Reviews for Da Vinci's Lost Years

 

 

5.0 out of 5 starsAn entertaining read, June 19, 2010

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Readers Favorite "Readers Favorite" (Hawesville, KY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Da Vinci's Lost Years (Paperback)

Leonardo da Vinci was the most famous Renaissance artist. I wonder where he came up with such futuristic ideas. Maybe it was the two year journey he took into the future. Da Vinci disappeared from Italy in 1476. He returned two years later with no memory of where he had been or what had happened. The only thing he had was a sketch book and ideas. Where was he for two years? Perhaps he was transported to New Orleans in the year 1969, at the height of the Mardi Gras? He arrived with a change of clothes and some art supplies.

Leonardo strikes up a friendship with a street artist, T-man, and his girlfriend, Monique. From here the adventure begins. He has never seen a television, heard a radio, seen an airplane or ever thought of men going to the moon. He fell in love with Monique but knows it will never work. The Old One will return soon to transport him back to his own time and place when he feels he has completed his mission in the future. Was it to learn about love or his art? What about the identity of the mysterious Mona Lisa? Who knows what he brought back with him?

I found this book to be quite an entertaining read; it was humorous in parts, full of adventure and suspense. The characters were well portrayed, whether they were the main characters or secondary characters. The book is well written and it held my attention right up to the very end.

 

 

 

5.0 out of 5 starsa great fictional take on the original Renaissance man, April 30, 2010

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B. D. Whitney "www.bookwenches.com" (Seattle, WA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Da Vinci's Lost Years (Paperback)

4.75 out of 5

Sylvia Rochester's novel "Da Vinci's Lost Years" mixes history, fantasy, romance, and a dash of adventure together to present a fictional answer to a centuries old question: where was Leonardo da Vinci from 1476 to 1478? Supposedly, there are no records to indicate his whereabouts during those years, so this story fills in those lost years for the original Renaissance man as well as addressing the origin of his strangely futuristic ideas and inventions, whether he was homosexual as history seems to hint, and the identity of his mysterious Mona Lisa.

Ms. Rochester portrays the Italy of Leonardo's time as well as 1969 New Orleans in a manner that transports the reader right into those settings. In New Orleans, it is the dawn of the space era, and there is a sense of subdued excitement that revolves around the fledgling space program. We experience the thrill and revelry of Mardi Gras, the alleys and courtyards of New Orleans, and the remote landscape of the Louisiana coast with a clarity that brings the story to life. And the author's depiction of the Italy of Leonardo's time makes us feel as if we are a part of history.

I found this story to be diverting, suspenseful, and well-written. Although my interest was piqued by the premise of the novel even before I opened it, the narrative grabbed my attention immediately and held on to it until the very end. This book wastes no time in the beginning but dives right in to the adventure. It alternates fast-paced action and danger with quieter lulls to give characters a chance to develop and to make emotional connections.

The characters in "Da Vinci's Lost Years" are quite well depicted, in my opinion. Whether they are protagonists or villains or secondary players, Ms. Rochester has created them to be three dimensional and believable and to contribute to the progress of the plot. Of course, Leonardo found the soft spot in my heart and captured it; whether he is a young man in 20th century New Orleans or showing a more advanced age back in his own time and place, he is completely appealing. And Monique has strength and resilience but also an emotional vulnerability that make you want her to find the happiness that has eluded her so far.

I believe that my favorite part of this story is Monique's process of discovery as she comes to realize that the lover she simply knows as "Lenny" is indeed Leonardo da Vinci. It made me want to run to the art and history books to look the man up for myself.

Whether you are a fan of "history's mysteries" or simply like a bit of a romance, I think that you will enjoy "Da Vinci's Lost Years." I found it to be touching and involving; it made me dig for a tissue or two, but it is not maudlin - just sweet. Overall, this novel is very interesting and quite well done, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it.

 

 

 

5.0 out of 5 starsANOTHER WINNER, February 21, 2010

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John Wright "Flavia Wright" (Baton Rouge, LA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Da Vinci's Lost Years (Paperback)

From the pen of Sylvia Rochester and her creative genius comes another winner. Da Vinci's Lost Years is a story full of adventure, mystery, suspense and love. Thanks for letting me accompany Leonardo on his incredible journey. This is a story worth reading more than once.

 

 

 

5.0 out of 5 starsSylvia Rochester Does It Again!, February 21, 2010

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Erica Drummond (Louisiana) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Da Vinci's Lost Years (Paperback)

This book has it all- action, suspense, history, drama, and romance. It's a wonderfully immaginative way of explaining DaVinci's missing years and his ability to conceive of technology far advanced for his time. Plus, it adds in a touch of Louisiana culture. What more could you ask for?!

 

 

 

5.0 out of 5 starsGREAT READ, February 15, 2010

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Eleanor W. Cocreham "wings author" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Da Vinci's Lost Years (Paperback)

1500 TO 1969?

Time Travel at its best from the vivied imagination of a skillful author who hurls you thru space and leaves your mumbling to yourself..wow! What if..why not?

Another thoroughly enjoyable story from talented Sylvia Rochester.

 

 

 

5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating Idea, February 13, 2010

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Elaine Y. Grant "www.elainegrant.com" (Louisiana) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Da Vinci's Lost Years (Paperback)

Sylvia Rochester's rich imagination is at work again, speculating on the lost years of Leonardo DaVinci's life. Where DID he get his far-sighted ideas? Could he have been a time traveler allowed to see the future?

This fascinating new book by Sylvia Rochester will leave you wondering....

 

 



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