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Liszt's Dante Symphony

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"Liszt's Dante Symphony" is a thrilling tale of murder and covert spy rings amid the turbulent rise of Bismarck's Prussia, thus leading to Hitler's infernal Third Reich. Following the life of Angelo Di Purezza Jr., whose father was a student and (unbeknownst to him) fellow spy of Liszt's, the reader is taken on a journey of suspense and intrigue that cascades over two gene ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 8th 2011 by DV Books (first published June 6th 2011)
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I had to write review for the hardcover edition because not only is it a fantastic novel that would make a great movie, but it also has some extras. The hardcover edition contains a little more data at the end of the book, which explains some of the historical characters in the novel. It also includes excerpts from Liszt's actual "Dante Symphony" score, showcasing some of the composer's advanced notation.

But I also had to address another issue. I see a few people have missed the far greater dra
Sep 10, 2011 Marilyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Liszt Fans, Fictional History Fans
Recommended to Marilyn by: Goodreads
By Rich DiSilvio

Copyright 2011 Rich DiSilvio
First Edition 2011 Published by D.V. Books of Digital Vista, Inc., USA (NY)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9817625-3-1

The rich list of characters includes such luminaries as Franz Liszt, Albert Einstein, Richard Wagner, Pope Pius IX, Adolph Hitler and many others. It was fascinating to me to watch these people become living beings. These familiar faces are portrayed along side Angelo DiPurezza Sr. and Jr. and Mildred Krause. These characters are
I won this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
This has been a novel that has moved 'briskly' on, due to its' well-developed writing style, even for this non-historian reader. It has been a surprisingly 'fun' read if one keeps in mind that it 'IS' fiction. I spent the extra time I had, on two different days, searching questions this book raised for me, and also in regard to the fictional/some non-fictional activies written about and presented. Quite an excellent achievement for an autho
Rick F.
Liszt's Dante Symphony: A Historical Thriller about the Arts & Deceptive Arts is simple a brilliant and unique historical thriller.
The prose of Rich DiSilvio perfectly captures both characters and locations- this a rare read- one that is NOT TO BE MISSED!!


Oct 02, 2011 Marilyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Music Lovers, Mystery Lovers, History Lovers
Liszt's Dante Symphony is a great book! It captured me from the beginning to the ending. Rick DiSilvio paints rich characters who are totally believable and he keeps you guessing as the plot thickens throughout this fictional-historical novel.

The action takes place mostly in Berlin and Paris. The plot begins in Berlin of 1932 with Adolph Hitler attending a performance of Liszt's Dante Symphony and you really feel you are sitting with his and his party. You can feel the conversation and the peri
Lee Gerber
A good novel keeps you interested in the plot, and it makes you annoyed if you have to
wait a couple of days to read the next chapter. Rich Disilvio has written such a book. I do not usually read fiction, but I found that my interest in the plot increased with every passing chapter.
At first I found his technique of going from the 1800's to the 1940's and back a bit unnerving.
However as I read deeper into the book I found that it added to my sense of anticipation. There was something comforting
A very 'unique' and exciting read that will educate and entertain at the same time.

It certainly made me stop and think about some serious issues, yet with doses of wit by some characters, especially Angelo Junior's remarks during the finale, and the foibles of others, like the two crazy sleuths chasing Liszt and his Altar Eagles, it truly was a joy to read. DiSilvio is a great historian who knows how to make history come alive, yet the mysteries and characters he infused into the historical con
Kitty Honeycutt
Book Title: "Liszt’s Dante Symphony”
Author: Rich DiSilvio
Published By: DV Books
Age Recommended: 4
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 4

Review: If I had to choose a most bazaar historical novel this one would be it. Rich DiSilvio has written a one of a kind book depicting some of the world’s most notorious historical figures and their relationships with Liszt’s Dante Symphony. The story spans the course of two generations highlighting the rise and fall of these men.
Written as a fictional wor
I received this book from the author. I found it to be different and intriguing. I learned a lot of history I did not know anything of in a pleasant exciting way. Real good author to put together such historical twists and turns. A few parts of the book moved slow and I had trouble getting what was going on so I gave this a 4 instead of five. But great different read than most.
Erin Tuzuner
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Rich DiSilvio is an author of fiction and nonfiction. He is a scholar of history with a lifetime of interests in ancient civilizations, European & American histories, biographies, architecture, art and music. Throughout his professional life Rich has engaged several fields; having been an architectural designer, remodeler, artist, illustrator, new media developer, educational software programm ...more
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