THE BEAST OF THE BOSPORUS
Matthew W. Quinn
Copyright Matthew W. Quinn 2012
Published at Smashwords
Cover by Alex Claw
27 Jumada Al-Akhirah, 979 AH (15 November, 1571 AD)
“We need an advantage,” Sokullu Mehmed Pasha, the grizzled grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire, muttered as he watched the Sublime State’s newest war galley slide into the dark waters of the Bosporus. His burly Janissary bodyguard Ibrahim did not comment, leaving his master alone with his brooding.
Every ship lost to the Venetians and their allies at Lepanto had been replaced, but that was not enough. More and more trade traveled by sea, and the Latins controlled most of that. Unless the Ottomans exceeded them in some field, the Sublime State was doomed. This would not happen on his watch.