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Nicolo’s Renaissance

By Michael Roof


Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

May, 1555 – Smart, talented, and handsome, young Nicolo Di Cottano is a respected church composer and assistant music director at the humble Saint Matthias Cathedral and Academy in Genoa, Italy. On the other hand, he’s also temperamental, agnostic, half Jewish, and a bit free with his love – traits not normally associated with success in this exalted realm.

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May, 1555 – Smart, talented, and handsome, young Nicolo Di Cottano is a respected church composer and assistant music director at the humble Saint Matthias Cathedral and Academy in Genoa, Italy. On the other hand, he’s also temperamental, agnostic, half Jewish, and a bit free with his love – traits not normally associated with success in this exalted realm.

Now he has fallen in love with Michela, the beautiful and caring older sister of one of his choirboys. At the same time, he has come to believe that one of the priests is taking unspeakable liberties with an Academy student. Suspects abound. Could it be Father Paulo, the cranky and enigmatic Academy Director who has shown unusual interest in two of the boys, or perhaps Father Pietro, the overbearing senior priest with whom Nicolo has shared years of hostility and distrust? What about Nicolo’s friend, Father Raimondo, an Academy instructor whose behavior has been most peculiar as of late? Nicolo can’t even be sure if his lifelong protector and ally, Bishop Caravaggio, will be friend or foe in the matter. Complicating matters even more, Nicolo has been warned by a thuggish, red-haired stranger to keep to his own affairs, or else!

An unlikely hero, Nicolo’s toughest challenge will be to muster up enough wit and courage to pierce the ongoing conspiracy of secrecy that has haunted Saint Matthias for so long and, if he survives, to fend off inevitable retribution from the vindictive new Pope, persecution from the despicable Bishop sent as Nicolo’s inquisitor, and senseless revenge at the cruel hand of Il Rossone, the new self-appointed Don of Saint Matthias Square. And what of Michela – can a young couple’s love survive such tribulation?

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  • Format : Paperback | eBook
  • Publication Date : September 27, 2016
  • Language : English; 280 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1-910282-57-1
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches | 229 x 159mm

About The Author

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A once-aspiring concert pianist and lifelong lover of classical music, Michael Roof earned his Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University where he majored in Economics while also studying music and Renaissance history. After making his escape from the frigid Midwest to the sunny valleys of Northern California, he attended The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he earned his Jurisdoctorate, specializing in real estate and tort law. As a California Attorney and Licensed Real Estate Appraiser, Michael spent thirty-five years researching and writing volumes of consulting opinions and professional reports for a variety of clients both the government and private. Through the years, his deep love of classical music and the history that surrounds it have continued to serve as his primary sources of past-time pleasure and intellectual fulfillment. Now a freelance writer, Michael has put his life experience and passion for music to work, penning Nicolo’s Renaissance, the first in an upcoming trilogy of adventure novels featuring Maestro Nicolo Di Cottano, a curiously distinctive Renaissance character whose many stories have been haunting the author’s imagination for decades. A troubled but respected church composer and choir director, Nicolo is young, talented, self-absorbed, and brash, but also compassionate, amusing, provocative, and a lightning rod for trouble. Definitely out of his element, he is forced to simultaneously navigate affairs with his first true love, a deviant priest, a Renaissance dentist, a radical new composition, a highly vindictive Pope, and a new neighborhood crime boss bent on purposeless revenge. Set in Genoa, Italy in the year 1555, there is plenty of atmosphere, romance, intrigue, and adventure to satisfy anyone seeking a juicy taste of the past. The author presently resides in Northern California, writing, gardening, painting, playing the piano, and enjoying his lovely wife of nearly four decades and their three grown children, all busy carving out rewarding lives and careers of their own.

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