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A young Englishman, Tom Swan, has been ordered by his Cardinal to find a spy-a traitor. At the same time, a rich merchant has offered him a great deal of money to-well, to steal something. Something that belonged to Alexander the Great. Suddenly he's not a thief or a merchant or a scholar-he's a 'donat' or volunteer with the knights of St. John, the famous 'Hospitallers,' a A young Englishman, Tom Swan, has been ordered by his Cardinal to find a spy-a traitor. At the same time, a rich merchant has offered him a great deal of money to-well, to steal something. Something that belonged to Alexander the Great. Suddenly he's not a thief or a merchant or a scholar-he's a 'donat' or volunteer with the knights of St. John, the famous 'Hospitallers,' and he's in the middle of a losing war to hold the Aegean against the Turks. He'd like to steal the ring, kiss the girl, and catch the spy, but there's a war...


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A young Englishman, Tom Swan, has been ordered by his Cardinal to find a spy-a traitor. At the same time, a rich merchant has offered him a great deal of money to-well, to steal something. Something that belonged to Alexander the Great. Suddenly he's not a thief or a merchant or a scholar-he's a 'donat' or volunteer with the knights of St. John, the famous 'Hospitallers,' a A young Englishman, Tom Swan, has been ordered by his Cardinal to find a spy-a traitor. At the same time, a rich merchant has offered him a great deal of money to-well, to steal something. Something that belonged to Alexander the Great. Suddenly he's not a thief or a merchant or a scholar-he's a 'donat' or volunteer with the knights of St. John, the famous 'Hospitallers,' and he's in the middle of a losing war to hold the Aegean against the Turks. He'd like to steal the ring, kiss the girl, and catch the spy, but there's a war...

30 review for Rhodes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    So good!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    3.5 stars. Good progress. I love cross references and little in-jokes. Tom Swan gives the nod to William Gold from the Chivalry series with his Donat standing, a cook-turned mercenary companion and of course Fiore's treatises (or maybe it's the other way around. More William please). Either this happened many times, or it was all part of the same nightmare. The dark. The choking heat, the faceplate, the smell of blood, the pressure of a man on his breastplate and the feel of the face caving in un 3.5 stars. Good progress. I love cross references and little in-jokes. Tom Swan gives the nod to William Gold from the Chivalry series with his Donat standing, a cook-turned mercenary companion and of course Fiore's treatises (or maybe it's the other way around. More William please). Either this happened many times, or it was all part of the same nightmare. The dark. The choking heat, the faceplate, the smell of blood, the pressure of a man on his breastplate and the feel of the face caving in under his knife. Again, and again. And again. And again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 4.00

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin Carter

    Every time a new Tom Swan is released the sneaky little sucker becomes top of my reading list (even if i'm reading something else). The character is just so right, so real, I cant help but feel i'm learning every time i read his tale. learning the history of the period, the politics, the people, the clothes , the weapons, the whole kit and caboodle. I know a fair few re-en-actors and from what they say the fight scenes are very accurate, the archery is spot on, the sword fighting I know is going t Every time a new Tom Swan is released the sneaky little sucker becomes top of my reading list (even if i'm reading something else). The character is just so right, so real, I cant help but feel i'm learning every time i read his tale. learning the history of the period, the politics, the people, the clothes , the weapons, the whole kit and caboodle. I know a fair few re-en-actors and from what they say the fight scenes are very accurate, the archery is spot on, the sword fighting I know is going to be accurate, because the authors lives and breathes this stuff, fights in armour regularly. This is fast becoming one of my all time fav series. Tom Swan, has now been sent by his Cardinal to find a spy/ a traitor. Also a rich Genoa merchant has offered him a great deal of money to steal a ring that belonged to Alexander the Great, and failure to do this would not be in his interest. Young Tom Must fight his instinct to steal for himself, or anyone else. he is learning morals and courage that exists deep within. He is expanding his knowledge of the classical world, and vicariously so is the reader. VERY Highly recommended. (Parm)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Austin Greenwood

    Great book Cameron is a great author and weaves a touch of romance with a lot of adventure and just the right amount of violence. I am presently tearing through all of his books that I can find.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith Warren

    Still enjoyable, but I found it difficult to keep track of all the different side characters, what's happening and why. Could be my fault though. Tom is still fun as hell to read though. 6/10 Still enjoyable, but I found it difficult to keep track of all the different side characters, what's happening and why. Could be my fault though. Tom is still fun as hell to read though. 6/10

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    While Tom Swan 4 - Rome - was the strongest installment to date for the reasons noted in my review below, this one is the weakest partly for some understandable reasons but partly for lack of focus and outstanding supporting characters A new storyline starts so the story feels very incomplete, the new characters are not that developed yet while the older characters mostly stayed behind,and there is repetition as there is so much heroics Tom can do until it becomes "again and again", while pretty While Tom Swan 4 - Rome - was the strongest installment to date for the reasons noted in my review below, this one is the weakest partly for some understandable reasons but partly for lack of focus and outstanding supporting characters A new storyline starts so the story feels very incomplete, the new characters are not that developed yet while the older characters mostly stayed behind,and there is repetition as there is so much heroics Tom can do until it becomes "again and again", while pretty much everyone else is just a pale reflection of the strong characters from earlier installments (from Bessarion and Tom's Italian friends, to Violetta and the Turkish characters); hopefully installment 6 will get back into groove Tom Swan 4 - Rome http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Marroquín

    Mucha politica griega/turca post caída de Constantinopla, mucho no hacer nada en varias fortificaciones griegas, algo de intriga Genovesa/Veneciana y un asedio a un castillo (que defiende Swan) no hace que el relato te interese demasiado. Pero aún así se deja leer con facilidad y tampoco es tan aburrido como parece por la frase anterior. Y ahora a leer el sexto y último capítulo de esta prinera serie dedicada a Tom Swan.

  9. 4 out of 5

    S.J.A. Turney

    At this stage, five 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 1-4 you'll be just as happy with book 5. If you're new to the series, check out my review of book 1. At this stage, five 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 1-4 you'll be just as happy with book 5. If you're new to the series, check out my review of book 1.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Probably my favorite Tom Swan edition to date. Going full blown 5 stars with Rhodes. Ending sets us up for an epic final installment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    Another excellent installment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Enjoyed it but I'm confusing the characters causing me to reread a few pages when that happens. Enjoyed it but I'm confusing the characters causing me to reread a few pages when that happens.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arun

    Not as strong as 4. But full on fun

  14. 4 out of 5

    William Varney

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joel

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yostman1759

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  19. 5 out of 5

    José Chinelo

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  21. 4 out of 5

    David Price

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Pinnock

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alfred

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason Daub

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shivendra

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex

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