The Journeyer by Gary Jennings

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Marco Polo was nicknamed "Marco of the millions" because his Venetian countrymen took the grandiose stories of his travels to be exaggerated, if not outright lies. As he lay dying, his priest, family, and friends offered him a last chance to confess his mendacity, and Marco, it is said, replied "I have not told the half of what I saw and did."
Now Gary Jennings has imagined the half that Marco left unsaid as even more elaborate and adventurous than the tall tales thought to be lies. From the palazzi and back streets of medieval Venice to the sumptuous court of Kublai Khan, from the perfumed sexuality of the Levant to the dangers and rigors of travel along the Silk Road, Marco meets all manner of people, survives all manner of danger, and, insatiably curious, becomes an almost compulsive collector of customs, languages and women.
In more than two decades of travel, Marco was variously a merchant, a warrior, a lover, a spy, even a tax collector - but always a journeyer, unflagging in his appetite for new experiences, regretting only what he missed. Here - recreated and reimagined with all the splendor, the love of adventure, the zest for the rare and curious that are Jennings's hallmarks - is the epic account, at once magnificent and delightful, of the greatest real-life adventurer in human history.


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About Gary Jennings

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GARY JENNINGS was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his novels, which often included hazardous travel. He passed away in 1999, leaving behind a rich legacy of historical fiction and outlines for new novels.ROBERT GLEASON was Gary Jennings' editor for a number of years. He lives in New York City. JUNIUS PODRUG is an accomplished writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives on Cape Cod.
 
Published March 2, 2010 by Forge Books. 801 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With these picaresque ""untold stories"" of Marco Pole's 13th-century trek to the mysterious East, Jennings goes Aztec one better—with even more sexual exotica, inventive grue, and sensual delights. . . plus diverse peoples, prides and pratfalls of absolute rulers, bright historical and lin...

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