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Double Crossed

The Imperium Impugned

214 pages
Harvard Square Editions
Nature spent millions of years sculpting her masterpiece Praiano. This place awakens the senses: taste the lemon the basil and the wine; touch the smooth stones and the passionate people; smell the espresso the jasmine and the briny breeze; and see the chiseled Lattari Mountains that soar from the azure Tyrrhenian Sea killer views.
But it's the rumbling sounds of nearby Vesuvius which capture the attention at this time. It has been belching an overture to an eruption ever since some guy in Sudan found a rock he's kept stashed in his pocket. This lone rock is provocative: it exposes the simplistic business plan of the most potent business ever branded the business known by the name of Man.
Man's existence is wholly financed by fascinating fear and uncanny control; vindictive and heartless Man safeguards its trade secrets. Intrusive Alessio Man's essence is on call ready to execute its commands. When Alessio's iPhone sings twinkle-twinkle-little-star others will soon be weeping to a dirge yet Man's time wanes too. Not even Man trumps time.
Gerardo and Ciro an easygoing pair from Praiano have been best friends since their earliest memory but this lifelong bond is put to a stern test after they rock Man's boat one fateful night. This chance encounter triggers a series of circumstances promising to alter the course of countless lives in tiny Praiano and beyond this serpentine coastline. Aspiring heroes Gio the yacht owner and Ang the tourist neurosurgeon take action to unshackle Gerardo and Ciro from Man's invincible vow. Their unyielding intervention not only can resurrect Gerardo's and Ciro's friendship but also can unshackle us all!