Critique: Praising the storytelling abilities of literary award winning author Ana Costa Alongi would be 'gilding the lily' indeed! Nonetheless, it must be acknowledge that she has a superlative gift for engaging her reader's total attention from first page to last in "Mortal Flesh: The Last Hero of Pompeii", a romantic action/adventure fantasy of the first order. Highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections, it should also be noted that "Mortal Flesh: The Last Hero of Pompeii" is also available in an ebook edition (Kindle, $6.99). —Julie Summers, The Midwest Book Review.
Mortal Flesh, The Last Hero of Pompeii. Book one of The Time Chronicles
Ana Costa Alongi, author
Marcus Poppeus had been educated by his family to rise to the highest levels of the Senate, but his thirst for adventure and his rebellion against the status quo presses his father to move up his plans for him, and thus, his wedding. Marcus is prepared to assume his role, but a conversation that he never should have overheard reveals a forbidden love hidden in the depths of his heart. A sequence of events that threaten the life of his beloved is put into motion at that moment. To protect her, he has to let her go. Thus begins an unbearable separation, during which Marcus discovers his true identity in an adventure involving gods, demigods, supernatural powers, a devastating love triangle, and a city on the brink of destruction, in desperate need of a hero. Mortal Flesh's plot takes place in the ancient Roman Empire. The setting is in the city of Pompeii, known for its destruction under tons of lava and ash in 79 A.D. The story starts three months before this tragedy occurs, and then the countdown begins. The narrative pulls the characters down a road where not everyone is who he appears to be. The tension increases in this page-turner with each secret that is unveiled with unpredictable developments. This story, like all great love stories, is about tragedy and loss, as well as love. The narrative pushes the characters down a road in where not everyone is whom he appears to be. The tension mounts as each secret is revealed in this gripping plot, with a final conclusion that could never have been predicted. With elegance and intelligence, Ana Costa Alongi recreates the ancient world under a looming disaster, in this epic adventure. Mortal Flesh and its Spanish edition, Cuerpo Mortal, have won the following awards: • Best Fantasy / Sci-fi 2013, First Place, Latino Books into Movies Awards • Gold Medal, best classic fantasy, 2012 Global eBook Awards • The Mariposa Award 2013, Second Place, International Latino Book Awards. New York • Best Fantasy / Sci-fi 2013, Second Place, International Latino Book Awards • Honorable Mention in Romance, 2012 Global eBook Awards
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