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William Rombola is an archaeologist who has spent much of the last two decades exploring North and South America, solving mysteries and discovering new ones that serve as the muse for his writing.
When he is not in the field, he can be found in his little farmstead in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, writing, farming, and making music.
on Feb. 05, 2014 :
William Rombola presents a fascinating story that spans history from the middle 1500's through 2005. A present day archaeological dig peels back the layers of greed, power, and corruption that takes place all in the same spot in Florida -- site of the famed Fountain of Youth.
The characterization is good. The flow from one time period to another is good. Mr. Rombola's knowledge of archaeology and history makes it even better. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical novels, love stories, and a bit of the paranormal.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 15, 2013 :
Let's see . . . Juan Ponce de Leon, a water nymph, a Jesuit priest, the Fountain of Youth, hurricanes, the Everglades, and the Chosen One--along with three timelines: 1567, 1926, and 2005. That'll do it.
Archeologist William Rombola has written a creative novel that is part fantasy set in Florida, part mystery, and all adventure. The woven strands of the three timelines are artfully joined, and the main characters are fresh and fascinating in their backgrounds, personal history, and actions. Rombola also doesn't tell too much at once but lets the action gradually reveal character.
Because this is a do-it-yourself novel, there are lapses in proofreading and formatting that distract at times, but I found the concept and development of the novel sufficiently captivating to easily surge through to the end. I mean, Ponce de Leon is the bad guy.
The basic premise of the novel is that Miami is one screwed up town because an ancient corruption has not been cleansed from the land. Although this sounds like a hackneyed concept, the originality of the setting and characters make for a lively story. Also, Rombola's background as an archeologist adds verisimilitude to the places, people, and events of the novel.
Even without the guiding hand of an old-hand editor, this story is memorable, enjoyable, thoughtful.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 09, 2013 :
“Nymph’s Heart” primarily takes place at the site of an archaeological dig in Miami, Florida. However, there is a pleasant twist. For not only do you experience the dig as it is taking place in 2005, you get a glimpse into the time frames being excavated. First you are transported to 1926, when the foundations of present-day Miami were being laid and the Royal Palm Hotel was being destroyed. The Royal Palm had been built on top of the ruins of a Tequesta village. As Jack Cerro digs deeper, you are taken further back in time to 1567, when the Spanish conquistadors began to settle the New World. We see this event from the viewpoint of the conquistadors and also from the viewpoint of the Tequesta Indians, whom their conquerors viewed as heathens.
You are given a history lesson and learn a bit about archeology at the same time. But don’t worry; this is no boring lesson. It is filled with mystery, intrigue, action-packed scenarios, humor and romance. It is Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown; you will be kept entertained as you learn about Miami’s rich history through the characters in “Nymph’s Heart.”
The main subplot centers around the legendary Fountain of Youth, and its impact on one of the main characters, adding a supernatural element to the story. Immortality has its price. The Nymph that guards the Fountain wants her heart returned, but after reading “Nymph’s Heart,” it will remain with you forever.
(review of free book)