Daily Review: The Artemis Connection by David Di Paolo
September 28, 2017
The absorbing fantasy mystery is replete with plot twists, an ancient curse, Italian folklore, Native American Folklore and includes eye-opening brain science.
She doesn’t believe in ghosts. She doesn’t believe in witches or curses or spells. The doctor doesn’t believe in anything that science can’t explain, but Diana Valleverde is about to learn that knowledge is an evolving proposition.
Her research into brain function is uncovering secrets within the mind, but none like the one kept hidden from her since before she was born.
When her brother, a curator at the university museum, gives her a family keepsake from their recently deceased grandmother, Diana begins a journey that will take her from Pennsylvania to Milan and the Italian Alps, to discover what lies hidden inside and what has caused her recent affliction by what she knows must be sleep paralysis attacks, a frightening condition in which she awakens, unable to move or cry out, with the overwhelming sense something unseen is suffocating her.
There must be a medical explanation for these attacks.
There must be . . . Right?
The stunning cover is original art created by Diane Frossard.
By The Mindquest Review of Books
…The absorbing fantasy mystery is replete with plot twists, an ancient curse, Italian folklore, Native American Folklore and includes eye-opening brain science.
The novel is totally unique illustrating the superb writing skills of the author.
By Kirkus Reviews
… Di Paolo deftly weaves the various plot threads together, creating an enjoyable, well-crafted mystery that whisks the reader from Philadelphia to Milan to a small village in the Italian mountains, all while exploring both Italian and Native American folklore.
The fantasy elements, which are subtly teased out until the end, may occur a bit abruptly for some readers’ tastes—and the idea of magical Native Americans is well-trodden—the journey makes for a fun read. Diana’s a compelling main character who strikes just the right balance between Mulder and Scully.
An imaginative fantasy that has fun weaving together folklore, medicine, and ancient curses, providing a fresh twist on a classic formula.
By Monica Hand
Best book I have read in a long time. It mixes fantasy with reality in a way that is unparalleled by any other novel of this century.
The author’s writing style was so deft and artful that it made it hard for me to believe that this was his first work.
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