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The Lion of Saint Mark

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

Of all the chapters of history, there are few more interesting or wonderful than that which tells the story of the rise and progress of Venice."
And thus begins another swashbuckling adventure by G. A. Henty. The great city-state is in trouble from Genoa and other neighboring cities, and of course it's up to a young English lad to save her! Kidnappings, sea battles, dangerous adventures of all sorts and even a little romance combine to make this one of Henty's most exciting novels. Climb aboard and join us for an adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Signor Polani's, when another gondola came along the canal at the top of its speed, and he recognized at once the badge of the Giustiniani. It stopped suddenly as it came abreast of his own boat, and Matteo, in a state of the highest excitement, jumped from his own boat into that of Francis.

"What is the matter, Matteo? What has happened?"

"I have terrible news, Francisco. My cousins have both disappeared."

"Disappeared!" Francis repeated in astonishment "How have they disappeared?"

"Their father has just been round to see mine. He is half mad with grief and anger. You know they had gone to spend the day at the Persanis?"

"Yes, yes," Francis exclaimed; "but do go on, Matteo. Tell me all about it, quickly."

"Well, it seems that Polani, for some reason or other, thought he would go and fetch them himself, and at five o'clock he arrived there in his gondola, only to find that they had left two hours before. You were r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reader thoughts: This is one of those few school books that I enjoyed just as well the second time. My mom read it to me a long time ago (she read tons of GA Henty books to us, which gave us a better vocabulary), and I recently found the audiobook for download on my library's overdrive.

This GAH is j

Francis Hammond is English by birth, but has lived in Venice for several years with his merchant/trader father. Though he isn't socially equal to the city's nobles in the 14th century, however, because many of their houses are or were merchants, and because he is a foreigner, Francis is allowed to a

Luin suomeksi, ei löytynyt listasta. Vähän junnaavaa poikajännitystä, mutta ihan hyviä meritaisteluja silti.

Not his best work and more about being in the Venetian navy than anything else. It started out well then lost me. No where near as exciting as other navy stories of his.

Mostly an enjoyable story. There were about three instances of superfluous recapitulations - just because one character wasn't present for events doesn't mean that the reader - who was - needs to hear it again. There were also sections of history that were recounted at length without any attempt to

Fun adventure novel based in Venice in the 14th century. Kinda hardy boys and Horacio Alger go to Venice. Gives the reader a glimpse of the culture of Venice (commerce). The only time religion is specifically mentioned is near the end which is shortchanging that aspect to satisfy British (Protestant

This book is historical fiction targeting adolescent audiences from the 19th century. As such, it is entirely plot driven. Francis Hammond is an English teenager living in Venice with his merchant father when he uncovers a political conspiracy. He has to survive this plot and the ever-growing threat

A very masculine adventure/history book. I really enjoyed reading this book with my husband, and my kids were begging me to tell them what was happening next!

I learned about Venice, boats, and battle!

I have to admit, I listened to this book. It was read by Jim Weiss, who is absolutely fabulous. The book itself was great. I love the loyalty, bravery, ingenuity, and the little romance that happened in this book. My children enjoyed it as well. Many times we would return home and sit in the car for

This book is one of the best G.A Henty i have ever read.

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