Review of A Dead Every Now and Then, by Paolo Borrometi, a book about Mafia
Biography , Book reviews / November 8, 2019

This is a new book about mafia, namely an outstanding accounting about the Sicilian mafia you must absolutely read. In my new book review, indeed, I decided to discuss about A Dead Every Now and Then, a poignant accounting about the death threats and the assaults of the Mafia against a reporter in Sicily. As a Sicilian, I felt the duty to review this book on the mafia on my book site, in order to let you know not only a literary masterpiece, but also to better understanding the ominous network of trades of the Mafia in Sicily and its dangerous ties with the American Mafia. The original title in Italian of the book is: Un Morto Ogni Tanto and the author is a Sicilian colleague of mine: Paolo Borrometi, a mafia reporter born in Ragusa, Sicily, in 1983, who, currently, lives between the beautiful baroque village of Modica and Rome. Just like me, Paolo Borrometi started his journalistic career working as a freelancer for the Giornale di Sicilia, unveiling, in his articles, the names and the crimes of the most dangerous mafia families in the so called invisible provinces of Sicily. Yes, because the mafia is not only the…

Pulling God’s Teeth: Book One of The Last Italian, A Saga in Three Parts by Anthony Delstretto
Book description / October 17, 2019

PULLING GOD’S TEETH is the first volume of The Last Italian, A Saga in Three Parts, a gripping tale that begins in 1882, in Italy, and spans more than six decades of social and political tumult. Three generations of the Como and Vacci families face rapacious landowners, deadly epidemics, harrowing warfare, perilous immigration, and fascist brutality during the Kingdom of Italy’s final sixty-three turbulent years. Throughout, as the characters balance their commitments to love, loyalty, and honor against the implacable demands of physical survival, Fate forever stands ready to abruptly intervene. The other books of the trilogy include: BOOK TWO: FATE’S RESTLESS FEET (1911-1913) BOOK THREE: DEATH TO THE WOLF (1942-1945) PULLING GOD’S TEETH (1882-1886) Twenty-four-year-old Carlo Como goes out fishing one dawn on the wide river near his northern Italian village of Castrubello. The Pirino has provided a living for the Como family for generations, but this morning Carlo hauls in a very different catch: three large white rocks known as “God’s Teeth.” The valuable stones, coveted by local ceramic-makers, will allow him to marry his love, Tonia Vacci, a worker in the town’s dismal silk mill. But the fisherman’s good fortune is resented by estate manager Baldassare Gaetano,…

Review The Retreat Mark Edwards
Best sellers , Book reviews / September 23, 2019

The Retreat is the best psychological thriller of 2019 written by British novelist Mark Edwards. Here, I wrote my review about this gripping thriller. First of all, you must know that the book has been released only last year, on May, 2018 and already has had tons of positive customer reviews on Amazon. I am also one of these customers, but I wrote and published my review on my book site, not on Amazon. I bought the Kindle edition of The Retreat, only a month ago. Although The Retreat has a length of 356 pages, I read it in one breath. It is true that I read many books, but when I devour a book in a few days, only, it is because the story is compelling and masterly written. Page after page, chapter after chapter, I has been dragged in the scary world of Mark Edwards, a novelist who writes psychological thrillers in which dark things happen to ordinary people. The Retreat seems a horror novel, but it is more than that. It is a mystery written with the style of Agatha Christie, where all of the characters are guilt, but none is never really guilt. The entire gloomy…

Review In the Closet of the Vatican Frederic Martel
Book reviews , Essays / July 9, 2019

It is regarded as the most controversial book about the heart of the Catholic Church, namely the Vatican. I am discussing about In the Closet of the Vatican, the book written by French journalist Frederic Martel and this is my review about this controversial essay. First of all, you must know that the disclosure of the work has been authorized by Pope Francis. This is, at least, the first shocking revelation made by the author in the pages of his literary text. As a matter of fact, In the Closet of the Vatican is a collection of the interviews made by the journalist during a long tour between Italy and the South of America. These interviews represent an excellent journalistic inquiry about the untold and unmentionable secrets of the Vatican Church. Yes, because the Vatican is a church, the Catholic Church. However, according to the book, the Vatican is a world aside, with its lies, secrets and dirty deals, as suggested by the complete title, namely, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. The work is shocking and shaking, in my view, because reveals the impressive and the unthinkable degree of corruption of the Catholic clergy! Just think…

Review of The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
Book reviews , Fiction / June 25, 2019

The Painted Bridge is the debut novel by Wendy Wallace, a British freelance journalist and a writer.  In this review, I just discussed about this book.  When I read the novel, I cried and not because it was a bad fiction book,  but because it was a poignant masterpiece. Set in the age of Queen Victoria, this historical novel depicts the female condition in London during the XIX century. That is the same condition described by Virginia Wolf in her essay titled A Room of One’s Own, only that here, in the tale by Wendy Wallace titled The Painted Bridge, the female condition has been turned into an outstanding and touching novel. I remained really struck by this story. The book tells about a woman, Anna, who is a free woman, she in not accustomed to ask for the permission before venturing into a new undertaking, such as the one to rescue a group of sailors from a shipwreck. To save them, she leaves her husband, Vincent, alone, for a few days. But when she returns, she finds a cruel and unexpected surprise: Vincent ordered that Anna is locked in a mental hospital for frail women. As of that day,…

Second Marriage: An Insider’s Guide to Hope, Healing & Love by Sharilee Swaity
Book description / June 3, 2019

Description Marriage the Second Time Around is More Complicated! Were you or your spouse married before? Do the complications sometimes feel overwhelming? Do you even secretly wonder if you might have made a mistake? You are not alone! In fact, almost one out of every three people who gets married today has been married sometime before. And we all face the same struggles: stepfamily complications, healing from the past, and not wanting to repeat our mistakes. No matter how long you have been together — whether just engaged or celebrating seven years of marriage, it’s never too late to gain a new vision of your marriage, the way it was meant to be. This book will help you: — Stop the “blame game” — Forgive your “ex”​ — Get better at conflict — Work through personality differences — Bond as a stepfamily Readers have called it “helpful,” and “encouraging.” EXCERPT About This Book My husband, Vern and I, have been married for nine years now. For the first four years, we weren’t sure if we would survive as a couple but through prayer, counselling and hard work, we can now say that we are “happily married.” To make it work,…

Rings of Polaris By Paul Alan
Book description / May 2, 2019

Rooted in science fiction, the narrative is deeply invested in the emotional side of its main players. ‘Rings of Polaris’ fuses science fiction, dystopian, and action – in an adventure giving Arthur C. Clarke a run for his money. Readers are invited to strap in with  Rebel Lexis on a mission across the vast wasteland that was once Earth to the surface of Mars. While nobody will deny science fiction’s timeless popularity, both readers and critics are currently crying out for wholly-unique new narratives that don’t succumb to recycling of the “same old” concepts. Thankfully, Paul Alan has stepped up to the plate with gusto, serving up a compelling new series. About Author: Through unexpected characters and vivid prose, Paul Alan explores the varied landscape of science fiction. Alan’s interest in science often informs his writing. His first three action packed books, Rebel Lexis, Giants of Mars, and Star Child are deeply rooted in Science Fiction’s timeless popularity. He lives in Chicago, Illinois where he plots his next story arc. Excerpt “Rings of Polaris is strictly a work of fiction and any characters within this book resembling any real persons is purely coincidental. Digging deep in a Martian Desert men…

Review The Scopas Factor Vincent Panettiere
Book reviews , Fiction / March 13, 2019

What happens when Capitalism is closely intertwined with Art? And what happens when Art is linked to  people murdered or kidnapped? That is the literary framework of  a stunning mystery written by Vincent Panettiere and titled The Scopas Factor.  The novel I reviewed is not only a mystery, but a modern spy story, where  I saw many underlying messages.  From the first to the last page.   The Scopas Factor is the story of an American detective, Mike Hegan,  with a painful burden: all of the people he loved have been murdered, tragically.  His new girlfriend,  Diana, offers him a new job opportunity, but this new vicissitude opens the way to another vortex of compelling twists, such as a trip to a small town in California, where a girl is kidnapped and two men are murdered. Why? This is the second, rather, the third question arising from the novel.  The kidnapped girl is, in turn, the daughter of a woman who  survived  a massacre in a village in Laos, in 1990.  At that time,  the people of the village were murdered by mercenaries involved in American deals.   After the massacre, the survivors relocated to a refugee camp in Thailandia,…

Review of Sculpting Revenge by Mihir Jaiswal
Short review / February 27, 2019

This book made me come to my mind the unforgettable movie titled Ghost,  with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Do you remember? He has been murdered by a hitman and appears  to her while she is working with a pot of clay. In  the novel, the hitman is a cop who kills a black guy, Dave. The girlfriend who  talks  with the ghost is Arianna, an Italian sculptor.  Set between Italy and the US, the Scuplting Revenge is a well written novel about the always burning  topic of racism  and the murders of black people in the US by white cops.  I loved the tender writing style of this author. I felt his sweet personal story in the book, the one of a guy born from Indian and German parents. They have died and left this guy on the streets of Philadelphia.  He met Arianna on the Eve of the New Year. She called him “ Black Sugar” , but  he teases  her,  saying that these are racist words, but he talks with the smile on the lips. Until to the day of the murder, accomplished by a cop.  A planned death?   Arianna thinks about her revenge carving the sculpture…