The Secrets of Casanova

The Secrets of Casanova

by Greg Michaels

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The Secrets of Casanova by Greg Michaels

Loosely based on the life of Jacques Casanova, The Secrets of Casanova is a rich, lush novel of love, sex, family, ambition, intrigue, and adventure. Set in Paris of 1755, Casanova's luck is fading and his past is shoving up against his present with potentially disastrous consequences. What price must he pay to uncover a treasure of inestimable value? What hearts must he break along the way? Casanova's will and destiny collide again and again in this riveting historical fiction that brings to light a man of great passion and not a few secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620151785
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Many years ago The University of Texas at Austin granted me a degree in anthropology which, naturally, lead me to a career as a professional actor!
I've acted in over fifty theater productions, forty television shows, and choreographed dozens of sword fights for stage and screen.
Now, writing historical fiction captivates me. It's true, Life's a twisty-turny trail.
There's a psychological study that says that of all occupations, actors rate highest on the scale of "shyness." That's true of me. . .except when I wrestle my fifteen and eighteen-year old sons! Meanwhile, my wife provides encouragement, excitement, and common sense. I also wrestle our pet hamster on a regular basis. I usually win.

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The Secrets of Casanova 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
joseph_spucklerJS More than 1 year ago
The Secrets of Casanova by Greg Michaels is a very fictionalized account of Jacques Casanova and his adventures after escaping prison. Michaels holds a BA in anthropology from the university of Texas in Austin. He has also worked as an actor in Hollywood in over forty roles, including the role of Scott Garrett in The X-Files. Never judge a book by its cover…or title. When I first was offered this book for review, I thought oh, no. Visions of Valentino’s The Sheik and Fabio covered romance novels came to mind. I was hesitant, but the publisher explained that, yes, it was historical fiction and not a romance novel set in a historic time period. I agreed and readied my notebook for fact checking. I started the book was positively surprised. The characters all came to life in the way that makes the reader feel like an observer in the story and not an outsider looking in. Jacques Casanova seemed much more like Rousseau in thought and James Bond in action. He was a thinker and associated with great thinkers of the times like Voltaire. He name drops others like Locke and carries around a book of quotations from Horace to impress the ladies. The James Bond part is more the smooth talker, the living by his wits and tricks, and the international setting. He escaped prison in Venice and went on the run to Paris where the story starts. Casanova may have been lucky at love, but he was not lucky at gambling. In fact, gambling debts in Paris and his exile from Venice guide his hand to accept the quest offered by the Vicomte. The story moves through Europe and the Mid East as Jacque his servant Petrine and his brother’s wife Dominique (he is Casanova after all) enter on a quest. The quest involves the secret of the Knights Templar which is believed to be a treasure…and an impressive and unexpected treasure it will be if it can be found. The fast action, historical input, and Catholic Church’s Templar Knights mythology all combine to make this a great story. Jacques Casanova may have his way with the ladies, but this is far from a romance novel. This is 18th Century action adventure at its best. Add in a bit of philosophy, mathematics, and a mystery to complete the mix and it is a well thought out novel that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Character development is excellent to the point that the characters seem real in the actions and words. The time period creates an interesting setting that is distant, but fully believable and understandable to most readers. I highly recommend The Secrets of Casanova to all lovers of adventure, the Romantic Period, The Age of Enlightenment, and the rise of science and reason. As far as my fact checking went, I was too involved in the story to take many notes, and Michaels makes clear that this is a complete work of fiction in his afterword. So enjoy the story. Joseph Spuckler gives The Secrets of Casanova 4 1/2 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good story. Anyone who can so artfully tell such an engaging tale of a fabled figure (who we thought we knew), and of his predicaments (peccadillos?) as well as beautifully recall centuries past and caress the period language, brought alive through the finely crafted written word, has nimbly made his way ahead of more seasoned wordsmiths. This, with aplomb, Greg Michaels has done. The deft narrative sweeps us up and along. While there is a roll in the hay or two (after all, this is THE Casanova), we acquire fresh appreciations for our scalawag and bounder now turning, perhaps slowly, morally upright - uncertain territory for sure. Can it be? Bravo Mr. Michaels. And encore please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's technique draws you in slowly and keeps your interest thru the climax. An excellent read. I will purchase the author's next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful sex scenes, compelling characters, intriguing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delicious and extraordinary piece of work. I was immediately immersed in the descriptive, mutifaceted characters and elaborate mystery. Casanova emerges as a potent 3D personality that supercedes his familiar and sensually aggresive reputation. What I enjoy most about period pieces, beyond a juicy story, of course, is learning about the actual challenges of the manners and physical intimacies of living during the era. Author Greg Michaels, not only exposes the reader to that, he allows us to step into it. His historical research and imagination are phenominal. One can smell the street and feel the punctures of the sword. The characters are so vivid; they feel like very intimate, flawed friends. His use of the written word is eloquent and the insightful interpretations of a woman's perceotion are remarkable. There are paragraphs i had to read over and over again because they are so beautiful. NAK, Los Angeles, CA