#BookReview “The Prisoner of Paradise” by Rob Samborn

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5/5 Stars!

Sharp and smart, this engrossing page-turner, leaves little time for breathing.

Opening with two mysterious characters in a clandestine meeting in 16th century Venice, one of the men realizes he must leave his country after they are attacked. However, the man, Angelo Mascari, vows to return to save his love from her torturous imprisonment.

Switch to the present where Nick O’Connor is regaining consciousness after getting head-checked in a hockey game.

During their Italian vacation, Nick’s wife believes he’s still suffering from a concussion and wants him to see a doctor.

But it’s not a doctor Nick needs.

He blacks out in a museum after four-hundred-year-old painting whispers to him and flashes back to 16th century Venice as a peasant swordsman.

A dramatic rescue, a religious brotherhood that may be good… or so very evil, and Nick torn between loving two women in two different centuries are just part of the drama as Nick tries to solve the mystery and free himself from living in two centuries. But does he want to?

Excellent writing and attention to detail transported me from Arizona to Venice! The author’s world-building is spot on and it’s more than obvious he researched this read.

I recommend reading The Prisoner of Paradise in one sitting. Its fast pace and intelligent plot cannot be put aside for long. If you’re a “skimmer” reader, keep it moving. Every word in this read is necessary to lead you to a stunning conclusion.





The world’s largest oil painting. A 400-year-old murder. A disembodied whisper: “Amore mio.” My love.

Nick and Julia O’Connor’s dream trip to Venice collapses when a haunting voice reaches out to Nick from Tintoretto’s Paradise, a monumental depiction of Heaven. Convinced his delusions are the result of a concussion, Julia insists her husband see a doctor, though Nick is adamant the voice was real.

Blacking out in the museum, Nick flashes back to a life as a 16th century Venetian peasant swordsman. He recalls precisely who the voice belongs to: Isabella Scalfini, a married aristocrat he was tasked to seduce but with whom he instead found true love. A love stolen from them hundreds of years prior.

She implores Nick to liberate her from a powerful order of religious vigilantes who judge and sentence souls to the canvas for eternity. Releasing Isabella also means unleashing thousands of other imprisoned souls, all of which the order claims are evil.

As infatuation with a possible hallucination clouds his commitment to a present-day wife, Nick’s past self takes over. Wracked with guilt, he can no longer allow Isabella to remain tormented, despite the consequences. He must right an age-old wrong – destroy the painting and free his soul mate. But the order will eradicate anyone who threatens their ethereal prison and their control over Venice.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller

Published by: TouchPoint Press

Publication Date: November 30th 2021

Number of Pages: 333

ISBN: 1952816890 (ISBN-13: 9781952816895)

Series: The Paradise Series, #1

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads


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