Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Four Pieces For Power: Book 1 of the Vendicatori

About the Author

Accomplished writer, Marc Estes, is proud to present his award winning debut novel, Four Pieces and follow him on twitter at @Vendicatori33.
Power, Book One of the Vendicatori. Four Pieces For Power marks the first in a series of Vendicatori novels developed by Mr. Estes. He is a two-time winner of the Vermont Playwright’s Award for his plays, What Would Dickens Do? and Glass Closets. What Would Dickens Do? also won the 2012 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. His play, Gumbo (adapted from the short story by Charles Huckelbury) was a finalist in the 2011 Safe Streets Arts Foundation Short Play Competition and was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His play The Practice of Killing (co-written with Robert Johnson, and adapted from the short story by Mr. Johnson) has been published in the Spring 2013 edition of Tacenda Literary Magazine. In 2013 he was also awarded the Robert Chesley Award from the Chesley/Bumbalow Founation in Los Angeles and selected to receive the Artist in residence grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico. His play Going Home was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Fall of 2014 and is currently being considered for an indepedent film. His second novel, Rekindle the Flame, Book Two of the Vendicatori is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2015. Estes is a native of New England and graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Visit Marc at

About the Book

When mysterious strangers arrive at the home of Andrew Correo, they provide him with life changing news. He learns of the Vedicatori, a secret organization established by his ancestors, an organization he now has the chance to inherit control over. In order to gain this control, he needs to compete with Robert Stavero in a global scavenger hunt. They must search for four illusive crystals that, when brought together, will tell them their final destination. Also in Edson, Monica Correo is planning a wedding to her love, John Weaver. With the wedding so close to Halloween, the pair decide to have a masquerade ball for the wedding reception. It will be an event no one in Edson will ever forget. With just a clue and limited guidance, both Andrew and Robert set out on their secretive journey. For both, the path leads to mystery, suspense, and self-discovery. As Andrew looks forward to his future, while putting parts of his past behind him, Robert grows greedy and develops a love for deception and hate. The hunt brings them through the ruins of Teotihuacan to the Eternal City and its history, but who will have the cunning to come out on top?

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And make sure to pick up Book 2 in the Vendicatori series: Rekindle the Flame.

My Review:

Interesting, Mysterious and Adventurous

What more could you want in a novel? I loved the story of Andrew Correo and how he had to fight for something he never would've dreamed of wanting before Dominic came into his life with his inheritance. The story moved forward at a steady pace as Andrew and his adversary studied clues to find their next prize. The winner of the game would win the kingdom, so to speak.

I loved many things about the "Four Pieces For Power" story and the writing. I loved the short chapters and I liked the way Mr. Estes divided up the scenes and brought everything together in the end. I loved the different locations introduced as the story moved forward. I give this book a 4.5 which I rounded up to 5. I can't wait to read the next book of the Vendicatori series.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:

Torg's First Death, Short from The Death Wizard Chronicles by Jim Melvin;
I've Loved These Days: Abigail Phelps, Book One by Bethany Turner
Laurel's Quest - Book 1 - The Cornwall Adventures series by Nancy M. Bell
A Port in the Storm FREE (Only at Amber Quill Press) Short Story by Elizabeth Delisi
Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi

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