Monday, August 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - Vengeance is Sacred

This week's Teaser is from VENGEANCE IS SACRED, historical fiction from Peter Healy. 

Paolo reached the stairs, but took one last look back before he ascended. He watched in shock as the girls on the ledge began to jump...sometimes alone, sometimes with companions, sometimes with their clothes or hair on fire, and sometimes with prayers on their lips. He bowed in respect then bound up the smoky stairs with the screams following after him and the horrors he witnessed etched in his memory forever.
[69% on my Kindle]

Synopsis from Amazon:
    From the mountain farms of Italy to the distant shores of L'America young Paolo forges an unforgettable journey of fortitude, intrigue, and love as he eludes the retribution of the Camorra crime syndicate. But much more is at stake than just Paolo's humble life . . . for he has been bestowed with a mysterious family legacy that is now in danger to end. 
   Fleeing to the New World in 1909, Paolo struggles on his own until he meets the beautiful Maria, a bold, fiery, labor activist. The dauntless couple become involved in the dangerous garment workers' strike in New York City, but it is the ensuing fire at the Triangle Waist Company that proves to be the ultimate challenge of Paolo's psychic abilities . . . and a true test of his courage as a man! 
   However, through it all, a perilous debt still remains from Paolo's troubled past and those who lie in wait seek to honor their sacred code of vengeance. Can Paolo overcome the blind forces of reprisal and is the future as predetermined as one may think?

See my review here: Sandy's Review of VENGEANCE IS SACRED

FYI: The fire at the Triangle Waist Company really happened. On that day in March 1911, 146 people died, 123 of them women. For photos and more information:  (video essay)

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Teaser Tuesdays
 is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.


  1. Interesting that you're reading this novel, I've been skimming through a few non-fiction books on southern Italy after writing an article on their current economic status. Anyways, thanks for sharing that, the novel sounds interesting and the teaser itself rather haunting.

    Here are my teasers for this week =)

  2. This sounds like a fascinating book.

  3. Judging from the cover alone, I'd probably won't have picked it up. But maybe it's just me, but those sentences are really creepy. lol

    Thanks for stopping by
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

  4. Goodness, that's an intense tease! And that cover is creeeepy! ;)
    Stopping by with My TT!

  5. Sounds kind of crazy,and creepy. Great teaser!
    My Teaser Tuesday

  6. Hi Sandy,

    I am another who probably wouldn't have picked this book up if I only had the cover to go by.
    Even if I had read the synopsis, or your powerful teaser lines, I would have assumed that this book was a biography or non-fiction publication.
    Psychologically, finding out that it is a work of fiction based on fact, makes all the difference and this great descriptive writng already has me hooked.

    Thanks for highlighting this book,

  7. What a horrific scene -- it sent a shudder right through me! My teaser: The Restorer by Amanda Stevens.

  8. Sounds fascinating! Thanks for visiting my blog, I had to respond because it is an interesting thing when we take these teasers out of context on how they are perceived...

  9. What an awful way to die . . . intriguing story. So, is revenge best served cold?

    Thanks for stopping by! (and your book certainly grabs attention ;)

  10. Wow what a very descriptive horrible yet intriguing scene. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  11. Intense teaser! Sounds like an interesting book.

    Thanks for stopping by My Teaser Tuesday =)

  12. This sounds like my kind of book. It's on my list. Thanks!

  13. Wow! This would be difficult to read...but definitely one I think I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  14. WOW....that was one intense tease! Usually, I don't read books like this but this sounds pretty good. Adding to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing and stopping by My TT! 

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  15. wow, powerful teaser there. Sounds like a really interesting read, hope you enjoy it! Book Savvy Babe

  16. oh wow that's scary! Thanks for stopping by my Teaser!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  17. Powerful image. Thanks for disturbing me so early in the morning! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

  18. Very intriguing.

  19. Wow, that is a powerful image!

    Thanks for stopping by My

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's
    Eclectic Bookshelf

  20. Oh, how heartbreaking! What an intriguing book! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my Teaser.

  21. Some great teaser that is! Hope you enjoy the book!

    My tuesday teaser is from Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton

  22. Great teaser. I remember learning about the fire in history class.

  23. Wow this sounds really good. Thanks for an exciting teaser.

  24. WOW, what a powerful teaser--I've got to check out the book!

  25. What a cool book! The Triangle fire is one of those things you hear about briefly in school. It's nice to see someone exploring it more deeply. Also, being Italian myself, I love Italian immigrant stories!

    My teaser

  26. This sounds like a fascinating story, great teaser!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today.

  27. Sounds very intense! I'll have to check this one out.

  28. This sounds like an interesting book. I love historical fiction/non-fiction and am intrigued with your teaser.

    Thanks for visiting my Teaser.

  29. never heard of this one, but its really not my kind of book anyway. Hope you enjoy it.
    Here is mine
    Teaser Tuesday & Tuesday Intros Post

  30. The creepy couple on the cover is a picture of my real grandparents, who immigrated (separately) to America in the early 1900's. I think I'll take their picture off the living room wall now. LOL
    (Picture taken on Boardwalk at Coney Island)

    Peter Healy, author of "Vengeance Is Sacred."

    PS-- Some people say that I look like my grandfather . . . so I'm really in trouble here. LOL

  31. What a horrific beginning but sounds like a very intriguing story. Definitely tempts my reading appetite:>)


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