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Left to You by Daniel Volpe
Left to You by Daniel Volpe
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Left to You by Daniel Volpe

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What would you do to save a loved one?

Robert’s mother, Helen, is ravaged with cancer. Every day could be her last, and Robert dreads losing the last member of his family. Robert’s friend and Holocaust survivor, Josef, tells him an unholy story and leaves him a way to save his dying mother. But, as with everything in life, the salvation comes with a steep price.

Will Robert accept what’s left to him and save his mother? Or will the cost be too high, weighing Robert’s soul down to the depths of Hell?

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NP
11/22/2021
Nikolas P.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Painful and Profound

Robert Sinclair is a good kid who has a lot on his plate, but he pushes through it all and remains good-natured and hard-working. Working multiple jobs, struggling to remain afloat while caring for a mother suffering the end-stage of cancer, Robert doesn't have much room in his life for anything else. While working a dead-end job at L-Mart, Robert has developed a friendship with an elderly gentleman, Josef Lazerowitz. A former theology professor in Poland, Mr. Lazer is burdened by an unbelievable history, plagued with unspeakable secrets that will soon become Robert's burden to bear. Both of these men, Robert and Josef, are decent and sympathetic characters forced to experience their individual, horrific torments separated by more than half a century. In the end, what they'll share is a terrible and shameful confidence that could destroy both of them and anything they hold dear. Daniel Volpe constructs a captivating, mysterious tale that's so thick with atmosphere and depth that the reader can hardly keep from being immersed in the experiences brought to life on the page. His detailed exploration of Josef's life in 1940s Poland is gripping and profoundly vivid, almost painfully so. The author's unique portrait of the supernatural world and how it interacts with our own was fascinating. As the story delves into those things only near the latter half of the book, it still doesn't feel like the reader is short-changed or left wanting. I can't recommend this book enough, especially to those who enjoy a bit of historical fiction with their horror. I will suggest that one scene in this book troubled me, and it involves a bit of a spoiler, but I'll do my best to dance around that by explaining a little bit about my own life, hopefully framing why I found it disturbing without telling you about the scene itself. I had a dog named Molly. She was a terrific, atypical chihuahua who was perpetually thrilled to meet new people. When she was seven years old, she was taken from me by cancer in her blood. That little girl died in my arms, in what I can only describe as a traumatic experience without going into detail. I now have a dog who is half golden retriever and half German shepherd and husky--funny enough, named Talia--who is two years old. She's been with me since December of 2019. Fans of Volpe's work might find that last bit to be a strangely serendipitous thing. Having a personal connection with both a golden retriever and a dog named Molly, there's a particular scene that I found difficult.

M
11/14/2021
Mary
United States United States

Volpe's Best Yet!!! It's Brilliant!

This was so different from his other books. It's beautifully written. My emotions were put through the ringer here. I was sad, I was happy, I was downright mad. If this one doesn't throw Mr. Volpe into the spotlight, I don't know what will. Read this one.

SH
11/06/2021
Samantha H.
United States United States

4 Stars

"Left To You" by Daniel J. Volpe "What would you do to save a loved one?" Robert Sinclair's mother Helen doesn't have much time left. Her body ravaged by cancer, her death has now become a "when" instead of "if". Josef Lazerowitz, a Holocaust survivor with a lengthy life history, has his own share of troubles. He has one very unholy story to tell and something he needs to leave behind to Robert before his own passing. What he needs to leave is potentially the only way to save Robert's dying mother but salvation comes with a price. Robert will need to make a decision; accept what’s left to him and save his mother? Or will the cost be too high? This story was not at all what I was expecting. The horrors of Auschwitz are what attracted me to this novel (anything Holocaust or WWII related gets me everytime) but the plot twist you never see coming kept me hooked and totally involved until the very end. I believe this is Volpe's best work yet and it's totally immeasurable to the works before it. If you haven't read this yet, you NEED to. The imagery is seriously astounding. This read is a lot of history combined with an exorcism gone wrong and I can't praise it enough. 4

SH
11/06/2021
Samantha H.
United States United States

4 Stars

"Left To You" by Daniel J. Volpe "What would you do to save a loved one?" Robert Sinclair's mother Helen doesn't have much time left. Her body ravaged by cancer, her death has now become a "when" instead of "if". Josef Lazerowitz, a Holocaust survivor with a lengthy life history, has his own share of troubles. He has one very unholy story to tell and something he needs to leave behind to Robert before his own passing. What he needs to leave is potentially the only way to save Robert's dying mother but salvation comes with a price. Robert will need to make a decision; accept what’s left to him and save his mother? Or will the cost be too high? This story was not at all what I was expecting. The horrors of Auschwitz are what attracted me to this novel (anything Holocaust or WWII related gets me everytime) but the plot twist you never see coming kept me hooked and totally involved until the very end. I believe this is Volpe's best work yet and it's totally immeasurable to the works before it. If you haven't read this yet, you NEED to. The imagery is seriously astounding. This read is a lot of history combined with an exorcism gone wrong and I can't praise it enough. 4

KK
11/02/2021
Karla K.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Emotional , Brutal, and Absolutely Fantastic!

An Unlikely Friendship, this is how the story begins. Robert is a young man that has a friendship with an older gentleman, Josef. We are given a look into their lives, what they are doing, how they became friends, their struggles and their heartbreak. Which leads us to Josef sharing his past with Robert. "Life in Poland during the war was bad, but the real nightmare started in 1943." Josef and his family are captured and brought to a concentration camp. Anyone familiar with Auschwitz will know the unfathomable brutality that was exacted upon the Jews. The savagery was the cruelest these people were made to suffer through in all of history. Death and starvation, beatings and experimentation, absolutely no value for life. My heart broke a thousand times while reading Josef's story. There is a secret that Josef has been keeping and now it is time to pass that secret along to Robert. Robert feels he has no choice but to accept what is being given to him. He wants it for his own reasons because he believes it will change his life and then everything will be fine again. This is then where the story takes a turn and spirals us into more and more darkness. Nothing goes as planned, everything is falling apart for Robert. His heart breaks and he is thrown into his own madness. The end of his story is tragic and my heart broke once again. I cannot tell you the secrets, it would spoil entirely too much. Characters that one can easily connect with, stand beside and root for. Characters that deserve utter dislike. Imagery that one can see, hear, sense and feel. Some added bloody and disgusting gore written in Volpe style. An unexpected ending that was shocking and once again had me questioning human morals. I highly recommend reading it, because what Daniel has written is one hell of a story.