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1262. Niccolò Zuliani, Venetian entrepreneur and explorer, is down on his luck in the Crimea - he is dragged out of the gutter by Friar Alberoni. The priest wants him to be his bodyguard for an amazing journey to the court of Kubilai Khan, in the fabled city of Xanadu.

Zuliani jumps at the chance, but he regrets his decision when he becomes embroiled in solving the murder of the man Alberoni was seeking. Sneaking into the Inner Palace - where discovery means instant death - he begins to unravel the threads of deceit and corruption at the heart of the Mongol Empire. Soon Zuliani realises he is the one most in danger.

©2008 Ian Morson; (P)2008 Soundings

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"Already well-known for his Falconer series set in Oxford, Ian Morson has found a new and unique character in his Niccolo Zuliani . . . written with his usual combination of authenticity and panache, it takes the medieval historical novel into Central Asia for the first time." (Bernard Knight)
"City of the Dead is a wonderfully atmospheric tale, bursting with colour and dark intrigue. Very highly recommended" (Susanna Gregory)
This brilliant new series from the historical crime writer Ian Morson brings fresh life to the legend of Kubilai Khan. A must for all historical buffs - (Mike Jecks)

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  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 09-07-08

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This character is in one of the stories from the Audible book "Sword Of Shame". This book takes place right after that story. It was quite enjoyable. The narrator does an excellent job with several very exotic voices. I enjoyed the characters very much. The plot was a bit twisted yet it was fun to listen to Nick sort it all out.
The descriptions of the exotic Mongol kingdom of Kubli Khan give the story depth. A good read.

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