The first review, by Melissa Rupp, an American writer and editor living in Ohio.
Angelo Paratico, freelance writer, novelist and historian, is an expat Italian who has been living in Hong Kong for the past 35 years. I had the pleasure to work with him on his newest novel, The Dew of Heaven, to be published by Cactus Moon Publications this summer. Preorder sales can be found at Cactus Moon’s bookstore.
Angelo’s mastery of storytelling coupled with his studies in history made working with him a breeze. At times, I got so caught up in the characters and the mystery of who carried the powerful Sulde, I didn’t want to stop and do my editing job! From Mongolia to Macao to Hong Kong and China. From modern times to the 1900 Boxer Rebellion to the conquests of Genghis Khan. This book is worth the read. I hated to stop and a change a thing.
The story unfolds with the sudden reappearance of a mysterious Holy Grail charged with an irresistible magic power.
In Mongolia, during the 1920’s, Stalin’s henchman sought Genghis Khan’s spiritual banner-the Khara Sulde. A steel trident with silver rings carrying the black mane of his warhorse, a relic that disappeared from the Shankh lamasery of Ovorkhangai Aimag, in Western Mongolia. They razed lamaseries, burned libraries, and shot thousands of harmless lamas, smashing their precious artworks and sacred relics.
The Japanese learned of Stalin’s failure to find the relic and unsuccessfully searched during the botched attempt to invade Mongolia prior to WWII.
Adolf Hitler consulted Swedish explorer, Sven Hedin, in an effort to locate it. Despite Hitler’s success locating other ancient relics – such as Longinus’ spear that pierced the heart of Jesus – he was unable to locate the Khara Sulde.
Why then, has the Khara Sulde surprisingly resurfaced today in contemporary Hong Kong, and right into the hands of a strange Italian mogul?
A very mysterious man known to the few who have met him as half godfather and half mystic?
Angelo is gregarious, kind and full of excitement for his subjects. He has written many books, but none that is making waves as much as Leonardo Da Vinci: A Chinese Scholar Lost in Renaissance Italy. Was Da Vinci’s mother a Chinese slave named, Caterina, his inspiration for the Mona Lisa? We’ll soon find out.
Thank you, Angelo, for letting me be a part of The Dew of Heaven! Readers will find it as wonderful as I did.
The original article by Melissa can be found here: