Monday, February 29, 2016

#302 : Turning to Stone (Roma Series Book #4) : Gabriel Valjan

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GENRE: Fiction - Thriller

NUMBER OF PAGES: 398

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Roma Underground #4

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy Book tours. Thanks guys.

REVIEW:

Yet another good thriller from this writer. Set in Naples, the story is majorly about the famous (or Infamous may be!) Italian mafia – Camorra.

With one of the prime characters going undercover, the readers are treated to the ruthlessness of the Mafia. That part of the story felt so realistic that at one point I felt that the writer must have either been a victim or must have had an Italian or simply must have done his research well. Finally we get to know the “face” behind bianca’s online friend Loki. That part of the story however wasn’t really up to my expectations and was bit of a drag.

The story provided a rather different insight about Italy as such. Reading about how the mafia actually impacts the lives of common people is a bit appalling and sad. Italy has forever been in my buck list of places to visit. Reading about the other side of the country gave me a different perspective.

Just like the previous books, the writer added that extra layer of characterization over the base character sketch that he had developed in the first book. The writer seems to be an expert in “group” characterization. As in each character seem to behave differently as an individual but differently as a group. This added a depth to the story. In short, the book was a fantastic read.

MY SAY: A well written thriller. 

RATING:

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERISATION: 4/5

NARRATION: 3/5

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5

OVERALL RATING: 4/5

AUTHOR LINKS: Website 


BOOK LINKS: Amazon

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