SUMMARY OF THE NOVEL

pretty bad at them too. Gill currently lives in London and Paris, and, from March 2003 until recently, has spent most of his time in the French capita...

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Assassin’s Creed, by Oliver Bowden, is about 17 years old Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s vengeance. A quite handsome boy who’s still struggling to find his own identity. This book opens with Ezio Auditore da Firenze gathered with his closest allies to ask their aid after their enemy, Vieri de’ Pazzi slandering his family with his pathetic way to demean Ezio’s family. Unexpectedly Vieri came with his friends and fight is inevitable. The battle was hard and grim, brutal kicks and punches connected with the sickening sound of crunching bone. With a help from his older brother, Federico, Ezio succeed to make Vieri shouted “fall back” to his friends. Vieri’s family and Ezio’s family has already being an enemy since a long time. Then Ezio met Cristina Vespucci in their way to going home. Ezio realize that he had feeling to Cristina since their first met and so does Cristina to Ezio. Cristina starting to like Ezio when she saved by him from Vieri who already flirted her, but she won’t. Then they start their love stories in the cristina’s bedroom. In the next morning, Ezio back at home with a sarcastic greet from Federico about their father who knew about what’s Ezio doing last night. Giovanni Auditore, Ezio’s father, is the chairman of the biggest bank in the town. Its normal if he got a few enemy, in fact he got a lot enemy because of his success. Giovanni called Ezio to his office to scold his second son. All Ezio can do just stand and listening the roar of his father, but he shock when his father

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knew that he have a night at Cristina’s house. And he even more shock when even his father roar at Ezio but it just made his father remembered about him in the old days, just like Ezio, but Giovanni wants Ezio knew that he have a big responsibilities about his family name, an Auditore, the owner of the biggest bank in the town. His father ask Ezio’s help to deliver some document to his friend and Ezio think that it is the time to pleased his father after his all trouble that he make. After helping his father in the previous day, today Ezio wants to spent more time with the rest of his family. Ezio had such a great mother who always loving him although Ezio was rarely at home. His mother ask a favour to Ezio to accompany her on an errand that she has to run. Apparently his mother wants to meet Leonardo da Vinci, an very talented artist. After a little chat with Leonardo, Ezio carried a heavy box that his mother ordered to Leonardo. It contains of a few painting. In the future Leonardo and Ezio became a great friend. In fact its Leonardo who fix and create many equipment for Ezio. Then Ezio met his father at the office. It’s another document that he must delivery and from this thing Ezio realized that his father had a big problem. After he delivered the document and running to his house, it seems already chaos happen in the house. His father, Federico, and his young brother Petruccio has been kidnapped by the city guards. Fortunately his mother and his sister Claudia was saved by Annetta, his family housekeeper. His mother was heavily shock and Claudia was bleeding after she interrogated by the city guard about Ezio. Then Ezio asked Annetta to hide his rest of family into the safe place, Ezio try to find a way to see his father. He knew that they arrest at the Palazzo Vecchio. After he

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succeed to meet his father, Giovanni ordered Ezio to back to their house to take everything that he see in the secret chamber in his office. And Ezio return to his house and get all that his father told him. Here Ezio get everything that he needed to make him become the assassin. Then that day was coming. His father and his brothers, Federico and Petruccio have been executed by the city guard. They were accused of treason. He witnesses his family being killed. Then he meet Paola, Annetta’s sister. Paola teach Ezio lot of skills to help Ezio survive, such as how to blend with the crowd, how to pickpocket. After he learn from Paola, Ezio go to Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo fix the strange mechanism that Ezio get from the box that he take from the secret chamber of his father which is the important tools to be a great assassin. Then Ezio ready to find who is behind all of his misery.

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Appendices Biography of Oliver Bowden Anton Gil or known as Oliver Bowden was born in Ilford, Essex, the only child of an English mother and a German father. Both parents died in 1995. His mother taught English, Russian and Drama and his father was an engineer. His early infancy was spent in Bamberg, Germany. He speaks good French and German, and sketchy Italian and Spanish. He was educated at Chigwell School, Essex, (1960-1966), where he did a lot of acting and decided that he would go into the theatre. At Clare College, Cambridge, (1967-1970), he did more acting, and directing, ending up as President of the CU ADC (Amateur Dramatic Club) and several other drama clubs, as well as running his college’s Fine Art Society. He left with a 2:1 in English Literature with French and German subsidiary subjects. BA Hons. 1970; MA Hons. (Cantab.) 1973. While at Cambridge, he was taught to punt by Salman Rushdie, who became a great friend, and also worked in Cambridge theatre with David Hare. From 1970 - 1976 he worked professionally in the theatre, principally as an Assistant Director at the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre, London, where he worked with, among others, Lindsay Anderson, Samuel Beckett, Ronald Eyre, Athol Fugard, Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw,

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John Osborne and Anthony Page. He also wrote plays, one of which was performed at the Theatre Upstairs in 1973. He ran an Experimental Theatre in Geneva for a season in 1973 and did a ‘collective creation’ play about François Villon there, which he later re-wrote as a formal play. This was directed at the Cologne City Theatre by Hansgünther Heyme in 1975. Gill also worked with John Osborne on a season of his plays at Greenwich, 1974/1975, and on the premiere of Samuel Beckett’s NOT I at the Royal Court, 1973. Anton Gill’s one-woman play "Waiting" was put on by LA MAMA in New York in 1976. From 1976-1978 he was a Drama Officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain, with special responsibility for new plays and trainee directors. He started to write for radio, and contributed a number of arts features and plays, including "The Man Who Wrote Shakespeare", a comedy starring Roy Kinnear and Peter Woodthorpe, and "Dandolo", starring Carleton Hobbs in his last role, a play about the Fourth Crusade. "The Berlin Resurrection" was a black comedy set in the Berlin Natural History Museum in the last days of the Second World War. Radio Features included a documentary about whales and whaling, "For the Whales", and a biography of Alexander Pope told through his letters, "The Spider's Touch. In 1976 Gill worked as a script editor for BBC Radio Drama, and from 1978-1980 he was a Senior Drama Producer with the BBC with special responsibility for the Radio 2 soap opera, Waggoners’ Walk". During 1981 he ran "The Archers" in Birmingham before resigning from the BBC in January 1982.

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In 1981 and 1982 he directed radio plays for Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg; one of them was "The Man Who Wrote Shakespeare", which was also produced by Norwegian Radio, and elsewhere in Germany, and in New Zealand and Canada. In May 1982 Gill met Nicola Browne while on holiday in Egypt, and they married that November. The marriage ended in 1998. No children. Nicola and Anton have since both remarried, and remain the best of friends. After a brief period of freelancing, mainly writing and directing radio plays, adaptations and TV scripts ("Angels", "Crossroads" and "Emmerdale), he joined the TV-am breakfast television company in November 1982 and spent 18 months with them as a features producer, where among many other things he set up and produced their soap-opera, "The World of Melanie Parker". Gill resigned in May 1984 to become a full-time writer. The decision to do so was part accident and part design. Most of Gill’s work has been in the field of contemporary European history, but he has also written a series of thrillers set in Ancient Egypt, whose history has always interested him. What he enjoys most in his contemporary history work is tracking down and interviewing people who lived through and participated in the experiences his writing about. Conversations with them have formed the hub of much of his work. When Gill is not writing his main occupation has, until recently, been travelling as much and as far as he can. He first travelled overland to India in 1967. In the 1980s, Gill travelled widely in India, Nepal, Thailand and Burma, as well as visiting Israel, Tunisia and Morocco, and the Seychelles. Before that

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he spent some time in Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. In 1992 he was in Australia, and in 1993 he visited Mustang, an ethnic Tibetan ‘kingdom’ (it actually has a king, but is effectively under Nepali rule) in Northern Nepal, which had only been open to tourists since 1991, and about which he wrote for the adventure and travel magazine, "Outdoors Illustrated". The following year he and his wife took part in the first expedition to Nar-Phu, also in Northern Nepal, but unvisited by Europeans (and then only once) for 40 years, on which he also wrote for "Outdoors". One feature of that trip was attending a sky burial (the body is stripped and chopped up for the vultures). During the later 1990s, he travelled in Ecuador, Tanzania and Cuba; and in 2001 he spent some time on the Upper Amazon in Peru. Between 1998 and 2008, he travelled extensively in France and Spain. For his work, he’s been everywhere in Europe except Finland, and he’s also travelled in the USA (especially when researching two of his books, The Journey Back From Hell and "Peggy Guggenheim - Art Lover". In 2007, he visited Ethiopia, and also spent some time during the period 2002-2009 making frequent visits to Venice. In recent years he has spent more and more time in France, a country he has been fond of since his first visit to Paris forty years ago. Gill has also written for SKI MAGAZINE about the Zen of skiing, on women’s life in dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu’s Romania, for "Woman", and about croquet for "Country Living". He has also contributed features (on subjects ranging from seventeenth-century explorers to the anti-Nazi resistance) to "The Times Higher Education Supplement".

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He’s interested in whale conservation, and has been since long before it became fashionable – he has worked for Friends of the Earth as a volunteer, and remains a member of Greenpeace. Outside work and travel, he enjoys are cooking, looking at paintings (from Giotto to Jackson Pollock and beyond), and playing the clarinet (badly). He paints a bit and draws cartoons, but only for his own amusement, as he’s pretty bad at them too. Gill currently lives in London and Paris, and, from March 2003 until recently, has spent most of his time in the French capital. His wife (since January 2005) is the actress, Marji Campi. The sons of her first marriage both live in Barcelona with their families, and Marji and he are frequent visitors there.

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