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L'anello di fuoco (Century #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,132 ratings  ·  160 reviews
29 dicembre, Roma: è notte e un uomo corre affannosamente lungo il Tevere. Tra le mani stringe una valigetta nera. Sta cercando quattro ragazzi. In quello stesso momento, Elettra, Sheng, Mistral e Harvey escono di nascosto dalla loro camera d’albergo per esplorare la città. Quando l’uomo li vede, non ha dubbi: affida il suo prezioso bagaglio a Elettra e scappa. Dentro la v ...more
Hardcover, Il battello a vapore, 325 pages
Published October 2006 by Piemme Junior (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 13, 2009 Tyas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of hystory and mythology
Recommended to Tyas by: Dicky - actually he forced me to buy it! Haha
Shelves: fantasy
Four children, every century, must pass a test: and mysterious figures try to stop them from doing so. Sounds cliched and tired already? Well, let's check.

The author of Ulysses Moore, check.

One of the characters looks like 'the singer of Oasis, only shorter', check - and his three new friends are also interesting. Plus, they were all born on February 29th.

A murderer who plays a hypnotizing violin and uses the bow as a tool to slit people's throat open, check.

An adventure in Rome, with great deta
Oct 29, 2010 Katrina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 39 Clues Read-a-Like
Shelves: fiction, juvenile, teen
An intriguing mystery of four 12 year olds (two boys, two girls) thrown together with peculiar similarities and strengths. I really liked how this story follows the protagonist kids AND the antagonists out to get them. The story is gripping, original and very clever, with unforeseen twists and turns that keep you on your toes. Baccalario did a good job keeping the solutions to clues just hard enough that you can't guess that answers right away but not so hard that you couldn't figure them out wi ...more
Ένα καλό βιβλίο που είναι ικανό να ενθουσιάσει τις μικρότερες ηλικίες αναγνωστών. Πολύ καλή περιπέτεια στα χνάρια της Κάθριν Νέβιλ και του Νταν Μπράουν (σε παιδική εκδοχή) , οι περιγραφές είναι πολύ πολύ καλές με αρκετή δράση και πολύ μυστήριο. Στα συν το σκληρό εξώφυλλο και οι ιλουστρασιόν έγχρωμες σελίδες με χάρτες και φωτογραφίες (δήθεν σημειωματάριο) στο κέντρο του βιβλίου… με ενθουσίασαν!!! Στα μείον ότι παρότι οι πρωταγωνιστές είναι δεκατεσσάρων χρονών, έχουν μια αφέλεια και ηθική μερικές ...more
A very fun book and very suited for age 9/10 and up. I enjoyed reading about Elettra, Harvey, Mistral and Sheng. Four kids from across the globe who happen to meet in Rome just before New Years and stumble upon a man on the run. The man presents them with a briefcase whose contents they must figure out, and then a short while later the man is murdered. The contents of the briefcase are part of a greater puzzle and it's revelation needs to stay out of the hands of the bad guys. It's a great adven ...more
Sierra Abrams
Ring of Fire by P. D. Baccalario (Century Quartet #1)
Pages: 304
Release Date: September 8th, 2009
Date Read: 2011, November 12-22nd
Received: Borrowed
Rating: 2/5 stars
Recommended to: 10+

Fernando of Melodia, owner in part of the Domus Quintilla hotel in Rome, has made a huge mistake. He came to the airport, expecting to pick up a French woman and her daughter to transport them to the hotel - but now three other families are all saying they booked the same room for the same night! Fernando's
To be perfectly fair--as a child I read a lot of books from the 40's/50's that were about 12-13yr olds solving mysteries. Not just Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Children and the Hardy Boys, but random titles I found in my elementary school's library of books no one probably has heard of. For me, Ring of Fire felt like those. A 'feel good' story that has a little bit of drama, a little sadness, a little violence...but overall is meant to encourage and reassure. Not scare and worry a kid.

As a twenty-some
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

The week of New Year's Eve in Rome is crazy, but this year, it's even crazier.

Elettra's father accidentally overbooks a hotel room - three times over. On December 29th, three families show up expecting a room. Now, Elettra and her family are struggling to find space for their guests. Three teens end up all bunking together with Elettra, where they discover they have something in common.

Their birthdays all fall on the same day - a day that rarely ap
Eva Mitnick
This adventure has a strong Da Vinci Code feel to it, with a mysterious object that links ancient events to modern times, secret groups, and strange events that occur regularly over the centuries. Rome makes a fine backdrop for the kids' adventures and is brought to life by a full-color "scrapbook" of photos of the buildings the kids visit, receipts, maps, and all the clues they find. There is nothing particularly clever about the clues or the way the kids figure them out, but that makes the sto ...more
Jake Rideout
Yes! This is going to be the perfect series for fans of Percy Jackson. Four twelve-year-olds find themselves thrown together in an implausible coincidence. The reader knows that it's not really a coincidence--four mysterious adults are guiding the fortunes of these four children who happened to be born on exactly the same day. Elettra is a headstrong Roman girl, Mistral is a quiet Parisian girl, Harvey is a sullen American, and Sheng is a boy from Shanghai (who totally reminds me of Hero Nakamur ...more
Ronald Roseborough
"Century, The Ring of Fire," is an excellent book for young adults. The author, Pierdomenico Baccalario, a native of Italy, sets this treasure hunt in Rome. His searchers are an international quartet of preteens, all born on February 29. They are drawn together by unknown forces to find the mysterious Ring of Fire. The book blends the right amount of fantasy and reality to keep the reader enthralled. It is impossible to read slowly through the book, as the action and mystery draw you enticingly ...more
Très déçue! J'espérais voyager dans la Rome antique, en fait pas du tout du tout !
Four kids with their birthdays on Leap Day, Fubruary 29, end up in the same hotel in Rome, three days before the new year. Next thing they know, they're on the trail of a very powerful ancient artifact and being chased by people who will stop at nothing to get what those kids are looking for. They're looking for the Ring of Fire.

I think Ring of Fire starts off weird and you're only starting to get it at the end of the book.
But I would recommend it for people who like mysteries that are a little
Actual rating: 2,5 stars

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Premessa: io sono una bambina sotto molti aspetti, tra cui quello letterario. Non sono mai cresciuta, rimanendo affascinata da quei libri fantasy pieni di magia e mistero. Trovassi un libro con un protagonista sulla mia età immerso in un’atmosfera del genere, probabilmente ne farei il mio libro preferito. Non essendo ancora inciampata su un libro così (è un’incitazione a trovarlo voi per me), mi butto su libri c
I have a sort of a love-hate relationship with the Century Quartet. On the one hand, it’s a really suspenseful story of a worldwide hunt for an unknown secret starring some amazing protagonists and featuring esoteric parts of ancient history that is always fascinating to read about.

On the other hand, the plot can be incredibly clichéd at times, the villains border on the ridiculous, and occasionally I have no bloody idea what’s going on. The writing style can be stilted and awkward one moment,
This is about twelve year olds, but I read it anyway. There were some things that should probably warrant a four star rating, but I have a case of over-rating-itus. Everything I rate probably should have one star taken off.

Reasons it should be four stars?

The MAIN reason is that these four kids, from all over the world, with different accents, and appearances pretend to be nephews/nieces of an Italian dude, and it is almost completely unquestioned! Maybe that's racist or something, but my family
Matthew Dennis
Matthew Dennis 9/26/14 Block A

Ring Of Fire

Do you think you would like a story of 4 kids from 4 cities with the same birthday born at the same time and the same year. This happens every 100 years and the people this happens to are the chosen ones. They're chosen to save the world for mankind.These four kids are from Rome, Paris, New York, and Shanghai. There names are Elettra, Harvey, Sheng, and Mistral. They later on discover that they are chosen ones and get told secret things that can help t
Gorjana Bojadzievska
I would not recommend this book. It's boring .
Danie P.
Good adventure book but it seemed like nothing really outstanding happened. The general feeling I got from this book is that it is basically setting up the next book.
Four children born on February 29 are chosen for an unknown purpose by unknown persons for something that happens once every 100 years. That's basically the summary.
this was a really great book. fantasy, adventure, evil villains, magic, one quest... my kind of stuff. I really liked this book! It was even translated from italian to english it's that amazing. I'll lend it to anybody who wants to read it!
Four kids who end up staying at the same hotel room in Rome find out they have something in common as they get mixed up in a dangerous mystery, involving a murdered man with a suitcase, a strange box full of strange artifacts, and a killer who's now after them for that box. Oh, and then there's a little bit of magic. I liked the mystery but it just wasn't well written enough to thrill me. I found it confusing. I can see it trying to be a kids' version of The DaVinci Code, with all the references ...more
Fans of Artemis Fowl and Alex Rider should enjoy this series.
Every hundred years four children are selected to take on the task of ...something. Even after finishing the book I'm not entirely sure what that task is. The four children, Elletra, Harvey, Mistral, and Sheng, find themselves thrown together by the oddest of circumstances. It becomes obvious that these circumstances have been set up to place these four key players in the correct position to begin.

And so it does Rome. The descriptions of the city were quite nice and my version include
Robyn Hawk
Good Opener - left me with lots of questions......but isn't that what the first book in a "series" should do?

What is up with all the "haters"? Why so many negative reviews on Amazon? How many of you are teens or young adults? or readers of YA literature? I think this was a fun set-up for what I am hoping will be a great series.

It left me with unanswered questions - what is Aunt Irene's story - really? I get that the parents weren't involved as much as they should have been in real life - but I a
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I'll say it right now: this wasn't as good as the Ulysses Moore books. For one thing, it's written in present-tense, and unless I am just utterly losing my head, Ulysses Moore wasn't in present-tense. Sometimes present-tense can work, but very, very rarely, and in this case, it just made everything so very movie-ish, and anyone who has read my reviews before knows how much I dislike the movie feeling in literature.

On top of that, there just wasn't a single character that I particularly cared abo
Falling Off The Shelf
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Elettra is the daughter of a hotel owner in Rome, and she has always done her part to help with anything the hotel needs. When there is a mix-up with reservations, she offers to allow three children from different cities of the world to spend their time in her bedroom with her. Their first night, they discover that not only do they now share a bedroom as their sleeping quarters, but the same birth date, F
Barb Middleton
Elettra helps her father and two aunts run a hotel in Rome, Italy. When Dad goofs up some reservations and triple-books 3 families for the same room, Elettra ends up sharing hers with three other 12 year olds. They discover that they were born on the same day, February 29, and that Elettra has some type of superpower which is like a surge of energy that pours through her body. The energy is so powerful it has caused blackouts in the city. The mystery begins when the four kids are handed a briefc ...more
This is a cute mystery for kids aged 9 and up. I especially liked the Roman setting and the kids are pretty believable as kids - all with distinct personalities. There's a whole section of pictures and scrapbook items in the book that follows the kids' journey through Rome. Others have said it is reminiscent of The DaVinci Code, but it feels like a good old-fashioned kids' mystery - like Encyclopedia Brown or Scooby Doo or Johnny Quest (the original, not the cleaned up remade ones).

Honestly, thi
Wow - what an amazing start to the Century Quartet! From the first to the very last page, I was kept on my toes, and now can't wait to get started with the second book. Four very different kids come together in Rome and find themselves thrown in the middle of an incredible mystery. Only reluctantly they take on the task for which they seem to have been chosen, a task that puts their lives into serious danger. I must admit that I am not sure I have understood everything yet. There is so much in t ...more
I don't understand why authors - and editors - who spend hours, weeks and months pouring over their manuscripts with fine-toothed combs - can't weed out racist stereotypes. Baccalario describes the Chinese boy, one of the four protagonists in "Ring of Fire" - as looking like someone put a bowl over his head in order to cut his hair. The hotel owner has to peer over the edge of the desk to see the boy and his father - that;s how small they are. The author later paints a disgusting picture of an o ...more
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