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From the Huntington Patch:
Brick Tower Press is pleased to announce the release of the new suspense thriller, “The Sainted.” The Sainted tells the tale of a young boy, Chris Pella, that through visions and encounters can communicate with saints of the Church that have lived throughout the centuries. In these visions the saints tell him his purpose in life is help those in need and to fight evil and as he becomes a man, that’s what he does.
Medico is quoted as saying, “The evil concocted in The Sainted is real. It is the ultimate evil that tries to draw men into its sphere, making him comfortable, promising power, all the while luring him or her beyond the point where they can be redeemed. It is this horror that our hero is forced to confront and it is this evil that tests his resolve to fight for his very soul and the soul of someone he loves.
Medico’s diverse characters and haunting questions raised will remain with the readers long after the story has ended and set an intriguing foundation for a series of more stories
Long Island Magazine features Local Author, Michael Medico’s Release of “The Sainted,” Book One of a Trilogy
New York, NY – When you are eight years old, raised in a close Italian family, and attending a Catholic grade school in the Bronx, the epic battle between what is good and evil in this world is simply a part of what you learn in school. For Chris Pella however, these lessons come to life in a way he never expected. Author Michael Medico, takes the reader on Chris’ journey, from the moment his life was changed forever to his confrontation with the human embodiment of evil itself.
“In THE SAINTED, the author takes the reader on a terror filled journey which ends in an epic showdown with Satan and his demon hoard. We are very excited to represent Michael’s book sale to IBooks, Brick Tower Press and J. Boylson & Company for publishing his book for film sale to a studio.” – Alan Morell, Creative Management Partners
Chris Pella has a secret. He can communicate with the Saints through vivid, sometimes frightening visions that have overtaken him since childhood. It can happen in the blink of an eye that Chris is transported back in time where he learns from the men and women who would, thousands of years later, become blessed icons of the Catholic Church. Now, as a grown man, this secret remains his but when a close friend’s granddaughter goes missing, Chris must use his gift to find her.
The mystery unravels as characters, including Beth, a beautiful nurse, his Uncle Al, Suffolk County Chief of Detectives and Julian, the demonic presence enter into Chris’ life. What he must confront and what he is needed to do will change him forever and test his deepest-held convictions. Chris, aided by detective and surrogate father Uncle Al, is ultimately faced with a final confrontation that will leave his soul hanging in the balance.
“The evil concocted in THE SAINTED is real… It is the ultimate evil that tries to draw man into its sphere, making him comfortable, promising power, all the while luring him or her beyond that point where they can be redeemed… It is this horror that our hero is forced to confront and it is this evil that tests his resolve to fight for his very soul and the soul of someone he loves.” – Michael Medico
Addressing larger issues of faith and morality against the colorful backdrop of the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue, Huntington and Northport on Long Island’s North Shore, Medico creates a world that is “A Bronx Tale” meets “True Detective”, meets “Millions”. His diverse characters and the haunting questions raised will remain with readers long after the story has ended and set an intriguing foundation for a series of more stories to come.
Brick Tower Press announces that The Sainted is now available in a soft cover edition on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also announced was the release of the novel on ibooks for iPads and Tablets.
Christopher Pella is an all-around good man. Raised in a close-knit Italian family and having attended Catholic schools while growing up, Chris understands the true meaning of family and having the faith to serve the Almighty. However, Chris has a gift which he keeps hidden from those around him, a gift that brings him closer than some may think to the Almighty: he can speak to the blessed icons of the Catholic Church themselves, the Saints. The Saints show him visions with which he must learn from, visions that can be uplifting or terrifying, but no matter what they are, they always teach a lesson. Now Chris must use these visions to help good prevail over the evil Satan brings to the world.
All in all, a very intriguing premise and very appealing to someone who picks up the book to read about it. The story itself, upon completion, is very good and does make one feel good with the knowledge that in the end, no matter what, good will always triumph over evil. What The Sainted lacks is a solid structure. For such a strong plotline, it has a weak execution and this, for future books, is an easy fix. This weak execution does not make the story bad, but with a solid foundation, it will make future good stories into great stories.
To start with another appealing part of The Sainted, aside from the plot, is the characters. Chris is an incredibly likeable character and readers will only want good things to come his way and for anything evil to leave him alone. His Uncle Al is a fun and quirky character and unleashes great quips of dialog at his nephew who, in turn, dishes them right back, making the relationship they have strong and enjoyable to read. One character, though, Medico must be applauded for and that is Satan. He gave Satan the perfect personality: just the right amount of attitude and sass to make him how anyone would imagine him if they were to meet him on Earth and one who likes to play games with his victims. Satan is perhaps one of, if not THE, hardest character to write in any genre and Medico nailed it on his first try.
Now, to help build the strong foundation for future books for this is the first in a trilogy Medico has chosen to write. With Chris telling the story in first person, it gives readers a good insight as to how he reacts to the visions he receives from the Saints. This is good; however, the point of view, along with the writing tense, jumps considerably. One chapter, it will be told from Chris’s point of view (first person), while in the next chapter, it will be told from the third person point of view and the story will be talking about Uncle Al. And, on occasion, Chris will break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience (second person). On top of the point of view jumping, the tense changes many times throughout the story. One paragraph, it will be told in the past tense and in the next paragraph, it will be told in the present tense. All of this jumping takes away from the story. A writer must choose which point of view and which tense to write in and stick to that decision.
Another pointer would be to work on detail. Medico has conquered dialog and that really helps to keep the story moving, but the paragraphs containing bits of detail and what the characters are doing at the moment need a bit more development. Mainly, the detail becomes repetitive by constantly saying that this person always did this or Chris couldn’t believe this was happening; very minor things that can easily be tweaked. More details could have also been used to develop the relationship between Chris and Beth. Perhaps Medico was shooting for “love at first sight” for the two, but their relationship moved at a seemingly rapid pace. It is a very cute relationship and fun to read the exchange of dialog between the two, it just needed to slow down a bit.
Aside from strengthen the foundation of his story, Medico did a very good job on his debut. Focusing on lessons such as the difficulty in finding one’s purpose in life and always having faith and never giving up on hope may seem cliché, but they are wonderful lessons that should be remembered. Though the story does seem to come to a close, an excerpt from Medico’s next book helps to remind readers what lies in store for the future and that Chris’s battle against evil is far from over. Future books could include even more saints than the many mentioned in The Sainted and more demons. The possibilities are endless for Medico as he writes the next two books of his trilogy.
Release date: November 3, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59687-436-7 By Michael Medico “A Chris Pella Novel”
Book one of a Trilogy When you are eight years old, raised in a close Italian family, and attending a Catholic grade school in the Bronx, the epic battle between what is good and evil in this world is simply a part of what you learn in school. For Chris Pella however, these lessons come to life in a way he never expected. Author Michael Medico, takes the reader on Chris’ journey, from the moment his life was changed forever to his confrontation with the human embodiment of evil itself.