Vendetta Mountain by Carmen Anthony Fiore

Vendetta Mountain by Carmen Anthony Fiore

Vendetta Mountain is about Donato “Donny” Belardo’s pilgrimage to southern Italy. He’s a “professional” Italian-American, if there ever was one. The trip was to be his dream vacation. He and his Irish-American wife, Cathleen, did the grand tour of the usual tourist sights in northern and central Italy and the Naples area. They toured the unique, sometimes odorous canal streets of Venice, gawked in awe at the breathtaking art in Florence’s many squares and palatial museums, enjoyed the shimmering beauty of Capri, that jewel of the Gulf of Naples, and the scenic Neopolitan coastline all the way south to Sorrento and Amalfi. But for Donny, his scheduled week in isolated Montenuovo, the ancestral hill town of his forefathers, located deep in the mountains of sparsely populated Basilicata, one of the many poor regions of southern Italy, was the real reason he had made the long flight across the Atlantic Ocean and northern Europe with Cathleen. Once in Montenuovo, Donny tries to immerse himself in its quaint, special ambiance. He wants to absorb its every detail with all of his senses, his mind, his heart, while recording it on film for the relatives back home to see. But when it finally becomes apparent to him, although sooner to his wife, that in the half-empty hill town there are those who want him dead, the trip sours for him. Why someone would want to kill him, he doesn’t have a clue. Soon, survival takes priority over sightseeing, and only violence can end the nightmare for Donny and Cathleen, while testing their character and fortitude to the fullest.

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