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Liszt's Dante Symphony: A Historical Thriller about the Arts & Deceptive Arts Paperback – June 8, 2011
"Author Rich DiSilvio delivers a tale of intrigue and mystery and takes his readers to another time and place in his novel Liszt's Dante Symphony. The story is set in the years preceding World War II and the author does a masterful job of bringing to life historical characters including Franz Liszt, Napoleon III and Albert Einstein. DiSilvio's command of history lends credibility to this work of historical fiction and leaves readers thinking; why couldn't it have happened that way? The author captures his readers with a brisk and intelligent writing style from the start as he weaves together the threads of a first class mystery in this well written story. I enjoyed Liszt's Dante Symphony and recommend it as a quick paced, thought provoking, enjoyable reading experience." - Michael Gandolfo, History Teacher, Florida --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Rich DiSilvio is an author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written books, historical articles and commentaries for magazines and online resources. His historical tome on Western civilization, “The Winds of Time”, has received accolades from professors, journalists and the general public. DiSilvio personally pioneered and programmed the first interactive CD-ROM learning software for autism in 1999, the Autism Academy, which offered an ABA program. DiSilvio’s work in the music and entertainment industries includes commentaries on the great composers, while his artwork and new media advertisements have graced the projects of many star celebrities and supergroups, such as Cher, Pink Floyd, Yes, Moody Blues, John Lennon, Willy Nelson, Jewel, Sheryl Crow and many others. He has also worked on special interest projects, such as "Killing Hitler", "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" and others.
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Top Customer Reviews
The introduction of the beautiful female secretary was a pretty bad piece of hackneyed sexism. The description focused intensely on her physical charms, in lurid, almost smutty detail.
The plot depended a little too much on vast coincidences. Our hero "just happens" to meet the right people at the right time. He doesn't so much solve mysteries as have the solutions fall, plop, into his lap.
That said...it's a fun bit of a story! It moves nicely, and the construction, set in two different time periods, works very well. The villains are villainous, and the hero is heroic. The author's love of music is clearly communicated to the reader, and, after reading, one really must find a way to obtain the Liszt Symphony of the title. (I did, and was delighted!) The story's moral and dramatic senses are excellent and elegant. It is only the writing style that is a trifle naïve, much as if this were DiSilvio's first novel. (Wikipedia suggests it's actually his second.)
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