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Peppino: A Nineteenth Century Medici by [Coleman, Seth]
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Seth Coleman’s Peppino introduces readers to a young Italian boy who is destined for greatness but first must overcome grave obstacles in order to fulfill his potential. Born in nineteenth-century southern Italy, Peppino is the son of the baroness of Bologna. A member of the famous Medici family, one of the most prominent families in European history, the baroness expects her son to claim his role of baron and accept his rightful place among the aristocracy. However, the precocious Peppino rebels against his upper-class position, setting off on his own to fight for the common people. Joining Peppino in the struggle are Nicola, a devout Christian peasant, and Abramo, a Hassidic Jew. Together all three risk their lives in order to lead a rebellion against the injustices of the Church and—more specifically—the local monsignor, who has evil ambitions of his own. Pope Leo XIII is another warrior in the fight for the people’s rights. He had successfully fought off the mafia’s stranglehold on the country and as Pope worked tirelessly against class injustices. With his niece set to marry Peppino, the novel offers a unique glimpse into the personal life of an often solitary figure, whom millions adore but only a handful really know. Ultimately a story of good versus evil, religion versus God, and hypocrisy versus righteousness, Peppino examines history through the lens of the personal. Through his novel, Coleman offers readers a human story with breathtaking scope.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1268 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Seth Coleman (22 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3YGVPC
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 14 April 2014
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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Peppino lives in late 19th century Italy where the Catholic church reigns. He is the son of a powerful baroness but cares much more for the village folk than the customs and attitudes of the nobility. In particular, he despises the local monsignor who rules the region, making up his own laws. At 14 Peppino makes a lifelong enemy of the monsignor. His actions as a member of a peasant militia fighting for universal education have the reader cheering, but young baron or not, Peppino is forced to get outta Dodge...
He ends up as a student in a monastery near Rome, which, among other things is tasked with getting Peppino to control his temper. It almost works.
He returns home as a young baron, asked by the pope himself to continue to support the common people in a dignified way ... but Peppino is Peppino and when he feels he has to take action....
Peppino, group leader Nicola, best friend Emilio, and team member Abramo (a Jew in Catholic Italy), and even the Baroness are good characters and the plot, essentially reporting on Peppino's exploits, makes for a fun read.
4.0 out of 5 stars good read! 5 April 2014
By SFG - Published on Amazon.com
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Recommended to me by a personal acquaintance of the author. Lives up to its billing as "history through the lens of the personal." I was impressed from the opening pages in which the author makes use of the flight of a bird to give us a literal "birds eye view" of the setting, then the bird itself becomes a metaphor and transitional tool as it alights at the house of the protagonist, Peppino. I knew then that the authors talents would justify sticking with the book and so it turned out. He often follows this pattern at the outset of sections, giving historical backdrop and (very vivid) descriptions of the scene before zooming in on the characters and back into the narrative.

The story itself is engaging and deals with easy to sympathize with struggles and feelings... class distinctions, gaining faith, losing faith, family conflict, hard questions, etc. It has a sense of humor and a good deal of action and even a few tear jerkers at the end.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical fiction. 29 July 2014
By Virginia R. North - Published on Amazon.com
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As an avid reader I am always looking for new writers to follow. I met the author Seth Coleman so knew I must read his books. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in historical works, as well as anyone who just enjoys a good story. Mr. Coleman captures his reader with well developed characters and a plot that keeps you wanting to learn the outcome of their struggles. To me, equally important as the enjoyable reading of this work, is the hope that his main character will live on in a sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequel . . . 16 July 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is clear, intelligent story telling at it's best. Mr. Coleman has taken some tricky, complicated scenarios and smoothly translated them into
believable circumstances. I had no problem picturing what was happening. His humor and sense of honor wrap around each character.
I am waiting for the sequel to see what happens to the Americanized "Joseph" DeAngelis after he gets off the boat. Please follow up with that story!
5.0 out of 5 stars Peppino 25 November 2013
By Rose Marie Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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Peppino, took me to early Italy, I enjoyed the book and hope you write a sequel to Peppino, how did he make out in New York, who did he marry, how many children did he have, what did he do for a living? I feel I know Peppino, and hope he made out well.

Thank you Mr. Coleman for this wonderful book, and I look forward to more of your books.

God Bless You.