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Fortune's Bastard

318 pages5 hours


A delightful, swashbuckling adventure of lust, learning, and love.

Escaping the religious hysteria of Renaissance Florence, young Antonio leaves his family and fate behind to find a better life. Misfortune, betrayals, friendships, and favors toss him around the Mediterranean as he makes his way as a pirate, an itinerant actor, and a fugitive before becoming a notable merchant of Venice. Inspired by Shakespeare, author Gil Cole reimagines Antonio as someone different of his time—a man who openly desires the love of another man.

“Hold onto your codpiece—Shakespeare has never been hotter. Gil Cole’s lusty yet literate Fortune’s Bastard is a thrilling, imaginative, and above all romantic homage to the great bard.”
—Wayne Hoffman, author of Sweet Like Sugar and Hard

“Fortune’s Bastard is a thrilling tale of manly virtues tested—love, loyalty, honor and physical courage—and manly desires given their fullest and freest expression. Gil Cole’s adventure is epic, operatic, and Shakespearean. He writes with complete confidence (another manly virtue!) as he rolls out a grand pageant of heroism and love on the fifteenth century Mediterranean. On every page I found fresh surprises that kept my pulse racing.”
—David Pratt, author of Bob the Book and My Movie

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