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A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is badly wounded in a desperate sea fight. When he wakes in a hospital, he's in one of the last towns in Greece holding out against the Turks. And there aren't any women to be found. Rich men vie to hire him, and they all seem to want the same thing-a fabulous jewel made for Alexander the Great. He's not a professional soldier. He's really a th A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is badly wounded in a desperate sea fight. When he wakes in a hospital, he's in one of the last towns in Greece holding out against the Turks. And there aren't any women to be found. Rich men vie to hire him, and they all seem to want the same thing-a fabulous jewel made for Alexander the Great. He's not a professional soldier. He's really a thief and a little bit of 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 in part one, he begins a series of adventures that take him to the high seas, bedrooms in Constantinople and street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men - Cyriaco of Ancona and Sultan Mehmet II and the whole Sforza family - and from the intrigues of Rome to the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.


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A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is badly wounded in a desperate sea fight. When he wakes in a hospital, he's in one of the last towns in Greece holding out against the Turks. And there aren't any women to be found. Rich men vie to hire him, and they all seem to want the same thing-a fabulous jewel made for Alexander the Great. He's not a professional soldier. He's really a th A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is badly wounded in a desperate sea fight. When he wakes in a hospital, he's in one of the last towns in Greece holding out against the Turks. And there aren't any women to be found. Rich men vie to hire him, and they all seem to want the same thing-a fabulous jewel made for Alexander the Great. He's not a professional soldier. He's really a thief and a little bit of 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 in part one, he begins a series of adventures that take him to the high seas, bedrooms in Constantinople and street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men - Cyriaco of Ancona and Sultan Mehmet II and the whole Sforza family - and from the intrigues of Rome to the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.

30 review for Rome

  1. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    My favourite Tom Swan so far.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    This episode lays the foundation for Tom Swan's second voyage and handles some cast turnover. I liked it and it reads quickly. Just a minor qualm: instead of being called with his given name (like in books 1-3), Alessandro suddenly gets referred to as "di Brachio" (his surname? Not a city that I can tell, brachium means "forearm". He's from the Bembo family of Venice). Swan put his hand on his heart. ‘I will be a faithful … er, Donat. Is that like being a knight?’ ‘Very like,’ Bessarion said. ‘Men This episode lays the foundation for Tom Swan's second voyage and handles some cast turnover. I liked it and it reads quickly. Just a minor qualm: instead of being called with his given name (like in books 1-3), Alessandro suddenly gets referred to as "di Brachio" (his surname? Not a city that I can tell, brachium means "forearm". He's from the Bembo family of Venice). Swan put his hand on his heart. ‘I will be a faithful … er, Donat. Is that like being a knight?’ ‘Very like,’ Bessarion said. ‘Men pay vast sums of money for the rank.’ Suddenly Swan was pleased.

  3. 5 out of 5

    S.J.A. Turney

    At this stage, four books in, I'm not going to devote any heavy effort to an in-depth analysis in review. Suffice it to say that if you liked books 1-3 you'll be just as happy with book 4. If you're new to the series, check out my review of book 1. At this stage, four books in, I'm not going to devote any heavy effort to an in-depth analysis in review. Suffice it to say that if you liked books 1-3 you'll be just as happy with book 4. If you're new to the series, check out my review of book 1.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 4.00

  5. 5 out of 5

    Magda Kossakowska

    Bziuuu tramwajem i po Swanie:-)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)

    art 5 of Tom Swan’s world-crossing spy/archaeology adventure sees some repercussions from earlier encounters. The Orsini and Bessarion both call him to task. Plot a little weak, premise wearing thin five episodes in. Good enough but flimsy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Berndt

    And another one... These books are fantastic. Ordering the whole set at once is great. The 100 page book, when combined with the other 5-6, reads like a much longer book. Tom Swan is an awesome character. I highly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keith Warren

    Bit of a dip in the action but still fun to read. Tom Swan is a very charming character. 7/10

  9. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    great continuation of the story

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark Redman

    Great series, well researched. Tom Swan is such a great character. Action packed and absorbing from start to finish.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Austin Greenwood

    Still great Love all of Cameron’s books, this is no exception. Perhaps a little less action that the previous books, but still a very enjoyable read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin Carter

    Review: So the book its self: Tom Swan now in his fourth outing is a well-rounded, well-formed and amusing character. He is the rebellious youngster we either were or wanted to be. Whilst he is a jack of many trades and a master of none, you get the feeling that as he matures his expertise will blossom and if he survives long enough he will become a master spy, swordsman, linguist, treasure hunter etc.. Will this be too much, will he take on the look of a superman. I don’t personally think so. Chr Review: So the book its self: Tom Swan now in his fourth outing is a well-rounded, well-formed and amusing character. He is the rebellious youngster we either were or wanted to be. Whilst he is a jack of many trades and a master of none, you get the feeling that as he matures his expertise will blossom and if he survives long enough he will become a master spy, swordsman, linguist, treasure hunter etc.. Will this be too much, will he take on the look of a superman. I don’t personally think so. Christian Cameron builds in enough character flaws and self-doubt to keep the man grounded and real. As usual Christians attention to historical detail is second to none, his fighting scenes are real, because anyone who has researched the writer knows that he fights in armour himself, he knows how hard it is, what the moves are and what pains occur from long use and the battering of a sword / pike. He has attending sword fighting training and practices archery. he lives the books before he writes them. This gives each and every character a much more real person feel in the book, as only writing from experience can. The book is short and is over well before you want it to be, 100 pages goes so fast that if you are like me it will be gone in one short evening. but to be honest if it was 1000 pages i would have struggled to put it down. This series would have made a great series of novels, maybe we can convince Christian to write a full novel on the man… best way is to buy the books (all of them) and review the fact that you love them. I will be buying them all, that’s for sure. Cannot recommend highly enough (Parm) rest of the series Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part One: Castillon Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part Two: Venice Tom Swan and the Head of St George Part Three: Constantinople Also on sites like amazon there seems to be a lot of backlash at present on Amazon regarding short stories. Comments like . It’s too short . I didn’t know it was a short story . It stops just as it gets going and many many more: These things do not belong in feedback for a book on here: Amazon clearly label all short stories (EG see below for this book) Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 286 KB Print Length: 100 pages Publisher: Orion (11 April 2013) Note where it says 100 pages, dead give away for the length of the book. (that answers the first couple of issues raised above) Re: it stops just as it gets going! Well look at it in the same way as an episode of a great TV series. It’s a self-contained story, and leave you wanting more at the end so you come back next week… or in this case next month. For 99p its an utter bargain.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liviu

    The fourth Tom Swan installment is the best so far as it hits just the right notes and it coheres the story that came before - in a way this one is the natural ending of the first part (let's not the forget the huge cliffhangers volumes 2 and 3 ended on) while this ends at a new beginning; to give a mild spoiler Tom Swan gets married - at least more or less (!) - Anyway now that the first part of the story is done and the new one is under way, one can look back and appreciate how good this serial The fourth Tom Swan installment is the best so far as it hits just the right notes and it coheres the story that came before - in a way this one is the natural ending of the first part (let's not the forget the huge cliffhangers volumes 2 and 3 ended on) while this ends at a new beginning; to give a mild spoiler Tom Swan gets married - at least more or less (!) - Anyway now that the first part of the story is done and the new one is under way, one can look back and appreciate how good this serial is polished version of the above on FBC: http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Marroquín

    Solo el inicio, con una batalla entre galeras, mantiene la acción del libro. Todo lo demás es el protagonista robando, yéndose de putas, y peleando con los Orsini. Pero al menos no decae mucho el interés por saber que va a pasarle a Tom, porque está lo suficientemente bien escrito como para mantener tu atención. Lo que si hace es acabar todas las historias que surgieron en los tres primeros capítulos de esta serie, algo que agradezco bastante. A ver que pasa en el siguiente, y penúltimo, en el q Solo el inicio, con una batalla entre galeras, mantiene la acción del libro. Todo lo demás es el protagonista robando, yéndose de putas, y peleando con los Orsini. Pero al menos no decae mucho el interés por saber que va a pasarle a Tom, porque está lo suficientemente bien escrito como para mantener tu atención. Lo que si hace es acabar todas las historias que surgieron en los tres primeros capítulos de esta serie, algo que agradezco bastante. A ver que pasa en el siguiente, y penúltimo, en el que vuelve a mar Egeo.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt Heppe

    Part Four of Tom Swan continues the exciting adventures of our young rogue/historian/soldier. Author Christian Cameron continues to prove himself one of the very best in historical fiction. His action packed novels absolutely absorb the reader in the time period. Looking forward to the next installment!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Tom Swan lands in Venice and then navigates back to Rome. A couple of entertaining "bar fights" along the way. I believe this edition of the story is largely a placeholder between bigger adventures. Good enough to keep me reading. Tom Swan lands in Venice and then navigates back to Rome. A couple of entertaining "bar fights" along the way. I believe this edition of the story is largely a placeholder between bigger adventures. Good enough to keep me reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arun

    Love the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    Wonderful writing, wonderful story. Extremely enjoyable. My only problem was how long I had to wait for this installment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Tom Swan and friends continue their adventure.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dan Wetenkamp

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Sweeting

  23. 4 out of 5

    Balaji

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edward Rosenfeld

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Meanie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Smith

  28. 4 out of 5

    Douglas McCarrick

  29. 5 out of 5

    El Mikoe

  30. 4 out of 5

    Richard

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