The King of Silk - A Historical Novel

Michael Patriate thinks he has it all. Fate decides to teach him a lesson. Welcome to the 15th Century.

In his single-minded drive to succeed, businessman Michael Patriate allowed Sheila, the woman he loved, to slip away. And when his picture on the cover of High Finance Magazine validates the years of sacrifice, a midnight attack on a Manhattan street interrupts his celebration. Dumped alone into a backward country that is—impossibly—Renaissance Italy, he starts over in provincial Caorle with ambition and business experience his only resources.

Joe Douglas Trent
Michael fights his way back to the top and takes on the ruthless merchants in neighboring Venice, while he falls in love with Cecile, a young widow. But he catches the attention of a rich merchant and the Doge of Venice, who each want his business savvy and knowledge of advanced technology. Will he act to make himself rich at the cost of disrupting society? Can he change history? Will he turn his back on friends and on Cecile?

How would you make your way if thrust into an impossible situation where all you possess, down to the culture and technology that define your world, is stripped away? What choices would you make? How far would you go? In this historical novel with a time-travel twist, The King of Silk tells the story of one man's journey.

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“THE KING OF SILK is a thriller with a sharp intelligence that blends history, mystery and romance adeptly. Joe Douglas Trent is a new voice in fiction to watch.”

--DeWanna Pace
July, 2011

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What happened after THE END?

Many characters and events are fictionalized versions of real people and historical events. Download An Epilogue to The King of Silk: PDF

What did we miss?

Michael had a few adventures not recorded in the book. See what happens when he and his favorite girl take a holiday in The Country Picnic.

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