4 out of 4 stars
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This is a review of the book entitled Arco: The Legend of the Blue Vortex and is written by Ferdinando Manzo. The book is actually more of a short story as it totaled 27 pages in my iBooks view. The foreword of the book classifies it as being in the fantasy genre, but on top of that, it sprinkles in romance and adventure as well.
This story begins with a young man who, in his wild youth found his “first, unique, great love” in the form of a beautiful young woman. After spending a brief, passionate time together, they are separated by war in Europe. When the young man returns home, he discovers that his beloved had joined up to do her part for the war effort as well. He seeks her out, and after many miles of walking, he discovers that she has died just a few short hours before he reached her. Despondent, the young man begins to walk again leaving his home and his love’s grave behind. He eventually finds himself in a pub where he meets an old fisherman who changes his life with a story about the blue vortex.
The old man swears the story is true as he begins to tell about a place in the sea where, “the water becomes immobile and is an intense deep blue” and “is a place where there is no bottom.” He says it is rumored to be the heart of the sea and the origin of all life on the Earth. He then tells about Commander Arco and his crew who by chance found that very spot. The old man recounts the wonders that were discovered in the depths there by the men on the ship. He then explains how he came to be in possession of a launch from that same vessel that sailed into the blue vortex. The story pulls at the young man, who begins to have thoughts that he can somehow be reunited with his love if he can just find the blue vortex for himself.
This story is extremely well written by Mr. Manzo. He gives great life to his characters throughout and sets the various scenes quite nicely. His style is very smooth a flowing and makes for a very easy and enjoyable read. The picturesque quality with which he tells the story was something that really brought the entire work to life in my imagination. His years of writing as a journalist seem to have helped him hone his craft very nicely if this book is any indication.
Overall, this book was just a great little story that pulls you along with the people and scenes throughout its pages. This would be a good read for those who are fans of romance, sea tales, and fantastical fiction. It is definitely a book that will appeal to a wide audience of readers who enjoy a well crafted tale.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a delightful read that will keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. Mr. Manzo has written an exceptional story with this effort.
Arco: the legend of the blue vortex
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