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Thomas Quinn (born 1951) is an author of historical novels.

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Thomas Quinn was born in 1951 in Newark, New Jersey to Elmer and Barbara Quinn. He attended Cornell University 1969-1973 and graduated with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He worked in sales and marketing for seventeen years for Procter & Gamble. Since then, he has been president of a division of the Irish Dairy Board and vice president for sales for Warner-Lambert Consumer Healthcare, CIGNA Healthcare, and Travel click. Quinn lives in Maryland.

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Quinn visited Venice in 1999 and decided to write his first book when he could not find a novel set there, similar to his favorite book, The Count of Monte Cristo . The first book in the trilogy, The Lion of St. Mark , took him four years to write and publish. It begins in 1452 with the attempt to save Constantinople from Turkish siege and ends in 1472. Much of the book concerns the rivalry between two powerful patrician families, the Zianis and the Soranzos and Venice's savage war with the Ottoman Turks. His second book, The Sword of Venice , spans the years 1473-1484 and chronicles the Ferrara War that pitted Venice against virtually all of her Italian rivals. The third book, working title: Venice Stands Alone , will continue the saga beginning in 1494 with French King Charles VIII's invasion of the Italian Peninsula, opposed by a Venice-led coalition of Italian states. Both are available in hard cover and eBook formats.

Venice Comune in Veneto, Italy

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region.

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Quinn has recently completed his third novel, a modern-day political-action thriller entitled, The Machiavelli Letter . It was released in May, 2012 as an eBook.

The first two books were published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.

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Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, a division of Macmillan Publishers, publishes popular trade fiction and nonfiction. Established by publisher Thomas Dunne in 1986, Thomas Dunne Books is based out of the Flatiron Building in New York City. "An imprint that scorns snobbery, prizes the quirky and commercial and flourishes through a unique form of high-volume publishing," Thomas Dunne Books produces 25-35 titles each year, covering a range of genres including commercial and literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, biography, politics, history, sports, and popular science. In its more than 30-year history, Thomas Dunne Books has published numerous New York Times bestsellers including Dan Brown's first novel Digital Fortress, more than 20 books by international sensation Rosamunde Pilcher, a series of Walking Dead novels written by series creator Robert Kirkman, A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowden, the Meg Langslow mysteries by Donna Andrews, To Try Men's Souls and other historical fiction by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and many, many more. Its recent bestsellers include The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump and Two Paths: America Divided or United. Currently, Thomas Dunne Books publishes trade paperbacks through St. Martin's Griffin and Picador (imprint) and mysteries through St. Martin's Minotaur.

The Venetian Trilogy

The first two books were published in Spanish: El león de san Marcos and La Espada De Venecia. The first book was also published in Greek: To Λιοντάρι του Αγίου Μάρκου.

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