I enjoy reading most of these Kindred books. The sex scenes get a little boring after a while, which is why I can't give it more than four stars. I usI enjoy reading most of these Kindred books. The sex scenes get a little boring after a while, which is why I can't give it more than four stars. I usually end up skipping quite a few pages to get back to the story. ...more
The Girl who knew Da Vinci is an eclectic mix of history, suspense, romance and paranormal that should appeal to a wide audience. Angela is a young arThe Girl who knew Da Vinci is an eclectic mix of history, suspense, romance and paranormal that should appeal to a wide audience. Angela is a young art historian who works at the Getty Museum. She finds herself transported to the past where she shares an intimate view in the life of Fioretta Gorini, a close friend of Leonardo Da Vinci. Fioretta is the mistress of Giulaino Medici. When the two lovers marry in secret, Leonardo paints them as a wedding gift. This mysterious painting is what sets up the rest of the plot in this story.
Guilaino is tragically killed soon after they marry and Fioretta dies in childbirth, but it appears they are destined to meet again and again through reincarnation until the spell that cost them their lives so long ago is finally broken.
Angela’s boss, Alberto Scordata, is the antagonist of this story, and he wants to use Angela to find this mysterious Da Vinci painting worth millions of dollars. Getting in his way is Alex Caine, an art detective who is hired by a wealthy German financier to find this missing painting. He wants to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerhard Jaeger, an art historian who went missing in Florence during World War II. Gerhard and a young Italian woman named Sophia are the reincarnation of Fioretta and Giulaino.
I enjoyed Angela’s trips back to the Medici period in Italy when we meet Fioretta, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Giulaino. I thought the depiction given of these people and the history came across realistic and interesting. From the title of the book, I anticipated more visits back to this time period, but it is mainly used to set up the missing painting which will be the focus of the rest of the story.
What I didn’t like so much was the romance side, which is odd because I’m usually drawn to romance. I couldn’t quite feel the building emotions between these two main characters. It came across rushed and a little forced. There was no real sexual tension between these two and I found myself wanting to skim through sex scenes to get back to the main plot, finding the missing painting, which I felt got lost at times. The antagonist, Alberto Scordata, was also a big disappointment. There was no depth to the man. A missed opportunity, in my opinion. He was evil, wanted the painting for monetary gain, and didn’t care who got hurt to achieve this. Pretty much sums him up.
I’m giving it three out of five stars because I did finish the story. I won’t give it less than three because there were parts that I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the trip back through time to the Medici period. The mystery of where the painting was hidden was also good, and the climax of the story exciting. It’s definitely worth taking a look at....more
Complex story and characters that had me sitting with anticipation on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It’s not often that I find a new authoComplex story and characters that had me sitting with anticipation on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It’s not often that I find a new author who captures my attention the way Rick Stepp-Bolling did with his Patch Man. He is now on my list of favorite authors and one to watch out for.
You won’t find perfect characters in a perfect world in this story. Meesha, the one-armed girl, is part of a prophecy involving two warring countries, and Var, the old man known as the Patch Man, is destined to help her. They are surrounded by a cast of intensely flawed but likeable characters. We get to watch them grow and step up to the many challenges facing them on a day to day basis. The story drew me in right from the start when Meesha is almost killed and the Patch Man saves her, taking her back to his home. He has no idea where this will eventually lead or the part he must play in it. This scene and all those that follow are brought to life with vivid detail in setting and non-stop action. We have hybrid creatures, magic, and a strange labyrinth to maneuver through as individual quests are faced. To fail means to die.
I struggled to find areas to be critical of here. There are many characters to keep track of but each one is written in such a way that they become real right from the start. It was easy to move between one scene and the next, the story masterfully woven together for an exciting end. Though this is an obvious series, the story does not leave you hanging in an irritating way. We know more is to come but we’re left anticipating the next installment instead of being frustrated.
If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, I strongly suspect you’ll enjoy Patch Man too. I can’t give it high enough praise. ...more
This was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to get through. We all hear about sex trafficking, but to have it brought alive like this made for a veryThis was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to get through. We all hear about sex trafficking, but to have it brought alive like this made for a very difficult read. Thankfully, there is no graphic detail because I’m not sure I could have handled it. Tatia is a young orphan (barely 12 years old) who becomes the target of a monster. It’s easy to see (though sad) how she could be pulled into this nightmare experience, how her pimp worked to groom her and then stole her innocence. I’m not sure I can say anything more without giving away too much. Definitely a book everyone needs to read, if for no other reason than to educate yourself. Though it has tough parts to get through, this is also a story about faith, redemption, and standing up to the monsters in the world. I highly recommend it and can easily see this being made into a movie....more