Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Prisoner of Paradise

My thoughts on a great book by Rob Samborn...

Occasionally I have come across fiction stories with so much art history it’s like sitting in an art class, almost academic. That’s not the case in The Prisoner of Paradise. To say this book is about art would not be true. The art in Samborn’s book adds to the description and paints a picture of a setting almost like a stage scene.

Somehow the art in this story is only a centerpiece. A beautiful arrangement woven together to create a story of theft, betrayal, transgressions, even love. A frightening story of long ago judgements hiding behind well-known people of today.  Hiding behind masks, as if in a mardi gras.

This book does switch back and forth between centuries. I have been known to complain about this sort of writing construction impairing the reader’s flow of the story. I can’t say there was ever any confusion here. This time, the story was as lucid as could be and each chapter, regardless of the time period, seemed to flow seamlessly.

Rob Samborn looks as if he has extensive writing experience under his belt, but I think this may be his debut fictional series. Hope he’s working on Book 2 of The Paradise series.

about Rob Samborn...

In addition to being a novelist, Rob Samborn is a screenwriter, entrepreneur, and avid traveler. He’s been to forty countries, lived in five of them (including Italy) and studied nine languages. As a restless spirit who can’t remember the last time he was bored, Rob is on a quest to explore the intricacies of our world and try his hand at a multitude of crafts; he’s also an accomplished artist and musician, as well as a budding furniture maker. A native New Yorker who lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, he now makes his home in Denver with his wife, daughter, and dog. 

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