The covert war between two secret organizations, the shadowy Templar Knights and the elite Order of Assassins, has been raging for millennia.
Following the murder of his father and brothers, Ezio Auditore di Firenze is entrusted with an ancient Codex, the key to a conspiracy that goes back to centuries. Ezio must avenge the deaths of his kinsmen and in doing so fulfil his destiny, and live by the laws of the Assassin's Creed.
Ezio's quest will test him to his limits. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere, even within the ranks of the brotherhood itself . . .
We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.
An international dealer in antique maps flies in to conclude the deal of his life. But at the meeting with his mysterious principals, he is double-crossed and murdered.
In New York INTERSEC Section 15 have been tasked by the US Treasury to find the gold and secure it for the US. But, for Jack Marlow and his team, the race to find the gold soon turns into a race to stay alive.
City of Gold and The Secret Scroll by Anton Gill make an exciting break away from his previous writing set in Ancient Egypt. Fans of Chris Kuzneski will love this.
Anton Gill was born in London and educated at Chigwell and Clare College, Cambridge. He has written on a wide range of subjects, especially contemporary European history, and published a series of thrillers set in Ancient Egypt. Until recently, he has divided his time between London and Paris, but now makes his home in London again.
Modern day Istanbul: an elite group of archaeologists uncover the grave of Enrico Dandolo, once Doge of Venice, and leader of the bloodthirsty Fourth Crusade. They seek a legendary set of documents that reveal the truth behind Dandolo's rumoured secret links to the Templar knights.
Days later the team vanishes without a trace. All that remains in the ransacked grave is a strange key inscribed with an ancient code.
Special Interpol Operatives Jack and Laura are called in. They soon find themselves battling against an ancient enemy in a life or death race against time.
The dark secret of the Templar knights is about to be revealed.
In the midst of this turmoil, there existed the greatest concentration of artists that Europe has ever known. Influenced by the rediscovery of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, artists and thinkers such as Botticelli and da Vinci threw off the shackles of the Middle Ages to produce one of the most creative periods in history - the Renaissance.
This is the story of twelve years when war, plague, famine, and chaos made their mark on a volatile Italy, and when a young, erratic genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, made his first great statue - the David. It was to become a symbol not only of the independence and defiance of the city of Florence but also of the tortured soul who created it. Anton Gill's Il Gigante is a wonderful history of the artist, his times, and one of his most magnificent works.
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The wayward life (1898–1979) of the voracious art collector and great female patron of world-famous artists.
‘Mrs Guggenheim, how many husbands have you had?’ ‘Do you mean my own, or other people’s?’ Peggy Guggenheim was an American millionairess art collector and legendary lover, whose father died on the Titanic returning from installing the lift machinery in the Eiffel Tower. She lived in Paris in the 1930s and got to know all the major artists – especially the Surrealists. (Later she bullied Max Ernst into marrying her, but was snubbed by Picasso.) When the Second World War broke out, she bought great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America; as a Jew she escaped from Vichy France and set up in New York, where in the 1940s and 50s she befriended and encouraged the New York School (Jackson Pollock, Rothko, etc.)
Her emotional life was in constant turmoil – a life of booze, bed and bohemia (mostly rich bohemia). Her favourite husband was a drunken English dilettante writer called Lawrence Vail, but she bedded many others, including Samuel Beckett. Later she moved to Venice, where her memory is enshrined in the world-famous palazzo that houses her Guggenheim Collection.