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"Gripping - enthralling - epic" are words reviewers use to describe Vincent Panettiere's latest release, "These Thy Gifts". View the Books

Reviews on “These Thy Gifts”

“Vincent Panettiere is molding a remarkably solid stance as a writer of substance. His insights, sensitivity to issues – contemporary and enduring ones, and his eloquent prose place him near the top of today’s authors’ peak. Highly recommended.”

Reviews for The Scopas Factor

Can the famous detective solve the case?

Immediately within the first couple pages, readers are drawn in to an intense and mysterious tale. A young girl is...
Molly MU

 

The Scopas Factor
4.0
2019-01-30T22:52:54+00:00
Molly MU

 

Immediately within the first couple pages, readers are drawn in to an intense and mysterious tale. A young girl is introduced and her seemingly free-spirit, grasp the attention of the readers, because some men come into camp and very quickly, her mom, the Mud Woman disappears. Thus, the mystery of her disappearance begins and readers meet another character, Mike Hegan. Far from the refugee camp of the Mud Woman, Mike finds himself immersed in the disappearance of this woman, leaving the reader wondering how their lives and stories become intertwined. Once readers understand the characters and can make some sense of them, The Scopas Factor is a well-written and intense mystery. There are many tales of lies, deceit and secrets that make this book difficult to predict. I found myself on the edge of my seat, wanting to read more to try and figure out if Mike Hegan would be successful in uncovering how and why the disappearance of the Mud Woman took place. Because of the intense way the story sucks the readers in, time passes by quickly at the suspense of what will happen next.

Reminiscent of Da Vinci Code

This book took me a bit to get into since it follows different characters in the beginning than the main...
Luke Messer

 

The Scopas Factor
2019-01-30T22:53:25+00:00
Luke Messer

 

This book took me a bit to get into since it follows different characters in the beginning than the main character. However, it’s set up is relevant to key aspects through the rest of the book. From the book description I thought the fiance, Diana, would be more absent, more of a plot device. On the contrary, she’s active and funny and makes a great counter to the more serious, grounded Hegan. It’s fun watching them get sucked into a circumstances they don’t want to care about, and then watching them figure out all the stray pieces and having to run all over creation to put those pieces together. Probably what was most interesting and unexpected is the art factor. The role of art and artists comes up a lot--reminiscent of the Da Vinci code in a way. As someone who enjoys art of all varieties, I enjoyed this very much. I give four stars because despite the engaging plot, witty characters and sharp dialogue, there is a lot of telling where I would prefer showing. The author obviously put in a lot of work on the dialogue and I wish they would have used it even more to expose information and character traits. Maybe that’s just a personal on my part.

Intense drama with twists and turns at every corner

Sports journalist-turned-writer Vincent Panettiere proves once again he is no stranger to weaving an intense story with a twist at...
Mark Smith

 

The Scopas Factor
5.0
2019-01-30T22:54:41+00:00
Mark Smith

 

Sports journalist-turned-writer Vincent Panettiere proves once again he is no stranger to weaving an intense story with a twist at every corner. He entertains and excites readers with his creative writing mastery and mind for intricate detail. As soon as readers open the book, they discover a world described in such detail it will seem real. Each sentence is painstakingly molded, but Panettiere doesn’t go overboard with the wording. He simple spins a tale while using just the right number of words and sentences. Panettiere uses one tactic forgotten by modern mystery writers – include the reader in the journey. The Scopas Factor is a must read for any mystery fan.
4.5
2

Reviews for These Thy Gifts

Scandal of paedo priests in the Catholic church

This is a very topical book as the plot deals with the uncovering of the extensive network of paedophile priests...
Chelsey McQuitty

 

These Thy Gifts
5.0
2019-01-30T23:05:08+00:00
Chelsey McQuitty

 

This is a very topical book as the plot deals with the uncovering of the extensive network of paedophile priests whose activities had been actively covered up by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, as it cares far more for the reputation of the church than for the well-being of the young innocents who have been abused and corrupted. The hero of the story is a good Catholic priest. He wrestles with temptation but in a normal heterosexual way. He is horrified to learn first-hand of this cover-up, and risks losing his job to bring the perpetrator in his own parish to justice. Father Steve is a sympathetic character, as is Rosalie, the widow of a mafia gangster, with whom this plot is also concerned. The story spans decades and includes Father Steve’s foray as an army chaplain in Vietnam. It is a fascinating book and left me feeling very sorry for those Catholic priests who are not paedophiles, as they wrestle with the unpalatable knowledge that the church they work for is itself fundamentally corrupt.

Just simply beautiful.

This is a great story that takes a span of over fifty years and it proudly carries the depth and...
Billy O.

 

These Thy Gifts
5.0
2019-01-30T23:05:50+00:00
Billy O.

 

This is a great story that takes a span of over fifty years and it proudly carries the depth and the breadth of such a long period. Steven Trimboli is a Catholic priest, but nevertheless imperfect human being. Yet, if a priest can ever be perfect in his imperfection, that would be this dynamic and highly likable persona. Do the church and the mafia have something in common? When they pair by evil, they most certainly do, but Steven Trimboli is not the one who likes keeping it quiet. That is one of his most remarkable qualities - he is brazen and outspoken and speaks with an honesty that has an almost childlike innocence. Indeed, that makes him a thorn in the eyes of the powerful church people like Barillo and a toy in the hands of the mafia. I found myself cheering for Trimboli and wishing to see more people like him - someone who, for chrissakes, speaks when he needs to! However, he is also torn by his own life’s sins and decisions and this is how his life has an unexpected turn, as he becomes a father and finds surprising love. I loved the characters. They are alive, well-portrayed and carry the action with vigor. Just as Steven is an almost naive justice-seeker, so is Barillo cold-blooded and vicious, the mobster Tony La Marca is not delusional about how will his life end, and Rosalie is a vehement survivor who will engage all her powers when necessary. I loved this beautiful story of life, love and justice - grab it!

Love And Family Are Gifts

These Thy Gifts is a tale that spans the lifetime of a Catholic priest going from past to present. We...
BeautyFul Word

 

These Thy Gifts
4.0
2019-01-30T23:06:35+00:00
BeautyFul Word

 

These Thy Gifts is a tale that spans the lifetime of a Catholic priest going from past to present. We first Steve in 1956 a young stubborn and  determined priest. He wanted to stand up for what was right and never backed down from a fight.  The back and forth between times brings understanding of why the incident involving Eddie touches him deeply. Also explains how different relationships were formed. The characters were realistic if not exactly diverse since many of the women characters fit a stereotype of the strong, opinionated woman who is still compassionate. The story pace is steady. Steve spends his lifetime feeling guilty for his one indiscretion that led to the birth of his daughter. He takes the continually bad placements in atonement for that moment. In comparison, Dykes and Schaeffer felt no guilt for their acts nor truly felt sorry as they figured out ways to push their ugly acts under the rug. The ending surprised me but also gave me a slight feeling of retribution. I hate to see people who should always be protected like children abused or taken advantage of. Overall, good read for anyone who likes historical fiction mixed with romance and controversial truths.
4.7
3

Reviews for A Woman to Blame

Great story – should be a series

The characters, even those who only put in a brief appearance, are three-dimensional and fleshed out well. The main character,...
Robin Surface

 

A Woman to Blame
4.0
2019-01-30T22:39:17+00:00
Robin Surface

 

The characters, even those who only put in a brief appearance, are three-dimensional and fleshed out well. The main character, Mike Hegan, is a tough guy who’s had a rough time of it emotionally – and the punches, literal and mental, keep rolling for him throughout the book. All of this makes you want to take his side in every fight. With this mystery, the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride that weaves in and out of the lives of several different people from varying walks of life, including mobsters, horse trainers, artists, policemen and florists. The setting also changes often – from racetracks to mobsters’ homes to Caribbean islands. All of this combines to make the story anything but boring. I would love to see this turned into a series. Hegan and his large florist friend would make an interesting PI duo, especially if the author added some more humor to the mix. The only thing that keeps this novel from being a truly great book is the lack of proofreading done on the manuscript. Please, for the love of God, get someone to fix the manuscript and resubmit it so that readers can truly enjoy the experience of reading this great story without the irritation of typos, incorrect punctuation, etc.

More Heagan novels please.

If you are a fan of novels that keep a good pace and also keep you thinking then A Woman...
Robin Perron

 

A Woman to Blame
5.0
2019-01-30T22:47:12+00:00
Robin Perron

 

If you are a fan of novels that keep a good pace and also keep you thinking then A Woman to Blame by Vincent Panettiere will be right up your alley. The main character is Mike Heagan, tough guy cop whose career ends because of medical disability. His life was no cup of tea either. After announcing his engagement to his fiancé he loses her. He has substantial conflicts to deal with within in his family. And he’s a cop, it can’t get much harder. The story opens with Mike on a small Carribean Island investigating a homicide that he disagrees with the official ruling on. His quest for the truth takes him places from Chicago to the Carribean and introduces to characters from all walks of life. Even the small characters that we only see briefly are well developed and interesting. The characters are so engaging that I would love to see Mike Heagan as the center of a series. Well done.

Gritty and Mysterious Amateur Masterpiece

A well-written mystery novel is highly dependent on its cast of characters. If they are not well-rounded, there will not...
Kieran Hair

 

A Woman to Blame
5.0
2019-01-30T22:50:00+00:00
Kieran Hair

 

A well-written mystery novel is highly dependent on its cast of characters. If they are not well-rounded, there will not be as much intrigue regarding who is guilty. If they are not interesting, then the reader will not care who is guilty and who is innocent. The way in which the characters are introduced is fairly interesting as well. From early on, the novel will occasionally appear to shift viewpoints slightly. While some reviewers have claimed that this can get confusing, it also teaches the readers to stay on their toes. It is also a much more sensible style of writing when one considers that the author, Vincent Panettiere, used to work on unproduced screenplays. The main character is definitely one of the most interesting of the bunch. Mike Hegan is supposed to be ending his career, but he cannot let go of a case that he feels has been wrapped up too neatly. He decides to delve further, and turns out to be right in doing so. Some reviewers have stated a desire to see this tough, stubborn detective as the basis for a longer series. Whether or not this comes to fruition, the depth of Panettiere’s character writing would certainly validate further mystery novels by this impressive author. “A Woman to Blame” would have made an excellent movie had the original idea been picked up for a screenplay, but it might make an even more excellent novel as it is now. This incredibly well-written mystery is worth checking out for those who like a truly gritty tale with a sense of intrigue that seems torn straight out of yesteryear and fashioned in a way that modern audiences should be easily able to appreciate.
4.7
3

Reviews for The Internet Financing Illusion

This biographical account is interesting and reads like a novel

I thought this might be dry, but was I wrong! This biographical account is interesting and reads like a novel....
E Giles

 

The Internet Financing Illusion
5.0
2019-01-30T23:07:49+00:00
E Giles

 

I thought this might be dry, but was I wrong! This biographical account is interesting and reads like a novel. Twists, turns, lies, posturing, intrigue...hopes dashed by a seemingly sincere, real life villain. This is not a text book. This is a movie. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

A must read!

Many of us have received scam emails, but the Author shares with us three intriguing scams; one which consumed him...
Lynn Smith

 

The Internet Financing Illusion
5.0
2019-01-30T23:08:23+00:00
Lynn Smith

 

Many of us have received scam emails, but the Author shares with us three intriguing scams; one which consumed him over a period of time. It is difficult to fathom the creativity that some scam artists use to draw us into a web, almost devouring us in the process. I hope you will enjoy this very well written account that Mr. Panittiere has shared with us, and hopefully, in the future, we'll see more of his work.
5
2

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