Aug 08, 11
Read from July 08 to 12, 2011
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 context kept it flowing, fun, and engaging, while also imparting some very crucial moral lessons. What more can a historical-fiction reader ask for?
Anyone who loves famous composers, iconic politicians, secret agents, religious figures, brilliant scientists, talented artists, an assortment of interesting women, and overlapping mysteries, will really enjoy this novel. That said, it may not be for everyone, but I found it fun, well written, and historically educational.