The Spear of Lepanto Book One is award-winning Italian non-fiction writer Leon J. Radomile's first novel. It is an epic two-part tale of adventure, romance, and heroism, vividly bringing the distant past to life. Set in the 16th century, Radomile's story is about a quest for an enigmatic relic (the Spear of Longinus) that Pope Pius V believes will decide the fate of Christian Europe. Only a brokered alliance forced by the Holy See between Spain and Venice can give Europe a fighting chance against the invincible Ottoman Turks, who plan to seize Rome as a stepping-stone for total domination. This novel will interest a wide audience of readers from history buffs and romantics to those who enjoy adventure and mystery.
"The Spear of Lepanto is an interesting and enthralling glimpse at historic events. The book is full of old world adventure but also touches on timeless romance and heroism."
Heather Froeschl - Book Review.com, Madison, WI
"The book contains all the elements of a great epic. If the book were written in the 1940s, surely Hollywood would have made it into a matinee movie starring the likes of Tyrone Power or Errol Flynn."
PRIMO magazine - Truby Chiaviello
"Historical fiction the way it ought to be! If you have tired of run-of-the-mill fiction and light, low calorie, actioners, then you should pick up The Spear of Lepanto - it might just be the best read you'll have all year."
Nicholas Prata - author of Angels in Iron and Dream of Fire
"Religious turmoil, savagery, violence and deceit, all contribute to an exciting and fast paced tale. A great book for history buffs and fans of historical fiction."
Shirley Roe - Midwest Book Review
"When I finished The Spear of Lepanto Book One, it was exciting for me to hear that author Leon J. Radomile was working on Book Two. I had made such a connection with all of the characters and I wanted to see more. See is the operative word as Radomile's writing style allows the reader to see the characters in action; to visualize the drama as it unfolds; and to imagine life as it may have been from 1570 to 1580.
The voyage and the intrigue that surrounds the effort to recapture the Spear was compelling to me. As an avid reader of historical fiction, I was unfamiliar with this time period turmoil and clash of cultures that threatened Europe. It was a joy for me to get a second chance to switch on my imagination with Book Two and revisit this fascinating story and the author's unique and very believable characters.
Word on printed page is one of life's most wonderful treasures. Radomile's ability to use the written word to transport the reader to these various locations with his captivating characters and incredible plot, while keeping true to historical fact is a gift. I enjoyed both Books One and Two immensely and would be happy to recommend it. I hope that he continues to write and share his gift with the world. I'd love to see more coming from him.
John Williams - Novato, CA
"This book is just dripping with character and history. The legendary writer, Miguel de Cervantes was vividly portrayed. His exploits leading up to and during the Battle of Lepanto were memorable. For me, the Cervantes character became a kindred spirit. It was one of those books that I kept finding reasons to wander out on my porch to keep reading - a true page turner."
Greg Brown - Greenbrae, CA
"A soaring tale of epic proportions, The Spear of Lepanto is a fascinating look at the struggle between Christendom and the Ottoman Empire. Whether the major protagonists including a young Miguel de Cervantes are battling Barbary pirates, or running a clandestine intrusion within the walls of Topkapi palace in Constantinople, the reader will be glued to each action packed page of this engrossing adventure."
Terri Castelan - Novato, CA
"From a Catholic perspective I thought the book presented the Church, the Rosary, and especially our Lady in glorious light. Your history is very accurate and spot-on. Your account of the battle itself was a nail biter. I will recommend your book to the Home School group within our community for the upper middle and high school kids. We belong to Mater Dei Community, a traditional Latin Mass community here in the Harrisburg, PA diocese. We are starting a formal school for next fall that will teach traditional Catholic values as well as the classics. The Spear of Lepanto goes a long way to promoting those values."
Paul H. Doller - Carlisle, PA
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