Book Title: Five Before Rome: 5 preludes to the Roma Series by Gabriel Valjan
Category: Adult fiction 18 yrs +, 215 pages
Genre: International Crime Thriller
Publisher: Wild Goose Publishing
Release date: June 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. There is violence (not graphic) and mention of child abuse by the clergy. There are 4 instances of the F-Word.
These five novellas precede Roma, Underground, the first novel in the Roma Series. Meet the five men, who form the team around Bianca, and learn about their personal history, their respective parts of Italy, and why they each have a stake in the fight against organized crime.
This is my first venture into a book(s) by Gabriel Valjan. Five Before Rome is a set of novellas that serve as a prequel to his Roma series! I was delighted to learn so much history and interesting information! I’ve been reading a smattering of adult thrillers recently and these novellas did not disappoint! This is something that is trendy now, to release a book in a series followed by a novella or series of novellas. I am loving it!
This set of novellas follows five different men who make up five different facets of the Roma series! Each is different and each new story takes the reader deeper into the world of the Roma series. I love a classic mafia/gangster story, which is exactly what this is! It’s got distinct “old world” family ties with the modern mob. I really enjoyed learning about the history of each character, from Alessandro to Silvio, Isidore to Gennaro and finally to Dante. The final narrative of the novellas takes all of the characters and combines them into a team, which was exceedingly fun! I loved all of the pop culture references and nods to the American gangster movies.
These were incredibly entertaining and so fun to read! There is so much world-building and character development here that I feel like I already know these characters going into the series. They are funny, sharp, and well written! The plot of the narratives goes quickly and I didn’t have trouble reading the entire set in one sitting. Buckle up and get ready to read about the original gangsters! Having finished Five Before Rome, I am ready to start the Roma series!
Thank you to Gabriel Valjan and iRead Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston’s South End where he enjoys the local restaurants. When he isn’t appeasing Munchkin, his cat, with tuna, he documents the #dogsofsouthendboston on Instagram. His short stories have appeared online, in journals, and in several anthologies. Gabriel is the author of two series, Roma and Company Files, with Winter Goose Publishing. He was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery for Company Files: 2. The Naming Game in 2020. Gabriel has been a finalist for the Fish Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and received an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella Contest in 2018. Dirty Old Town, the first in the Shane Cleary series, was published in 2020 by Level Best Books. Gabriel attends crime fiction conferences, such as Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, and New England Crime Bake. He is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime.
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