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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote forMore Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting July 8, visit www.amazon.com/ABNA.It wasn’t just a murder. It was a message. It is 1509, and the spice trade has made the Queen of the Adriatic the most powerful trading city on earth, its piazzas and canals teeming with foreign spies and fortune seekers. Relentlessly pursued by adversaries seeking to usurp its power, Venice controls its commercial dominion with a ruthlessness sparing no one—including its own citizens. Paolo Avesari is a disgruntled worker at the Arsenal—Venice’s famed shipyard—disowned by his father, estranged from his family and bored with a life gone wrong. But Paolo soon finds himself fighting for that life when his brother’s bizarre murder touches off a series of events pitting Paolo against Venice’s feared Council of Ten and a brutally efficient killer bred for war. Befriended by a Jewish merchant and his fiery daughter living precariously at the whim of those in power, Paolo pursues the truth through the dank alleyways of Venice and rugged mountains of Crete. As seemingly unrelated people continue to die, an ancient enmity foments and a potentially world changing conflagration draws near. Falsely accused, his family gone, Paolo relies on a network of exiled Jews across the Venetian empire whose greatest talent is the art of survival. His enemies nearly upon him, he discovers one last reason to live and returns to face the shadowy figures seeking wealth and power at all costs, and one man who seeks nothing less than the death of Venice itself.