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Medici Guns

(1974)
(The first book in the Leonardo Da Vinci series)
A novel by

 
 
. In this first novel of a three-part historical adventure series, Leonardo da Vinci performs wonders as the 'James Bond' of Renaissance Italy. In The Medici Guns, the multi-talented artist employs his famed inventions - in this story an awesome cannon design - in service to the Medicis of Florence. From a deadly accurate cannon design to high-flying kites, Leonardo's true-life inventions become key to preserving the military and political independence of Florence, one of Italy's famed city-states, against the scheming and powerful Cardinal Borgia, his vast armies and his wily ally, Pope Sixtus IV of Rome. In this tale beginning in 1477, Florence's strategic Castelmonte fortress is under siege by a papal army, so "only a brilliant, daring gambit could save Florence, so the Medicis turn to an impetuous young genius: Leonardo da Vinci." History and art lovers, Renaissance buffs and adventure aficionados will love the drama and fast-pace of The Medici Guns.
. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ROBERT ROSS
Before turning to writing novels, Robert Ross was a creative director at the Leo Burnett advertising agency. When he retired to Montserrat in the West Indies, he became fascinated with Leonardo da Vinci and learned everything he could about this brilliant inventor and artist and his era. On the island, he met Martin Woodhouse, creator of The Avengers television series, and they teamed up as co-authors to pen three adventure novels: The Medici Guns, The Medici Emerald and The Medici Hawks. Each historical novel is set in Renaissance Italy with Leonardo da Vinci cast as a kind of James Bond, utilizing one of his actual devices, from cannons and flying machines to submarines and other innovations, to solve a host of swashbuckling challenges and romantic escapades. His last novel, ''A French Finish,'' won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for the best first mystery by a new writer in 1978.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MARTIN WOODHOUSE
. Martin Woodhouse is best known as the creator of the popular television series, The Avengers, but he was also a pilot, poet, parachutist, and the designer of the one of the world's first pure logic computers. When Woodhouse moved to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, he met Robert Ross, a former ad man who shared a life-long fascination with Leonardo da Vinci. They soon teamed up as co-authors to write three historical adventure novels: The Medici Guns, The Medici Emerald and The Medici Hawks. Woodhouse was also author of Tree Frog, Bush Baby, Phil & Me, Mama Doll, and Blue Bone. An ex-R.A.F. officer, he earned degrees in medicine and experimental psychology. He conducted research into the relationship between human cognition and computer architecture.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1975 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Medici Guns
Author(s): Martin Woodhouse, Robert Ross
ISBN: 0-525-15460-4 / 978-0-525-15460-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: E. P. Dutton
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January 1974 : UK Hardback
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Title: Medici Guns
Author(s): Martin Woodhouse, Robert Ross
ISBN: 0-460-04204-1 / 978-0-460-04204-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1977 : UK Paperback
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Title: Medici Guns (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Martin Woodhouse, Robert Ross
ISBN: 0-340-21970-X / 978-0-340-21970-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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June 1976 : UK Paperback

Title: Medici Guns
Author(s): Martin Woodhouse, Robert Ross
ISBN: 0-583-12538-7 / 978-0-583-12538-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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April 1976 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Medici Guns
Author(s): Martin Woodhouse
ISBN: 0-345-24954-2 / 978-0-345-24954-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Medici Guns
Author(s): Martin Woodhouse, Robert Ross
Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited
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