Death Of The Master Builder: Love, Envy, and the Struggle to Raise the Greatest Cathedral of the Italian Renaissance

In 1469 Tuscany, when Dario Rossi, a hedonistic city ruler, sees a vision of himself writhing in eternal flames, he is shaken to his core..
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Mark Fisher has done his homework for this historical fiction of building a great cathedral in renaissance Italy. I'm lucky to have somehow landed on someone's list to receive an advance-reader copy of the book. I could hardly wait to post my honest review here and on other book-reader forums. The story has it all: the seven deadly sins, a great romance, descriptions of the complexity of constructing a great edifice, conflicts between the dedicated and faithful master builder and his self-centered patron, the Spanish Inquisition brought to Italy, with pirates of the Mediterranean thrown in to boot! The author has expanded his horizons to a new county and time, created a larger cast of characters, developed a more complex plot, and honed his writing powers so that they hum smoothly from start to finish. I am most impressed with the effort that must have gone into researching everything about those times in northern Italy from the daily life of the common workman to the construction of the largest buildings of the time. The story includes the foibles of the real larger-than-life Lorenzo de’ Medici and the wondrous work of the young, not yet famous Michelangelo. If the coming to life of pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth aren’t quite enough to move you to get off the couch and try the book, remember there is also renaissance Italy, true and faithful love, tragedy, great friendships, and the never-ending quest for true love. It is a truly sprawling tale of man’s adoration for his creator. Try this new book, Death of the Master Builder, by Mark E. Fisher.

-- John Eakins
Book Description:

In 1469 Tuscany, when Dario Rossi, a hedonistic city ruler, sees a vision of himself writhing in eternal flames, he is shaken to his core..

Desperate to avoid damnation, Dario pleads with Amadeo, a righteous builder, to absolve his sins by constructing the world’s largest cathedral. But Amadeo has heard the rumors—about the women streaming nightly through the palazzo, the murders, and the disappearances. How he longs to build such a monument to God! Though it will consume a lifetime, he agrees to the task..

But as Dario watches the pious builder direct his artisans and the walls rise, the contrast between the two rankles. For Dario is a slave to pleasure, debauchery, and power. When his disgust at the man’s virtue finally boils over, he schemes treachery and plots the builder’s moral downfall..

A chance meeting throws Amadeo with the beautiful, fun-loving Simona, and he’s enchanted. Though she declares her love and pursues him, he clings desperately to a vow of chastity..

As the work proceeds, Naples declares war, and Dario runs out of money. When Amadeo’s unpaid workers fear invasion and flee the city, he gives in to despair. Then the cardinal begins an Inquisition against heretics, and friends warn the builder to stop questioning Church doctrine..

Will Amadeo avoid Simona’s advances, Dario’s temptations, and the coming Inquisition? Will he finish his great work before he dies? Or will Dario undo everything?.

Mark E. Fisher (Author)
Mark wrote his first twelve pages at the age of ten, complete with drawings of a prairie fire, Indians, and a stampede. More recently he’s been writing novels of historical fiction, for both the Christian and the general market. He’s also written a fantasy trilogy for young adults and fantasy lovers of all ages in an early medieval setting. His Christian novels were all set in ancient, Celtic Ireland. His upcoming release for the general market is set in Renaissance Italy. Mark was born in Pennsylvania, went to school in Troy, New York, lived in Illinois, and settled in Minnesota. He’s worked at welding rails for the railroad, as a quality control inspector in an auto glass factory, at administering Public Aid in Illinois, and finally, at programming communications microcode for IBM business computers in Minnesota. He once helped plant a church and is currently a board member of the New Gospel Frontiers missions agency, dedicated to educating Christian pastors and church planters in Central Asia. Mark owns a six-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, who, to keep her family from going insane, insists upon three walks daily, plus plenty of time chasing toys. Mark and his wife like to travel, with recent trips to Japan, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ireland, Italy, France, and Switzerland. Sometimes, when traveling, story ideas seek him out. When he’s not walking his dog or traveling, he’s at his desk writing. You can learn more about Mark and his books at his website:
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