Historical Fiction

The Man With Sapphire Eyes

Category:Historical Fiction

Author:Larry Mellman

  • Publisher: NineStar Press
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 439
  • ISBN-10: 1648906567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1648906565

The Man with Sapphire Eyes by Larry Mellman is a riveting sequel that plunges readers into a world of political intrigue, love, and war in Renaissance Venice. In this thrilling continuation, the protagonist, Nico, is entangled in a dangerous web of deception and betrayal as neighboring Padua threatens to pull Venice into chaos. Mellman expertly crafts a tale that is as much about personal relationships as it is about the larger political machinations at play. Nico's budding romance with Donato Venturi, the enigmatic Black Hercules, creates the emotional resonance that characterizes the story while complicating Nico's mission to gauge King Louis of Hungary's intentions towards Padua.

The scenes featuring Nico and Donato are particularly captivating as their dynamic evolves from mistrust to friendship and eventually to love. Mellman skillfully explores their relationship while building identity, loyalty, and sacrifice themes. Against Venice's crumbling alliances and internal power struggles, Nico and Donato must wade through treacherous, literal, and metaphorical waters. As they race against time to uncover the truth behind Padua's aggression and Hungary's involvement, they find themselves drawn deeper into a deadly game of cat and mouse that threatens to tear them apart. Mellman's prose is rich, and the evocative writing offers a delectable reading experience. The setting in the heart of Renaissance Venice, with its opulent palaces, shadowy alleyways, and bustling marketplaces, is finely drawn. The political intrigue and high-stakes drama keep the pages turning, while the tender moments between Nico and Donato provide a welcome respite from the tension. The Man with Sapphire Eyes is a captivating tale of love and war set against the backdrop of one of history's most intriguing cities. Mellman's fascinating characters, intricate plotting, and immersive world-building make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and political thrillers.

Reviewed By: Daniel Rhodes

Reviewed Date: March 16, 2024

Category: Historical Fiction