A Review of Angelo Crapanzano’s “Notorious Casolini”

Here is the review I wrote about Angelo Crapanzano’s novel, “Notorious Casolini.”

“A Tragedy, An Adventure, and A Masterpiece of Revenge and Justice”

I just had the pleasure of reading Notorious Casolini by Angelo Crapanzano and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Inspired by true events that occurred in the city of Barrafranca, Sicily, in the early 1900s, the book chronicles the life of Peppino Casolini, a simple farmer who is thrust into events over which he has no control. When the son of a powerful local politician desires Peppino’s sister for his own and is rejected, Peppino finds himself wrongly imprisoned for the death of a friend. One by one, the members of his family suffer at the hands of the local politician’s family and henchmen. Upon escaping the fate they have planned for him, Peppino determines to extract justice for the wrongs visited upon his family.

The author successfully created an incredible cast of characters and brings the reader into their world – a world filled with injustice, fear, murder, and retribution. The reader is shown the joys and pains these characters experienced in their daily lives, and the author weaved a plot that links these characters together in a series of life-altering events that leave the reader reading faster and faster to see how the events play out. Make no mistake – this book is a tragedy, but rather than the usual tragic story, the author creates a tale of adventure that shows the power of the human spirit to go on even when everything seems lost and impossible. The main character has ample justification for completing the tragic cycle started by his family, but he finds not only the will to persevere, but the strength to break the cycle and live his life on his own terms, rather than as a victim of circumstances.

This was an outstanding book written by one of the best story-tellers I’ve had the pleasure to come across in many years. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who likes stories filled with human drama, action, justice and revenge. I cannot wait to read more from this author.


About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at WilliamSpeir.com.
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