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Het duivelse lot [PDF / Epub] ★ Het duivelse lot ✪ Michael Ennis – Thomashillier.co.uk Het Itali van de renaissance is een plek waar politiek en moord hand in hand gaan De beruchte Borgiapaus Alexander VI verplicht in de courtisane Damiata om uit te zoeken wie zijn onwettige zoon heeft Het Itali van de renaissance is een plek waar politiek en moord hand in hand gaan De beruchte Borgiapaus Alexander VI verplicht inde courtisane Damiata om uit te zoeken wie zijn onwettige Het duivelse Kindle - zoon heeft omgebracht Damiata ontmoet een obscure Florentijnse diplomaat, Niccol Machiavelli, en een excentrieke ingenieur, Leonardo da Vinci De jacht op de moordenaar verandert in een dodelijk schimmenspel Terwijl de ene na de andere vreselijk verminkte jonge vrouw wordt gevonden, besluiten Machiavelli en Da Vinci hun geniale krachten te bundelen en Damiata te helpen Ze reizen door Itali en verdwalen in een labyrint van bijgeloof, leugens en erotische obsessie Om de moordenaar te vinden en zelf te overleven, moeten ze een waarheid ontdekken die de loop van de westerse geschiedenis zal veranderen het geheim dat verborgen zit in De heerser, het beroemdste boek van Niccol MachiavelliDe Amerikaanse schrijver Michael Ennis gaf kunstgeschiedenis aan de University of Texas, was een Rockefeller Foundation Fellow en werkte als onafhankelijk curator Hij heeft twee historische romans geschreven, The Duchess of Milanen ByzantiumAan Het duivelse lot heeft hij jaren gewerkt.


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  1. Jon Jon says:

    I had very high hopes for this book set in early 16th century Italy, based with careful attention to detail on actual events, and involving Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci as detectives solving a murder A fascinating preface, a good map, a list of dramatis personae, and a recognition that despite the religious orthodoxy of the time, the popular belief was that that bitch the goddess Fortuna, not God, ran human affairs What s not to like But I gave up after about 70 pages The story was I had very high hopes for this book set in early 16th century Italy, based with careful attention to detail on actual events, and involving Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci as detectives solving a murder A fascinating preface, a good map, a list of dramatis personae, and a recognition that despite the religious orthodoxy of the time, the popular belief was that that bitch the goddess Fortuna, not God, ran human affairs What s not to like But I gave up after about 70 pages The story wasn t going anywhere The dialog didn t sound like any human beings I know actually talk The exposition was clumsy Almost immediately, the first main character, a courtesan named Damiata is abducted by Vatican officials, bound, gagged with a block of wood that completely dried all the saliva in her mouth , and dragged to the papal offices There, when the block is pried out with the point of a knife, despite her tortured face muscles and dry mouth, she launches into a speech ofthan 200 words, mostly telling the pope history he already knows, but which we need to learn Realistic Not especially And in spite of the historical accuracy, not humanly accurate at all


  2. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    This isn t a horrible in fact the premise caught my attention It has many famous characters such as Cesare Borgia Rodrigo, the pope s middle son, who was a cardinal and after his brother, Juan, was killed Cesare was released from the church as he d been wanting to be and took over Juan s duties as head of Rodrigo s army , Niccolo Machaivelli, and Leonardo Da Vinci I hated the characterization Da Vinci, making him into almost a caricature of what some people consider homosexual behavior That This isn t a horrible in fact the premise caught my attention It has many famous characters such as Cesare Borgia Rodrigo, the pope s middle son, who was a cardinal and after his brother, Juan, was killed Cesare was released from the church as he d been wanting to be and took over Juan s duties as head of Rodrigo s army , Niccolo Machaivelli, and Leonardo Da Vinci I hated the characterization Da Vinci, making him into almost a caricature of what some people consider homosexual behavior That was the only part that really grated the other 60% I couldn t force myself to continue was so, so There wasn t enough of a mystery or utilization of these famed people to compel me to read on I hate abandoning books unread but I hate worse being kept from better stories and better writing.This review is based on an e galley provided by the publisher Perhaps it was better reading in the finished version


  3. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    When I started reading this, my first reaction was that this seemed to be aliterate Da Vinci Code In a historical setting rather than the present, and with da Vinci as an actual character rather than the architect of the puzzle Still, people being killed in a theatrical manner and left in patterns for the pursuers to solve It does sound a bit familiar, does it not Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I When I started reading this, my first reaction was that this seemed to be aliterate Da Vinci Code In a historical setting rather than the present, and with da Vinci as an actual character rather than the architect of the puzzle Still, people being killed in a theatrical manner and left in patterns for the pursuers to solve It does sound a bit familiar, does it not Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  4. Doubleday Books Doubleday Books says:

    With its vivid, well defined array of characters, The Malice of Fortune captures the glorious and gritty details of Renaissance Italy in a propulsive story Ennis has achieved a great accomplishment, historical fiction that places us right into the characters present Matthew Pearl, author of The Monster of Florence and The Technologists The Malice of Fortune isthan a thriller it s a tender love story, a grim exploration of the nature of human evil, and an immersive tour of Renaissan With its vivid, well defined array of characters, The Malice of Fortune captures the glorious and gritty details of Renaissance Italy in a propulsive story Ennis has achieved a great accomplishment, historical fiction that places us right into the characters present Matthew Pearl, author of The Monster of Florence and The Technologists The Malice of Fortune isthan a thriller it s a tender love story, a grim exploration of the nature of human evil, and an immersive tour of Renaissance Italy as courageous, perceptive young Niccolo Machiavelli fights for his life against ruthless Borgia factions A novel written with gusto, panache, and intellectual rigor Lyndsay Faye, author of Gods of Gotham and Dust and Shadows A true masterpiece Michael Ennis has poured the knowledge and wisdom of many lifetimes into the exquisite form of a mystery so dark, so labyrinthine The Malice of Fortune is stunning, terrifying, and utterly mesmerizing I can honestly say I never fully appreciated the genius of Machiavelli, or the savagery of the Borgias, until now Ann eFortier, author of Juliet Michael Ennis bring the Renaissance alive in this tour de force The Malice of Fortune dishes out a simmering stew, thick with chicanery, bloodshed, dastardly deeds, code breaking, puzzle solving, and a cast of characters that includes Leonardo da Vinci, Niccol Machiavelli, Francesco Guicciardini, Cesare Borgia and Damiata, the real life courtesan whose brassiness, brains, and beauty dazzle even her employer and nemesis the Pope Katherine Neville, author of The Eight and The Fire For readers who ve been waiting all these years for the next The Name of the Rose here it is Michael Ennis brings a scholar s mind and a writer s heart to this beautifully crafted work of Renaissance intrigue that has a rare quality of feeling ancient and modern at the same time A powerful thinking man s thriller Glenn Cooper, author of Library of the Dead and Book of Souls This is a fascinating novel, filled with extraordinary, well realized historical characters and a plot that is engrossing and wickedly clever The Malice of Fortune is an excellent, beautifully researched, and well written novel that has a fine, fine sense of place It captured my attention up front and kept me turning the pages to the very end Douglas Preston, co author of The Monster of Florence


  5. Linda (Miss Greedybooks) Linda (Miss Greedybooks) says:

    Fantastic cast of characters, Borgias, da Vinci, Machiavelli now I must get The Prince out of storage and read it Machiavellian today is arguably the most misunderstood and dangerously misused adjective in the popular lexicon I did not know about much of the history of Malice , but what I watched on HBO s The Borgias so interesting I have read some Borgia books, but why did I not know The Prince was modeled on Duke Valentino Cesare Borgia Must.Find.Out.More.


  6. Ed Ed says:

    This review proves the adage never say never I never thought I would give a 1 star review First, I respect authors and feel that the only thingdifficult than getting a book published is writing a book something I wish I could do, but can not So forgive me from throwing stones from my glass house Second, in a rare instance of personal self esteem, I feel I am pretty darn good at picking out books We are given far too little time on this planet to read all the books one would want This review proves the adage never say never I never thought I would give a 1 star review First, I respect authors and feel that the only thingdifficult than getting a book published is writing a book something I wish I could do, but can not So forgive me from throwing stones from my glass house Second, in a rare instance of personal self esteem, I feel I am pretty darn good at picking out books We are given far too little time on this planet to read all the books one would want, so I just don t pick out many clunkers Lastly, I am stubborn With regularity, I contemplated abandoning this book If you are looking for a redeeming feature in this review, it is that read the whole thing So why the heck did I read it in the first place I love Italy If somehow I stumbled into financial independence, I d quite likely have a flat in Florence and you d never hear from me again Well, you probably would, what else would I have to do but read books and write espresso or chianti fueled Goodreads reviews Next, I love the Showtime series The Borgias, so much so that a while back I wished that there was a historical fiction novel about them And voila or should I say Prego , here comes The Malice of Fortune, a novel that not features the Borgias but pairs them up with their evenrenowned Italian contemporaries, Niccol Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci Sounds like a slam dunk, right Well, I should have been wary when the marketing blitz for the book including right here on Goodreads which made it sound like the new Da Vinci Code and or Italian Renaissance CSI or NCIS I will plead guilty as charged at turning up my nose at the Dan Brown book s and acroynmed TV police procedural shows, but I fear I may even be insulting those two crowd favorites by making this comparison here And besides, I can t quite figure out if LL Cool J would play da Vinci or Machiavelli The generic mash up of words that make up the book s title should have been another tip off Fortune or Fortuna is mentioned so frequently, I should have made a drinking game out of it Andoften than not it was done in such a melodramatic manner, that I created my own ominous theme music in my head after its every mention Fortuna Da da da dummmmm While this book has claims of being historical fiction I refuse to virtually shelved it there , it struck meas casting historical figures into a fairly cheesy serial killer story There is historical substance in it, but one never gets the sense of knowing or learning about any of these historical figures At its finest, historical fiction is a rich tapestry, where this resembledof a cartoon And while I am sure The Borgias on Showtime takes it fair share of historical liberties and does at times have a guilty pleasure feel to it, it is always fascinating, well executed and entertaining But alas, none of those adjectives are springing forth from my fingers as I type this, though the Author s Notes at the back were pretty interesting But what ultimately solidified this first ever 1 star rating was looking at my recent 2 star books and feeling that I clearly enjoyed themand or they hadin some cases, muchliterary merit I still feel kind of bad, but if I have one 1 star book for every 208 books I log here on Goodreads, I ll take it Congrats to those of you who enjoyed this, but I confess I am quite bewildered


  7. David David says:

    Annoying is the best way I can sum up my characterization of this book based on how I felt when I was reading it annoyed I won t add to the reviews already posted that gave it one or two stars, but I will say that this is one of the VERY few books I have ever abandoned mid read I quit on page 100 or so and i will echo the sentiments already expressed in many of these reviews The constant intrusion of Italian words with no definition and often not definable based on context clues We get it, Annoying is the best way I can sum up my characterization of this book based on how I felt when I was reading it annoyed I won t add to the reviews already posted that gave it one or two stars, but I will say that this is one of the VERY few books I have ever abandoned mid read I quit on page 100 or so and i will echo the sentiments already expressed in many of these reviews The constant intrusion of Italian words with no definition and often not definable based on context clues We get it, Ennis You re erudite and clever But I don t feel that I should have to have an Italian dictionary next to me The second sentiment I echo is regarding the characters of Machiavelli and Da Vinci I know a bit about both these figures and their depiction in this book is very historically inaccurate I know authors have artistic license, but the depiction of these characters goes way beyond license.I like historical fiction very much, but this one is not worth your time In my humble opinion


  8. Jason Golomb Jason Golomb says:

    Michael Ennis has woven an elaborate Renaissance tapestry with his novel Malice of Fortune He s embedded a good old fashioned murder mystery within a tale of corrupt priests and mercilessly unrepentant Italian warlords, who live in a world struggling to actualize and accept that science and religion can coexist Two thirds of the tale is written from the perspective of Niccolo Machiavelli as he details his activities in trailing Cesare Borgia on behalf of his Florentine government, while Bor Michael Ennis has woven an elaborate Renaissance tapestry with his novel Malice of Fortune He s embedded a good old fashioned murder mystery within a tale of corrupt priests and mercilessly unrepentant Italian warlords, who live in a world struggling to actualize and accept that science and religion can coexist Two thirds of the tale is written from the perspective of Niccolo Machiavelli as he details his activities in trailing Cesare Borgia on behalf of his Florentine government, while Borgia conquers eastern Italy and battles his on again off again allied mercenaries The other third is written from the viewpoint of a courtesan, Damiata, who finds she and her son caught up in the mystery of who murdered Cesare s brother, and Pope Alexander VI s son, Juan Borgia Damiata and Niccolo find themselves in mortal danger as Ennis slowly unravels a multi threaded string of ongoing murders, connected to the death of Juan, while being inextricably linked to the political machinations of the Pope, Cesare and the mercenaries Leonardo DaVinci plays a small but critical role as a high functioning savant that provides an anchor point for Ennis discussions around the role of science during the High Renaissance The interwoven plots, and pseudo scientifically based processing of clues reads like a combination of CSI, Silence of the Lambs and The Godfather This story has every opportunity to be great The writing vividly recreates an early 16th century Italy ruled by the Borgias, and contains such all world personalities like Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo DaVinci Ennis book, though, just misses primarily from his presentation of disjointed, rushed, and simply befuddling clues A clue to the disconnectedness of the plot points perhaps resides within Ennis acknowledgements, where he thanks what appears to me to be too many editors involved in the project.Ennis themes cover love, fate and science Fate takes the form in the goddess Fortuna, a driving force in all of the main characters in the book With Fortuna such an all pervading entity in their lives, Leonardo provides an enlightened perspective We have been given the means to hold in our hands the entre orb of the earth We need only measure it in order to posses it But we need not turn this new world of ours over to Fortune, chaos, and war DaVinci reflects on the world that s at a tipping point where science is starting to equal religion and battle superstition Leonardo, of course, was at the forefront of that change at the height of the Renaissance Niccolo plays the role of a modern FBI profiler, working to understand the seemingly horrific nature of the perpetrator of what becomes a significant series of murders reaching beyond the Juan Borgia So while Leonardo has his science of mathematics and measurement, Niccolo has his science of the mind and the nature of man He looks to histories greatest psychotics to understand the underlying perspectives and motivations of this serial killer DaVinci and Nicollo don t agree on the best ways to pursue and identify the killer, but the combination of each discipline leads the reader down a satisfying path.In reality, Niccolo Machiavelli used Cesare Borgia campaigns during the early 16th century as his basis for The Prince Armed with that knowledge, I found the development of Nicollo and Ceasre s characters to be quite enlightening.The book is good, but not great The time period is fascinating, and the specific characters around which with the plot orbits are all based on historical characters If this era is of interest, I definitely recommend the read.I received this book through theVine program


  9. Laura Laura says:

    I almost gave this a 1, but then again, I finished it The story has great possibilities Damiata, a courtesan and mistress to the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander a Borgia teams up with Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci to identify the murderer of Juan of Gandia said illegitimate son The first third of the book, told in Damiata s voice, is pretty compelling lots of sex and violence, but she s good at heart, so a sympathetic character with an interesting back story Then she dec I almost gave this a 1, but then again, I finished it The story has great possibilities Damiata, a courtesan and mistress to the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander a Borgia teams up with Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci to identify the murderer of Juan of Gandia said illegitimate son The first third of the book, told in Damiata s voice, is pretty compelling lots of sex and violence, but she s good at heart, so a sympathetic character with an interesting back story Then she decides she s going to die she doesn t and turns the story over to Machiavelli whose narration turns the whole thing into a dull, wordy mess 250 pages of it, in spite of a pretty good story line The line is that the bad guy in the story was the inspiration for The Prince Whatever The change of voice was a really bad decision Add to it the wordiness of the story, the constant dropping of undefined Italian words in place where you need to know what they mean, and some pretty rambling and fantasitcal action, and you ve got a book I simply cannot recommend I can t imagine where all the good reviews came from


  10. Barbara Burd Barbara Burd says:

    This is an interesting book rich in history as Ennis weaves together the lives of Niccollo Macchiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Duke Valentino and a mysterious woman named Damiata Constructing a story about how Macchiavellia came to write The Prince formed the basis of Ennis premise While something of a fantasy, the book is well researched as Ennis portrays the contrasting cultures that exist during the brutal regime of the Borgias and then established characters that symbolize these cultures Th This is an interesting book rich in history as Ennis weaves together the lives of Niccollo Macchiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Duke Valentino and a mysterious woman named Damiata Constructing a story about how Macchiavellia came to write The Prince formed the basis of Ennis premise While something of a fantasy, the book is well researched as Ennis portrays the contrasting cultures that exist during the brutal regime of the Borgias and then established characters that symbolize these cultures The book explores good and evil as Macchiavelli tries to explain the motivations of men His focus on human nature starkly contrasts with da Vinci s focus on reason and order as defining the cosmos Stretching historical fact almost beyond belief, Ennis writes of political intrigue, murder, love, and religion that has been perverted by the papacy and throughout the culture This book is a good choice if you are a fan of historical fiction and can accept building a fantasy around historical characters There is enough action and suspense to keep the reader engaged Ennis is especially effective in his descriptive language and his ability to build suspense throughout


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