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Told from the standpoint of a teenager who is a "gifted child," made lonely by his extraordinary mental abilities, the Phoenix Heritage series is a coming-of-age story like no other. If you enjoyed Pulitzer Prize author Junot Diaz 's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, you're going to love this book. It's about an immigrant experience a la Oscar Wao, but in reverse. Tony Told from the standpoint of a teenager who is a "gifted child," made lonely by his extraordinary mental abilities, the Phoenix Heritage series is a coming-of-age story like no other. If you enjoyed Pulitzer Prize author Junot Diaz 's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, you're going to love this book. It's about an immigrant experience a la Oscar Wao, but in reverse. Tony Bellomo is an Italo-American born in New York who feels different from everyone else and leaves America to go back to Sicily, the land of his ancestors. He is the last descendant of a thousand year-old Sicilian family whose fortunes have collapsed in the 20th century. Can he shake off the burden of heredity, revive the family name and make a life for himself? In this, Book 2 of The Phoenix Heritage, Tony meets Lucia, a look-alike of the beautiful Duchess of Floridia.Before love can develop between the two, he has an unexpected accident that pulls him back in time to the year 1908. This was a crucial year of tragedy and a turning point in the Bellomo family fortunes. Can he save the family from collapse or is he trapped in the role of a helpless witness? Can he return to his own time and reclaim his new-found love? Editorial Reviews The following are selected excerpts of reviews of the first edition (originally called Reclaim the Present, book 2 of Fear of the Past trilogy): ?As the first book, this book is also beautifully written. After reading the book, I wish I had known more about my ancestors. (Vidya-BooksAreMagic from Goodreads) ?The author's description of life during this time period is superb. I found it absolutely fascinating and learned so much. (Francine 1898 on Amazon) ?A story of love and death that recreates the Sicily of the early 1900s. (Giuseppe Bonanno on Amazon)


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Told from the standpoint of a teenager who is a "gifted child," made lonely by his extraordinary mental abilities, the Phoenix Heritage series is a coming-of-age story like no other. If you enjoyed Pulitzer Prize author Junot Diaz 's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, you're going to love this book. It's about an immigrant experience a la Oscar Wao, but in reverse. Tony Told from the standpoint of a teenager who is a "gifted child," made lonely by his extraordinary mental abilities, the Phoenix Heritage series is a coming-of-age story like no other. If you enjoyed Pulitzer Prize author Junot Diaz 's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, you're going to love this book. It's about an immigrant experience a la Oscar Wao, but in reverse. Tony Bellomo is an Italo-American born in New York who feels different from everyone else and leaves America to go back to Sicily, the land of his ancestors. He is the last descendant of a thousand year-old Sicilian family whose fortunes have collapsed in the 20th century. Can he shake off the burden of heredity, revive the family name and make a life for himself? In this, Book 2 of The Phoenix Heritage, Tony meets Lucia, a look-alike of the beautiful Duchess of Floridia.Before love can develop between the two, he has an unexpected accident that pulls him back in time to the year 1908. This was a crucial year of tragedy and a turning point in the Bellomo family fortunes. Can he save the family from collapse or is he trapped in the role of a helpless witness? Can he return to his own time and reclaim his new-found love? Editorial Reviews The following are selected excerpts of reviews of the first edition (originally called Reclaim the Present, book 2 of Fear of the Past trilogy): ?As the first book, this book is also beautifully written. After reading the book, I wish I had known more about my ancestors. (Vidya-BooksAreMagic from Goodreads) ?The author's description of life during this time period is superb. I found it absolutely fascinating and learned so much. (Francine 1898 on Amazon) ?A story of love and death that recreates the Sicily of the early 1900s. (Giuseppe Bonanno on Amazon)

38 review for The Phoenix Heritage Book 2: Into the Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    The author, Claude Nougat has written a very clever story-within-a-story. The book has three distinct parts, “Forget the Past”, “Reclaim the Present”, and then “Remember the Future”. Overall, I found the plot of the book to be interesting. Sometimes the “plays” seem almost a parody of the characters. The third part, “Remember the Future”, was the most enjoyable part of the book. The book combines elements of mystery, time travel, and the searching of family history into the Forget The Past trilog The author, Claude Nougat has written a very clever story-within-a-story. The book has three distinct parts, “Forget the Past”, “Reclaim the Present”, and then “Remember the Future”. Overall, I found the plot of the book to be interesting. Sometimes the “plays” seem almost a parody of the characters. The third part, “Remember the Future”, was the most enjoyable part of the book. The book combines elements of mystery, time travel, and the searching of family history into the Forget The Past trilogy. Antonio Bellomo who lives in Montreal, is the main character and is extremely intelligent but finds himself in a stage of ‘burnout’ before age eighteen. He is a natural born computer hacker and a genius programmer for video game software. Antonio finished school at age thirteen and now overnight he feels like an old man. He woke up one morning and felt he could not get out of bed. He did not want to open his computer. After calling into the office ‘sick’, he stays in bed for a week and then decides to quit his job and to go visit his mother. His dad had died many years before, and he has not been close with his mom. The visit with his mother does not go smoothly because of her complaining and telling him that he is lazy. Antonio felt he needed to go to Sicily and try to find an old family palace which was lost centuries ago due to his great grandfather’s gambling. He travels to Ortigia and visits the palace, but is surprised to find it is a museum with no pictures or any indication that the palace was ever owned by his ancestors. With great disappointment, he finishes the tour of the palace and walks around the old town from street to street. He has gotten hot, hungry and tired. As he is using his smartphone to try and locate his lodging, he sees an odd building. It is painted a baby blue and has columns. There are two very unusual stone lions sitting on the roof with an eagle carved between them. The lion statues held a white stone banner between them which was inscribed, “Circolo di Conversazione” or The Circle of Conversation. The guidebook did not list this building and now Antonio is intrigued. He walks to the door and looks for a bell. There was a large copper handle which moved easily as he held it and pushed on the door. Now begins a shocking journey and you may ask yourself, “Is he alive, or is he dead?” Join Antonio as he learns of his ancestors and past historic events and how they have intertwined with people and personalities. What if...you fell in desperate love with someone from the distant past, and you continue to see her eyes within a different person in a different time, in each century and generation you visit? Is memory genetically inherited? Can you save yourself from past events? What about the future ... and a virtual world of life which can be interactive with internet social clubs...Read the book for answers!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yla Socorro

    This is a pretty interesting story - history and romance intertwined in a fantasy setting. Its a story of one man's search for meaning - only to realize later on that the key to that understanding lies in his past - but first he must figure out the connection. Its entertaining being carried from one story to another - learning at the same time with the protagonist as facts about his past unravels before him . Its like this book is a compilation of life's drama - each chapter bringing me some kin This is a pretty interesting story - history and romance intertwined in a fantasy setting. Its a story of one man's search for meaning - only to realize later on that the key to that understanding lies in his past - but first he must figure out the connection. Its entertaining being carried from one story to another - learning at the same time with the protagonist as facts about his past unravels before him . Its like this book is a compilation of life's drama - each chapter bringing me some kind of realization. It definitely made me hooked - as I am introduced to different characters who all have a very engaging life story to tell. The plot is never boring, and despite being truly unusual - its something believable. Its also easy to follow irregardless of the vast cast and the never-ending dialogues. This book may seem to only tell us of the lives of the characters, one at a time. But the author filled each story with meanings - of understanding the different faces of love and sacrifices, and of realizing that what's important for one person may not be the same for another. Some may value beauty, money, honor or security above everything else. But some people live for love - and that love can stretch through centuries. The only thing I didn't like much about this book - is that Tony is so skeptical about where he is and of what's being presented to him. I just felt like its either he is being stupid to see or proud to admit that there is something supernatural going on around him. But overall, this for me, is definitely one of my best reads. The story is unique, enjoyable, plus its well-written.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alana Woods

    I’ve read other works by Nougat and know that among her many talents she’s an artist. Believe me when I say she’s an artist with words as well as paints and brushes. LUNA RISING is no exception. New York computer whizz-kid, Tony Luna, is burnt out at the tender age of 19. Working since his mid-teens as a video games developer he makes the sudden decision—against his mother’s wishes—to quit and investigate his late father’s Sicilian aristocratic ancestry. So far, nothing unusual. As far as the stor I’ve read other works by Nougat and know that among her many talents she’s an artist. Believe me when I say she’s an artist with words as well as paints and brushes. LUNA RISING is no exception. New York computer whizz-kid, Tony Luna, is burnt out at the tender age of 19. Working since his mid-teens as a video games developer he makes the sudden decision—against his mother’s wishes—to quit and investigate his late father’s Sicilian aristocratic ancestry. So far, nothing unusual. As far as the story goes, anyway. The writing is a different matter. It’s lovely. The language embraced me and took me into the story, away from my own setting and into Tony’s. This book is not a quick read. Originally three novellas the author has rolled them into one very-satisfyingly long read. I love a big book and much to my regret these are now hard to find. Mind you, to keep you reading big books need to be good. And this one is good. I found the phrase ‘tour de force’ playing around in my mind and I don’t think I’m wrong. It has so many elements in its exploration of the present entwined with the past that presents lessons that Tony needs to learn for the future that I find it hard to put it into any genre. I notice that in Amazon’s best-selling lists it’s categorised under Visionary, Metaphysical, Horror, and Occult. One could add Fantasy, Computing, Crime—and probably more than I can conjure up. This is a story that defies easy labelling and that's part of its beauty and appeal. There is so much going on it totally occupies the mind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Ell

    Are we products of the surroundings or of the past? This story takes nature v. nurture to the basic core of our existence. When Tony stumbles into a building filled with his ancestors, he learns their stories. Is his life intertwined with theirs, or is his life a product of his present day upbringing by his mother? I really enjoyed this story because it made history come alive. When his ancestors told their stories it was through plays and you felt like that story really took place at that partic Are we products of the surroundings or of the past? This story takes nature v. nurture to the basic core of our existence. When Tony stumbles into a building filled with his ancestors, he learns their stories. Is his life intertwined with theirs, or is his life a product of his present day upbringing by his mother? I really enjoyed this story because it made history come alive. When his ancestors told their stories it was through plays and you felt like that story really took place at that particular time. You could also feel Tony’s confusion and frustration while he was with his ancestors. In the end the question becomes can he forget the past or even should he? It is a quick read; I read it in a couple of days. This is book one of a trilogy, and I can’t wait to continue reading Tony’s story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Martha Bryce

    I think that Forget the Past is one of the most innovative themes I have encountered recently. The book has an intricate structure that defies categorization. I suppose that I’d have to call it fantasy but it is certainly nontraditional. The weakness in the book is in the character of Tony, who after the first novella sees everything in terms of the past. He even interacts with new characters, like his girlfriend Lucia, as if they are nothing more than current incarnations of people he loved in I think that Forget the Past is one of the most innovative themes I have encountered recently. The book has an intricate structure that defies categorization. I suppose that I’d have to call it fantasy but it is certainly nontraditional. The weakness in the book is in the character of Tony, who after the first novella sees everything in terms of the past. He even interacts with new characters, like his girlfriend Lucia, as if they are nothing more than current incarnations of people he loved in the past. Perhaps this is simply part of his youth and his lack of real life experience with people; relationships are often baffling to most prodigies. The book is structured as 3 novellas contained in one volume which chronicle the young adult experiences of Tony Bellamo, a brilliant 18-year-old American technology prodigy who has burnt out of his job creating and programming videogames. He quits his job and decides to explore his aristocratic paternal family roots in Sicily. His father, a romantic figure in Tony’s memory, died when Tony was quite young. In Forget the Past, Tony, after having been disappointed at finding no traces of his family in the patriarchal palazzo that was lost years before his birth, stumbles into a wrinkle in time – a Conversation Club in his father’s home town. This club is actually a place outside of time, a limbo where all of his paternal ancestors still live, dressed in the finery of their day, reenacting scenes from their lives. Tony finds that he has lived before, loved the gorgeous countess Luiza and lost her, never really capitalizing on the life he could have had. He escapes from the Conversation Club before its destruction and still must face the life ahead of him. Reclaim the Present, the second installment finds Tony having had a terrible accident while on a picnic with his new love, Lucia. The accident pulls him into the past, where he finds himself in the body of the family patriarch when the family fortunes were lost. Tony is able to see the causes but will he be able to help? Will he be stuck in 1908? Part 3, Remember the Future, shows Tony back in the present day. Trying to create his own destiny and impress the woman he loves, Tony finds a job at the local university and creates a new form of social media based on the Conversation Club. Unfortunately, his new project, his lady love, and his life are threatened by his investors – Sicilian mafia and Russia mobsters. PS The author has a background in IT and should develop the idea of the Conversation Club as outlined in Remember the Future. That would be amazing!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Soul

    Forget the past by Claude Nougat is a fictional novel, which portrays "Sicilian" history through Bellomo family. Author’s writing is exceptional, which makes every transition in story seems more than real. The story is gripping and incredibly detailed, there are few historical references character references, which makes story even more appealing. Supposedly, the last descendent of Bellomo family, is a seventeen year "Anthony Bellomo" or more commonly known as Tony. Anthony is a Computer Genius, Forget the past by Claude Nougat is a fictional novel, which portrays "Sicilian" history through Bellomo family. Author’s writing is exceptional, which makes every transition in story seems more than real. The story is gripping and incredibly detailed, there are few historical references character references, which makes story even more appealing. Supposedly, the last descendent of Bellomo family, is a seventeen year "Anthony Bellomo" or more commonly known as Tony. Anthony is a Computer Genius, a born hacker for whom programming is as easy as breathing. He becomes a top notch games programmer and is a part of one of the hottest teams in the video games industry. But on one fine day Anthony's whole world collapses, he's facing burnout! He starts asking himself what he is doing, with life, with genius-ness bestowed upon him and when he couldn't decide the answer he quits his job and decides to visit Sicily and explore his family roots, as it was his father’s wish before he died. Once in Sicily, first place Anthony visits is Bellomo palace, Ortigia. But as it happens it was turned into a museum, and there wasn't even a single portrait of any Bellomo ancestor. Too disappointed and hungry, Anthony tries to figure out way to his hotel, and that's when he sees, Circolo di Conversazione : Circle of Conversation. Natural curiosity and born instincts make Anthony to check it out. But once inside he sees things that he shouldn't have. There were peoples, lot's of them.. waiting.. and preparing for the Judgement Day, and when he tries to get out of there, he couldn’t he was locked in… and thus the story starts! "Forget the past" has a very unique plot, which keep its readers hooked and wanting for more. There are comprehensive and complete subplots each with a key character, which describe their life before coming to "Circolo di Conversazione". Though this book is really attentive to various characters, but it fails to get its readers to connect with protagonist of the story Anthony, a bit more information about him would have helped a lot to get bonded with him. So on concluding notes i would say it's a great read, and I am really glad that it has a sequel to it, as it is the first book from "The Fear of the Past Trilogy". And I am really looking forward to reading remaining two books, but for the time being this book scores 4 of 5.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LeighAnn

    I actually really enjoyed this book but I'm finding that I'm having a hard time putting my feelings into words. Will here it goes, I'll try my best! Tony is a very smart young man who finishes school early and begins to work as a video game creator. He becomes burnt out and decides that he's tired of this life and quits his job. Tony's father, who is deceased, had always told him stories of his ancestors so he travels to Sicily in search of his family roots. While there, he enters and becomes tr I actually really enjoyed this book but I'm finding that I'm having a hard time putting my feelings into words. Will here it goes, I'll try my best! Tony is a very smart young man who finishes school early and begins to work as a video game creator. He becomes burnt out and decides that he's tired of this life and quits his job. Tony's father, who is deceased, had always told him stories of his ancestors so he travels to Sicily in search of his family roots. While there, he enters and becomes trapped in what appears to be an abandoned building. Once he is there he realizes this building is not "abandoned", but is full of the "ghosts" of his ancestors. He becomes trapped in this time warp and realizes there is more to him than he ever knew and that he is in love with a woman he hasn't met before in this lifetime. Like I said, I don't really know how to explain my feelings with this book. It's a little like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Once I started reading this book I had a hard time putting it down. It really grabbed my interest from the beginning and it's unlike anything I've ever read before. The "plays" that were put on throughout this story were very interesting and I felt like I was actually sitting there watching them because Claude made it so easy to visualize. By watching these plays, Tony learns even more about his family and himself. I think that this is a book you'd have to read for yourself to fully understand what it's all about. I'm definitely looking forward to reading what happens with Tony next in the second book. If you would like a mix of fantasy, history, and a bit of romance, then this may be the book for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Turner

    I figured I would enjoy this book because of its unique description: "When Tony, a gifted child and brilliant video game creator, turns 17, he suffers burnout and feels like an old man. He goes to Sicily, the homeland of his deceased father, to search for his roots. An abandoned palazzo with a strange name inscribed above the door, the Circolo di Conversazione, attracts his attention. He walks in and meets the ghosts of all his ancestors going back 900 years, milling about, waiting for Judgment I figured I would enjoy this book because of its unique description: "When Tony, a gifted child and brilliant video game creator, turns 17, he suffers burnout and feels like an old man. He goes to Sicily, the homeland of his deceased father, to search for his roots. An abandoned palazzo with a strange name inscribed above the door, the Circolo di Conversazione, attracts his attention. He walks in and meets the ghosts of all his ancestors going back 900 years, milling about, waiting for Judgment Day." I was hooked the moment I began reading. Unlike anything I have ever read, Forget the Past manages to delve a little into the history of many a character while creating very human tales of tragedy and love. Although Tony is the lead character in the novel, the in-depth stories are more about his ancestors than about himself, a 17 year old boy who is trying to find out who HE really is. The stories (there were many intertwined within the book) were easily to visualise in my mind's eye and I would love to see this book made into a movie... it would certainly make a terrific one! This is only the first in a trilogy about young Tony Bellomo and I can't wait to read the rest. I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone. Whether you're a young adult or an old timer, Forget the Past is well worth the read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lee Holz

    Forget the Past: Book One of Fear of the Past Trilogy is a highly original and unusual piece of literary fiction. A family saga spanning nine centuries is interwoven with a contemporary coming of age story with such skill that suspension of belief is without effort. Author Nougat uses a supernatural device to do this that is reminiscent of Dante’s Purgatory as seems appropriate. A large cast of characters is developed with sensitivity and insight, a rogues gallery of heroes and sinners. The saga Forget the Past: Book One of Fear of the Past Trilogy is a highly original and unusual piece of literary fiction. A family saga spanning nine centuries is interwoven with a contemporary coming of age story with such skill that suspension of belief is without effort. Author Nougat uses a supernatural device to do this that is reminiscent of Dante’s Purgatory as seems appropriate. A large cast of characters is developed with sensitivity and insight, a rogues gallery of heroes and sinners. The saga is that of a large, extended family of Sicilian aristocrats. The protagonist may be the last of their line. Some of them played a role on the larger canvas of European history, but the focus is on individual personalities and lives, whether historical or unknown. The book is very enjoyable and I recommend it highly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Faith Mortimer

    For history lovers this is a must and you're in for a treat! This is a paranormal, romance and comes complete with a historical dimension that takes you into the beautiful island of Sicily. We follow our main hero, Alex who is a computer expert; is burned out and takes off to rediscover himself. FORGET THE PAST is interesting, historical, and above all a fantasy with a love story. I really enjoyed my read and I can heartily recommend this to a huge range of readers as it covers many genre. Well wr For history lovers this is a must and you're in for a treat! This is a paranormal, romance and comes complete with a historical dimension that takes you into the beautiful island of Sicily. We follow our main hero, Alex who is a computer expert; is burned out and takes off to rediscover himself. FORGET THE PAST is interesting, historical, and above all a fantasy with a love story. I really enjoyed my read and I can heartily recommend this to a huge range of readers as it covers many genre. Well written too with a good fast moving dialogue. Historical, colourful, action and with a love theme running through it. Good stuff!

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