The Prisoner of Paradise
On a trip to Venice, Italy, an American comes to believe that his true soul mate is not his wife, but a woman whose soul has been trapped in a Renaissance painting for 450 years--along with thousands of others. Teetering on the brink of insanity and navigating present-day and Renaissance Venice, he discovers a secret society that taps an ancient power to extract and imprison souls for eternity. He'll do anything to free his love, but freeing her means freeing all the souls--which the secret society will never allow.
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
“Wildly imaginative and richly detailed, THE PRISONER OF PARADISE is a spellbinding debut. It’s an alchemy of mystery and intrigue that reaches deep inside the human heart and emerges with a propulsive story that manages to span centuries while leaving the reader breathless. Rob Samborn is an author to watch!”
—Ellen Meister, author of THE ROOFTOP PARTY,
THE OTHER LIFE, and FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER
“Rob Samborn’s THE PRISONER OF PARADISE is an immersive, otherworldly tale of forbidden love, a dangerous brotherhood, and a most unusual purgatory. Spanning four centuries from Renaissance Venice to modern-day, Samborn invites his readers to unravel a vast conspiracy of secrets, murder, and trapped souls, in this rousing and thought-provoking thriller perfect for fans of Dan Brown.”
—Shanessa Gluhm, author of ENEMIES OF DOVES
“A tale of ill-fated lovers that transcends time, THE PRISONER OF PARADISE never fails to impress. The intriguing mix of history, scheming cults, and the high art of Venice blend together, creating a gripping story that will leave readers hungry for more.”
—D.W. Gillespie, author of ONE BY ONE and THE TOY THIEF
“An engrossing tale that spans centuries of Venetian history, art, and social mores, Rob Samborn's THE PRISONER OF PARADISE
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In addition to being a novelist, Rob Samborn is a screenwriter, entrepreneur and avid traveler. He’s been to forty countries, lived in five of them (including Italy) and studied nine languages. As a restless spirit who can’t remember the last time he was bored, Rob is on a quest to explore the intricacies of our world and try his hand at a multitude of crafts; he’s also an accomplished artist and musician. Born and raised in New York, he lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, and he now makes his home in Denver with his wife, daughter and dog.
Tags: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Speculative Fiction/SFF, Thriller