Author Guest Post
A Day In The Life
By Vincent Zandri
It begins like everyone else’s day. I wake up seeking out the coffee. It’s usually still dark out, or the sun is just managing to rise up golden yellow over the Berkshire Mountains to the east (or over the Dolomites if I’m in Italy). I still have a little one underfoot, and my girlfriend and I work together to get her off to school (AUTHOR’S NOTE: My girlfriend is also my ex-wife and we live together but don’t live together so it’s complicated…you following me here?). From that point on my day is all about the writing.
Here’s the typical schedule: Write in the morning for a couple of hours. Then break for a jog and maybe some training with weights. Then after a shower, I’ll write some more, and later break for lunch. Lunch might be as simple as a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich washed down with a cold glass of tomato juice. Or as complicated as a pasta pomodoro, followed by an insulata of fresh greens, followed by a roasted coniglio or what you and I know as rabbit.
After lunch I hit the keys again, usually with another cup of coffee fueling me. Maybe an afternoon nap a little later on, followed by a visit to the local for a quick beer. I prefer lager to ale. By this time, the house will be full of people again and I might cook for everyone and then sit down to a long dinner. I usually enjoy making very good meal that will go well with a nice red wine. You are by all means invited if you are ever in town. After that, it’s bed and reading. I don’t watch TV. Ever. Lights out somewhere around 10:30pm.
In the morning, I wake up and do it all over again as the sun also rises over the mountains to the east of wherever I happen to be on the planet.
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Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Format: eBook - 222 pages / Kindle - 433 KB / Nook 2 MB
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
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Now you see her. Now you don’t.
Captain Nick Angel has finally made a separate peace with the war in Afghanistan. Since having been ordered to bomb a Tajik village which resulted in the death of a little boy of no more than two, he’s been suffering from temporary bouts of blindness. Knowing the he needs time to rest and recover from his post traumatic stress, the US Army decides to send him to Venice along with his fiancee, the artist, Grace Blunt. Together they try and recapture their former life together. But when Grace suddenly goes missing, Nick not only finds himself suddenly alone and sightless in the ancient city of water, but also the number one suspect in her disappearance.
A novel that projects Hitchcockian suspense onto a backdrop of love and war, The Disappearance of Grace is a rich, literary thriller of fear, loss, love, and revenge. From the war in the Afghan mountains to the canals of romantic Venice, this is a story that proves 20/20 eyesight might not always be so perfect and seeing is not always believing.
My Book Review:
The Disappearance of Grace is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you riveted on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages. Written in the first person narrative, author Vincent Zandri weaves a fascinating tale of one man's inner struggles of dealing with PTSD and intermittent blindness from his time served in Afghanistan. And if that isn't bad enough, his fiancee disappears from an outdoor cafe in Venice right in front of him and he didn't see it happen because of his blindness. Did Grace really disappear, or did she simply walk away from Nick? How will Nick search for Grace with his intermittent blindness? Did he have something to do with her disappearance? These and many more questions are what you will think about when you read The Disappearance of Grace!
From the very first page this story captivated my attention and I knew I was in for one heck of a roller coaster ride. Author Vincent Zandri has a masterful style of writing that draws the reader into Nick's story and the mystery of Grace's disappearance. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the plot grips you with its intense twists and turns, it keeps you in suspense and guessing what will happen next. The chapters are short quick reads with cliffhanger clues that beckon the reader to continue on to the next chapter, it is simply an addicting and suspenseful mystery thriller that will completely engage your imagination and provide you with an adrenaline rush.
I couldn't help but feel for Nick and his continuous ordeal of reliving his horrific time in Afghanistan. His flashbacks provide the reader with insight into his internal struggle and will leave your emotions raw and spent. I loved the balance of mystery and romance that is interwoven in the story, you can feel the love that Nick and Grace feel for each other, while they also struggle to deal with his infirmities, it is simply heart wrenching.
With realistic characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; and a riveting intense storyline that will keep you guessing until the end; The Disappearance of Grace is a compelling story that is a must read! This story is so haunting, it will resonate with you long after the last words have been read.
READING: 5 STARS *****