THE SPEAR OF LEPANTO
A Renaissance Adventure
Featuring the early exploits of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Book One – The Papal Prize
Book Two – The Beast Comes Forth
by Leon J. Radomile
The Spear of Lepanto is an epic two-part tale of adventure, romance, and heroism, vividly bringing the distant past to life. Set in the 16th century, the story is about a quest for an enigmatic relic (the Spear of Longinus) that Saint Pope Pius V believes will decide the fate of Christian Europe. Only a brokered alliance forced by the Holy See between Spain and Venice can give Europe a fighting chance against the invincible Ottoman Turks, who plan to seize Rome as a stepping-stone for the total domination of Europe. One of the novel’s central characters is a youthful Miguel de Cervantes, who joins a special group formed by Saint Pope Pius V and the Knights of St. John to recover an ancient relic of great power from the Turks in Constantinople. The group sets out aboard a stunning new sailing vessel built from a recently recovered design by Leonardo da Vinci. On the way, they confront blind ambition and savagery far beyond any they had ever imagined. Fasten your seatbelt and take a deep breath, you are about to enter the year 1570.