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 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,…

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 The Broken Girls Simone St. James
Book reviews , Fiction / February 22, 2019

The Broken Girls is the title a mystery novel written by Simone St. James. In my review, I discussed about the success of this book and about its underlying messages. Yes, hidden messages addressed to readers who loved and will love this story (like me). Released in March of the past year, The Broken Girls has been regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of 2018. I also think it is a great and very interesting story under many standpoints. I explained all this in my review. The plot tells about a freelance journalist, Fiona Sheridan, who is obsessed by the murder of her loved sister happened twenty years ago. For the crime, the Court convicted the boyfriend, but the journalist has the suspect that the truth about this murder has not been discovered, yet. The story is set in Vermont, in 2014, but retraces the mysterious events occurred in a boarding school in 1950. Indeed, the main character of this novel is looking for information to write a story about a boarding school that seems to be haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered along with her baby. She was Mary Hand and the school is the fearsome…

Review of Origin by Dan Brown
Book reviews , Fiction / December 10, 2018

Origin is the latest book written by the famous novelist Dan Brown. That is the seventh thriller novel and the fifth with Robert Langdon as a protagonist.  If you want to know more about this novel, read my review. I read this novel in the past weeks, in one breath. I never read the other books by Dan Brown, but only seen the movies. Well, after reading Origin, I think that the movie directors or screen players didn’t read the novels by Dan Brown before shooting the movies. I don’t like the movies drawn from Dan Brown’s novels, but I liked Origin, very much! Why? Continue reading my review to better know my opinion about the book. I just said that Origin is a masterpiece, because it is a perfect novel. The plot is perfect, writing style is perfect, the underlying meaning is perfect. Let’s start from the plot. Plot The plot of Origin is closely intertwined with the most current topics of our modern world. These topics are perfectly linked to the subtopics of Religion and Science. The main fictional characters of the book by Dan Brown are Edmond Kirsch, an atheist and billionaire futurologist, and Robert Langdon. The…

Review the Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana
Book reviews , Fiction / September 12, 2018

The Missing Girl is the debut novel by Jenny Quintana. The Kindle edition of this mystery thriller has been released on September 1, 2018, while the paperback will be available on September 20, 2018. And yet, the book is already a best seller  regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of the year. How it was possible? Read my review to discover it. The Missing Girl is unusually and fully different from other mystery novels. The plot tells about a girl missed over thirty years ago, Gabriella, and her sister Anna, who is unable to forget this shocking missing. It was 1982 when Gabriella missed from her town. She never came back home from the school. The two sisters, Anna and Gabriella, felt a deep affection each other. Their relationship was full of attention and caring. The world of Anna falls apart after the missing of her sister and the author has described this emotion very well. The novel shows all of the whole grief of the loss, as it can happen in every family. But Anna’s family is not like the others. What is obvious for the other families of the village, is not the same for her family….

Review of Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis
Book reviews , Fiction / July 23, 2018

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis is a novel with the same style of the Tv series called Criminal Minds. That is a mystery thriller that I read with no real interest at first. The mystery is not my favourite genre, but as soon as I read and browsed the first page, I have been forced to change my mind. Here is why you should read my review about Invisible . Let’s start from the plot. Invisible is set in the US, where an arsonist sets, strange fires arranged as if they were blasted by chance. The fires made many victims. Among them, there is also Marta, the Twin sister of FBI analyst Emmy Dockery. She is obsessed with finding the killer who burned the sister, but everybody thinks she is crazy, excluding her ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison Bookman, named Books. He believes that there is a connection among murders, rapes and fires spread everywhere in the Country. He is right. There is a dangerous serial killer in the US. He is Winston Graham, an unmarried, lonely man with no woman, friends and children, living in a secluded farm, far away from the city. He chats with a woman,…

Review of Munich by Robert Harris
Book reviews , Fiction / March 8, 2018

This book is the brightest example about how a traditionally published author may become famous internationally. Even though this is not my favourite genre, I must admit that the book is perfect. Both in the plot and in the written language. I never read a book written in a so perfect English. Hence, about this, there are two options: or the author has a great writing talent or the editor of the traditional publisher did a great editing work. However, Robert Harris is a famous British novelist who wrote other successful novels. Due to the fact I am Italian, I don’t know much about this novelist, except that I have read the UK edition of the book whose cover summarizes the creepy and murky environment of the plot. I also know Robert Harris has written the bestseller Fatherland and the Cicero trilogy. According to The Guardian and The New York Times, Robert Harris is a real spy novel star. I don’t know even about this, but I am sure of having read a good historical novel written as a fictional story. The novel brings the early stages of the Second World War to live, but above all, it brings the…