Left to You
Author: Daniel J VolpePlot: (From the Book) What would you do to save a loved one? Robert’s mother, Helen, is ravaged with cancer. Every day could be her last, and Robert dreads losing the last member of his family. Robert’s friend and Holocaust survivor, Josef, tells him an unholy story and leaves him a way to save his dying mother. But, as with everything in life, the salvation comes with a steep price. Will Robert accept what’s left to him and save his mother? Or will the cost be too high, weighing Robert’s soul down to the depths of Hell?
My Review and Thoughts:
This was a haunting, deep, spiraling emotionally gut wrenching read.
A powerful book of complex imagery and a forever situation that the reader won't forget. There is an underlying monstrosity of good and evil. This is a book that not only plays with the senses of imagination and the concept of a historical reality, but most of all it bleeds a texture of a nightmare come to life.
The horrible nature of WW2 and the Nazi Concentration Camps play a vivid role within the plot. Volpe is able to capture that sense of evil of humanity in many written moments of destruction within human nature. You not only get a reality based concept within the plot, you also get the underlined realities of horror, a.k.a the bogeyman. But what and who is the bogeyman, the human character or the unknown aspect in the dark.
Volpe is a flawless storyteller in that he is able to capture life and death and the choices that we can make, better or for worse. What stands out is the emotional realities of the characters who happen to be so well written that Daniel J. Volpe makes you remember them through his defining character development throughout the plot unfolding.
I came away from this book with many mixed emotions and I really love when a writer can do that. I like it when books make you think, make you sense the baggage of a character, make you understand the concepts of the multiple choices that the players have to make. I like it when the author allows you to feel and understand the choices those characters have to make or choose to make and that is what Daniel J. Volpe has done. This powerful plot, that lingers in your mind and most of all never shakes away even days later after reading.
I highly recommend this book. It's a powerful read. An imaginary force of written word that displays humanity in all its horrors and ultimate choices. Daniel J. Volpe captured the moments to a crystal clarity. He held my attention as the plot slowly and forcefully unfolded page after page.
Would I return to it Again: Yes I think I would. The plot and characters are so powerful that it makes you the reader want to experience the unfolding truths and nightmares taking place.
Would I recommend: Absolutely with out a doubt. It's a wonderful plague of emotions that rips you to the core of understanding.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Four Final Words: Deep, Dark, Passionately unflinching.