Spring 1453 – As the famed Wall crumbles, Emperor Constantine XI and his Italian allies look on in horror. For the first time in a thousand years, the walls of the city have been breached. On the muddy plains beyond, the plunder-hungry hordes from across Anatolia and Southeast Europe wait for the command to charge. The iron-willed Janissary Corps also awaits the opportunity to take the flag of Islam into the besieged city. Emperor Constantine suddenly realizes his unpardonable blunder in relieving his trusted general, Adam Karian, of the command of the army and entrusting it to the sycophantic Stavros of Brussa, The Venetian physican, Mario Orsini, must act quickly to rescue his beloved Ella DiCastillo, but he must first outwit a relentless pursuer by escaping through Byzantium’s elaborate underground waterworks. As Mario battles for his life underground, Constantinople is put to the sword and retribution comes to all those who have challenged the authority of Mehmet the Conqueror.
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With the Marching to Byzantium Trilogy, Brendan Ray is proving himself to be the James Mitchener of our time. A freelance writer and English teacher based in Toronto, Ray graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a degree in History and Religion. For the greater part of the last decade, he has lived in Istanbul, where he met and married his wife. He continues to write passionately about Turkey, its history and its present.
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