Missing Symphony

Missing Symphony

by Nick Padron


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Inspired by real events, Missing Symphony begins during the famed running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. When members of ETA, a paramilitary organization, kidnap the young heir to a Spanish-Basque fortune and his American fiancée -headstrong Symphony Messina, the daughter of a powerful Brooklyn Mafia captain- it triggers an unprecedented conflict between two underworld cultures where aggressors and victims become interchangeable and the Law is powerless to interfere.
With an international ensemble of character, this novel switches from cities of northern Spain to Madrid, Miami, New York, to the South of France. Readers who appreciate Robert Ludlum's fast-paced action and the absorbing prose of Don Delillo's political thrillers will enjoy the blend of multiple plot twists and intense storytelling in Missing Symphony.
More than a clash between Euro-terrorists and American gangsters, this novel shows the volatile mixture of emotions that pulls average men and women to shocking choices in the name of nationalism, the murderous follies of greedy hit men, the actions and inaction of the victims' families and law enforcers alike. Most of all, it is the story of the devotion that sustains the two young protagonists through their brutal 30-day abduction and, in the end, the courage and ingenuity of their unexpected saviors.
(This novel, originally written as an HBO mini-series, titled The Good Terrorist, is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalist)
Editorial Reviews: Manuscript review by Publishers Weekly.
A cell of Basque terrorists kidnaps and ransoms a young man from a rich family at the Pamplona bull running festival, but find themselves also in custody of his spirited fiancée, the daughter of a Mafia capo, but unable to admit that they have her in this novel of terrorist-against-terrorist. The result is a world-spanning race for information and revenge, populated by a witty, well-drawn collection of underworld characters, driven by politics but even more driven by their own human quirks. From the doting father who pulls in too many Family favors at once in his zeal to retrieve his daughter, to the hit man who directs the film of his life story in his mind while he records the deaths of his victims as a bonus service for his clients, to lawyers who play both sides of the game, and the ETA terrorists who bicker about who has to make dinner for the prisoners, the players may be devoted to their causes, but what happens has much more to do with their personal needs than those of their organizations. Despite the large number of characters and locations involved, the narrative is linear, and not a thread gets lost . . .

Ambitious story, intriguing characters, terrific settings ... reader can feel the heat and dust and tension... Ellen Kanner, author and columnist for the Miami Herald.

A really good story and a great read ... Leila Dewji, book reviewer at Time Out London

A lot of spice and intrigue in this story - very good...Virgil Suarez, novelist, poet, editor.

Amazon Top Reviewer: The title grabbed me and the story didn't let go. Both characters and their dire situation (plot) are compelling . . .

...Buy this book, it's addictive like an HBO series ... for a change, you get both the magic of powerful prose and action storytelling... Joe Garci, film and TV producer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492216995
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2014
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Writer and composer, Nick Padron resides in Madrid, Spain and in Miami, Florida. He grew up in New York City and studied at New York University.
As a performer and musician he recorded with several musical groups. He co-wrote a rock opera for the late Bill Graham, Diablero(www.diablero.com) based on Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan books. In the mid 1980s, he became a solo recording artist for RCA Records, where he produced his own recordings as well as that of other artists in the U.S. and abroad. As a composer and lyricist, he has published over one hundred compositions, including jingles and music for all kinds of television productions. Thirty of his songs have been recorded and released in the United States and in international markets.
Between 1988 and 2002, he wrote comedy sketches, interviews (with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Quentin Tarrentino and others) and performed in several top TV shows in Spain (with Javier Barden, Pedro Almodovar...) including the highly acclaimed, award winning series ...Esta Noche Cruzamos El Mississippi (1995-1998)
In the 90s, he took up writing prose in earnest. Since then, his short stories have appeared in numerous publications and collections in the United States, Canada, Spain and Japan.
His novella, It Tolls For Thee, was rated number one at Zoetrope All-Story in October 2002.His first novel, The Cuban Scar, is available in amazon.com. He is currently at work on his fourth novel.

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MangroveMan More than 1 year ago
During the Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, Basques terrorists kidnap a wealthy business man’s son and his American fiancée, holding them ransom for a month in an improvised hole in the ground where they cannot communicate with each other or their families. Missing Symphony is an intriguing international thriller that is grand in scope and setting, weaving between Spain, New York and Miami. -William Williamson, poet and novelist, author of Some Came First and Some Came After