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L'anello di fuoco (Century #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,577 Ratings  ·  189 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 2006)
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Teo Sohn
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 4 kids with the same birthday, 2/29, that meet up in a hotel and gets delivered a briefcase with mysterious clues. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, and anyone who wants a quick read. It’s because the book is very short and has a decent plot. Speaking about the plot, it was decent, but not enough in my opinion. The reason is that compared to other good mystery books, the plot was not that suspenseful and didn’t get me “scared.” Also, the author left so many fa ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okurken keyifli vakit geçirdim. Bu kadar çok eğleneceğimi tahmin etmiyordum kitaba bașlarken. 4 tane 14 yașındaki gencin yașadığı macerayı anlatıyor. Akıcıydı, heyecanlıydı. Beni sıkmadı. Beğendim.
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 39 Clues Read-a-Like
Shelves: teen, juvenile, fiction
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
OMG this book was so good! The characters were unique and interesting. The story is very intriguing and I couldn't put the book down! So sad I can't read the next books because I don't have those! Ugh...
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
Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το θέμα φάνηκε ενδιαφέρον από την αρχή: 4 παιδιά αναζητούν ένα αντικείμενο στην πόλη, ενώ πρέπει να λύσουν ταυτόχρονα κάποια μυστήρια που προκύπτουν, για να οδηγηθούν στο επόμενο στοιχείο. Και όλα αυτά εμπεριέχονται σε ένα μεγαλύτερο μυστήριο, το οποίο όμως τα παιδιά δεν το ξέρουν ακόμα και οι αναγνώστες το μαθαίνουν από κάποιες μυστήριες συζητήσεις που έχουν μεταξύ τους, στις οποίες μάλιστα μέχρι το τέλος του βιβλίου δεν ξέρουμε ποιοι ακριβώς μιλάνε.

Η πλοκή ξετυλίγεται αρμονικά, η γραφή του εί
Jake Rideout
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Danie P.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books, y-a
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.
Très déçue! J'espérais voyager dans la Rome antique, en fait pas du tout du tout !
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave 4/5 stars to this book , because I liked it but it was not one of my favorite...! It was interesting and mysterious and I really want to see what is going to happen in the end!!!!!
Fans of Artemis Fowl and Alex Rider should enjoy this series.
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
The Ring of Fire / 978-0-37-585895-6

The difficulty with reviewing books for children is that, well, I'm not a child, and I can only rely on my admittedly imperfect memory to decide whether a book I don't like *now* could, perhaps, have been more likable when I was younger. With "Ring of Fire", however, I am fairly confident that I would find this book tedious and tiresome regardless of my age.

"Ring of Fire" starts out well enough. A string of coincidences (or are they? *cue suspenseful music*) e
Mark Buxton
My name is Elettra, and three new friends and I have been thrown into a dangerous mystery. We knew something was strange due to our February 29th birthdays, and then a professor gave me his briefcase, minutes before he was murdered. He said, "It's begun", but I had no idea what that meant. The briefcase contained a scratched up box, a checkered umbrella, and four little tops. We're following the clues we find, but the murderer is hunting for us. The man's violin can put people to sleep, and he u ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ik had hem een 4,5 ster willen geven maar die knop bestaat bij mijn weten nog altijd niet.
Bij deze toch een 5 sterren.
Om wille van het feit dat hij zwak begon, te onrealistisch, kwam ik toch al snel mee met het verhaallijn. En echt mijn complimenten aan de schrijver, was er helemaal weg van.
Een van de laatste hoofdstukken zat ik haast te nagelbijten als ik niet zo intensief mijn bladzijdes om moest slaan.

Kortom kijk al uit naar de volgende delen, zal ze zeker allemaal is lezen en misschien zelfs
4 ragazzini di diverse nazionalità che si ritrovano insieme e non per puro caso e che iniziano un'avventura dopo essere entrati in possesso di una valigetta,contenente articoli molto strani che formano una mappa misteriosa.Ogni libro della serie avrà come sfondo una diversa città data dal paese natio dei giovani protagonisti. Si inizia con Roma,città di Elettra e abbiamo il solito schieramento dei personaggi buoni e cattivi,quest'ultimi chiamati "loro",nuovi grandi poteri all'orizzonte e citazio ...more
Dennis Mrl
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole 'Century' series was one and only. All the books' plot was utterly amazing with many unexpected twists and turns. P.B. combines historical data of different cities (we visit through the books) with mystery, fantasy and romance... A book that suits to every young reader, despite the book genre he's into.
Nishtha Shah
Good for Children!! The 4 main characters of the story, who are kids appear to be witty, sharp & quick thinkers - too much for 12 yr kids!! Nice story, writing not that impressive though!!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this but it took awhile for me to get into the story. Interesting concepts!
i got bored in the middle but still an enjoyable read
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
This review was originally posted on my review blog :

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
Robyn Hawk
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, young-adult
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
Do you know those childhood mystery books that were everywhere when you were a child? The ones with a group of friends ages between 12-16 who are just on holiday somewhere when something happens and clearly they’re the only ones who could solve this mystery? I don’t really need to specify a book or series tittle for it to remind you of at least a couple I’m sure.

Century is just one of those series. Four, 14 year old children (I’m presuming since we only find out the age of one of the girls) all
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