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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Crossroads of the Mediterranean is the second novel in The Sicily Chronicles by Dick Rosano. Luca was not expecting his visit to Sicily to change his life forever, but it did. He met Vito, a strange man, and that meeting became the starting point of his journey as Vito narrated the history of the island. Starting from the time of the Romans to current times, Vito took Luca back to when Sicily was a much-coveted island, and every nation wanted a piece of it. With Vito’s gentle nudging in the right direction, Luca learned about Sicily as it was known many, many years ago.
Atmospheric and genuinely captivating, Crossroads of the Mediterranean is a spellbinding novel that I had a hard time putting down. I found the “How to Read This Book” section very interesting, and it frankly intrigued me. That piqued my interest and made me read on. I have always been interested in regional history and how civilization developed there. Dick Rosano gave us all that and a lot more. He gave an up-close and personal look into Sicily as it was tested by the Romans, Muslims, Byzantines, Normans, and countless others. I loved how the author took us back in time and made each of those historical milestones in Sicily’s history real. Each narrative was unique to the timeline, each character was fully developed, and the author left no stone unturned to make sure readers were getting the whole package. I loved reading the individual sections in the novel, and the funny anecdotes Vito added to the stories he shared. It was such an incredible and unique novel to read!