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Book Review:The Salome Effect

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite

The Salome Effect is a story of international intrigue and the magic of innocent love. American soldier Robert Orazio faced a life of continuous PDS events following a brutal and disturbing military tour. He remembered the serenity he felt when on leave in Italy and made a move of permanent residence upon his discharge. Unfortunately, Robert's solitude leads to loneliness which he fills with long hours spent in the local strip joint. His extracurricular activity leads him to Marianna, the beautiful exotic performer whose soul is filled with a misery to which Robert can relate. Marianna  instructs Robert on his knowledge and appreciation of classical artworks and he learns that her dream is to utilize her knowledge one day as an art courier. His fascination with Marianna controls his thoughts and leads to an irrational decision to go to extreme lengths in order to prove his love for her and to secure her devotion to him at the same time.

I really enjoyed this story and appreciate the evidence of careful editing and proofreading. The main character's battle with the results of war is believable and timely in today's society. Even though the story is fiction, the relationship between Robert and Marianna is also believable and brings to life a theme often misunderstood: Occupation doesn't necessarily dictate character. Marianna's occupation as a stripper is not a result of her moral character. She haws fallen into this profession as a result of need for financial security. She doesn't squander her income on the temptations of drugs and illegal acts associated with her job. She sees an income opportunity and makes the most of it. Marianna is intent upon following her dreams and she is fortunate to befriend a benefactor. Written in the fashion of late Stieg Larsson, I believe that James Sajo's The Salome Effect is a promising start in a future of crime/intrigue fiction. 
 
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