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10 thoughts on “The Flood

  1. says:

    This is an interesting book that on occasion makes no sense at at all which is perhaps the state of affairs in Italian and perhaps Florentine politics The book opens in Rome in 1942, where a young Jewish boy is about to be smuggled out of the city to escape the authorities Then it moves between Florence in 1966 and the same city twenty years later in 1986 In that last, most prominent period, a former Carabinieri police inspector, Pino Fratelli, has been put out of active duty due to a tumor in his brain He does finds himself with an interesting English lodger, Julia Wellbeloved She used to be a barrister and changed careers after her divorce and starts studying art And lets face it Florence is the center of the Renaissance so its history is steeped in art and violence attached to the art.There s an attack on some real life works of art in the Brancacci Chapel and Pino starts to think the attack is much serious than the authorities seem to think, and he draws Julia into the search for the truth behind them The next vicious crime is a decapitation and public display of the said head Another finger pointing in Florence history.The Key and title to this book is the section set in 1966 when the city of Florence was devastated by a...


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    Written with a spareness, a cultural and historical literacy, and an insight into character that I ve come to expect from David Hewson the author has lived for years in Italy The story includes fascinating details about the city of Florence, its rather bloody history, and its dark underbelly For example, the priest Savonarola, his Bonfire of the Vanities, and his subsequent execution by his political enemies features in the narrative.Related to a quotation from Savonarola, the theme of the flood echoes on multiple levels, and I felt deep sympathy for the downtrodden, traumatized man who is the killer in this suspense novel Don t worry, there s no spoiler here you ll know, as a reader, who the killer is fairly early on this is a suspense novel, not a mystery, after all The flood motif occurs literally, in the great Florence flood of 1966, and in a bad storm...


  3. says:

    Student Julia Wellbeloved arrives in Florence to write a paper on vandalism to works of art, she s bright and eager and pairs up an ex policeman on permanent sick leave, he s restless, frustrated and just wants to be of use, so latches onto an attack of a church fresco and the puzzles it throws up like a lifeline and is determined not to be put aside, but to solve the mystery.Set in 1986 they are pulled into the goings on with the powerful untouchable Medici both past and present being inextricably linked to the great flood in 1966 This is a mystery thriller, rich in history, murder, and plot, being narrated superbly by Saul Reichin, Pinot is a wonderful character, grumpy, taciturn, with a great sense of duty, you learn the reasons for this and why he feels he never really belonged, his story and character I lapped up Julia s no nonsense strong character complimented Pinot s perfectly, I liked the way she took no foolish nonsense, and her independent sometimes stubborn ...


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    First in the Pino Fratelli and Julia Wellbeloved thriller series set first in the Florence of Fratelli s memories of the flood in 1966 and now in 1986 and revolving around a disabled detective and a postgraduate student and former lawyer.This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Severn House Digital for an honest review.My TakeIt s a strange book Part of that is my own fault as I started reading it thinking the male protagonist was from Hewson s Nic Costa series set in Rome.Instead, this is a two part thriller with the primary story involving a pair of very likable characters Pino Fratelli and Julia Wellbeloved I do like Julia s surname, and it reflects how Pino feels about her There s a prologue in here that provides the first trauma of Pino s life as a Jewish child in desperate straits during World War II And I don t know why Hewson included this as it really doesn t play a role in the primary story.On the whole, Hewson sets up a fascinating conflict for The Flood and infuses it with intriguing characters both good and bad The art is why Julia is in Florence, researching why people commit vandalism to works of art and does provide a background, a reason, for her presence, but the real focus is on the politics and corruption of Florence, that of the past and today s as seen through Pino s psychological assessm...


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    I have no idea what this book is about It is all over the place with un comprehensible names thrown in here and there Orgies that are not orgies, unexplained events, terrorists Going to past events that are poorly explained.A crusty old man who has issues which are never explained concerned friends who do nothing.A supposed love affair between him and a woman 20 years his junior.It is a load of crock Dialogue is poor, story line is a disaster, theme is not the...


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    The Flood by David Hewson4 out of 5 starsThe beauty and art of the city of Florence is juxtaposed with its dark and deadly side.In late October 1942 a four year old boy is smuggled out of German occupied Rome by one of the priests.In November 1966 a seventeen year old boy, Aldo Pontecorvo, has been subjected to abuse at the hands of some of Florence s senior figures.How these two boys meet up later in life is the meat of this beautifully written novel.It is November 1986 and Pino Fratelli, that four year old, and now a member of the Florence Carabinieri, is a white haired forty eight year old He is on sick leave and, accompanied by his new English tenant, Julia Wellbeloved, they are in the Brancacci Chapel viewing some new desecration of the art works Julia, a post graduate student is working on a dissertation entitled Why Murder Art , hoping to discover why members of the public attack works of art Unbeknown to them, this minor damage in the Chapel is going to escalate into something sinister Could it be that the famous 1966 Great Flood of Florence holds the secret of Pino s sickness and what ties him and Pontecorvo together Considered the...


  7. says:

    Set in Florence in 1986, twenty years after the catastrophic flood, the book combines art history and criminal investigation and twenty years of Florentine politics and corruption in an engaging fashion The two protagonists, detective Pino Fratelli, on medical leave for a serious brain illness, and his tenant, English post graduate art history student Julia Wellbeloved are both appealing characters in a relationship that develops from strictly professional to something personal over the course of their investigations.First there is a minor bit of vandalism to a fresco, which touches on Julia s research Pino is fretting at his enforced inactivity and starts poking around the edges, much to the annoyance of his former boss and several wealthy and powerful figures The mayor invites Julia to a meeting of La Brigata Spendereccia, a private club ...


  8. says:

    I couldn t but think of Hewson s Nic Costa series set in Rome and start to compare characters Leo Falcone and Marrone Peroni and Fratelli Elizabeth and Emily That last is the best comparison the others are a stretch on may part What a setting, the 1966 flood in Florence I ve hankered after fiction set in that drama for a long time having enjoyed The Sixteen Pleasures many years ago Seventeen years now, wow Hewson puts you in the settling, in this case the very center of Florence The space between the Brancacci Chapel, the Palazzo Vecchia, and the Pitti Palace is very small One wonders at Fratelli getting on a bus at all it s faster to walk The farthest afield we went was Fiesole and San Marco When I listed this on Goodreads I saw that it s number one in a new series At first I wondered how he could create a series, given the protagonist s back story, but Hewson will find a way I ll definitely look for the next in this series....


  9. says:

    The Flood is one of those books that has elements that will appeal to both art history fans and psychological thriller readers I was attracted to it because I was travelling to Italy this summer and it was an opportunity to be entertained while learning about the history of Venice, particularly the devastating floods in the late 20th Century There is a very dark undercurrent to this book and I generally steer clear of novels that really unsettle me, but Hewson s two protagonists are so appealing that I was totally drawn in.There is no shortage of mysteries featuring art theft or forgery, but The Flood has a fresh approach It uses the works of art as clues to understand the actions and motivation of a very troubled person The initial crime was not significant, but real creativity was required to see beyond the initial act of violence.This was a compelling story that also provides a short course on the history of Venetian art and politic...


  10. says:

    The Flood David Hewson Picture it Florence, 1986 Adam and Eve Our heroine is called Julia Wellbeloved Our hero is Pino Fratelli.How can you go wrong Julia, an art student, is doing research on art vandalism Her path crosses Pino, a former cop, and together they try to figure out the reason behind an attack of a church fresco of Adam and Eve.Through their research, the reader learns about the history of Florence, like the flood of 1966 an important fact What can I say, I m a sucker for anyt...


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The Flood Florence, 1986 A Seemingly Inexplicable Attack On A Church Fresco Of Adam And Eve Brings Together An Unlikely Couple Julia Wellbeloved, An Art Student, And Pino Fratelli, A Semi Retired Detective Who Longs To Be Back In The Field Their Investigation Leads Them To The Secret Society That Underpins The City An Elite Underworld Of Excess, Violence And Desire.Rich In The Culture Of Tuscany S Most Mysterious City, The Flood Takes A Dazzling Journey Into The History Of Florence, And To The Darkness In Florence S Past The Night Of The Great Flood In 1966This Is A Dazzling Italian Mystery, Rich With Culture, Intrigue And Dark Secrets, From An Internationally Bestselling Crime Writer At The Height Of His Powers David Hewson S Many Bestselling Works Include The Killing And The Nic Costa Crime Series Set In Rome.This Full Length Novel From David Hewson Is An Audiobook Exclusive From Whole Story Audiobooks It Is Narrated By Saul Reichlin, Whose Multi Award Winning Audiobook Narrations Have Attracted Many Thousands Of Listeners.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 312 pages
  • The Flood
  • David Hewson
  • English
  • 19 June 2018