Review The Secret of Plants in the Environment Rishikesh Upadhyay
Book reviews , Non-Fiction / July 13, 2020

Do you know that plants are like humans? They interact with us and the environment. They talk to us and predict the future. These are some of clues I found in a very interesting non fiction book titled The Secret of Plants in the Environment. The author, Rishikesh Upadhyay, is an Assistant Professor of Plant Environmental Phisiology and Biochemistry at Haflong Government College, in the Indian State of Assam. These are the early reasons who make me delighted to publish my new review about this helpful book about plants. Even though, at first glance, the book could be addressed to scholars, scientists or students, the entire work is, instead, for everybody, because plants have a key role in our planet and are, moreover, responsible of the terrestrial life. The Secret of Plants in the Environment is an accurate scientific dissertation about the interactions that plants have in the environment where they live or are grown. The work is particularly focused how plants respond to stressful environmental conditions. Just to mention one of them: they suffer stress, like us, and endure, like us, harmful changes in their metabolism, up to the production of free radicals. The book describes a detailed and…

Review Evening Painting Richard James
Book reviews , Fiction / June 12, 2020

Evening Painting is a stunning homage to Venice. The work is really unique and original for several reasons. The first one is the subtitle, which is in Italian, namely: L’Amore di Vissini per Fionanora. Vissini and Fionanora are the names of the main characters of the book written by Richard James. Evening Painting is not a non – fiction or a travel book about the wonders of Venice, but a compelling and unconventional novel set in the most romantic place of Italy. I remained pleasantly surprised by this fiction book and I am still incapable to classify it. It is a love-story? Maybe it is, but I think it is much more than it. Evening Painting is a mesmerizing tale about the love of a Venetian writer, called Vissini, for his city and for an American artist called Fionanora. The latter is a beautiful painter, arrived in Venice along with a group of inattentive and uncaring artists. They are all superficially eager to visit this marvelous destination. Vissini, instead, is a very sensitive writer, like the most of writers. He is also very poor, like the most of writers. But it is his personal perspective about Venice, Italy and the…

Review Tokyo Traffic Michael Pronko
Book reviews , Fiction / May 25, 2020

This could be defined a book about cryptocurrency, or rather, a fiction book on cryptocurrrency. While illegal digital currency exchanges are the leading thread of this mystery novel, the author unravels the dark side of Tokyo elite, with all of its perverse industries and the related depravity, where a crime is never a surprise, but an unexpected rule! I am discussing about Tokyo Traffic, the Book3 of the acclaimed mystery series by Michael Pronko. And this is my review about this gripping and unconventional novel. Let’s start from a few clues about the plot. The story is set in the multiethnic city of Tokyo, where aspiring entrepreneurs are more and more involved in borderline businesses that aim only to make money. Yes, money, but what t a type of money? That is not the usual currency, but crypto currency, namely a digital currency exchanged only through online platforms that are impossible to be tracked. This digital currency is used for an awful human traffic where underage girls are kidnapped and brought to Tokyo by boat. The girls are drugged to be turned into porn actresses under the lascivious gaze of the so called bystanders. These are wealthy and powerful persons…

Review The Seed of Rosewood Massimo Rozzoni
Book reviews , Fiction / April 27, 2020

This time I am very proud to review a novel about pirates written by Massimo Rozzoni, a talented Italian novelist who is preparing to be the new heir of Ken Follett. The book title is The Seed of Rosewood. That is the English translation of Il Seme del Palissandro, a volume of 500 pages set in Scotland, the Caribbeans and London, in 1715. The main character is Patrick Douglas, a 15 year old who has still to discover all of the dark contradictions of life. In the century of Patrick, seas were haunted by pirate ships. These cruel sailors devoted their life to looting, rapes and kidnappings to sell their prisoners as slaves. It is just during a looting that Patrick is kidnapped and brought aboard of a pirate vessel which has to reach the legendary Carribbean Sea. I read the English edition of the novel and felt many counteracting emotions: sorrow, joy, rage, hope. I never read an historical fiction book about pirates, I watched movies about this topic and read only historical novels set in different centuries. However, even though I don’t have any recent comparison with another historical novel about the deeds of corsairs, I can absolutely…

Review To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail J.R. Klein
Biography , Book reviews / March 25, 2020

That is a book about a travel experience which turns into a spiritual journey. If I would have read this literary work in a different time, I would have recommended it to travel lovers, but today, in these hard days and after diving into the wonderful remembrances of the author, I can absolutely say that this book is for everybody, especially for those who are struggling with fear, panic and grief. The story is about the quest for a new way of living. And that is my review about the book titled: To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail. The work is a heartfelt memoir written by J.R. Klein about his travel through Mexico and Central America in 1980. The writing style is poetical, such as a fiction book, even though is true like the experience the author narrated. At the beginning of the story, the author, who chooses to be called Alex, is a science student in the United States. He has a girlfriend, but he does not feel fulfilled. We are in the 1980s; Alex feels emptiness in his life and, to get rid by his inner suffering, decides to start an adventurous…

Review To the Survivors Robert Uttaro
Book reviews , Non-Fiction / March 4, 2020

To the Survivors is the touching memoir written by Robert Uttaro. The book arrived in my hands at the proper time and just some days after learning about the upcoming conviction of Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer accused of sexual harassment and sexual violence against some now popular actresses. To the Survivors is the journey of a 30 year American guy, Robert Uttaro, who serves as a voluntary counselor at a healing center for sexual trauma survivors in the United States. Indeed, the complete title of the book is To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence. The work is a light of hope in the black hole of loneliness of women, men and even children who have been victims of sexual violence. Anyway, the work is not a debate about sexual violence, it is a way to give a voice to those who were raped by their best friends, their partners, their husband, their employer, by the priest in their parish. Behold: true stories, true life, not a Television show such as the one about the aforementioned Weinstein. These stories tell about sexual violence by the depths of the soul…

Review of A Dead Every Now and Then, by Paolo Borrometi, a book about Mafia
Book reviews , Italian books / 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…

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 , Non-Fiction / 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…