousness. The only factors that change are place and time. Maybe the characters evolve in the last 8 hours, but yikes, I don't care enough to find out.

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  • cspt2
  • 17-07-22

Story and Narration Superb as Usual

We LOVE Christian Cameron audio books and will pine away when we run out of them. Fabulous story teller, wonderful historic details and particularly of daily life, lifelike characters as well as heroic ones--these attributes along with Peter Noble's fabulous narration make for a rich listening experience.

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  • Kosh
  • 05-07-22

Splendid

Cameron's writing translates well to an audio book format. Cameron writes at a cracking pace and the way he writes about simple practical things in the time period is just fantastic. The rhythms of medieval life are en ever present character. The narrator is also splendid.

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  • Jane Brody
  • 12-03-22

Picaresque

This is a delightful book but a bit confusing at times, too many characters to keep track of. After a while, I became bored by yet a new adventure.

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  • Scott
  • 15-12-21

Great book. Highly recommended

Having read other books by this author I was not disappointed. Tom Swan will be one of your favorite characters. Can't wait to read his next adventure.

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  • Samantha G
  • 02-12-21

Indiana Jones In Armour

Indiana Jones In Armour, that's what a peer on a XVth Century armour group on Facebook described this series to me as. I really enjoy historical fiction, and as I had just gotten done listening to Thomas Cromwell's Archer Tale series, I thought as rough and solemn as that series was, how could Cameron be able to make a series set in 1450s Europe more light-hearted and fantastical? Lots and lots of intrigue, and the pursuits of antiquities. And I've got to say, Indiana Jones in Armour is exactly what it is, and I enjoyed it a lot. Firstly, the attention to the descriptions and detailing in the various fighting scenes, and that he mentions, name, a lot of the moves in them. And he no doubt does a good job with the authenticity of the terms for all the clothing, weapons, armour, and other items used in the books.

The best part I think of the book so far is the narrator Peter Noble. I really like his performance, and his voice just fits the role for the book very well. I'm very glad to see he seems to do a lot of Christian Cameron's books, especially this series.

Though, sometimes plot points don't add up, or I have to go back and re-listen to figure things out, or there are some characters that I think seemed to either stop existing entirely or change in some way without much explanation, like for example [---Spoilers---] the Bishop that headed the Pope's embassy to the Sultan, where did he go to after they fled? And half way through the book, they started referring to Alessandro as Di Bracchio after the escape, and it was very confusing for me. [---End of Spoiler---]

All in all, it's a good historical fiction adventure book that doesn't take it's premise too hard or too solemn. Definitely a recommend.

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  • Suspect
  • 23-08-21

Cameron’s Best to Date.

Absolutely fantastic writing, plot, action (swordplay in particular), political intrigue, and narration. Cameron’s main protagonist, Tom Swan, is a brilliant, witty, martially talented swashbuckler. Bravo.
Highly recommend indeed.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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.